Monthly Archives: November 2007

Learning Finnish Aids

Im currently trying to learn Finnish.

It’s quite a difficult language to master to once you start to get the hang of it it can be quite rewarding. As I have been mainly teaching myself I have used all the books, CDs an DVDs I can get my hands on. My top 2 most useful for a beginner are the book and CD Teach Yourself Finnish, and the TV series and book Supisuomea.

As I have mentioned in previous posts I have also created a free mobile phone game to help you learn some basic Finnish which you may find useful.

Finally I have created an Amazon Store page where you can see my other recommended Finnish learning materials. If you make any purchases here they will help fund future updates to the Finnish mobile phone game.

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.