Monthly Archives: December 2011

Friday 28th December Short Shorts

Copyright of Gary Larson, The Far Side

Copyright of Gary Larson, The Far Side


4 Must Have Elements to Designing a Profiltable Deal

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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.




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Friday Shorts 21st December

How to Rob a Snowman

How to Rob a Snowman

  • Top 10 Reasons Why Large Companies Lose Their Top Talent: Why large, established and often innovative companies have golden opportunities to keep their top talent but don't.
  • GoDaddy's Spammy Link Building Techniques: The great WordPress SEO expert, Yoast, investigates some of GoDaddy's questionable tactics for ranking for many of their keyword targets, often at the expense of their customers.
  • Watch Out Santa

    Watch Out Santa

  • LoveFilm Signs Streaming Deal with Sony Pictures Television: New deal allows Amazon's LoveFilm to stream titles such as the Social Network and Salt as it increases it's battle with key rival Netflix.
  • Viktor E Frankl: Why To Believe In Others: Holocaust survivor, psychologist and best-selling author of Man's Search for Meaning, Frankl delivers a powerful message of why we should start from an optimistic perspective. Human at its core, its a very appropriate message of goodwill toward man for this time of year!
  • Happy Christmas & Good Will toward you and yours! From Alistair and Alastair at SelfAssemblySites





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    Friday Shorts 16th December

    Desert Island

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      • What The World's Biggest Websites Looked Like At Launch: It’s hard to imagine but the world beating websites we all love or loath today were once just scribbles on a piece of paper, or the brainchild of a 19-year-old college student. With the help of the Wayback Machine, which provides screenshots of any website imaginable from its inception until now, we can view the original designs and content of the most visited websites in the U.S.
    Sample Screenshot of Path

    Screenshot of Path Copyright of

    • The Path to Make You Want to Delete Facebook: Many now see Facebook as a glorified phone book, chances are you have more than 300-500 'friends'. But Path, a lightweight social networking app, caps the number of friends you can have to a more natural and manageable 150. It's the Dunbar Number — a theoretical limit to the number of connections you can meaningfully track at any time.
    • YouTube Buys Company That Processes Music Royalties: In an effort to streamline its often complex relations with music publishers, YouTube has acquired RightsFlow, an upstart company in New York that processes royalties for the music industry. This move could mean a little or a lot more money for musicians.
    • Paid Search Drives $6 is Local Sales for Every $1 in Online Sales: Paid search has 6:1 impact on offline sales over e-commerce. Only now with the rise of smartphones and other methodologies is online-to-offline tracking becoming more widely available. Approximately 9% of clicks on a paid search ad generated an offline sale, with some reporting up to 26%. It's a fascinating insight into consumer behaviour and a warning to online only retailers, that we haven't all moved away from real world stores just yet.
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    WordPress 3.3 Fix for “Fatal Error Undefined Function is_rtl()”

    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()":

    1. Login to your site via FTP and navigate to the /wp-content/plugins directory.
    2. 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).
    3. Rename that folder to "PopupDomination-broken" or something similar.
    4. 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!

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    Friday Shorts 9th December

    A few interesting bits and pieces we've come across this week:

    Dilbert on asking for feedback on your site

    10 Billionth Android App download

    • 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.
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    Friday Shorts 2nd December

    A few interesting bits and pieces we've come across this week.  

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