Local Google searches.

googleLocalThe mobile phone and the Global Positioning Service (GPS) that they use is a game changer. Any physical based business or service needs to have a presence on the web so that it can be indexed and therefore found. With Google being the indexer of choice that most people go to, it makes sense to be as Google friendly as possible.

Since Google launched it’s ‘Local’ campaign a couple of months ago we have spent time taking a close look at what ‘Local’ is all about. The number one thing you need to know is that when you search ‘Local’, Google will look for what you want within walking distance. For dry cleaners, hairdressers, coffee shops or clothes shops the internet is now knocking on your door. I suggest you answer it.

Call 079 4901 6761 for some answers.


Mobile dj TK was spending more time updating his site than he was cataloging his extensive music collection. So, as he said “I’m no computer expert, I need a website that I can update easily”.

I told him WordPress is what you want. It’s easy to update once I’ve set everything up!

What I didn’t realize was that TK was using his Xbox to get onto the internet and using his game controller to do the writing! So you can imagine my amazement that despite using “game technology” he’s still managing to update his site without any problem.

Take a look. Here’s the old version:

Screenshot from 2012-12-13 10:58:04 Here is the new version

Screenshot from 2012-12-13 10:57:49

Update multiple sites in an instant

“We need a system where we can update our banners on our clients’ sites!” was the task asked of me by 511 Services of London. 511 is a charity giving portal that wants to be able to respond to disasters straight away to cries for help and the generosity of those who want to support people in need. My solution was to build a simple software solution that lets 511 update the client website. If there is an Earthquake or Tsunami, 511 can have the “window to give” open across thousands of web sites, in seconds, without having to contact each websites’ technical department to make changes to their servers.


Flexible Web Design

Being agile in business Website creation means that when the client wants a change they can have it. Vince wanted a drag and drop shopping cart but the first one I put together for him was over speck for selling his artwork. It took just over an hour to find another solution and the site changed in an afternoon. All the artwork I had created for the first site popped into place with only minor changes here and there. Still a few bits to fix but that’s a job for Monday.

Have a look at The Vince Ray Experience and see how we are getting on.

Wild at Heart

Not local, Maida Vale websites are what I build most, but this client asked me to make up a shopping cart for his Rockabilly range of shot glasses, ashtrays and bone china mugs. Vince Ray is quite an artist and I do like his style. Most important for Vince is that the site shopping cart is easy to update. He has left the rest of the design up to me and I’m using the rich collection of artwork he has produced. Here is a picture mock-up of the site, which is the first stage of building a website for a small company.

Bit Coin News

WordPress have added BitCoin to the methods of payment it will accept. I have been accepting  BitCoin for about 18 months now and It’s good to see WordPress getting on board. With no transaction fees like PayPal or Credit Cards it makes a lot of sense.  If you haven’t heard about BitCoin I urge you to find out more.

Steam powered computer

I first got my hands on a computer back in 1979. It was a Commodore PET and had 8 kB of 8-bit RAM and a speed of 1 Mhz. As for a hard disk, you must be joking. This little baby didn’t even have a floppy disk, so all the programs I wrote had to be recorded onto a music cassette. The Internet is still 16 years into the future. I didn’t get access to a modem for another 3 years. It did go ‘beep’ though :-)

One thing of note is that it took no time to boot up. But that was because the operating software was built into the machine. You did have to wait for the screen to warm up before you could see the PC had started on its 12″ monochrome screen with 80×25 character graphics and a speed of 1 Mhz.

I’m writing this on a 677 Mhz Laptop with 4 Gb of RAM a 24-bit (16.7 million colours) 1280 x 800 screen and a 170 GB hard drive. But I still miss the old Pet.

I still write software +44 (0)79 4901 6767

Hello world!

“Hello World”

That’s the classic first response a programmer will get a new program to issue as a test to confirm the installation works – usually it prints to the screen. According to Wikipedia the first use of the “Hello World” response dates back to 1972. I didn’t get into computers until 10 years later when a computer arrived at the company I was working for. The stock reports produced by the computer were very badly laid out and I taught myself to re-program the software. The IBM pc had two 5.25 inch disks, a green screen and a dot matric printer and cost 2,000 GBP.