Symlink shenanigans – node.js, npm, express and vagrant 7

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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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Extending Twitter – adding Imgur previews 3

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  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?

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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

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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

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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 ...