Sky to roll out content on Xbox 360

According to the BBC Sky have struck a deal with Microsoft to deliver sky content direct to your Xbox without the need for a sky dish.

Set to be released in the autumn, Xbox Live customers should be able to receive live sport, programmes, catch-up TV and on demand films through their broadband connection.

One of the intriguing parts is that you don’t need to be a sky subscriber to benefit from the service and sky are suggesting that they will offer a discount for existing customers.

It seems that even thought the PS3 has better graphics, the 360 still has some tricks up it’s selves.

Read the full article on the BBC website

Increasing your site exposure through WordPress Ping Lists

There is no use writing great content if no one knows that it is published. One way of increasing your wordpress site’s exposure is to edit the ping list.

When you publish a post in wordpress, it has the ability to send out a notification to multiple websites designed to track and aggregate posts.The sites that it notifies are stored in the Ping List

By default wordpress has only one entry in the list: http://rpc.pingomatic.com/ which means that you are only notifying one site of your update.

The theory is that by adding to the list you can notify more sites and thus increase your chances of exposure.

A bit of research and i came across a post on  Vladimir Prelovac Site that has a decent list:

http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
http://bblog.com/ping.php
http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
http://ping.feedburner.com
http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/
http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
http://xping.pubsub.com/ping

To use this list you need to log into your wordpress admin panel, go to Settings > Writing and then scroll down to Update Services. Copy and paste the list into the box and then click Save Changes

There are more extensive lists out there and i recommend tweaking this list based on the content of your site, however tempting what you don’t want to do is drop a massive list into there as no one likes a spammer and quality is always better than quanitiy!

Edit Sharepoint sites for free!

A bit late but still worth a post, Microsoft has announced (in April 2009) that Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007 is now free!
Go over to SharePoint Designer 2007 Download to get your free copy.

For those who don’t know much about SharePoint Designer, here is an excerpt from Microsoft:

Build solutions faster to enhance team productivity and efficiency

Use Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to create and deploy interactive solutions on the SharePoint platform, without having to write code.

  • Automate business processes such as document approval, custom event notification, and other collaboration tasks with the Workflow Designer.
  • Create reporting and tracking applications using data views and forms to easily gather and aggregate data from outside your site and from SharePoint lists and document libraries on the Web site.
  • Get started fast with pre-built Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Application Templates, which are fully customizable and extensible using Office SharePoint Designer 2007.
  • Extend your solutions by building advanced interactive Microsoft ASP.NET pages. Insert and edit controls with the same powerful activity menus and control property grid previously found only in development tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio 2005.

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Updates, well more like a backdate…

Okay so i got bored with my old orange and black theme that i had on the site so needed a quick change with an idea of making my own theme in the nearest future. Well as all best plans go, i got side tracked and have stayed with this current theme (Officelog) but this weekend is/should be/was the weekend where i get down and sort it all out.

Looking for inspiration i thought it would be good to try and look at my past designs. As i have had a few harddrive failures in the past, unfortunately i have not got them on disk so i fired up the old wayback engine (http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.pljdesigns.co.uk) to see what i could find.

It came up with a few layouts but they were not quite right with missing images and skewed layouts but what it did do is show me the posts from the time the archive was made which got me thinking… my old site was running on a very simple blogging software which i used before i jumped to wordpress.

The question arose, “Do i still have the backend to that site?” As i haven’t moved servers and generally don’t mess with MySQL there was a good chance that the posts were there in some way or form. I fired up my control panel and logged onto myphpadmin and took a look. Lo and behold there was the original database – all two tables!!

What I have done is copy all of the posts from my old blog into this one, along with all the time stamps etc. unfortunately I have not done the comments as i got bored (and was supposed t be redesigning the site anyway)

I now have entries from 2004 -2005 which includes my very first post. It’s funny looking back and remembering the setting and reason around each post.

Enough side tracking…. 😛

Google Chrome – Google joins the browser race

Google have joined the web browser race by releasing the beta of their upcoming web browser today: Google Chrome.

Based on open source technology, the browser brings in some new ideas to offer increased robustness and speed such as a task manager for the browser so that you can monitor what sites are hogging your bandwidth, spawing a new independent process for each tab reducing memory problems and browser hangs and a completely rewritten javascript virtual machine that complies code instead of interpreting it.

I will definately be downloading a copy to try out, who knows it may actually live up to it’s claims!

the Google comic detailing the features can be found here: http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/

Developing an Extranet

One of our clients has been doing a little bit of reading and now wants a web 2.0 site with all the buzz words under the sun!

The original request was something like “Company Extranet/Blog with AJAX driven dynamic content on an open source platform!!” – I suppose a little knowledge IS dangerous. Lol

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Now playing: Incubus – Megalomaniac
via FoxyTunes

Google Maps Mobile

Just got my new PDA for work and was messing around with it and came across this little article about using google maps with it’s built in sat nav. Have to say it works a treat – just need to work out a way to cache all the maps on a memory card so that i can use it in areas with low data transfer rates.

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/11/google-maps-for-mobile-shows-your.htm

google maps mobile

might post a review of the pda compared to my old one later…

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Now playing: Audioslave – Set It Off
via FoxyTunes