September 25, 2009


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this is a test post of me automatically changing a linkchange link

February 16, 2009

Just been adding lightbox to one of my customers sites

Filed under: — kevin_svek @ 10:06 am

Its based (loosely) on lightbox contribution with tweaks for product extra images – see License To Frill for an example

February 12, 2009

Magento data upload

Filed under: — kevin_svek @ 11:34 am

Been working recently on an upload feed for magento – didn’t like the system at all at first but it sort of grows on you.
Had to map all the feeds from the main feed to the equivalent fields in Magento which was fun but i just parsed the data in SQL and generated a new format file. Interesting challenges here included getting the categories mapped correctly – definately need to set these up first before you try to do an import since any unmatched appear at store level – which is a pain when 400 items are there but easily fixed by mapping the xml file to the correct category id.

One issue was the feed upload kept stalling – but since it’s an upsert – this was fixed by reducing the file sizes.

November 29, 2008

Vat down to 15 % (or is that prices increased by 2.5 %?)

Filed under: — kevin_svek @ 5:04 pm

Strange thing here – VAT has gone down by 2.5% but maplins prices are the same as they were before

Jet Turbine ATX PC Casewas £39.99 (Autumn winter catalogue) – now remarkably …. £39.99

Price in catalogue 34.034 + vat at 17.5% = £39.99

Price on website

Ex Vat Total: £34.77
Standard UK Delivery: £0.00
VAT Total: £5.22
Total: £39.99

So instead of us getting 74p off the price – they make 74p more profit

Obviously other places have hit the headlines over this – e.g. Severn Bridge but all quiet about maplin what a con – thanks chancellor


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November 19, 2008


Filed under: — kevin_svek @ 12:36 pm

If you own any .com domains – you may be contacted by this company to renew your domain, i suggest that you immediately file any correspondence in the shredder so that it’s totally secure and you don’t unexpectedly pay at least twice as much as you should for your own domain.

Note that if it’s a popular domain – it’s going to be a lot more than twice as much – i know one person who got quoted a couple of thousand pounds to renew through them (for a year)- the latest one i’ve received (shredded) is for twice as much as it actually costs.

September 25, 2008

Lucy and paul get married

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Lucy and PaulLucy and Paul on their wedding day

August 17, 2008

Another new site launched

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It’s for a takeaway tandoori restaurant in Kidwelly including it’s contact information and their menu.

April 16, 2008

Some recommended readings

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March 18, 2008

Good old php forms

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One of my customers was using a third party form embedded in an iframe on his site – but I’ve just implemented a form for them at Llanelli DJ’s site which at least conforms to the style of their site – black and white but their third party form was good old fashioned black on white so didn’t at all conform to the style of their site.

At least most of the Llanelli DJ’s site is fairly static but I think I’m going to have to install a links manager for him to enable him to add links to other sites himself.

Good luck on the dj work djjenx – Llanelli’s newest DJ!

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