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A Premiere At Last! (My Toils Relearning Video Production)A Premiere At Last! (My Toils Relearning Video Production) In the last few months I've been asked/put myself forward to film and live stream some events. During my rather weirdly-spent youth, I was producing videos for my school of its plays and other staged...

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Why I Keep Banging On About Google - An UpdateWhy I Keep Banging On About Google - An Update Today is the 90th day since one of my sites was penalised by Google. Wanna know what that looks like? Take a look at this! One of the more frustrating things about this situation - and don't...

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Taking the downs with the ups...Taking the downs with the ups... It's been a while, and a blog is just for moments like this. Tempting though it is, a blog shouldn't be just for one's successes. If you don't include the failures you're painting a false picture. So...

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Free Speech is Dead (or it will be when I've bombed it)Free Speech is Dead (or it will be when I've bombed... Before I start - I want to admit I have a hard time putting my exact feelings on this subject into writing. Not because I'm not feeling 'free' enough to do so, but because I'm a computer networks graduate...

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Mysterious risings and rumblings in my Google jungleMysterious risings and rumblings in my Google jungle Here's a quote from an email I sent to a friend on 20th March, 2004: "Give us a ring when you're up. Have been having a horrible night - seems Google removed <mywebsite> from its index early...

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Dieting – In a way. (Last updated on September 25th, 2013)

Posted by Pat | Posted in Observations / Life | Posted on 25-09-2013

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First Published 16th September, 2012 It has not gone unnoticed by those close enough to “tell it as it is” that the lanky git that used to be Patrick has, over the years, grown to look somewhat hermaphrodite. A cross that is, between a modestly busty lady and a fat 40 year old plumber. Quite […]

A Premiere At Last! (My Toils Relearning Video Production)

Posted by Pat | Posted in Observations / Life | Posted on 18-08-2011

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In the last few months I’ve been asked/put myself forward to film and live stream some events. During my rather weirdly-spent youth, I was producing videos for my school of its plays and other staged events, and even got roped into a couple of weddings and corporate videos before I was even 16. It’s something I’ve kept a backburner […]

Woohoo Post & Google Penalty Help (now I’m seemingly out again)

Posted by Pat | Posted in 'Work' | Posted on 13-06-2011

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There’s nothing more frustrating as a webmaster when your site inexplicably disappears from Google’s search results in a sudden and devastating way. As you might have had the misfortune to wade through, I’ve had problems this year with one site and tried over several months to figure out where the site was going wrong. I […]

Why I Keep Banging On About Google – An Update

Posted by Pat | Posted in 'Work' | Posted on 12-04-2011

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Today is the 90th day since one of my sites was penalised by Google. Wanna know what that looks like? Take a look at this! One of the more frustrating things about this situation – and don’t worry, I will be outlining rather more later on you lucky, lucky people – is that everything I am […]

Taking the downs with the ups…

Posted by Pat | Posted in 'Work' | Posted on 15-01-2011

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It’s been a while, and a blog is just for moments like this. Tempting though it is, a blog shouldn’t be just for one’s successes. If you don’t include the failures you’re painting a false picture. So here goes! Yesterday I noticed a 25% drop in visitors to a site. I brushed it off for […]

Free Speech is Dead (or it will be when I’ve bombed it)

Posted by Pat | Posted in Observations / Life | Posted on 18-11-2010

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Before I start – I want to admit I have a hard time putting my exact feelings on this subject into writing. Not because I’m not feeling ‘free’ enough to do so, but because I’m a computer networks graduate and at no point in my education did I get better than a ‘C’ for English, […]

Mysterious risings and rumblings in my Google jungle

Posted by Pat | Posted in 'Work' | Posted on 04-11-2010

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Here’s a quote from an email I sent to a friend on 20th March, 2004: “Give us a ring when you’re up. Have been having a horrible night – seems Google removed <mywebsite> from its index early in the morning… Fear I’m heading straight for shit street. Can’t exactly say I didn’t see it coming. Am giving it […]

A closer look at the BT FTTC hardware

Posted by Pat | Posted in Observations / Life | Posted on 07-10-2010

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Updated several times but most recently, 25th November 2011 It’s worth noting there is a lot of very useful info about this modem here where someone has unlocked it so you can obtain line stats and do more complex analysis of connection quality. Original post in October 2010: Ok so I couldn’t help but look […]

BT are Forgiven

Posted by Pat | Posted in Observations / Life | Posted on 07-10-2010

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A few days ago I had a nice cathartic massive rant about BTs inability to turn up to a set appointment. I had hoped by the end of Monday I’d be zipping along on the super duper information highway at the sort of speeds I remember getting in a Las Vegas hotel room about 3 […]

Google Instant – Banned Keywords Perhaps Not All They Seem?

Posted by Pat | Posted in 'Work' | Posted on 06-10-2010

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It’s been a little while since Google unveiled its ‘Instant’ search to much fanfare. If you’ve not experienced it, it may be because it has not yet fully rolled out to people who are not signed in to Google. Instant Basics Basically, when you type a search term into the Google search box, Google looks […]