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February, 2010

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ADIDAP Flickr Round May 2010

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Hi,

Just a quick post to ask you to vote for me in the May ADIDAP photo round.

You can vote here: http://www.adidap.com/2010/02/24/adidap-flickr-round-may-2010/

I have two pictures of the four weeks 2 & 4:

Ring 009

Natural History Museum 011

Westminster Cathedral pt3

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Some more photos of Westminster Cathedral

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Being a photographer in the UK just got a whole lot worse

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

It looks like the UK Government is looking to screw photographers by poor orphan laws and will be banning non-consensual photography in public:

UK Gov nationalises orphans and bans non-consensual photography in public

Write to your MP now and state your discontent!

Medal Count at the Olympics

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I was wondering the other day, what is the official ranking method for the medals table at the Olympics?  I thought is was always gold count first then silver the bronze, but various sports sites seem to have other opinions.  Let’s look at the medal tables from yesterday:

Let’s look at ESPN to start:

ESPN Medal Table

Clearly here it is a total medal count table.

Now on to CBC:

CBC Medal Table

CBC Medal Table

Another vote for total medals.

Next onto Sky Sports (which was woefully out-of-date):

Sky Sports Medal Table

Sky Sports Medal Table

A vote for Gold count first.

Next on to the BBC:

BBC Medal Table

BBC Medal Table

Now the voting is tied 2 for total medals, 2 for gold count first.

For the tie -break let’s go to the official Vancouver 2010 site:

Vancouver 2010 medal table

Vancouver 2010 medal table

The tie break goes to total medals.

Overall, I’m not sure if I agree with this, but from above it looks like the North Americans go by total medal count and the Brits go by number of golds.

A quick stop over to Wikapedia finds this statement:

According to Australian IOC member Kevan Gosper, the IOC began to accommodate medals tables in 1992, releasing ‘information’ based on the ‘gold first’ standard.[2] The medal tables provided on its website carry this disclaimer:
“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not recognise global ranking per country; the medal tables are displayed for information only. Furthermore, the results that we publish are official and are taken from the “Official Report” – a document published for each Olympic Games by the Organising Committee. However, for the first Olympic Games (until Antwerp in 1920), it is difficult to give the exact number of medals awarded to some countries, due to the fact that teams were composed of athletes from different countries. The medal tables by country are based on the number of medals won, with gold medals taking priority over silver and bronze. A team victory counts as one medal. ”

—International Olympic Committee

So it looks like it is the Gold First method, officially.

On another note, check out this article about predicting the medal tables:

The Man Who Predicts The Medals

And now back to some content

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Westminster Cathedral:

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WordPress

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Well, here is the new look ED blog.  I still have a bunch to do with the last posts, and I will need to do a re-direct from the old blog to here but I think that the format is set.

Thoughts?

Change is coming…

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Hi, Just a heads up that the site will be going under some severe changes in the short term. Stay tuned!

Oh Blogger, why hast thou forsaken me?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

In case you are unaware, Blogger is about to discontinue FTP support for Blogger.

A couple of days ago, I received this email:

Dear FTP user:
You are receiving this e-mail because one or more of your blogs at Blogger.com are set up to publish via FTP. We recently announced a planned shut-down of FTP support on Blogger Buzz (the official Blogger blog), and wanted to make sure you saw the announcement. We will be following up with more information via e-mail in the weeks ahead, and regularly updating a blog dedicated to this service shut-down here: http://blogger-ftp.blogspot.com/.
The full text of the announcement at Blogger Buzz follows.

Last May, we discussed a number of challenges facing[1] Blogger users who relied on FTP to publish their blogs. FTP remains a significant drain on our ability to improve Blogger: only .5% of active blogs are published via FTP — yet the percentage of our engineering resources devoted to supporting FTP vastly exceeds that. On top of this, critical infrastructure that our FTP support relies on at Google will soon become unavailable, which would require that we completely rewrite the code that handles our FTP processing.

Three years ago we launched Custom Domains[2] to give users the simplicity of Blogger, the scalability of Google hosting, and the flexibility of hosting your blog at your own URL. Last year’s post discussed the advantages of custom domains over FTP[3] and addressed a number of reasons users have continued to use FTP publishing. (If you’re interested in reading more about Custom Domains, our Help Center has a good overview[4] of how to use them on your blog.) In evaluating the investment needed to continue supporting FTP, we have decided that we could not justify diverting further engineering resources away from building new features for all users.


For that reason, we are announcing today that we will no longer support FTP publishing in Blogger after March 26, 2010. We realize that this will not necessarily be welcome news for some users, and we are committed to making the transition as seamless as possible. To that end:

    • We are building a migration tool that will walk users through a migration from their current URL to a Blogger-managed URL (either a Custom Domain or a Blogspot URL) that will be available to all users the week of February 22. This tool will handle redirecting traffic from the old URL to the new URL, and will handle the vast majority of situations.
    • We will be providing a dedicated blog[5] and help documentation
    • Blogger team members will also be available to answer questions on the forum, comments on the blog, and in a few scheduled conference calls once the tool is released.

We have a number of big releases planned in 2010. While we recognize that this decision will frustrate some users, we look forward to showing you the many great things on the way. Thanks for using Blogger.

Regards,
Rick Klau
Blogger Product Manager
Google
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

At the moment, I have 5 active blogs, all being run via Blogger and FTP. I temporarily have tried the custom domain option for my book blog (bookreviews.eiserman.net) which seems to work, but I am quite wary. I think that it is time to change providers and switch to wordpress, so I will build that out and see what happens.

It’s not too late to change you mind Google, but I suspect that that is not going to happen.

The Eiserman Domain is Stephen Fry proof thanks to caching by WP Super Cache