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Water Cooler / Re: Careful Out there People
« on: April 04, 2017, 11:56:55 AM »
Ha ha. There are some top notch comments under that article

Web Development / Re: CMS for web database?
« on: March 27, 2017, 09:54:45 AM »

UGC into wordpress seems to be it's own world of pain. Nothing attracts spammers as much as a wordpress driven site that invites users to submit content.  Switched a community site from Drupal to Wordpress last year. Within a month we were getting more spam in a week than we'd usually see in a year. That plus a couple of modules breaking on every core update(which is frequent with wordpress) killed the project for us. 

We created a site using on the WordPress platform and it was a world of pain. An absolute spammers paradise with few effective moderation tools and buggy software.

Water Cooler / Re: This map of every pub in the UK is somewhat reassuring
« on: December 02, 2016, 09:31:06 AM »
With the high value of real estate in the UK, breweries/pub owners are often selling the property to developers or supermarket chains. Sad to say but the money to be made in running a traditional pub can often be ridiculously low, hence many taking the route to sell the pub (which is often a large building) to the highest bidder.

Hardware & Technology / Re: New Laptop time, Which Brand Would You choose?
« on: November 08, 2016, 10:23:32 AM »
Dell for me too. An XPS 15 has been my primary laptop for a couple of years now. Only major issue I've had is the battery is starting to lose charge but that's expected at the age. Screen is lovely and it still runs quickly after a few year's worth of use.

Must say I was very impressed with a Lenovo Chromebook I bought for a family member a few weeks ago though. If you're looking for a knock around machine just for browsing the web quickly you couldn't go wrong with one. Cost me just over 100.

Water Cooler / Re: Study: 11% of Americans Think HTML Is an STD
« on: September 28, 2016, 04:08:03 PM »
It's most surprising to me that Voucher Cloud made it into Time and the LA Times! I know some of the guys involved at Voucher Cloud - kudos to them on the linkbait.

Traffic / Re: Looking for a new rank tracker.
« on: September 07, 2016, 09:27:08 AM » is pretty good as a fairly basic rank tracker. It doesn't do bi-hourly updates but you can set it for daily updates and you can automate reports on it quite nicely.

Water Cooler / Re: Going LTD.
« on: July 25, 2016, 08:42:44 AM »
Might be worth getting in touch with Keith at

Based in Yorkshire and very good. Knows our industry well and we've used him for several years - no complaints whatsoever.

Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: June 27, 2016, 10:35:36 AM »

I have no complaints about the politically engaged to wanted out for good reasons. There are many good reasons to want that. Sadly few of those were really discussed an a fair proportion of the 52% seem to have voted based on the lies and nonsense they were fed.   An awful campaign by both sides. Fear mongering by 'in', lies and fear mongering by 'out'.    It's going to be a long time before there are any winners (short-selling aside).

Completely agree that the campaign on both sides was awful. It seems to have been the standard electioneering type campaign driven by party politics when this should have been something entirely different.

Instead we had each side trying to score political points off the other (eventhough each side consisted of politicians from both main parties) rather than actually trying to inform voters on the positives and negatives of leave or stay. It is only after the results that we are starting to see more factual debate that should have taken place beforehand rather than trying to scare the electorate to vote one way or the other.

When push comes to shove the English can be a pretty obdurate bunch so when faced with such an appallingly negative campaign by the ruling party I think many thought enough is enough and voted to give Cameron a bloody nose regardless of the wider picture.

What I personally found troubling in all this was the role the media played. For example an outlet which generally speaking can be considered as even handed, the BBC seemed almost tabloid in nature. Rather than a balanced level of reporting on either side there was a real stoking of emotional arguments when a clear head was needed.

This vote, more than any as far back as I can remember was forged by a rabid media in my opinion.

Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: June 24, 2016, 10:20:59 AM »
There are rumours that the Education Sec Nicky Morgan is planning a run at the leadership... Interesting times.

Web Development / Re: Website updated.
« on: May 06, 2016, 09:28:44 AM »
I came across this site fairly recently -

For a free stock images site it has much better quality images than the other free repositories. Some are pretty decent. If you rummage around there you might find some images that would work for you.

Water Cooler / Re: Aldi (US) Now Accepts Credit Cards
« on: March 04, 2016, 04:05:29 PM »
I'm a fairly recent convert to Aldi in the UK. They do some really good booze at ridiculously low prices.

Water Cooler / Re: The Official Introduction Thread.
« on: October 30, 2015, 02:22:58 PM »
Afternoon Daniel. Welcome  :)

Web Development / Re: Bulk domain checking
« on: May 08, 2015, 10:29:57 AM »
Something like Domain Punch would likely do a decent job for you -

I haven't used it for quite some time but when I was it did a good job. There are free trial periods as well so it might suit as a one-off job.

Water Cooler / Re: UK Television Advertising Schedules
« on: April 28, 2015, 01:43:26 PM »
I remember getting a spreadsheet from an agency that was managing an affiliate program that we were strong on at the time which contained 3 weeks worth of future booked in adverts for the merchant. The details included time slots, tv programmes they were scheduled to run in and the applicable channel. So I know at the time that merchant was booking their ads at least 3 weeks in advance. I've never seen any other similar sources of info though so I'm assuming its only available on a per agency basis if you know the right people.

Water Cooler / Re: UK Television Advertising Schedules
« on: April 28, 2015, 09:37:28 AM »
i dont, but i wish i did

 ;D Proving to be quite hard to get hold of this info...

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