March 26, 2007

Card Originals

Writing about web page

CardI spent part of the other weekend putting together a quick website so my wife can sell her handmade cards.  All of the technical brilliance is in the cards, the site is very simple stuff.  Eventually I'm planning to put proper online ordering in, but for now you can just email her if there is a card you like.

There are cards for all occasions and if you can't find what you are looking for you can always ask and get it made to order.

Its also worth noting that the prices include delivery, so if you are on campus and you can arrange for me to meet you to deliver your cards then you'll save yourself 50p a card.

March 01, 2007

Roche de Mio

View from the restaurant at the top of the Roche de Mio, La Plagne, France

View from the restaurant at the top of the Roche de Mio, La Plagne, France 

February 20, 2007

NAGTY's new Intranet Launches

I just wrote a long entry about our new intranet based on MojoPortal (
Then I hit spell check and crashed my browser!

In summary - we've implemented a new intranet for NAGTY, to allow people to edit content more easily.  Its developed using a very good open source solution called Mojoportal whcih is written in .Net 2.

If you need to develop a fairly simple site and are used to working with .Net, you ought to take a look at MojoPortal.  The basic functionality is pretty good, and tailoring it to add your own code and sections in is really simple.

January 18, 2007


Winter Sunset

One of the first decent pictures from my new camera.    Its amazing how having a much better camera has made me realise how much better the photographer could be as well.

December 07, 2006

Thank you Odeon

Sites like these are often used as places to complain about bad service, so I’m pleased to be able to record some good service here instead.

A couple of weeks back I booked tickets to go and see James Bond at the Odeon. The night I was due to go and see the film there was a crash on the motorway and the traffic meant I was unable to get to the cinema on time. On the off chance I called Odeon, and they said they would refund my money.

My card bill arrived today and they have even refunded the booking fee, at least there was a silver lining to my spoiled evening.

November 24, 2006

Spy Media goes under cover

Follow-up to Spy Media from Acada-Me

Since I said I’d check back to see how the site progresses I don’t think anything has changed. Spy Media is an interesting concept, but without a big audience it doesn’t really work. I’ve emailed the creators to see why they’ve stopped posting as well, but I haven’t heard anything back.

So if you are set on making millions from your photographic genuis, you’re going to have to try another approach!

World Gifted Conference Booking goes live

Writing about web page

The online registration system for the World Gifted Conference 2007 went live yesterday. Its one of several projects I’ve been working on over the past couple of weeks -and one of the reasons I’ve been pretty quiet recently.

The publicity and official emails about regsitering will be going out shortly, but its good to see we’ve already had bookings from as far away as Australia.

The Conference (being held at Warwick) is one of the main focuses of the Academy over the coming months, and if you have any interest in Gifted and Talented Education you should make every effort to be there.

September 29, 2006

Spy Media

Writing about web page

Today I came across Spy Media. Its a Web 2.0 style site which allows you to upload photos like Flickr, but with the added twist of trying to sell them or submit them to meet peoples existing requirements (bounties).

In true Web 2.0 style the site is currently in Beta (does no one finish code these days?) and it looks like traffic is fairly slow there at the moment, but I’ve put a couple of photos on there and will be checking back to see how the site progresses.

I’ve also added their stream onto my sidebar to see how it looks.

September 14, 2006


In English classes, a long time before www meant world wide web, my teacher used to say it meant who?, what? and why? – the three main things to consider when writing.


I’m Steve Gardner, newly installed as analyst programmer for the Academy. Previously I’ve worked for Next (the big retail company) and bit10 (not quite so big internet consultancy) doing mostly e-Learning and e-Commerce development, along with a side order of Usabiility.


This is my blog. At the moment I see it being somewhere where I can share some of my thoughts on all things work-like, including technical articles, or musings on life at Nagty. Like most things – I’m sure the focus will change with time. If you’re that interested you can always check back here occasionally and see for yourself!


Tricky one. I could say its because I’m bursting with world changing ideas that I need to share with everybody, but a couple of weeks of posting and that will be palpably untrue. Its not even to keep in touch with my relatives in far off ..erm Coventry. Really its just because I can.

So that’s my three W’s. At the risk of sounding a little aggressive, who are you and what are you doing here?

PS Come to think of it, I may have been taking my English teacher a little literally all these years. Anyone got a spare English GCSE I could borrow?

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