Symlink shenanigans – node.js, npm, express and vagrant 6

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Recently I was working on a new project on a virtual box set up through vagrant. For those of you who haven’t used it, vagrant is an amazing tool that makes it crazy-easy to set up and deploy uniform development environments on virtual servers. However, I ran in to a very frustrating issue when trying ...

Share and share alike – Facebook Tags and Twitter Cards

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Recently we launched a Property Tax Calculator on Daft. It’s quite a topical tool, as the Revenue Commissioners have just sent out letters inviting people to self-assess their property value ahead of the the new tax introduction. Topical pages like this tend to get shared more often on social networks, so we took a few ...

The Daft.ie Property Tax Calculator – how does it work?

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Last week we launched a property tax calculator on Daft.ie. It’s a simple tool which asks for information on a property’s location, bedrooms, bathrooms and type, before giving an estimated value for the property. This in turn calculates the Local Property Tax (LPT) due to be paid when the new scheme starts in July. So, ...

Talking to Joe: What’s a mention by Joe Duffy worth? 1

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Yesterday on Daft we launched a Property Tax Calculator. The idea is to try to help homeowners estimate their property value ahead of the introduction of the Local Property Tax (LPT) this summer. Initial feedback we’ve received on it has been quite positive, not least because it’s a little more detailed than the tool which ...

Will valid markup now help your Google ranking?

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Google recently published a list of 30 updates made to search over the tail end of 2011. Tucked away in the middle of the list is mention of improved support for rich snippets. The snippet types listed are shopping, recipes and reviews. Amongst the other information on rich snippets is listed a point that a ...

A 3 minute phone call, a €300 saving!

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A brief departure from the usual tech-orientated posts around here… Recently my car insurance came up for renewal. As my insurance last year was with Quinn Direct, I received a renewal quote from them automatically in the post. In 2010 I paid a little over €600 for a year’s cover. The renewal quote came through ...

Geeks on the run

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A slight change of pace from the usual tech-based posts around here, but it’s for a pretty worthy cause. Ciaran, Diego and I work in the tech side of Distilled Media, helping make sites like daft.ie, boards.ie and adverts.ie tick. Recently the three of us had a collective fit of madness – we decided to ...

Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich

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In the film Being John Malkovich, John Cusack plays a puppeteer who finds a portal to inside John Malkovich’s head. Eventually John Malkovich himself goes through this portal, and the ensuing paradox means that every word he hears is “Malkovich”, and every face he sees is his own. Re-watching this film lately gave me an ...

Saved by mystery anti-virus! Wait, what..

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Browsing the web recently the above screen popped up.

Programmatically Detect AdBlock Plus 4

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One issue that comes up time and again when working on classified sites such as Daft.ie and Adverts.ie is the inadvertent blocking of site functionality by the AdBlock Plus extension. As so many parts of classified sites will logically have phrases like “ad” in the url, legitimate site content and features can be blocked inadvertently ...