Tuesday, May 5, 2009

an interesting local phenomina

Here's something you don't see every day.
A set of clouds forming around a rainbow.

Shot on my iPhone seconds after a passing rainshower had washed the sky clean.

The rainbow was present in the sky about a minute and a half before the clouds did their thing.

The clouds are still raining as they move away to the east and across Auckland's North Shore.

The rainbow just hung in one position as the image took shape.

The thing I don't get is the straight line formed behind the foreground clouds.

It is very sharply defined, but the clouds certainly do not match as the source of the shadow.

Amazing what you can see if you keep your eyes open....and happen to be looking at the right thing at the right time.

A beautiful image.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Another day...another upgrade

Ah...the joys of running a commercial website.

If it's not one thing that needs to be done, it's another.

This time SitePal in my face. This application resides someplace out there in the 'cloud' and lets me deliver spoken word on select pages on our site...like the FAQ for example.


It's no problem...took a while to create, but then...hey...I used to do this for a living, once upon a world away.

However, apps like SitePal, and others, like our shopping cart provider, Network Solutions, regularly update their software. This means inevitably, there is maintenance to be done. In this case refreshing each of the individual iterations of the applications. That's the FAQ, our contact page and the page where we have stuff that is about us and who we actually are.

No big deal really, just time consuming. And if the job ain't done, then in all likelihood the app will not run correctly.

Still.... half an hour well spent on a sunny Sunday in the hinterland of Auckland, with the birds, the trees and sunshine for company.

What more could a poor boy want?
Now...don't get me started on that...


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Network Solutions gets small biz forum together

Here's a vid from a recent webinar I attended...at 5 am in the morning.
The sunrise was great...so were the speakers.
But possibly more fascinating was the thread running alongside the vid...between the more than 200 viewers.
The main topic of conversation appeared to be the growth of social networking, like this I guess, and how it can be 'leveraged'.

Lever away say I