Well that was relatively painless. Please leave a comment if you notice anything that got borked in the transition, such as links, images, RSS feeds, or if your house is on a lean that wasn’t there yesterday.
Update: just in case my redirect didn’t work for you, the new RSS feed is http://ianhaigh.com/blog/feed/
… sort of.
I’m halfway through moving to WordPress (this is currently running Movable Type), and because I’m a complete amateur in all things CMS/blogging platforms/RSS/younameit it’s quite possible that the RSS feed will break. I’ll do my best to keep everything as it is, but if it looks as though your RSS feed is broken, just head to the main site and get the link afresh.
If you have no idea what I’m on about, don’t worry.
Thanks and see you – hopefully – soon.
With an introduction video that seems to suggest Flash Catalyst is no less than a fundamental building block of life in our universe, Adobe are once again attempting to bridge the yawning divide between designers and developers.
Catalyst is available in Adobe Labs now, and lets you add interactivity and interaction to otherwise static Illustrator and Photoshop documents, as well as aiding developers and designers working in parallel on large scale applications.
So, advertising behemoth The Google1 will start showing ads targeted at you.
Up until now, ads placed by Google reflected the content of the page they were in – if you visited a page about the history of the pogo stick, you’d be greeted with ads for pogo sticks. That, however, is about to change. If you’ve been visiting a bunch of sites regarding deep-sea diving, then visit a page about pogo sticks, Google will figure “this potential ad-viewer is into deep-sea diving”, and show you ads related to decompression chambers instead of pogo sticks. That is, they’ll collect information about your browsing habits, and advertise accordingly.
It’s a smart move, and so far they’ve gone about it the right way. They’ve been transparent, and you’ll be able to opt-out – and even access the information they’ve collated on you. If the advertising truly is relevant, it won’t be irritating; it’ll be helpful. (I’m hoping it might actually bring in a few bucks for my humble attempt at online advertising. So far the ads on the Ease and Wizz page have earned me the jaw-droppingly insignificant sum of … one cent.)
I plan on making the top level landing page a little friendlier, so visitors aren’t scared off by the technobabble. So! You’ll continue to find more geeky Mac, After Effects, and scripting miscellanea at
The new Atom feed URL will be
Assuming I don’t break everything and have to start again, that is.
Timesaving! Set up a filter using labels or similar, and see a whole bunch of new messages at once. New in Gmail Labs.
If anything appears broken around here, it’s likely because I’ve just switched from TextPattern to Movable Type. (Mainly because I wanted to post with MarsEdit.)
I highly recommend this NPR interview with Gretchen Morgenson – she does a terrific job of explaining why the USA is in its current financial morass, what could possibly happen, and why they’re trying to pass the $700 billion bailout.
Download the MP3 here.
Australia’s first 3G network seem to have been left in the cold. At this stage, the only networks to officially offer Apple’s iPhone are Optus and Vodafone. 3 aren’t going to take this affront lying down; as the Sydney Morning Herald reports, they’re organising a registry of interested customers in an attempt to entice Apple into becoming their partner. So far, people seem enthusiastic. I, as a 3 customer, may just be signing up.
The Apple has landed.
At five o’clock on George Street today, Apple threw open the doors to its newest flagship store. I had the privilege of cabbing past, a few hours before the grand opening, and saw the Mac faithful in their droves — including several devotees that had travelled internationally for the occasion. It’s interesting to note the age spread of the top ten (21 to 72 years), and amazing that only three early arrivers were from Sydney — the majority had come from out of town.
My favourite piece of coverage comes from the Sydney Morning Herald, in an article — tongue-in-cheek, surely — that suggests Apple may have made a PR blunder by using “windows” in the building’s construction:
The Apple fans on the pavement are separated from the store proper by a window of glass slabs, 15 metres high. That makes them the largest plates of laminated glass in the world, Apple’s head of retail, Ron Johnson, says.
They form “one giant window” to Apple’s products, Johnson told a throng of journalists invited to inspect the the new store — seemingly unaware of the Microsoft brand name used in his analogy.
That’s not an analogy; he meant it literally is one giant window. Still, I’m sure the throng of journalists would have been seemingly unaware.
A free memorial t-shirt was not enough to entice me to the opening, and I suspect the rest of the store won’t do much for me either. Nonetheless: I, for one, welcome our Apple overlords, and will inevitably drop $20 on an iPod sock. Or something.