Social Networks

Last updated on June 24th, 2015 at 02:16 am

The social network OpenBC now has a blog called?OpenBlog.

If you haven?t checked out social networks yet, comment below for an invitation. Of the range of social networks out there, I found OpenBC to be the most feature rich and useful.

Plus I like reading about the people behind the business.

Update: OpenBC is now called Xing

Update 2: and it’s a publicly listed company now.

Popularity of Paul

Last updated on June 24th, 2015 at 02:13 am

According to the Social Security Administration here are the stats for the popularity of the male first name Paul for boys born in every year since 1990:

Year of birth Rank
2004 128
2003 124
2002 118
2001 109
2000 100
1999 95
1998 89
1997 79
1996 78
1995 71
1994 64
1993 56
1992 55
1991 53
1990 49
Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth.You did not specify the sex for the name Paul, sowe used male data based on popularity.Name data are from Social Security card applications for births thatoccurred in the United States.

Now according to the US Census Bureau in the 1990 census Paul was the 13th most common name with 0.948% of the sample population having that name.

Ok with that many Paul?s and it?s declining popularity over the last 15 years I think it?s time to recognise the pick of the crop.

I?ve introduced the Paul of the Day category to highlight top Pauls.

eBay System maintenance

Last updated on June 24th, 2015 at 02:09 am

eBay is having system maintenance that may affect all systems

The eBay system will be undergoing general maintenance from approximately 23:00 PDT on Thursday, October 6th to 01:00 PDT on Friday, October 7th. During this maintenance period, certain eBay site features may be intermittently unavailable or slow.

That two hour window starts at
Friday, October 7, 2005 at 06:00:00 UTC or
Fri 4:00 PM Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Fri 3:30 PM Adelaide, Darwin
Fri 2:00 PM Perth

Social bookmarking not just

Last updated on July 3rd, 2015 at 04:37 pm

So Sim? researched then found him. People are already trying to improve and innovate social bookmarking. Sim? will write about his experiences.

One other exciting side effect of blogs and tagging is that people with a product, service, technology, or idea can reach out to people interested in that space.

Tags can even be used by groups to bring stuff to the their attention. Pick a unique tag you all agree on and start using it with for:usernametag. This tags for two is explained on the blog


Last updated on July 3rd, 2015 at 04:37 pm

Further to yesterday?s post on David Muir pointed me to his excellent guide to While it assumes your browser is Internet Explorer, it is the sort of guide I could give my mum, so I?ll forgive that. It?s a great introduction, explanation and exploration that answers the question, “why use”

David is a lecturer in the Educational Computing division in the Jordanhill Campus of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. So it?s good to see educators making these sorts of guides available.

forget favorites, beyond bookmarks, try

Last updated on March 27th, 2017 at 04:29 pm

I was chatting to my friend Sim’¬†about blogs and stuff when I raised and he said

I looked at – yet another web system of questionable value was my analysis unless you can convince me it’s worth the effort?

That’s when I realised I didn’t get delicious until I saw a couple of screencasts about it. Specifically Charlie at This is going to be BIG! produced a screencast for integrating into the Firefox browser and John Udell created the screencast.

Now I don’t use favorites or bookmarks anymore. If it’s important enough to keep I’d rather tag it online and be able to find it again in context. How often have you seen a link in your favorites and wondered “what was that for?” Instead for example I now tag a page with “howto screencast” you can even see my list of screencasting items.

eBay Live 8 fiasco

Last updated on June 24th, 2015 at 01:46 am

The fiasco:

Live 8: Bob Gendolf and friends are presenting the G8 meeting in Scotland with a plan to end poverty in Africa and stop 30,000 children dying every single day. They are staging Live 8 10 concerts, 100 artists, a million spectators, 2 billion viewers to support that message;

People could win Live 8 tickets by SMS. 2 millions TXT messages were sent for the London event.

Bob Geldof condemned profiteering when winners offered those tickets for sale on eBay. eBay initially defended the listings with spokespeople from eBay?s various international subsidiaries singing a variation of “We are allowing the tickets because we live in a free market where people can make up their own minds about what they would like to buy and sell.” Actually most eBay terms and conditions list event tickets as saleable only if they have a right to transfer.

After eBay refused to pull the listings Bob Geldof called for a boycott of eBay and later called for fake listings and fake bids to sink the process. eBay gave in. Suddenly they claim to be listening to their customers.

Lastly eBay attacks customers and begins suspending users who bid on items.

The Lesson

  1. eBay was not responsive to Geldolf?s request to stop sales. When the most media savy celebrity in the world asks a favour, pay attention.
  2. Geldolf?s call to action got results and eBay was powerless to stop the damage to their business. eBay changed their tune but not their attitude, this is standard operating procedure for them.
  3. eBay punishes users for acting when eBay wouldn?t. They have to be seen to do something. It?s a shame they couldn?t admit they made a mistake and claim to learn from their mistakes.

PS I hate it when I store research material for later then don?t get around to commenting on it in a timely manner. This should have been published last week. Oh well?

Update 3 July 2005: Spelling of Bob Geldof?s name corrected. Despite knowing how to spell it my fingers typed Bob Gendolf ;) is Stephen Fry proof thanks to caching by WP Super Cache