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Journal: My first commercial Website venture.

Journal by blackest_k
what this is all about Phelans Guest House. and phelans restaurant

are my first offerings for a commercial website. I've designed these sites using a fluid three column layout and have set some useable minimums for column widths.

The real difficulty with getting a project like this going is you need exposure and pagerank and thats not easy in this day and age

so one of the things i read is that having Phelans Guest House. and phelans restaurant linked from big sites such as slashdot increases page ranking and thus reduces the cost of advertising with google.

Omg you are actually reading this entry , ok then let me tell you about phelans guesthouse and restaurant.

my sister-in-law reopened phelans after it had been closed for two years so its a new startup with no customer base.

I was asked to make her a website to attract visitors from all over the world and to be honest it is a beautiful guesthouse nicely decorated family friendly sat in the county about two minutes from blarney.

The Ensuite Rooms are clean and the power showers are brilliant, the cooked irish breakfast I got each day was excellent and value for money.

The Restaurant has a good irish menu with items such as bantry mussels lambshank steak and other traditional dishes the sea food is fresh and delicious. Its an ideal place for a romantic meal for two, something about the irish countryside brings a special flavour to dining at phelans

blarney itself is a village famous for one thing the blarney stone and this has a long history Phelans Guest House blarney stone. and phelans restaurant blarney stone

I thought I might bring a little more to the site by including local history and movies movies about ireland

maybe there is more i can do?

I hope you find time to visit the site and leave a message about your thoughts on it if you wish to help make this a successful long term project I would appreciate any links to the sites phelans restaurant blarney stone adding on any site I like google but I think gaming such as pool and darts and systems should result in quality improvements and lower advertising costs

I love the place and i really want it to be successful thanks for your help -john

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Journal: grammar nazi's

Journal by blackest_k

Can you read this?

Olny srmat poelpe can.

cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

amazing isn't it It was posted by an annonymous coward but i like it:)

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Journal: unashamed link whoring

Journal by blackest_k
I occassionally help out at an internetcafe in lincoln they have a website at Sun Cafe for some reason google doesnt know about the site and so it is invisable hopefully google will spider my journal entry and find links to the suncafe yes i know i am link whoring but come on one link :) probably Sun Cafe is invisable as it is totally written in flash don't blame me I never wrote it.
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Journal: not my ip address

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I know slashdot has its share of trolls and there is a high percentage of noise but why can't slashdot do something a little less moronic tham ip banning, I guess on the plus side it will ban morons...

I find myself in a block of banned ip addresses it isn't my ip address but one of my isps proxys that got banned unfortunately any port 80 traffic goes through that proxy by default. 8080 port traffic doesn't or at least slashdot doesn't see that it does probably it goes 8080 proxy 80 proxy my ip still but slashdot is only looking at the proxy for its ban.

so why do /. do it this way?
i guess + side i am not a moron and have the knowledge to side step the ban
- side there are a lot of trolls who obviously side step too.

thing is it is possible to correctly identify my ip address and not my proxy
and sooner or later the 8080 proxy i use now will get banned.

to be fair there is a troll problem and something needs to be done but there are a few steps which could be taken.
ban certain ips for annonymous coward usage
majority of trolls post a/c
ban on karma in combination with ip
expire the bans say 6 months max
ban specific ips not proxys

maybe specific ips would be harsh just because my nieghbor is a troll should i be banned when my isp rejiggles my ip address.

but surely if nothing else put a 6 month expiry on bans.

well least i can post with this proxy and i know how to find another proxy if this goes down. another plus point when my isps port 80 traffic got blocked for some reason 8080 still worked fine..

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Journal: when windows goes down

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It seems to be inevitable that sooner or later some nasty piece of spyware or virus is going to bring down your windows system and you will be forced to reinstall the operating system and because of the registry all your application files as well.

So how best can you protect yourself when this happens? Norton ghost seems an almost ideal solution. A clean windows install, all the applications you use setup and ready to go.

however the problem is the user data and settings is it possible to maintain these on d: drive and be able to restore a ghost image without losing data, Email seems to be the most difficult to preserve. often the choice of where your address book and your mail resides is made by the email program and not by the user.

is it possible to keep user data away from the c: drive or has Microsofts design team ensured that in the event of losing your operating system you have the choice of losing your data and system configuration or long hours reinstalling applications, leaving orphaned program files.

Is it possible to have a system back in a clean and stable condition in under an hour without committing yourself to daily, hourly backups just in case.

can the updates to your applications, virus definitions, spyware definitions extensions to firefox and bookmarks be automatically setup once the image has been restored.

has anyone got a good rescue plan to save thier pc or is it inevitable some data loss is going to occur?
I ask you the slashdot readership for your thoughts and advice. on the best strategy to ensure as painless a restore as possible.

 

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Journal: moderating on slashdot

Journal by blackest_k

after many months of meta-moderating on slashdot I finally got mod points.
It was an interesting experience.

I decided from the beginning that I wanted to moderate up comments rather than down and to choose to mod up good comments which hadn't been moderated already.
choosing not to moderate on funny.

the actual moderations turned out to be rather different from that. I did mod down 1 or 2 comments. It's a difficult job mainly because all the mods are looking to use their mod points so each time you get to a story. you find very little that is obviously worth moderating upwards. Moderating on slashdot is like cleaning toilets not a nice job but somebodys got to do it.

It appears to me that some moderations are made by following the herd ie if its already been moderated as interesting then a lot of moderators also mod it interesting also. Or it could be in the scramble to moderate a new story before the trolls flood the thread moderators are modding the same un modded comment at the same time. so a qualifies as interesting post (just) gets modded as a +5 which is a little undeserved.

Maybe moderators should be able to cancel a moderation but then again the point is to refine the threads so users don't have to read the crap that gets posted to slashdot (often literally). There may well be a good arguement for raising the 5 point maximum at least from a users point of view. ie the highest moderation a storie gets is +5 but the users can add + points for interesting and informative mods and extract this from the mire so they only read highly moderated posts which are interesting and informative instead of reading comments which are slightly interesting and informative started on +2 with karma bonus got a single point as interesting and the user given +2 dragged it up to 5

one of the hardest moderations to make is informative. Especially when the story is talking about things that a non specialist would know little about.

in the uk there was a program called call my bluff where two panels of 3 would take a barely known word and one panel would present 2 false definitions and 1 true one and a member of the other panel would try to decide which one was true not an easy task sometimes.

so to try to avoid being made to look like an idiot a moderator has to check the links given and see if there is a valid point being made. I think modding interesting can be a reasonable copout meaning it sounds good but may not be true I don't want to research this. informative hopefully means that the moderator has checked the facts.

all in all 4 days to give out positive moderations is very little time to do the job well. maybe the moderation system should be changed to giving out 5 + moderation points and say 15 negative mod points that way moderators can clear the way for other moderators to get to the good comments without swiming through the cess pool which is slashdot at 0 or -1

but when your moderating on slashdot you are reading at -1 and looking for abusive moderations some might say. your should be swimming in the cess pool
you might say...

well not really moderations get meta moderated so someone abusing the power to mod down will be caught and lose the ability to moderate. is it really necessary for every moderator to read the white noise ie firstpost goatse and other obvious crap that gets posted in every comment thread.

There is one type of moderation which I really do not like seeing and I had it applied to me once. when I posted how to process real audio streams. The information is available if you look for it and relatively simple to do once you know how. but obviously Real do not want you doing this i thought that it would get posted as informative i didnt post links to anything just described a process it got modded down! why was this because it was politically incorrect to describe how to save Real Audo streams and save them. maybe content providers would stop providing real audio streams and a secure method would replace it.

would real sue slashdot for allowing this information to become common knowledge.

the ability to save a real audio file is useful, for example I know there is an american radio station which has all 12 of the original series of the hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy and i can sit here anytime i want and listen to the streams but by saving the streams and converting to mp3 you can make a cd or load on an ipod or whatever and listen on your car stereo on long road trips instead of the alternative.

If you have any experience of bbc radio4 you probably have heard a number of radio plays and you too probably have sat in your car at journeys end listening to the end of the play.

so i think i was being informative but someone thought i was being dangerous.
not good and maybe one of the reasons there seems to be an antislashdot movement
maybe this journal entry will be considered anti slashdot but its not intended to be. just recording my experience and asking a few questions.

well final words moderating is difficult and extremely time consuming to do well. hopefully my moderations improved your experience of slashdot. someone wrote somewhere that more negative moderation occurs on slashdot than positive and after moderating I agree, there is good reason for this because honestly the good comments are floating in a sewer.

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Journal: are some of our Gui's fundamentally wrong.

Journal by blackest_k

Are our gui's badly designed?
There are two fundamental orientations landscape and portrait. Landscape works very well for pictures and portrait very well for text. I don't think many people will disagree with that. now look at your computer screen it is landscape ideal for viewing pictures but not so good for viewing text.

Portrait orientation works very well for text, but our gui's are not making the most of our vertical space in fact they squeeze the vertical space even smaller with title bars, toolbars and menu bars. at the same time the width of the screen tends to be under utilised.

It's hard to visualise how much better a portrait orientated page is without trying it.

http://personalcomputing.portrait.com/us/products/pp_tbyb.html

allows you to download a trial version of pivotpro which allows you to reorientate your screen. However it is not a good solution since most crt's do not like working on thier side.

A better method would be to move as much as possible from the top to the sides
(most ide's have dockable toolbars) It may be something only linux could do to allow moveable menu's as well.

I know a lot of developers read slashdot so how about it can you put more flexabilty into our gui's or are we going to be stuck forever with a gui which inhibits reading of text.

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