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Shaping up for summer

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 30, 2004

Maybe not quite as drastic as , but I have cut off the ponytail and gone for a number two buzz cut up the back and on the sides…


Google brings iPhoto to the PC

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 30, 2004

Google recently added another string to its bow when it bought Picasa – an iPhoto-like tool for Windows PCs. It’ll search and catalogue your images, and sort them into a timeline, so you get to see them in the order they were taken – and sorted into albums based on the directories you use. It’ll catalogue images as soon as they’re loaded onto your PC, and also gives you basic image editing features.

It’s also free.

I quite like it.

Hidden places under the cliffs

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 30, 2004

Driving back from Dover yesterday I took a little diversion off the bustle of the A20, diving down the steep tunnel through Shakespeare Cliff to Samphire Hoe.

It’s hard to believe that this beautiful piece of chalk land was once under the sea – as it’s the site of the chalk marl spill from the Channel Tunnel. Now landscaped and restored, it’s a quiet, wild space, full of wild life (including adders) and all sorts of rare plants, while step chalk cliffs rise up over your head…

Expect photography from there over the next few weeks.

Up and down to Dover

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 30, 2004

It looks like the work at BigFerryCo is about to enter a second phase, and I’ve been asked to carry on, with two to three days a week work for the next two or three months, to help them plan their next steps. Not only that, but I will soon have appropriate business cards to go along with the new email address.

This is just what I’ve been looking for over the last year or so. A decent IT strategy gig. And a client that actually seems prepared to listen to me.


A superhero for the average home?

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 30, 2004

got a book catalogue in the post this morning featuring a DIY book called Captain Competent and the Toolbelt of Power.

It makes a certain sense – the Romans had household gods, we get household superheroes. “Mutatis mutandis”, as the great Cato Maior probably said…

Evil seagulls

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 29, 2004

Why do seagulls look so evil close up?

I have just been eyed up by one that walked by outside the window. This one seemed even more evil than usual, and appeared to be plotting world domination – with a very dangerous gleam in its beady little eyes.

Be very afraid.

The filthy seagull, it plans!

Dover Beach

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 29, 2004

I may well be halfway up one of the white cliffs, here at BigFerryCo, looking at an old fort, but this poem seems appropriate:

Dover Beach

by Matthew Arnold

The sea is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; -on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanch’d land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.
Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Aegean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl’d.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,

Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.


OneNote PowerToys

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 28, 2004

If there’s an app I live in as much as Outlook, it’s Microsoft’s OneNote 2003. A member of the Office family, OneNote is the closest thing to an electronic version of the good old Black and Red notebooks I used in my engineering days. It’s not just for tablet PCs – I use it as much on my desktop PC as on my tablet.

Yesterday’s release of the first service pack for Office 2003 meant a whole new version of OneNote, and an extensibility API. Chris Prately, the OneNote project lead, has just announced the first two OneNote PowerToys in his blog

I do like the ides of Outlook to OneNote, which allows you to select a group of email messages and turn them into a OneNote document.

Making money from the web

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 28, 2004

Since I put Google Adsense on we have made a grand total of $0.19.

Not bad for no work at all and an out-of-date website that really needs a redesign and rebuild…

…and only $99.81 to go before they send us a cheque…

What’s my site’s rank.

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 28, 2004

points out a rather useful measure of just how popular your site is, based on three different measures: Google‘s page rank, Alexa‘s traffic rank, and the Yahoo! backlink count. gets the following results:

PageRank for = 6 / 10
If the PR is 0, it could mean no such page in Google, or an actual PR of 0.

Alexa traffic rank for = 2045653
A rough estimate of daily unique visitors based on this Alexa rank = 168

The external backlink count for this page in Yahoo = 353

(link from ‘s

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