Friday, 10 June 2011

New videos from Merspi

My favourite online VCE resource for students has just gotten a lot better, since they started producing videos to give excellent VCE tips to students.

Perhaps the most relevant to my classes is the one about how to write a creating and presenting piece, but there are other great ones like how to search Google more effectively, how to survive VCE and how to manage stress.

Just another reason to think of Merspi as the best online study resource for VCE students!

Friday, 28 January 2011

At Last...The App is Out!

Man, you know when you are a kid and you know what you're getting for Christmas and every day feels like it's getting slower as the big day comes closer...well imagine if you were that kid and you didn't know what day Christmas was on and your parents just keep telling you it's "soon"...THAT is exactly how I have felt since November waiting for our Dealsguide iPhone App to come out!

It is hard to wait for your app to arrive. I thought I was a patient guy, but that was a tough and fidgety wait.

Our developers, Yaxis, have done a great job with the app and we are really happy with it.

You can download the app from the appstore, or from iTunes at this address:

If you download it - let us know what you think and we'll consider all feedback carefully for v2!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Dealsguide | All Daily Deals

I know I keep banging on about Dealsguide at the moment, but it has been taking up a lot of my spare time, so I would be really grateful if you'd check it out.

I'm currently working on fixing our RSS issues and think I've cracked it. The real test will be tomorrow. So fingers crossed on that one.

Anyway, I don't have time to keep on with this - I've got many competitors (boo!) on my tail and a long holiday to pack for!

So visit Dealsguide for all your group buying discount daily deal needs.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

You Can Teach a Code Monkey New Tricks

Thanks to a user on a discussion board on Facebook, the problem that was causing me no end of trouble on Friday is now solved.

For those trying to fix the fb:multi-friend-selector problem in FBML, this is the code that works:

action="YOUR URL"



actiontext="Tell your friends about PAGE NAME"
showborder="true" />


The line breaks above are not necessary, they are just included for clarity.
Use double quotation marks and single quotation marks as stated above - these must be accurate
YOUR URL = Your Facebook Page
PAGE NAME OR TITLE = Make this a Short Title
YOUR PAGE DESCRIPTION = The descrtiption of the page. Should be clear so the invited should know where he/she is going to
URL TO WHERE THE INVITED GOES TO = The page where the invited goes to


You can see the fully working page at (please like us if you like us!)

Also, as a token of your appreciation you can spread your love for to whoever will listen!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Code Monkey

I like to tinker with code...I may have mentioned this before.

I am not very good at it...I may have mentioned this before, also.

I spent today trying to get a poxy little invite-your-friends widget working on a Facebook Fan page I manage for Dealsguide and it was horrendous!

I learnt the necessary FBML (Facebook Markup Language) to get the job done (literally 3 lines worth of code!) and then put the rest of the page together in HTML. I was finished in an hour. No problems.

It then took three hours to test and repair the code, finally forcing me to realise that the widget itself is buggy. Readying through the bug report from MONTHS ago suggests that there is no fix for this as yet, and Facebook seem to be a bit tardy fixing it.

But I had worked to hard on it, so the widget is still on the page, like commemorative monument to fallen coders.

Anyway, you can check out the page and let me know what you think.

Oh, and if anybody has had any luck recently with the Fb:multi-friend-selector recently, please tell me what I am doing wrong!!!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Daily Deals

daily deals

Maybe it's the Scottish blood in me, but I love a good bargain! A new “group buying” trend is emerging on the web, in which consumers effectively band together to get better daily deals or discounts when purchasing products and services. It's like telling a company that you and your friends will all buy their product as long as you all get some sort of group discount. Surprisingly, the companies seem to be up for this!

Most group buying sites tend to offer localized deals and discounts in specific cities and because these daily deals are all available over the web, you don't really need to get all of your friends on board to cash in on the deal, you can just wait for Joe Internetuser to sign up too. Typically, each promotion only becomes valid if enough members sign up for it, encouraging viral sharing of individual deals. If the minimum sign-up is not met, the deal does not proceed and no one’s credit card is charged.

Although still technically in its early stages, group buying has become one of the bigger trends to emerge in 2010, and with all of the social networking platforms available now, this thing is gonna go off like a frog in a sock.

So with the influx of so many new daily deal sites to hit the Australian market, 2011 will be a fantastic year to grab hold of some money saving deals. The trouble is that there are so many of them to keep track of, and even though you can sign up for email notifications from these new companies, who really wants to get bombarded with 15 emails a day advertising a special discount from some random companies in your area? Or worse yet, for those that don't subscribe, who can be bothered checking 15 separate sites to see if there are any interesting discounts available at the moment?

That's where DealsGuide comes in! aggregates all of the top discount sites so that you only need to check one site if you want to find a bargain in your area. It couldn't be easier.

There are 11 sites offering these deals in Australia at the moment, and another 8 starting up within the next two months. But why visit all of them when the very best in your area can all be found at

Saturday, 11 September 2010

How to succeed on YouTube


Forgive my thunderstruckness, but wow, three posts to this blog in a month...that doesn't happen often.

Anyway - on with the post.

I have recently started posting tutorials to a new YouTube channel and have all of the fun ahead of me of trying to establish a new base of followers. I take the Gimp channel for granted because I can post a video at night and by the next morning I have a couple of hundred views, a comment or two and some new subscribers.

But it is not so with the new channel. I post a new video at night and wake up to...drumroll...12 views, no comments and no other activity at all. Not even a thumbs-up!

The channel has been up for a week now and it can boast a whopping 18 subscribers. Not bad for a week's work on YouTube, but if you check the profiles you will notice something about my new followers. 95% are old followers from the other channel! People that liked the Gimp tutorials have subscribed to a channel that is trying to market itself towards Australian teachers and students, despite the fact the majority of them are American.

Not that I don't want American subs, I'll take anything at this stage, but they are not my target demographic. In fact without the Gimp channel, I'm sure I would only have 1 sub by now, and only three or four views per video.

But things are different from when I started using YouTube 4 years ago. I have learned how to market myself! I predict that I will have a huge influx of views and subscribers within a month.

So, I'll be back in a month to eat my words!