Upgraded to WordPress no ads option

Today I paid US$30 to stop WordPress showing random ads on my site. They didn’t show up often and the ads WordPress displays – to my knowledge – were never offensive.

However some were inappropriate to my content. They added nothing for readers. Getting rid of them makes the site cleaner – which is a good thing. It was something I intended to do for some time now, but Ed Bott’s No more ads, no more trackers reminded me.

No, you can’t describe your business as ‘agile’

We’re all used to technology buzzwords crossing over into the general business world. If someone talks about their personal bandwidth it may be clumsy, but we know roughly what they mean.

But spare me from large, unbending monolithic companies who wake up one morning and decide to describe themselves as ‘agile’. They may do this because a few people have just started holding quick meetings where staff stay on their feet or they want to tell the world they respond quickly to changing circumstances.

Agile software development is a set of methods that encourages a fast and responsive approach so that customer needs are quickly attended to. Agile was formally defined in a manifesto more than a decade ago but its ideas are now reaching the management suite.

Some bosses like what they hear and want to ride the agile wave. Or at least use the name to make themselves look smarter. It doesn’t work.


Does this site need comments?

Today the comments folder in my the WordPress dashboard has 1500 spam comments. That’s 1500 spam comments in 24 hours. I often get more spam comments than page views.

WordPress uses something called Akismet which does a fine job of trapping spam. Even so,  there are days when dozens of cleverly constructed spam comments slide past Akismet.

When that happens I have to manually find them and delete.

My question is this, does my site need comments? Would we be better discussing the ideas and stories on Google+ or somewhere else online?

What do you think?  

Another reason WordPress.com beats WordPress.org

Last week I wrote Why I use WordPress.com not WordPress.org.

There are a few reasons, but it comes down to making life simpler. One aspect I forgot to mention was the free WordPress.com service gives me 3GB of storage. In effect that means an unlimited number of posts and an unlimited number of images.

When I used a paid hosting service and WordPress.Org I twice had to upgrade my account with extra storage to cope with the number of posts – there are nearly 1000 – and images. And when the space began to run out, the site would slow down.


Auckland SkyTower: The price is height

Good value viewing at Sky Tower

Good value viewing at Sky Tower

The Economist compares the price of visiting public viewing platforms with the height of some of the world’s highest buildings. It concludes London’s The Shard is the least value for money charging £29.95 (NZ$57) for an adult to see the view from 244m. That’s almost US$0.19 per metre. 

How does Auckland’s SkyTower compare?

Rather good value it turns out.

At 328m the building is considerably higher than The Shard and it costs just NZ$28 to peer out over the Hauraki Gulf. That works out at around 7 US cents per metre. A price putting it in the middle of the range of buildings surveyed for the Economist story.

Daily chart: The price is height | The Economist.