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I reached another blogging milestone of sorts overnight. The Akismet plug-in has now blocked it’s first 1,000 spam comments. Thanks Akismet, and all the folks at WordPress for having the vision and good sense to include it in your offering. The accuracy is incredible and it has never failed me even as my traffic and spam have increased four fold over the past month.

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It’s been quite a while since I did a “One to Watch” post mentioning a site you might want to check out, and since most of my recent work life has been centered around data visualisation, I thought it time I mentioned KPILibrary.

If you are what you measure, how do you know where to start with your BI / dashboarding project. Divided into categories by industry, it’s populated by user contributed KPI definitions and it just might get you off the ground. Do you know what you should be measuring? What are others measuring their success on and how often?

Check it out. The articles on the blog are worth a look too!

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SilverLight RC1.0 was released today and with it this weekend came my invite to join the PopFly beta. I signed up to the wait list mid week so it only took a couple of days, and what a pretty invite it is!

Microsoft PopFly Invitation

After accepting, creating a short profile as a first time user and a quick SilverLight download later I was gasping in wonderment. My first two thoughts were “Wow” followed by “It’s time to dig out the Javascript Bible!”. I haven’t given the web page designer a spin yet,but did give the mashups a go. Here’s the designer in all it’s drag and drop glory.

PopFly Mashups Designer

The list of available application blocks both preloaded by the PopFly team and those created by the growing community is already impressive, though many of the user blocks I tried refused to load due to invalid XML.

It’s really quick to get something simple up and running too. In under 5 minutes I had a block pulling pictures tagged with Windows Vista into an iTunes type carousel display. It’s that simple!

PopFly-FlickrtoCarousel

Those blessed with a knowledge of Javascript can dive right in to customise any application block or write their own from scratch. For other mere mortals there’s video tutorials a plenty.

Well done to Microsoft on a fantastic web applications platform for the aspiring web community. I’m glad you’ve kept this firmly on the roadmap and look forward to a multitude of new features in coming releases.noelia ron paul youtube paris hilton harry potter beyonce falls iphone blogher descargar beyonce utube blogher07 mallu google authority

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Every now and then you stumble on a real gem of a site and 9Tutorials is just such a treasure. I came across it a few months ago and thought it time I shared!
Armed with a copy of Photoshop, a good eye for colour and the guides from this site alone, you can create a fantastic looking site for your startup in no time at all. With the weekend upon us, why wait?

The bulk of the site’s content is based around using Photoshop but Flash, ASP, PHP and other popular platforms and technologies get coverage too.

Well worth a look for startups are the posts on creating your own Web 2.0 style logo like this one

SampleWeb2OhBetaLogo

and creating a Web 2.0 style site template like this one (anything but pink though please!)

Web20SiteDesignTutorial

Now all you need is that great idea and this when it’s released 😉noelia ron paul youtube harry potter twango iphone netflix facebook theresa duncan music paris hilton myspace google minube spoiler

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I’ve decided to post this for 2 reasons:

  1. Despite all the scaremongering that the security and anti-virus companies in our industry engage in, I dont get all that much spam, especially phishing emails
  2. I hope this will help educate others to spot a fake and avoid the thievery of phishing artists

I received this email at the weekend. Thanks to Gmail, it went straight in my spam folder but I couldn’t resist a peak when I saw it titled Account Managment.

PayPal_PhishSpam

I’ve highlighted the giveaway signs that this is a fake :

  1. The originating address is a Yahoo.com account created under the name PayPal Security Center
  2. The URL that you’re asked to follow to “update your account information” does not mention PayPal nor any valid portion of an actual PayPal site URL, simplying referring to an IP address that could be Joe Bloggs in God knows where.

Following the URL brings you to a very convincing recreation of the PayPal homepage, but in my case Firefox immediately flagged it as a reported phishing page.

FakePayPalPage

If this helps just 1 person avoid a rip off it’s worth the time taken to post so please keep your browser and it’s plug-ins up to date to make sure you catch this sort of thing.noelia youtube harry potter ron paul iphone harry potter spoiler galilea montijo el jueves theresa duncan paris hilton twango google facebook music deathly hallows

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If not, now you can get up to speed thanks to the recent release of Information Architects Web Trends 2007 guide. Think Gartner’s Magic Quadrants but for all interests/industries at the same time, all on one page, and unlike most of Gartner’s industry analysis, it’s free!

WebTrends2007v2

Find out who’s waining by remaining Web 1.0 and those gaining at the cutting edge of 2.5 here. More importantly, read the full story and learn how to use it to your company’s advantage here.

This is an excellent v2 of the project, with the next revision due in December. Well done to all!!harry potter youtube noelia frank rich ron paul harry potter spoiler el jueves deathly hallows iphone galilea

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Congratulations and drinks all round for Aodhan Cullen and all the gang at the superb web analytics service StatCounter. Aodhan has just been named Business Week’s Young European Entrepreneur for 2007.

Announcement from the StatCounter blog here. Full story from Business Week here.

Well done to all on a thoroughly deserved award, and keep innovating, Ireland needs many more like Aodhan!

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