Archive for the ‘blog’ Category

Happy New Year

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Holidays over… I’m back! I didn’t post much over Christmas, as I was trying my best to avoid computer screens for a couple of weeks.

That’s not to say that I didn’t learn anything new at all over the festive season. I learnt many things – for example, being at home with my daughter taught me that potty-training a two-year old isn’t the easiest task in the world and that if you’re made to watch The Snowman enough times it can actually drive you a little bonkers.

Board games with the family taught me such nuggets as that tiger stripes go through to the skin not just the colour of the fur.

And what little web access I got away with before getting glared at reminded me that Hursley can look pretty cool (thanks, Andy!).

Hope everyone else had a good break.

Getting noticed on the web

Monday, December 4th, 2006

My website is typically a fairly quiet and underused affair. Written while I was at University, it was meant to be an online CV to help me apply for a job. And it served it’s purpose – it got me a few interviews, and on a couple of occasions interviewers would ask questions about stuff that I’d put on my online CV but not had room for on an application form.

I’ve not really got much use for it now, as I’m not looking to leave IBM any time soon. So, it has largely been left to languish. I will update it every now and then with an end date for something – so that I don’t claim to be doing something that I’m not. But I normally can’t be bothered to update it with new stuff, and several projects and side activities have never made it to the site.

I’m explaining this by way of background. I mentioned yesterday about a few emails that I had received about my Windows Mobile wiki note-taking app. I’ve had a few more since, which was surprising as I didn’t think that anyone would have come across my little tool. I’ve got AWStats installed so, out of curiosity, I had a look at my web server statistics to see how many times it had been downloaded, hoping to see perhaps a dozen or so downloads.


Making my blog mobile-friendly

Monday, November 27th, 2006

WordPress blogs don’t look great on PDAs like my phone. But I came across the WordPress Mobile Edition plugin, which produces a PDA-friendly version that is well suited to smaller screens. It rearranges the whole page layout, and makes it much easier to read.

If you have a WP blog and want to better support your mobile readers, then it’s worth a try.

Maintaining two blogs is difficult

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

I started an internal blog on the work intranet a couple of weeks ago. Two weeks later, I’ve finally got round to writing a second post. I’m not sure why I’ve found it harder to keep up a second blog – I guess part of it is that it’s harder to access the intranet one from home, and I can’t post from my phone. I’m going to try and write another post soon, though.

If you have access to the IBM intranet, take a look! (Better yet, help me out by answering the question there! ;-))

The importance of presentation, part 2

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Does the look of blogs matter?

I’ve not done much to customize the look of this. I guess the main reason for that I because I read all of the blogs that I follow in an RSS reader (Egress, if you’re interested) which grabs the text and images. I hardly ever see what the actual site looks like.

It’s much the same with my own blog. I write most of the posts on my phone, so I don’t see the actual site often myself.

So, I’ve not had much incentive to change the appearance from the WordPress default.

Does that matter? Do people need a personalised look to the blogs that they read, or is the content enough?

IBM blogging

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

After some encouragement from Andy and others, I’ve written my first post for my new internal IBM blog. If you work for IBM you can see it on BlogCentral. If you don’t, you… can’t. I’m not planning on getting rid of this blog, but I might post a little less often. This way I have a place to write if I want to talk about my day job.

While I’m talking about blogging and IBM websites, I’ve now been added to the IBMers’ blogs list on If you’ve come from there, welcome! (Unless you’re one of the dozens of comment-spammers who now seem to have found me through the link there, in which case – please go away! :-))

A lot of us at IBM are blogging

Monday, October 30th, 2006

I had a read of our external site about blogging this evening. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re interested in blogging, and want to see an example of a positive corporate attitude towards it. I especially enjoyed looking through some of the profiles of other IBM bloggers, seeing why they do it, and what they think they get out of it.


I can post to the blog from my mobile!

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

This one is probably obvious to people more used to blogging, but I still thought this was pretty cool 🙂