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Hardware & Technology / Big G throws their toys out the pram
« on: October 18, 2018, 06:37:33 AM »

Water Cooler / If you like your movies...
« on: July 21, 2018, 02:09:39 PM »
I've never subscribed to a YouTube channel before but I'm really liking what DUST are doing.

It's a load of short movies (about 15mins) that are used to promote the story to the big studios to turn them into features length films. I'm really liking most of them.

Thought I'd share if anyone here likes their movies

I want to see if it's a viable route to go down.

I'm wanting to print an insert similar to what do inside their boxes

This image shows the same insert but both sides - dimensions are 12.5 x 25cm

Each one is personalised with the customer's name and recommend a friend codes that are perforated at the bottom for easy tearing, and I'm guessing machine folded.

Anyone here knows of anything that will do the job, be it a single machine or a couple of machines?

Water Cooler / Zombie apocalypse simulation
« on: January 23, 2018, 10:35:59 AM »
Just in case, you never know

Web Development / SSL Companies
« on: January 08, 2018, 01:53:44 PM »
Hopefully, someone here can guide me on what to do.

I only realised over the weekend that the SSL certificate I purchased years ago has changed providers on my last renewal (late last year).
Originally I bought a Trustwave SSL through my hosting provider (Vidahost) which has now changed to a GoDaddy SSL provided through starfield technologies. Whoever they are.

I'm not too happy that it was changed without prior consent as I still have the Trustwave link on my site to authenticate it, which now doesn't work.
Plus I'm not too keen to have a GoDaddy SSL seal on my site.

Am I right in thinking SSL certs that are the same level are technically the same. There isn't anything behind the scenes that makes them different?
So if that's right, it's purely a case of who has the most trustworthy seal in the public's eye that I'm buying into?

After kicking up a fuss they have offered me a refund or to try a renew at trustwave.
Not really sure what route to go down. I was thinking along the lines of getting a refund and getting a free SSL through letsencrypt, which I'm sure is a better option than using GoDaddy.

Water Cooler / School forcing me to buy an iPad
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:17:49 PM »
Anyone else in the UK been subjected to this?

My eldest started secondary school last September so I'm new to this, but she came back from school today saying that to complete her homework she needs an iPad...... what! hang on a minute.
So I started looking to it thinking that I could get a chromebook instead but the school needs her to download ipad apps and they don't have the apps for any other platform.

Now I've never bought an apple product in my life, and it's p***ed me right off that I'm being forced into buying, if I don't them my child suffers.
Great, so the school chooses the most expensive platform on planet earth with no alternative option and probably gets a nice kickback from Apple for doing so.

Rant over.

Web Development / Emulator for iOS on Windows
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:53:11 AM »
I have nothing apple. Nada, nothing, but I've been told I have an issue with a button on my website that has an on click jquery function attached to it using their iphone.
I've managed to track down someone with an iphone and had a look and it works as intended.
My only thought is that they are using an old iphone - still waiting for them to get back to me.
Is there anything out there you can recommend that I can use on a Windows PC that will emulate using different versions of iOS/safari so I can a) see this problem happening and b) try and fix it

Marketing / Direct Mail - Sending format
« on: September 08, 2017, 12:14:31 PM »
I'm planning on doing my first mail shot to my customers (ex and current) and have never had anything in the post from me before.

It will consist of an A5, 8 page booklet with offers, and an A5 flyer as a cover sheet so I can over print the customer's address on. This sheet will have a plastic card attached to it that awards them instant access to membership pricing (they normally have to spend 30 first).

Would you a) pop it all in a clear mailing bag for all to see instantly, or b) put it in an envelope?

I can't work out what will be better received.
Putting it in the clear bag instantly shows who it's from and everyone can see the sale hooks, but then I feel there's a higher chance of it going straight in the bin as it's the standard junk mail setup.
Putting it in an envelope with the plastic card will trigger their curiosity more and grab their attention better when they actually open, but then I don't want to come as being 'sneaky' so to speak.

What would you do? or am thinking too much into it.

Hardware & Technology / Amazon's new patent - Real World Spyware
« on: July 27, 2017, 01:13:14 PM »

In plain English? Amazon's drones could analyse customers' homes as they make deliveries, and then try and sell them products and services based on what they "see."

I'm expecting offers on lawn mowers and weed killer then

Water Cooler / Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service
« on: June 27, 2017, 10:04:28 AM »

Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; 2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.

I'm sure it should read

Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; 2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of their search results.

I'm a bit stumped as to why Google can't do this. I mean, what would happen if they decided to turn off their search engine for 24hrs?
Surely the EU can't turn around and demand that they must turn it back on.

Web Development / WC 3.x
« on: April 20, 2017, 01:55:56 PM »
Anyone else losing the plot with this major change to WooCommerce?
It's times like this I wish I had the cash to splash and got someone else to do what I want.
One day hey.

Water Cooler / What! no JS attachments in Gmail
« on: February 19, 2017, 10:01:27 PM »
Is this an early Aprils fools joke?

I'm fighting with a web service that is returning a single message packed into a MIME MultiPart message (so I understand it).
So instead of just XML that PHP SOAP can process happily, I'm getting a SoapFault exception: [Client] looks like we got no XML document in.... because there's extra data before and after the XML.
This is what's being returned:

Code: [Select]
Content-ID: <>
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
Content-Type: application/xop+xml;charset=utf-8;type="text/xml"

<s:Envelope xmlns:s="" xmlns:u="">

So, I'm planning on extending the SoapClient and overloading the __doRequest so I can manipulate the response and remove all the unwanted crap, for a better word.

Code: [Select]
class extSoapClient extends SoapClient
    public function __doRequest($request, $location, $action, $version, $one_way = 0)
        $response = parent::__doRequest($request, $location, $action, $version, $one_way);

        // strip away everything but the xml. <s:Envelope .... </s:Envelope>
        return $response;

The only problem I have is working how to do it.
I'm sure I can use preg_replace() but I haven't a foggiest what regex to create to make the magic happen. It's definitely not my forte.
Can anyone help, please?

Monetization / Safeguarding ones business with manageable supplier prices
« on: November 26, 2016, 01:51:52 PM »
I'm coming up to a crossroads with my business, and there's one area I don't exactly know how to approach.

It's to do with purchasing from suppliers and setting myself up so I don't regret it later on.

The main point of the business is going to be offering convenience for consumers who purchase a particular brand on a regular basis.

The problem though is I don't have the buying power to negotiate good unit prices from the start, so I am going to have to play by their rules and pay their wholesale price.
But I want to put myself in a good position, so later on if the business kicks off, or their particular brand becomes a top seller, I can renegotiate the price for larger order quantities.
But because consumers will be brand loyal, and if the supplier plays hardball I will be left with two options as far as I can see.
1) Carry on paying the high wholesale prices
2) Drop their brand, and offer a replacement with another supplier of similar type using the new found buying power.

With option 2) I may keep a sizable number, as the service I'm offering should be strong enough for them to consider staying, but I underlined may because it's an unknown variable.

So with all that, I'm thinking along the lines of supplier agreements.
Agreements with certain stipulations (e.g. delivery time frames) and volume targets set over a certain period to hit (e.g. a yearly contract that is renewed based on the previous year's sales volume)
But I haven't a clue with regards to supplier agreements, what the pitfalls are or anything to compare to get a feeling for what is talked about in these supplier agreements.

Any help or pointers in the right direction would be much appreciated.

Water Cooler / The ultimate weather map
« on: October 16, 2016, 04:18:39 PM »
I can't stop playing with it -

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