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I can dance all day!

This is a fantastically funny vid. FPS | Doug deserves an Oscar.

Sunday 05th of February 2006 12:46:59 PM  (0) comments on this article 


eBaum's Thugs.

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"Internet thugs" from eBaumsworld appear to be scouring the web looking for blogs/sites linking to ebaumsworldsucks.com.

Here, have some evidence!

Tuesday 31st of January 2006 01:29:42 PM  (0) comments on this article 


Million Dollar Homepage

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Million dollar ideas.

We're still fresh from the hype surrounding MillionDollarHomepage.com, and if you don't know about it you'd want to get out from under that rock smile

Pretty shortly, people will be looking for the "next big thing" online and I'll be damned if I know what it is. I think the most important factor in the success of MDHP was its pure simplicity. Retrospectively, anyone can point to reasons why the site was so popular, so I'd be doing nothing different in writing about that.

What I'm more interested in is just how different that "next thing" I mentioned will be. The original concept of MDHP has now been replicated hundreds of times all over the web by people attempting to hop on the frenzy surrounding the original site. Doubtless some of these will make a bit of money off the back of MDHP, but none of them will be nearly as successful and eventual saturation is inevitable.

There are a few key aspects of web phenomena over recent years;

1. Original
2. Virally Marketed
3. Simple
4. Lucky

It's a bit of a cop-out to attribute the success of any endeavour to luck, but it is reasonably accurate in most cases. Whether it is the right person stumbling across the soon-to-be phenomena or just being the right time for the idea.
The thing is, online you can influence this "luck" to a certain extent. Search Engine Optimization is quite generally useful; making it that bit more likely that your idea will be picked up by people.

Viral marketing is a powerful way of something becoming well known, and has become very important online. There are various ways in which viral marketing is employed (Google's Gmail service, for example) but for the single person, simple quality of content is the most important factor. Essentially, being original will beget viral marketing, word of mouth advertising.

The next big thing will be nothing like MDHP, but it will be a product of the current web environment, the social structure.

In the end, it seems that the most successfull ideas are those which make you say to yourself, "that's stupidly simple... why didn't I think of that?".

Think stupid, but stop thinking about the Million Dollar Homepage smile



Sunday 29th of January 2006 12:09:32 AM  (1) comments on this article 


Unbelievable 3D Audio

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This sort of technology has been around since the eighties apparently, but because of certain technical restrictions it has never made it big in commercial application.

It's called "Holophonic" sound. Using phase shifted audio in a similar principle to that behind holographic imagery, full, three dimensional audio is recreated.

It is on a different level entirely to 5.1 or surround sound systems. Unfortunately, as mentioned, technical restrictions prevent it from being as big a hit as one might think. The best effect can only be obtained via headphones, the effect is lost on speaker systems unless they are positioned relative to the listener to give the effect of headphones.

Quick searches reveal a surprising lack of available holophonic audio, but then it's not particularily easy to come across tests for normal 5.1 either.

Here, check it out for yourself.
Ensure that you have a pair of headphones, you won't need a fantastic soundcard to do this either.

This particular example of holophonic audio comes from holophonic.ch.

Thursday 19th of January 2006 04:58:29 PM  (54) comments on this article 


Simple PHP Gallery

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It appears that Simple PHP Gallery has been abandoned (for now) by the author, Paul Griffin.

As this is the most useful PHP gallery software I've come across (all the more well known ones seem to have frivolous features and/or obscure navigation), I'm happy to devote a section to it here.

I've also taken the liberty of making some minor changes and bugfixes to the software.

Quote from Original SPG Site:
Simple PHP Gallery is a gallery management system designed to tackle small- to medium-size galleries with a minimum of hassle. While SPG sacrifices a few of the bells and whistles of other gallery systems in favor of simplicity, ease-of-use, and speed, it boasts a large feature set.


Download Simple PHP Gallery Here (TGZ) or here (ZIP).

Tuesday 17th of January 2006 12:19:58 AM  (6) comments on this article 


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