Will valid markup now help your Google ranking?

Will valid markup now help your Google ranking?
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!

A 3 minute phone call, a €300 saving!
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

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

Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich
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..

Saved by mystery anti-virus! Wait, what..
Browsing the web recently the above screen popped up.

Programmatically Detect AdBlock Plus 4

Programmatically Detect AdBlock Plus
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 ...

Extending Twitter – adding Imgur previews 3

Extending Twitter - adding Imgur previews
  Update 08/12/2010 – There’s now a Firefox Extension in the Add-Ons sandbox available for adding this media preview to Twitter, as well as previews for Daft.ie and Adverts.ie ads. With their recent site redesign, Twitter added a number of interesting new features. One of the more useful of these is the media preview. From ...

But how will the markets react?

But how will the markets react?
Over the last few weeks, as Ireland has continued a head-long dive in to a financial abyss, it seems that every policy proposal, every political criticism and even every newspaper editorial has met the default response of “how will the markets react?”

Analytics eccentricities

Analytics eccentricities
Back around the start of March, I noticed that pretty much every time I logged in to Google Analytics I was running in to problems with the summary views. The dashboard would typically load up my list of sites, then freeze without actually fetching any data. Refreshing the page would usually sort this out, before ...

A Grab Bag of Bookmarklets

A (semi-) frequently updated list of simple bookmarklets I’ve found somewhat useful. Some of the more complex ones for use on twitter.com (Custom filtering of the timeline and Hovercard removal) are discussed in more detail elsewhere on the site. The below are a collection of short and sweet bookmarklets that do a simple but effective ...