Thursday, March 26, 2020

Live Aid Nice logo

This is the logo from the Live Aid concert's back in the 80s.  I just thought it is such a smart logo that I'd put it here and say that.

Dog Saga... Some relief!

So those of you avidly waiting for the next update about my long running dog saga will be pleased to know I have some good news!

Their owner has bought another house in our street, and moved the dogs up there!  That deserves another exclamation mark!

So, how bizarre.

- She says she "doesn't have a lot of money to put a nice wall in" - yet is capable of buying another house in cash - I know this because it was auction sale, and you have to deposit 90% of the cash before they let you bid here in Andorra.

- Her new immediate neighbours are a fiesty french-woman, and a vet.  Both of whom will now, in turn, be highly unimpressed with the dogs antics when she is out of the house.  The vet has been trying to sell his house for many year now.... that's even less likely to happen now.

- I doubt she bought the additional house so I, and the other neighbours this end of the road, could get some peace; but it does make me wonder if she's actually not selfish - just a bit dim - as the new neighbours will complain too.

- I used to yell at the dogs if they barked and startled me.  "F**K OFF".  I wonder if she heard that and cares so much for the damn mutts she bought a new place.

I said to one of the other (now in some peace neighbours) that this story is not over yet - but at least we can enjoy our out-doors for a little while now.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

Why we will be back in Europe and surprisingly quick

1) Take away Brexit Boris, and all you have are "swivel-eyed-loons".  Think about it - who is in any way "normal" in the current Brexit party - sorry Conservative Brexit Party?

 I mean look at them.  What a bunch of awkward misfits...   And in the ranks... all those odious backbenchers like Mogg, Baker, Jekin, Cash, Redwood, Bridgen & Francois.

It was Boris what won it.   And Boris is going to come seriously unstuck....   Either he goes soft brexit, so then what was the point?  Or he goes hard, and boy it's going to be hard; and with it an economic hit.

You see the problem?  Boris has nailed the Conservative & Brexit party flag so hard to the "Outside Everything"-mast; that he can't possibly go back.

2) All the Labour party have to do it get someone vaguely presentable, certainly Starmer would be fine, or Nandy or Thornberry and propose a "EFTA"-like trading arrangement.  That's back in folks, and as far as we want to take it - certainly until Farage & Co are in the nursing home.  If there has been one tiny glimmer of light is that we won't have to bear the sight of that snake-oil salesman any longer in the EU Parliament.   Going back into the EU would mean him getting voted back in, so No Thank You.

ETFA means free trade - free movement - keeping the Pound (I'd prefer to dump, but whatever), and a low profile in Brussel.

It also means faster economic growth (you know.. no tariffs, market access lol), and Good Ol' Boris and Friends can't go anywhere near proposing *that*.   So the gift of anyone who wants to take it.

The thing is, that most "normal" MPs were remainers - that is, "grown ups" who understand this is not about Empire 2.0 but working together with the countries that are closest geographically to us... so it is only a matter of time that the slogan politics, into which have descended, gives ways to quiet sensible decisions.

I will leave the last word to these guys....  Thank you

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Types of Link Partnership

Before Google hit the scene big time in the early 2000s all linking partnerships between sites was for traffic reasons. You might find a site that offered a complementary but non-competitive service and do a link swap (reciprocal link) between the two sites.

Since the rise in dominance and importance of Google, it is necessary to employ linking strategies that avoid direct reciprocal links if maximum value it to be achieved. That is not to say that a good traffic bearing or similar themed reciprocal link is to be avoided.

If you can arrange different types of links (like those listed below) your site, and your partners will appear higher in the search engine rankings as a result.

One Way Link Partnership

This is the simplest type of link. You have got a one way link to your site from another.
You are not giving a link back in return. This is the best type of link.  For a link like this from another site look at submit article - you control the content of the linking page.

Reciprocal Link Partnership

This is the simplest type of link partnership. You have got a one way link to your site from another, and you are giving a link back to the same site.

This type of linking is useful but not a good as other forms of linking.

If your sites are of a similar theme; complimentary and non-competitive, or you expect worthwhile traffic this link arrangement may be for you.

Open Jaw One Site Link Partnership

This is an advanced link partnership. You are linking your partners site and he is linking another one of your sites from his.

This type of linking is can be as good as two one way links, but matching the strength and quality of the links in important.

All the sites should be complementary and non-competitive.

Split Pair Link Partnership

This is an advanced link partnership. You link a partner site, and in return he links a different site of yours.

This type of linking is as good as two one way links, but matching the strength and quality of the links in important.

Both sites in each pairing should be complementary and non-competitive.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Pocket Money Manager

Exciting times!

Today we launch a pocket money manager website for both parents and children to manage their allowances.

My kids names are Henry and Isabel, so the name - is the first three letters of each of their names.

For years, when they were small, I'd mentally record how much each of their totals was - this was prone to error and doubt.

Later we moved to a Google Sheet solution - I made a simple spreadsheet with rows for each week (their basic allowance is their age, in Euros per week), and another column for recording what they purchased.

After he completed the amazing Khan Academy course in programming I thought a fun practical project would be to develop a real-live application with the boy.

Since I'm fairly generous with the pocket money, it comes up in day-to-day activities a fair amount - and figured it was a small enough project to complete in a few months.

The site uses a .net backend and was my first experience of a bootstrap html design - so I get to learn too!

I've pulled in a few webservices to manage SMS notification sending and currency conversions to whatever base currency is selected for the pocket money.

I'm hoping that most bases have been covered:

- Chore payments:  That is one off increasing in the amount that the child has
- Regular payments:  The weekly (or monthly) allowance increase

- Cash handouts:  Record when a child is given some notes e.g. at an amusement park and they run off and spend
- On behalf purchases:  When you buy something for the child either in a store (maybe as part of your normal shopping - which is hard to manage if they have money in a wallet also), and Online purchases that you make on your credit card on behalf the child
- Regular subscriptions:  These days kids want mobile phones (and associated phone company contracts), or Netflix/Spotify subscriptions.  They don't credit cards themselves; so you can setup regular deductions from their "bank account" on and pay it from your own credit card.

There are both Adult and Child accounts - so your child can login themselves and see how much they have (without troubling you) and also help manage the process by adding the text and amount of the transactions themselves - you just need to click "Accept" and the details are recorded.

Got Kids?  Go ahead and try - all completely free.

Live Aid Nice logo

This is the logo from the Live Aid concert's back in the 80s.  I just thought it is such a smart logo that I'd put it here and say...