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A Journal about the experiences I have developing little applications in C#, Perl, Html and Javascript and talking about things new things that I use. Always Geeky; Always Nerdy; Always poor Grammer!

I am a Software Analyst Developer working in Southport, England but living in Liverpool. I develop mainly in C# and ASP.Net. I have been developing comercial software for several years now. I maintain this site (hosted at SwitchMedia UK) as a way of exploring new technologies (such as AJAX) and just generally talking about techie geek issues. This site is developed through a host of Perl scripts and a liberal use of Javascript. I enjoy experimenting with new technologies and anything that I make I host here.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Removed my feed from Squeet

I have removed my feed from squeet. I was getting a lot of problems where by it would send me about 5 or 6 updates to my old posts a day. Not many people were subscribing to it, so I have removed it from my site to stop any more problems.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Quick Link

A colleague of mine, Phil Calver, has set up a site www.whatsatthetop.com using ASP.Net 2.0 and Web parts. It is a Top 10 Retail Mashup, taking data from sites like Amazon and CNet and Booksense.

Give it a check out and let him know of any suggestions that you have for the site. He is looking for feedback. If you have any other feed back such as charts that you would like to see let him know also. webmaster@whatsatthetop.com

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Iforgive.eu If or give.eu

I have decided.

iforgive.eu is going to be a C#, ASP.Net 2.0 sample hosting site. This blog, www.kinlan.co.uk will details the trials and tribulations of the work that is going into making the site. It will be a step-by-step guide into how to make a site using ASP.Net 2.0.

This blog will show you the mistakes I make, how I refactor the design etc. It will show you absolutly everything that I do with it [apart from passwords to the DB etc]. Hence the use of the name iforgive.eu [iforgiv.eu also] :)

The first thing that I will do is come up with a simple story about what I want from the site, then hopefully decide how I am going to design the site. I will attempt to use a TDD approach to designing and developing a site.

More soon.

Saturday, July 15, 2006


A little while ago I launched Topicala.com. Topicala basically was an extension of my tag directory but it was not specific to my site. I have been thinking over the last couple of weeks (whilst I have been unable to keep topicala up to date) that I might as well make it distributable, i.e that anyone could run the software. So that is what I am going to do.

I will release the code shortly, once I have re-deployed it under the kinaln.co.uk domain. And I will make it maintainable and modfiable so that any person can have something similar to www.topicala.com underneath their own site.

Let me know if you are interested.

A project that I thought was a good idea

A little while ago, I embarked on two side projects, one called www.Topicala.com, Topicala at the time was quite a sucessful test project that gets a fair few users.

The second was called iforgive.eu and iforgiv.eu.

I bought the .eu domains when they came out because I thought that I had a good marketing change with "I forgive u", since other .us domains had become popular ala del.icio.us. I had several ideas for this domain and I will list them now, each of which would never work out.

  • Iforgive.eu - The Flower shop for all your forgivness needs
  • Iforgive.eu - The forgivness website where you put your sins for all to see on the site and then you will be peer assesed as to whether you derve forgiveness
  • Iforgive.eu - The forgivness website where you send an open email to the person you wronged and then the public will see if they forgive you or not.

The first idea was okay, but I would not have been able to get it off the ground. It would have been trading soley on the name. That and right now I don't particularly want to run a shopping site at the moment (especially since we have a young toddler to contend with)

The latter two ideas really were open to abuse. I like the idea of these social networking sites, so I was trying to play off that. However there would be no way to stop slander, fraudulent posts and also defamation. Futhermore, what about victim support, someone has been wronged, and their purportrator is openly harrasing them in public.

That put three ideas in the bin straight after I had spent the money on the domains. Being the tightwad I am with money I decided to think some more about what I can do with it. So I came up with a couple more ideas. I got my lateral thinking cap on and tried to think of things soley associated with the name. I came up with plenty of ideas, but the two that stuck out where:

  • If Or Give - The open experiment with social charity giving. The site would exist only to generate revenue to be given to charity any person could donate money to the site or they could decide to give all the money in the pot at that time to a particular charity.
  • If Or Give - The open experiment into questions and answers.

The first idea seems reasonable, but at the time I don't think I could set it up. Likewise I also am not too sure how to get the money in to the charity. And also I am not too sure if it would be ethical or open to abuse.

The second idea has been done before! Grr

My final idea, is one where I set it up as a simple site that hosts my .Net 2.0 experiments that I might talk about on this blog.

So here I am at the end of this. I am asking you to leave comments to recommend suggests as to what I should do with the domain name. The suggestions can be funny, serious etc, what ever you can think of.

I may even implement one of them.

Also, may this be a lesson to anyone about starting a business or site etc. Think of what you want to do BEFORE you buy the domain name. :)


testing comments and the like

Friday, July 14, 2006

Just Updated the Styles to this site

I have just updated the template to one of my own design.

I am just playing about and getting it to work in IE.

If you see any problems let me know so I can fix them. If you have any suggestions let me know too :)

Thursday, July 06, 2006

I need your opinion on some sample designs

Following on from my previous post: I am still not happy with the style of this site . I have come up with two examples of what I might come up with in a final design.

Landscape Effect:
It is supposed to look like a sunny day.

Simplebits.com a like:
It is supposed to mimic the look of simplebits.com

Let me know what you think of either of them.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I am still not happy with the style of this site

I go through fazes, I really like the look of my site, then it hits me.... Really, the style of my site is rubbish. I am going to have to change it again, the only problem is that I don't really get much time at all.

Anyway, at least I have come up with a potential logo for the site, (when the new design kicks in). I thought I would mess around with some vector graphic programs and see what I can come up with.

What do you think?

UPDATE: If you are reading this entry now, I am a lot happier with the site.