Category Archives: Internet and New Media

Here you will find posts about new media, such as interesting websites, CD-ROMs, Games etc.

Mr first iPhone (well iPod Touch) WordPress Post!

I have finally managed to install and set up WordPress for iPhone on my iPod Touch. I’ve had it for a while but it always crashed after entering my blog details. I eventually tracked down the problem to illegal characters in the main pages template. If you have the same problem try checking your site at validator.w3.org. Expect more posts soon as I try it out further.

The Gadget Show Broadband Truth Campaign

The Gadget Show on channel Five in the UK has a new campaign to test if the broadband speeds advertised by ISPs (Internet Service Providers) really are as fast as advertised. In my experience it often isn’t. You can run their test to see for yourself. Then let them know the results and, equally importantly, if it isn’t as fast as it should be complain to your ISP directly.As a web designer, and someone who uses a Slingbox I often find the upload speeds of broadband providers pitiful. This figure is always hidden in the small print but is something we all use, especially now more and more of us upload photos and videos to websites.For people outside the UK I have found this service which seems to work quite well.

Adverts on The BBC’s Website

The BBC has finally introduced the much talked about adverts onto all of it’s web pages, when viewed from outside the uk. I can understand the reasoning behind this, especially for broadband video and pages about TV shows. However when it comes to the news it does make me feel uncomfortable.My main problem however is with the layout of these new adverts. As you can see from the picture below, I pity anyone who has an 800×600 monitor, or who would like to visit BBC news on a mobile device. The advert along with the vast amount of white space surrounding it, the superfluous grey header and the main BBC News header, means that over half the space is taken up before we even reach the news.BBC News With AdvertsOk so you can scroll, but BBC News is a site with lots of pages with individual articles on, so after a few minutes browsing the news you become fed up of waiting for it all to load and scrolling down to the text.Also they are really annoying animated banners. Please BBC introduce static pictures or even better Google style text adverts.I recommend if you feel the same, let the BBC know, switch to reading the news off their RSS feeds, and most importantly of all: Dont Click On The Adverts! If no-one clicks, they wont get any money and they will have to change the system.

Helsinki Sightseeing Tram Audio Guide

The 3T tram runs in a figure of eight around some of the top tourist sights of Helsinki. I have created an enhanced audio guide for this tour. It features an audio commentary and photos of the key landmarks. You can catch the tram and play this recording on an iPod, MP3 player or portable audio player to experience the sights and sounds of this historic vibrant city.Watch a demo and download the guide.

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Learn Finnish Mobile Phone Game

I have just finished developing version 1.0 of Flash Finnish. It is a mobile game to help people learn Finnish. It is quite a short game at the moment, but I plan to expand it soon with more words and more complex questions. If your phone supports Flash Lite 2.0 games you can download it for free. I have tested it on a Nokia N95, if it works on your phone please let me know so I can add it to the list of supported devices.phonecap3.jpg