I’ve mentioned before that having a pet project is a key incentive to learn more in the world of coding.

I wanted a bookmarking service that was better than delicious.com and allowed full text search, and there didn’t seem to be any out there that I liked, so I decided to try and build one in my spare time. When I started on bkmrx.com, beyond that vague notion, I had no idea how all the pieces would slot together. I had to do a lot of research, planning and scoping when working on it – below are 20(ish) cool projects I found in the course of building it: Read more »

TL;DR: check out bkmrx.com

Online bookmarking is a pain. Most services out there treat bookmarks like their offline equivalents – linear, added once, and once you’ve added a certain amount of them, there’s no way of recovering the page or information you suddenly now want to retrieve without going through all of them one by one.

To a certain extent, Google solved this problem for a while but now with personalisation, user profiling, constantly shifting algorithms and +ification it’s arguably now harder to find what you’re looking for instead of what Google wants you to be finding. You certainly can’t be confident that the same search you perform today will return the same results tomorrow, and recalling the right combination of keywords you used to find something can be difficult. For certain topics, such as academic or niche searches, Google seems a bit too much noise & not enough signal these days to be useful, even when you know the right result is out there. Read more »

I was prompted today to upgrade to¬†Firefox 14, which was “offered to release channel users” 2 days ago. Looking at the release notes, this is the dreaded release for SEOs where Google SSL has now become the default search engine.

Obviously the rollout will be slow as most users generally take a few weeks after release to upgrade their browsers, but I did a quick roll-up of the impact across a number of UK clients – as you can see on the first day of release the percentage of (not provided) traffic has hit a new high.

It’ll be interesting to monitor this over the coming weeks…

One of the most important features that Excel is missing is some sort of version control. This means writing macros and VBA can be a hugely hit & miss affair.

After setting up a repository recently for a bunch of Excel files it occurred to me that the VBA code could probably be extracted and saved as text files using Perl – and that way if the script was run before each commit, the code (if not the presentational elements) could have some kind of source control.

After a little bit of searching around and help from the URLs at the foot of this post, I came up with the following: Read more »