Formula for a Profitable Groupon Deal: (See right) So many businesses have been crippled by not fully thinking out their discount deal. This awesome info graphic should steer any would be Deal-maker into safer and more profitable territory.
Top 10 Reasons Why Venture Capital Backed Companies Fail: VC expert Eric Jackson writes for Forbes about his own experiences and observations on the core factors why some VC backed Startups fail.
Superbowl to be Streamed Live to US Mobile Phones: The biggest sporting event in the US is to be officially streamed live by NBC for the first time to be viewable on computers and mobile devices.
The Neurons that Shaped Human Civilisation: In this TED video, neurologist VS Ramachandran explains Mirror Neurons, neurological firings that allow us to imitate and empathise with people and behaviours around us that sculpted human development and may be the bridge between science and the humanities.
Happy Christmas & Good Will toward you and yours! From Alistair and Alastair at SelfAssemblySites
Here's a quick fix if you're seeing the following error after upgrading to WordPress 3.3:
Fatal error: Call to undefined function is_rtl() in /wp-includes/general-template.php on line 2102
First of all, don't panic, the error seems to affect the admin dashboard but not the publicly accessible areas of your site. Secondly, it's a fairly simple fix.
The cause is most likely a plugin, and for many people reading this it's the "PopupDomination" plugin.
Fix for "Fatal Error Undefined Function is_rtl()":
- Login to your site via FTP and navigate to the
- If you have PopupDomination installed look at the directory names starting with 'P' and see if you can identify it (it could be "popup-domination", "popupD" or similar).
- Rename that folder to "PopupDomination-broken" or something similar.
- You're done! Reload the page and everything should be working. Contact the plugin author and ask them for a fixed version and re-enable after you've updated.
In the unlikely event that didn't fix your problem, try the following:
- Deactivate all plugins to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s).
- Try renaming the plugins directory to plugins-broken by FTP (sometimes, an inactive plugin can cause a problem so this works).
- Deactivate plugins in the mu-plugins folder by renaming that directory to mu-plugins-old
You can find more on how to do this on Fixing a Broken WordPress Site
Hope this helps!
A few interesting bits and pieces we've come across this week:
- This week, the Android Marketplace had it's 10 Billionth app download! Google created this beautiful infographic to tell us more.
- Amazon $6M fund for ebook authors: Amazon have announced a $6 million fund for ebook authors. To get a share you need to commit to sell your ebook exclusively through the Kindle Store and agree to your book being shared within Kindle Prime.
- Good Sight for All: Josh Silver delivers his brilliantly simple solution for correcting vision at the lowest cost possible - adjustable, liquid-filled lenses. At TEDGlobal 2009, he demos his affordable eyeglasses and reveals his global plan to distribute them to a billion people in need by 2020.
- Minority Report is Here: Xbox & Microsoft reveal interface updates centred around Kinect and Bing. Motion and voice commands will be key.
A few interesting bits and pieces we've come across this week.
- Building Something From Nothing, How I Harnessed the Wind At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.
- Germans Say Nein to Liking Facebook: Is this the end of the Facebook Open Graph?
- Bionic Contact Lense to Read Emails?: Scientists are close to creating a contact lens that projects images and text before your eyes.
- Remove Fake Sites: Judge Orders web giants to delist domain names linked with websites selling counterfeit goods.
- Platforms for Real Money Gambling: Facebook holds exploratory talks with over 20 online gaming sites, consultants and online gaming entrepreneurs.