As Chas'N'Dave Say: Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!

AudioBunny was soft launched about 8 weeks ago, and is gradually gaining a reputation in Japan for it's no-nonsense editorial style. The intent is to provide an alternative to the payola basis of the content in music magazines in Japan, using web publishing to open up the platform for music writers to write what they want to, and for a broader coverage of music available in Japan outside of the established monopolies.

Arts Petition - stop arts & heritage lottery money to plug olympic funding gap.

Stop the chancellor using Lottery money to plug the funding gap in the 2012 olympics. If this goes ahead at least £900m will go from Big lottery, Sport England, Arts Council and Heritage Lottery much of this money would fund projects within the local voluntary and community sector. Services to disadvantaged people will be directly affected by the loss of this funding, people who will have no opportunity to benefit from the olympics directly but rely on local services provided by the voluntary sector.

published 2007.07.14 updated 2017.06.26

public works

public works

Website design & build with Content Management System.

public works are an art & architecture practise working within and towards public space.

We created this website in collaboration with the team to allow them to move away from an in-house site built using DreamWeaver with Wordpress blogs, to something more dynamic that would allow all of the team members to manage their own projects within a content management system, and provide better interlinking between their works.

This project is part of an ongoing relationship with public works that includes Folkestonomy, Colchester Inn, International Village Shop and DIY Regeneration. Mail Problems

You may have noticed some intermittent email access for the last few hours. This is due to a mail server at Demon Internet which is attempting to deliver the same message over and over again, tying up all of the server resources.

I have contacted both Demon and the originator of the email message (which is not spam) and neither of them have been helpful in resolving the issue as yet, Demon saying it's the customers problem - and the customer must log a problem with Demon - and their customer has not yet responded to my email, and I've been unable to track them down on the phone.

So, in the meantime, I've had to block all mail from Demon Internet, until such time as I can be sure the problem is cleared. This may be for up to 48 hours. Allowing all this mail from Demon will mean the server is likely to fall over, or other mail will failed to be delivered, and so this is the best course of action.

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but unfortunately it's outside of my control. I will continue to try and resolve the issue with the other parties.

published 2007.04.30

Stop At Red

Someone is petitioning for one of my pet grudges

Though it does seem to be a petition against nothing, at least I can show which side of the white line I stop on:

i'll save you from my rant about all road users - drivers, cyclists, pedestrians - being aware and courteous to each other.

published 2007.04.11 updated 2017.06.26

Dub Blogs

A blog from the man who has one of the nicest ways of explaining how to keep technical projects on track, with some great observations and links of technology, life and society.

published 2007.04.04 updated 2017.06.26

Don't trust with your information

Krop Creative Tech Jobs: Their marketing department should be using this to find new roles.

I've just received a marketing email from MediaTemple. To my mobile phone. Twice. The email address for my phone is private, because I use it for paging me server warnings.

What's so bad about this? Well - I asked them to remove that email from their list , twice before, when they did the same thing. And was assured it had been. It's a pager address, which was put into their account manager to allow for notification of urgent issues ONLY. The last time I got SPAMmed at 3am, and got out of bed expecting a server to be down. This was when I had an account with them. I terminated SHOWstudio's account with MediaTemple last year due to their extortionate costs and decreasing quality of service. At the time I requested my account details be deleted from their databases, especially marketing databases.

OK, so this stuff happens all the time. However the service the provide is one of trust. It's not that they are selling newspapers, or Viagra, but I entrusted them with servers that contain thousands and thousands of peoples contact details ... might have even considered passing credit card details through a server hosted with them. And this is how they repay me? By not honoring opt-out requests and re-introducing old data back into their marketing databases!

Their opt out email address even bounced - not a good advert for an apparently savy tech company (though I have heard many complaints about them loosing email) :

Hi. This is the qmail-send program at I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses. This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out. User and password not set, continuing without authentication. does not like recipient. Remote host said: 550 5.1.1 Recipient address rejected: User unknown in local recipient table Giving up on

And via a different mail server too:

Hi. This is the qmail-send program at I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses. This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out. does not like recipient. Remote host said: 550 5.1.1 Recipient address rejected: User unknown in local recipient table Giving up on

The implication, to me is, basically: you can't trust this:
And therefore, you can't trust them with your details. MediaTemplate have some clever branding going on, but underneath my experience proves they aren't all that they say.

My worry is this: if they are unscrupulous enough to mine their administration databases for email accounts they can send unsolicited marketing emails to then where will it end? Would they use all the email addresses that are passed through their primary mail servers? Would they start greping backups stored on their servers (or even your hosted box) for email lists? Probably not. But I don't even want those questions raised in my mind about a server which is located on the other side of the world from me.

My other big concern: if an ISP acts like this then what chance have we of them acting against other people sending unsolicited email from their network?

My advice? If you have your servers hosted with MediaTemple then move them to The Planet... their service has been excellent, they are helpful and responsive, trustworthy and they don't send SPAM. And they are considerably cheaper. Win-win if you ask me.

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