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Month: August 2006

Mapping without Landmarks

After the previous post on Wikimapia, it was coincidence that I came across the BBC News’ “Landmarks Quiz”. Can you recognise 10 photographs of areas of the UK – but without the distinctive landmarks? I did quite well scoring 7 out of 10 – I would have probably scored higher if: a) I didn’t stop disbelieving my score after the 5th round (perfect score up to then) and b) if I had actually seen some of the places with or without the landmarks! How well can you do?


I just thought I’d give Wikimapia a quick go and add my place of work (the LCB Depot on Rutland Street in Leicester) to the system: Wikimapia looks good – but get it to integrate with Wikipedia itself and Google/Yahoo/MSN Maps and maybe even photographs and you’ll never need to leave the house again (as long as all pizza places have their numbers listed!)

Stress @ Work

Recently, we’ve made a few changes at work which, in theory, should lead to a less stressful job for myself. However, to allow these changes to get in place – I’m being even more stressed 🙁 I’ve having to keep an eye on 3 new recruits, along with doing 2 server transfers (one from a slow datacenter which has taken over 24 hours to copy over all the data – compressed!), setting up new servers, selling new servers, supporting an existing client base of around 20,000 customers, liasing with suppliers, writing a new billing system, writing a specialised ordering system, answering phone calls AND having to contend with the damn workmen outside the office window! Grr. I hope it’s all going to be worth it!

Hello Boss – I’m behind the front line.

Since I switched over from MovableType to WordPress, I installed the Search Meter plugin to find out what people were searching for – and the most popular search term is “boss” (with 10 searches so far). Why, I’m not sure (I hope my real boss isn’t that paranoid that he’s searching for any references to himself here 🙂 ), but at least it gives me a chance to mention another site I’m involved in. Behind The Front Line is a user contributed site of “tales of woe from customer support personnel” and whilst I’m just hosting and running it for a friend, I’ve still made a number of contributions to it. Previously, BTFL was running on Joomla/Mambo, but I decided on the server upgrade to switch it to a WordPress install as it feels more “suited” to WordPress. However, I had to manually copy of all the data from the Joomla database and then set up authors etc as WordPress hasn’t got a “Joomla import” option. But feel free to have a look at Behind The Front Line and submit your own teeth-gnashing stories!