Sitemap Software - XML Sitemap (sitemap.xml) and why it is the best

I have a few large sites. Some over 30,000 pages and some only a few pages. I usually use Drupal XML Sitemap on my sites but I don't always build sites in Drupal, and at times the Drupal module can be buggy if it is undergoing version changes (as it has recently).

So I started looking for sitemap software that would deliver the goods without crashing my server or my computer. I found a few local java clients that were buggy on Mac to say the least and few others that instilled me with confidence. I like stuff for free, as do most people but I am always happy to pay for quality products if they add value. I found xml-sitemaps.com as it is always at the top in Google but put off using it for a few reasons.



Spotify is approved for sale on the iTunes Store

In a surprising move, only surprising as everyone thought Apple would say no for sure, Spotify has been approved for use on the iPhone and is due to appear in the iTunes store very soon according to reports.

This is happy days for spotify and iPhone lovers. I have blogged about the goodness of Spotify before and with the looming purchase of my first iPhone soon the only thing holding be back from totally delight will be getting a big enough data allowance on my iPhone.



Kashflow Online Accounting Software

I got my hands on a free trial kashflow promotional code a while back and did a short write up on it. Like most people I have been reluctant to commit to an online accounting and bookkeeping set up for my UK company as there seem to be so many security risks. Then I thought if I have to do a tax return annually which anyone can get from Companies House, and if I do banking online then why should I be concerned with doing a bit of book keeping online?

Kashflow is easy to use online accounting software for UK small business. Don't be put off by the colour scheme as once you sign up and get into it it really is as easy as ABC. If you find doing your month end a real hassle, or if you find sending invoices similarly difficult then you will find kashflow a lot easier to use.

I have tried a lot of accounting packages as per a previous post where I started using money but found the import didn't quite work for me.

Enjoyment Factor: 
8
Value for Money: 
8
Quality: 
8
Novelty Factor: 
0
Share it Factor: 
8
Replacement: 
0
Listenability: 
0


Balsamiq Mockups is the shizzle (that's colloquial for awesome)

So after working on a few new projects recently I realised I needed tools faster and smarter than the ones I was using for pre-site work. In the 1990's used to start a site using Adobe Illustrator for wireframing and all the intense layout work to then present to the customer for approval and changes. I then moved to doing it in Photoshop and finally in recent years have switched to Fireworks and even tried Omnigraffle Pro. All these methods work but there are a few reasons why they slow me down. Firstly, I get distracted by design and end up trying to do the whole look and feel of the design at the wire framing phase. Secondly, working with fully rasterised layers just feels slow. Finally, my Illustrator wireframes especially, whilst awesome, were crap to edit.



Skype 2.8 launches for Mac OS X

Skype have launched their newest version of their Mac OS X client (2.8) which comes with some great new features. The main one being screen sharing, something usually only PC users could enjoy with MSN and Skype but now also available on Mac. This is great news and a positive improvement for Skype. It should further enhance their popularity over other IM clients like iChat mainly as they are cross platform.

Other new features include nice new icons, oh, and better sound and audio. There is also PAYG WiFi access but I haven't quite figured out what they are on about there.

It's the little things in life...

Get it from Skype


Feed Me Deals (fmd) (UK)



Macspeech Dictate 1.5 Review

Macspeech have launched their new Macspeech Dictate version 1.5 (now 1.5.2). A lot of people got excited with Dictate 1.3 but for some reason it just never seemed to deliver unless you had a strong American accent and a fantastic microphone. Update after update and still it didn't seem to come right. Version 1.5 is meant to fix all that. It still uses the Dragon Nuance engine as used by Dragon NaturallySpeaking for PC. Dragon NaturallySpeaking for PC is raved about by anyone that uses it but it never seemed to translate to the Macspeec Dictate software. Until now.

Now 1.5 is out and it has been changed quite dramatically. The fundamentals are still the same so if you have adjusted to 1.3 then this will be an easy transition. The accuracy is definitely improved and the over all experience has improved. Using speech recognition software can be hard to get used to so it's worth taking the time to get into it before you rate it great or rubbish.

Enjoyment Factor: 
8
Value for Money: 
7
Quality: 
7
Novelty Factor: 
9
Share it Factor: 
8
Replacement: 
8
Listenability: 
0


Insulting advertising and the parochial attitude in Marketing

There is a lot of advertising on the TV that seems to tread close to the insulting or politically incorrect in NZ, dare I say racist. I wouldn't normally make such a strong statement but the Telecom network advert which promotes the new 3G network in NZ, fronted by Richard Hammond, includes a casual slur against Hong Kong which is ridiculous. I will set the scene, a celebrity is testing the international capabilities of the phone in Hong Kong. Her scripted line as she walks through Hong Kong Markets is "It works fine, but can we try somewhere more sophisticated?" - What? Like Hong Kong is not sophisticated? Poor form Telecom, poor form.





WeeksWeeksWeeks new site launch

For an average musician I seem to have been lucky to spend a good deal of time in some fairly decent studios. Although, usually it seems the most fun was had recording in peoples lounges with no room to move and close access to the kitchen for coffee. With studios come producers, technicians and musicians and no one does it better than the Weeks boys at WeeksWeeksWeeks.

You see, there are studios with producers and there are studios with technicians but it puts icing on the cakey goodness when these same people happen to be seriously talented musicians with a great ear for what works. I have only worked briefly with the weeksweeksweeks team and couldn't imagine ever having a better recording experience. Beyond a crackalacking sound there is the gentle input and assistance of collaboration with good music.

If you are in the UK and looking for music recording (studio/live/mobile) or musical collaboration/writing heaven then have coffee with these guys and you'll never look back.

All that to say they have a truly schlick new wesite with all the shazaam.

http://weeksweeksweeks.com/



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