I wanted to share a story on Twitter today about a US company buying a Belgian company. The story had come to my attention in an email roundup of recent stories. But the story was on a site that people have to sign up to access. I’m already a member, but generally I don’t like tweeting links to content that requires someone else to sign up for something.
So I went looking for an alternative source. The article that had brought my attention to the story, referenced De Tijd, a Flemish language Belgian newspaper. I don’t read Flemish, so I usually use Google Translate and I figured that, although many ( probably the majority ) of my followers don’t speak Flemish, it’d be no big hardship for them to put the article through Google Translate too.
But before tweeting it I copied a snippet of text from the article to put in Google Translate, just to make sure I was going to share the right thing ( and drive people to their advertising laden site for free ).
I was surprised to see some text had been added to the couple of lines I copied. This is what it said. Read More
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72 years ago today, Brussels, the capital of my adopted country, fell to the advancing German army. It was declared an open city to save it from the ravages of bombardment and the Government retreated to Ostend on the coast.
In the days prior to this, the neighbouring countries of Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France had also been invaded. My home country of the UK went on full alert, recruiting volunteers for home defence and would soon be evacuating any remaining troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. For the next 5 years war raged in Europe and longer in Asia. We all know how the story ends.
“What does this have to do with Twitter?”, I hear you ask. Read More
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I’ve just written a definition of Geoblocking for the Web Glossary and came across whatismyipaddress.com in the process. The part of the site that I found interesting is the home page. When you arrive there, they try to display your current location on a Google maps. They do this by determining your IP address and then looking up the location for that IP address.
I’ve always been impressed by the ability of Google Analytics to accurately pin-point my visitors right down to particular areas of a city. But how accurate is this information? Certainly in my own case it’s very accurate, usually attributing my visit to my district of town or the neighbouring one.
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OK, this isn’t very web design related but, Christmas is nearly upon us and if you’re looking for a charity to support this year I’d like to suggest APOPO.
APOPO is a Belgium based NGO that I first came across in Ossegem Park, near the Atomium in Brussels this Summer. They had laid out a very large field of giant poppy flowers made from pottery to promote their work in clearing landmines. Read More
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