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!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Another YouTube Channel

Adding to the new blog I mentioned on Saturday, there is also a new YouTube Channel, MrJacksonBates, so called because 'JacksonBates' was already taken. These days, I'm all for doing away with pseudonyms online. I mean, really, what does Malgalin even mean? Nothing. I happy to be Jackson Bates, so I will remain so online!

Anyway, I digress!

The new channel will provide videos and tutorials for teachers and students in education. It will predominantly be focused on VCE and Victorian educational stuff, but much of it will be applicable in other countries too.

The first video provides an introduction to Merspi.

But there will be more to follow.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Another Edublog

There is another Edublog on the scene.

Another Edublog |

It is faintly ridiculous that I have started another blog, since I never write on this one, and haven't written anything on the Alphamale blog for ages either, but this new blog is more directly related to my job, so I am more likely to keep it current!

If you are interested in reading about education, technology and the faintly creative musings of an English teacher then it is there for your consideration.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

April Fool's Gimp Tutorial

I made a mean Gimp Tutorial in the spirit of it being April Fool's Day. If you came here looking for the Beautify script I apologize for your wasted time, but it does not exist. Also, if you see it early, again I'm sorry - all to do with the timing I'm afraid!

But before you unsubscribe from my channel, stay tuned until next week when I will reveal how the prank was done.


Love from Jackson

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Your Pupils Need You!

This is a call to action, albeit a small one, to all Victorian teachers worth their salt...

There is an excellent new website out here on the internets that is quietly being awesome while very few notice it. It has the potential to be a very important resource for VCE students (and who knows who else once the National Curriculum takes off) but right now it has a small user base.

What is this wonderful site? Merspi.

Merspi is a site that allows for VCE students to ask questions and they are in turn answered by the Merspi community. It is a simple yet beautiful idea, representing all that is great about Web 2.0. Merspi is run by a community of dedicated users, made up of current and past VCE students, parents, tutors and teachers. It promotes a strong editing culture and is well moderated by the community to ensure the most accurate answers are the ones you see first.

Furthermore, it is free to use and does not even require registration. Registration is possible for those that wish to become a more settled member of the community and the registration process is a breeze, since you can sign up using OpenId or simply by following the simple sign-up process on the site itself. There is nothing wrong with this site at all!

Except that it's user base is currently small.

So small at the moment that it is in danger of not living up to its great potential. That's why it is up to you, dedicated teachers of VCE subjects, to give Merspi a little plug amongst your students.

So What Can You Do?

  • You could simply mention it in class as a potentially useful tool.

  • You could print out a few flyers and leave them in the computer labs and library.

  • You could mention it in your school newsletter.

  • You could even sign up and start answering questions yourself!

Please help this very good website to grow in any way you can.

Think of the children! Won't somebody please think of the children?