Postel’s Law also applies to human communication

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Early Internet pioneer, Jon Postel, beautifully captured the “Robustness Principle” for networked communications. “Be strict in what you send, and generous in what you receive.” That is, any computer sending data to another, should stick closely to the specification for that communication channel. Any computer receiving data, should expect that the sender isn’t following the…

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How to support this blog

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I don’t run adverts on this blog. The most I do is the occasional Amazon Affiliate link when I’m reviewing some tech. I’m happy with that. The site doesn’t cost me much to run, and I’m lucky enough that it increases my reputation and online goodwill. But I’ve been thinking recently about ways to make…

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No One Must Know This Is A Sponsored Post

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Media Discovery (New Web Ltd) is encouraging blogs to run paid for advertorials, without disclosing to their readership that the content is an advert. This appears to be in breach of the advertising industry’s code of practice. Anyone who has ever run a blog is probably familiar with these sorts of email – I get…

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Should you edit old blog posts?

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The fifth anniversary of my blog went by without me noticing. I don’t know if I’m a narcissist, but I quite often find myself re-reading old entries. Sometimes it’s because I’ve Googled for the solution to a problem, only to find I helpfully blogged about it yonks ago – other times I’ll read an article…

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NaBloPoMo – Stats

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As we enter another NaBloPoMo – where I try to write a blog post each day in Novemeber – I thought I’d take a look back at how this blog has developed. On Friday, October 30, 2009, I switched on WordPress statistics so I could get a better idea of what was popular on my…

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ebuzzing – formalising the PR relationship with Bloggers?

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This is a sponsored post from ebuzzing I've been pleasantly surprised by ebuzzing. They're part of the Wikio Group, who are focussed on getting bloggers to post about about brands that they like – and get paid for it. Despite running a backwater blog on obscure mobile phone related nonsense, I often get emailed by…

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The Best Phone for Blogging?

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This has been a really tough NaBloPoMo for me. Work has been frantic – meaning that my lunchtime blogging has been restricted to a quick bit of copy editing. I’ve also had some wonderful new toys to play with – which has distracted my attention. But the biggest problem? My Android phone. Don’t get me…

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Voluntary Paywall

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Almost a year ago, I postulated a way to turn the tables on the News International paywall. After playing around for a bit, I discovered that it was easy to block The Times from reading a blog, but I couldn’t find an easy way to disable the paywall on receipt of payment. So, I’ve set…

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Making DynamicWP's Simple White Theme XHTML Compliant

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This blog is proud to be XHTML 1.0 Strict Compliant.  Just like it is polite to use correct spelling and grammar for human readers, I believe that correct markup is “polite” for rendering engines. I’ve recently started using DynamicWP‘s Simple White Theme.  The theme is excellent, but generated around 60 validation errors.  Luckily these were…

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Girl With A One Track Mind

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It’s always a thrill to hear an author read their work aloud. It’s even more of an honour to be at the author’s début. Last night, 100 people crammed into the function room of Canal 125 for the launch event of Girl With A One Track Mind Exposed by Abby Lee aka Zoe Margolis. Sitting…

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