Thursday, May 31, 2007

Skype control panel for business users

Skype now offers a console to manage a collection of Skype accounts for business users and from having a quick look at it it seems like a great way for business users to communicate with each other for free or at a reduced rate for non Skype numbers. Seems like an advantage for all users taking advantage of the all of the latest free voice based software at the moment, and is obviously a move by Skype to make a move towards trying to get more business's to user their services. Had been meaning to post this up a day or so ago however have been working on tight deadlines at the moment and have had to basically churn out the front-end of about five sections of a site in about 2 days flat. Anyway the new web based interface allows you to manage all allocated Skype accounts with one interface. It provides a centrally place to allocate credit or automatically recharge accounts, and manage invoicing with one simple system. To find out further details on this product check the link below;

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Ensure Googlebot crawls your site feeds

Want to get ensure Googlebot crawls your site feeds? To get your site feeds indexed and appear in the search results for Google's personalized homepage and Google Reader the code that needs to added to ensure that your feed is included in the index is listed below. This code is to be added to the header of your web page and uses the <link> tag.

For an Atom Feed;
<link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="subske's tech know how?" href="">

For an RSS Feed;

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="subske's tech know how?" href="">

Friday, May 25, 2007

Australian date format with date field in notes view column

Have been working on a Domino based website today as the client reported that the date format of their promotions listings had changed to American date format. After playing with the date and time settings on the server, then on the field that contained the date I decided a workaround was needed so that regardless of these settings the date would display in Australian format regardless. So from no on if you are displaying a date in an embedded notes view's column, on the web, why not use this work around. Solution is to break each part of the date up and rebuild the date in the desired Australian format. The code below speaks for its self as is pretty simple. Now should the domino database ever move servers or date and time settings on the server change this will have no affect on the display of the date. Here is the simple notes formula language to use.

day := @If(@Length(@Text(@Day(specialweekend))) <= 1;"0"+@Text(@Day(specialweekend));@Text(@Day(specialweekend)));
month := @If(@Length(@Text(@Month(specialweekend))) <= 1;"0"+@Text(@Month(specialweekend));@Text(@Month(specialweekend)));
year := @Text(@Year(specialweekend));

day + "/" + month + "/" + year

Monday, May 21, 2007

disable button based on text link

Wrote this bit of JavaScript to basically disable the next button unless a link in the content is clicked. It was built to run out of a CMS system so that the JavaScript can go on any page without causing an error, but only disables the next button if the link is contained in the body. It can be used to force users to view links before they can move onto the next page.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
<title>Enable me once link is clicked</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">


To access the document and enable next button <a href="#" id="fixednext" onClick="javascript:enableMe('next');">click here</a>
<input name="Next" type="button" id="next" value="Next">
<p> </p>

<script language="JavaScript">

if (document.getElementById('fixednext')==null) { }
else {

function enableMe(nextid) {



Stumbled upon a free tool that can be used to transfer files of up to 4GB in size between users of the Netizen software. The transfer is secure as it uses 128-bit AES encryption and you are able to start, stop and resume your file transfer at any time. It is quiet a cool tool that can be used to transfer large files across the web securely to family, friends or other people from the dark side.

Monday, May 14, 2007

The importance of site maps

Site maps are an important part of a website as they provide your users will a page that enable them to access any part of a website from one page and also provide search engine spiders with a definitive list of all of the main pages that your website contains. Not only does it help confused and lost users find their way around you site but it helps the search engines work out all of the main pages of your website. Please note that I am not talking here about Google Site maps the service Google have to enable you to submit your site structure to them to index. I am talking about a page that contains links to all of the main sections of your website.

A successful site map will aim to achieve the following;
- Show detailed quick access to all site sections.
- Provide search engine spiders with more information on which pages to index.
- Include descriptive links and "alt" tags for each of the links, including keywords, to improve search engine ranking for your keywords.
- If you can provide a short description of what you will expect to find when each link is clicked this really does help the user to navigate your site.

I have found that a site with a site map generally has more of its page indexed in the main search engines and allows users to access your site through individual pages rather than straight from the home page. I have also found that when I visit a site and cant find what I want straight away busying the site navigation or search then the site map is where you head, which points out to me that if the site did not have a site map and I hasn't found what I wanted at this point Ii probably would have left the site. This means that they have their roll in retaining users on your site.

One thing that is a pain with site maps is that unless you are driving the links out of a database then you have to make sure that you keep these pages up to date as should any 404 messages appear on this page down the track then this can have negative affects on you search engine ranking.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Smooth Image Buttons

I am always browsing and have decided that I am going to start posting just about anything new that I come across that I find on the web. This will mean that I have a place that myself and others can come and find out what is new to web developers like myself out there. Here is a cool script to create a set of buttons that can be used either as navigation or to create a web based tool bar. The buttons you can create can have up to four states: none, over, down, and up. This makes the button feel more real than a simple mouseover. In addition, the different button states are all part of the same background image.

Yahoo to offer unlimited storage for email accounts

Sorry for the limited posts recently, I have been quiet sick and its taken me a few weeks to recover. Plus now I'm back at work, well yes you can imagine how much catching up I am having to do. I'm still in the process of doing so!!

I found this interesting article the other day, it is about an upgrade to Yahoo mail accounts. The article toots that the are about to offer unlimited storage to their email accounts this month. I have logged into my Yahoo account, which I keep just to check out what is going on a Yahoo, and it doesn't seem like this change has been implemented yet however it would be an interesting prospect to have an unlimited online email account. I mean I though Google where providing a large offering by offering 2.8GB accounts but an unlimited one seems like a huge giving. Let hope it happens soon as it may push Google to provide even more capacity than they currently do. Not sure that it will sway current Google account holders to move to Yahoo as it is quiet an annoyance to change email accounts but we will see, although I am not sure that this is their motivation. Maybe they are just being good guys by trying to provide there current users with more ability to share photos, video clips etc as today sending these sorts of files seems to be more common place. Check the article at the link below;