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Ad Injection plugin for WordPress

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Ad Injection is a free WordPress plugin that injects any kind of advert (e.g. Google AdSense, Amazon Associates, ClickBank, TradeDoubler, etc) into the existing content of your WordPress posts and pages. You can control the number of adverts based on the post length, and it can restrict who sees adverts by post age, visitor referrer and IP address. Adverts can be configured in the post (random, top, and bottom positions) or in any widget/sidebar area. There's support for A:B split testing / ad rotation.

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Download

Download Ad Injection plugin for WordPress for free from this link. Or just search for Ad Injection from your WordPress install and WordPress will automatically install it for you.

Features

Automatic advert injection

The ads can be injected into existing posts without requiring any modification of the post. The injection can be done randomly between paragraphs, and there is an option to always inject the first advert at a specified paragraph (e.g. the first or second). Randomly positioning the adverts helps to reduce 'ad blindness'. Two additional adverts can be defined for the top and bottom of the content. Widget adverts can be defined as well for your sidebars.

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Widget support

Widgets can be added to your sidebars, or other widget areas on any pages. The same ad display restrictions that you setup for your other ads will also apply to the widgets.

Ad rotation / split testing

You can define multiple adverts for the same ad space which are rotated according to the ratios you define. Works with random, top, bottom and sidget/sidebar ads.

Ad quantity by post length

The number of adverts can be set based on the length of the post. It is a good idea for longer posts to have more adverts than shorter posts for example. Adverts can also be turned off for very short posts.

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Ads on old posts only

Adverts can be restricted to posts that are more than a defined numbers of days old. This prevents your regular visitors from having to see your ads.

Category, tag and post type filters

You can configure the adverts to only appear on specific categories, tags, or post types, or block the adverts from specific categories, tags or post types.

Search engines only (dynamic feature)

You can specify that ads should only be shown to search engine visitors (or from any other referring websites) so that your regular visitors (who are unlikely to click your ads) get a better experience of your site. You can define which search engines or any other referring sites see your adverts. A visitor who enters the site by a search engine will see ads for the next hour.

Block ads from IP addresses (dynamic feature)

IP addresses of people who shouldn't see your ads can be defined. These could be the IP addresses of your friends, family, or even yourself.

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Not tied to any ad provider

The advert code can be copied and pasted directly from your ad provider (Google AdSense, adBrite, ClickBank, etc) which will help you to comply with any terms of service (TOS) that state their ad code may not be modified.

Flexible ad positioning

Easy positioning options are provided for left, right, center, float left, and float right. Extra spacing can be set above and below the ad. Or if that isn't flexible enough, you can write your own positioning code using HTML and CSS.

You can specify a specific paragraph for random ads to start from, or if you need per-post control of the random adverts you can insert tags into the post source to say where the adverts should start and end.

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Inject PHP and JavaScript

As the plugin will inject whatever content you like into the page you can write your own ad rotation or a/b split testing code for the ads you inject. PHP code can be automatically executed.


Full documentation is available on the WordPress Ad Injection page.


If you do get any errors please use the 'Report a bug or give feedback' link on the plugin to send me the error details.

2011 Excel week numbers calendar

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

If you work in a company then you may find yourself dealing in week numbers rather than dates. E.g. the deadline for this project is week 38!

Here is a free downloadable Excel calendar for 2011 that has the days of the week across the top, and then the week numbers for the whole of 2011 down the side.

2011 week number calendar

Each day has five boxes for you to write in, and the days of the week are frozen at the top, making it easy to see which box is for which day.

I’ve saved two versions. One standard version for modern versions of Excel (2007 and above), and an older version which should work in Excel 97.

2011 Excel week number calendar (for modern versions of Excel – 2007+)
2011 Excel week number calendar (for old versions of Excel – 97+)

If you prefer a month by month view of the year then I also have a one page 2011 Excel calendar on this site available for free download as well as a calendar for 2010.

Present and gift logging spreadsheet

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Sometime it can be hard to think of what presents to give for birthday, Christmas, Valentines or anniversaries. Having a record of what presents you have given before can help to provide inspiration, and can help you avoid giving the same present twice.

present or gift logging spreadsheet

I’ve made a simple spreadsheet for logging gifts and presents. I’ve put some example data in there so you can see how to use it.

The rows can easily be filtered by the person’s name, or the event, by using the auto filter options in the header row. I’ve added some example auto-colouring which colours certain events (birthday, Christmas, and Valentines) to make them stand out.

The gift logging spreadsheet can be downloaded with this link – it is only 5kb zipped up.

Managing holiday money with an Excel burn down chart

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

If you go on a short holiday then it should be pretty easy to manage your holiday money. It isn’t too hard to track how quickly your foreign currency is running out when you are only abroad for a week or two.

If you are going on holiday for a number of months then it becomes a bit harder. When I recently went on holiday for three months I thought being able to record my available currency in the form of a burn down chart would be a useful thing to do.

I ended up creating an excel spreadsheet which when filled in gave me three lines on a graph.

holiday money burndown chart

  1. The first straight line (pink) goes down from the total amount of foreign currency on the first day of my holiday to 0 on the last day of my currency. This line shows where my currency reserves should be on average each day in order to spend all the money I took with me.
  2. The second line (blue) is the actual amount of foreign currency that I have left. A few times a week I would count up how much money I had left, and enter the data into the Excel spreadsheet. This would then update the second line. If this line is above the straight line then I’m under spending (on average), if the line is above the straight line then I’m over spending. The concept of under or over spending is of course ‘on average’. There may be good reasons why your spending during your holiday might be unevenly spread.
  3. The third line (yellow) is plotted against the axis on the right of the chart. This shows how much currency I have left per day on average.

Using the holiday currency burn down spread sheet

To make it easier to see how to use the spread sheet I have put a load of example data in the yellow cells. When you understand it you will have to remove the example data and enter your real data. Don’t delete anything in the red cells as these cells contain the formulas which will make it all work.

holiday money burn down spreadsheet

I have put comments in cells A2, B2, H2, I2 and I3 explaining what you need to put into these cells to get the spread sheet setup for your own holiday.

Then all you need to do is update it every few days and you’ll be able to see how fast your holiday money is burning down.

Download the holiday money spreadsheet from here (12kb).

2011 One Page Excel Calendar

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

2010 is still over a month away and yet I’ve already had several requests for a 2011 one page excel calendar. The format of my 2010 excel calendar seems to be a good one so I’m repeating it for the 2011 version.

2011 Excel one page calendar

As in previous years I’ve made a blank calendar with just the days / months marked out, and a calendar with the 2011 UK bank holidays highlighted.

2011 Excel calendar – blank (5kb)
2011 Excel calendar – with UK Bank Holidays highlighted (5kb)

Like before you should be able to get it to fit on your computer screen without any scrolling – you may need to adjust the box sizes, or zoom level depending on the resolution of your monitor.

Telephone call log spreadsheet

Monday, July 6th, 2009

It can be well worth keeping a log of phone calls to companies such as banks, utility companies and anyone else who you have an account with. You never know when it could be useful to have this information.

For example this week I received some unsolicited credit card cheques from Natwest. I have previously been sent these by Natwest and I remember that I phoned them up to ask them not to send them to me anymore. I know I have called them at least once and I suspect that I have called them twice. As they are clearly not honouring my preferences I am writing a letter of complaint to them.

Unfortunately I don’t know the dates (or even whether I made one or two) of my calls to them. I can still write the letter, but if I had recorded my calls to them I could have been very specific about details of when I told them not to send me any more of their credit card cheques.

Here is the call logging XLS spreadsheet that I’ve put together to record future calls.

Telephone call log spreadsheet – 17kb

2010 One Page Excel Calendar

Monday, March 9th, 2009

We’re well into 2009 so to follow on from my 2009 Excel one page calendar it seems time to put up the yearly calendar for 2010.

2010 Excel one page calendar

As before I’ve done a blank calendar with just the days / months marked out, and a calendar with the 2010 UK bank holidays highlighted.

2010 Excel calendar – blank (7kb)
2010 Excel calendar – with UK Bank Holidays highlighted (7kb)

Like before you should be able to get it to fit on your computer screen without any scrolling – you may need to adjust the box sizes, or zoom level depending on the resolution of your monitor.

For anyone who is planning well ahead I have now added my 2011 one page excel calendar to this site.

nbClipboard – a clipboard extender

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Overview

nbClipboard adds stack, queue and simple text transformations to the Windows clipboard when using the clipboard’s keyboard shortcuts.

As well as storing successive clipboard items in either a queue or a stack nbClipboard can perform search/replace operations on the clipboard data and can automatically convert the text to either upper or lower case.

This tool can be left running in the background or you can make the window stay on top or become transparent.

It is necessary to have the .NET framework version 3.0 installed for nbClipboard to work. Version 3.0 of the framework is pre-installed on Windows Vista and can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website as an additional download for Windows XP.

Download

You can download nbClipboard from this link: nbClipboard – installer download – (333kb)

Manual

Introduction

nbClipboard is a simple tool that adds stack and queue support as well as basic text transformations to the Windows clipboard when using the clipboard’s keyboard shortcuts.

As well as storing successive clipboard items in either a queue or a stack nbClipboard can perform search/replace operations on the clipboard data, and can automatically convert the text to either upper or lower case.

This tool can be left running in the background or you can make the window stay on top or become transparent.

It is necessary to have the .NET framework version 3.0 installed for nbClipboard to work. Version 3.0 of the framework is pre-installed on Windows Vista and can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website as an additional download for Windows XP.

Installation

To install double-click on the install executable and follow the instructions. nbClipboard requires version 3.0 or above of the .NET framework. This can be downloaded from Microsoft’s .NET Download page.

Usage

Launch nbClipboard from the Start menu.

When it is loaded you will be see the main configuration screen. From here you can turn the clipboard queue or stack on, and can set the text transformation settings.

If you want to work with non-text clipboard data (files, photo data etc.) you should close nbClipboard as nbClipboard will case problems with non-clipboard data.

Clipboard queue and stack

The clipboard queue and stack allow multiple items to be copied to the the clipboard and then pasted in order.

The queue will paste items in the same order they are copied.

Example: You copy the following items of text – ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’, ‘four’. When you paste them they are pasted in this order – ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’, ‘four’.

The stack will paste items in the reverse order to what they are copied. i.e. the last item to be copied to the clipboard will be the first item to be pasted.

Example: You copy the following items of text – ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’, ‘four’. When you paste them they are pasted in this order – ‘four’, ‘three’, ‘two’, ‘one’.

Note

nbClipboard will only add text to the queue or stack when the copy and paste operations are performed using the keyboard shortcuts. It will not operate when copy and paste operations are caried out using the mouse.

Text transformations

To upper / lower case

Text which has been copied can automatically be converted into either upper or lower case.

Text replacements

You can do an automatic search / replace operation on any pasted text. You can choose to make the search case sensitive by ticking the ‘Match case’ box.

Note

The text transformations will only be applied when the text is pasted using the keyboard paste shortcut. It will not work when text is pasted from a menu.

List of copy / paste keyboard shortcuts

Copy Ctrl-C Ctrl-Insert
Paste Ctrl-V Shift-Insert
Cut Ctrl-X Shift-Delete

Limitations

nbClipboard currently only deals with plain text. Therefore whilst it is running any rich text items copied, or non-text items copied to the clipboard may lose their formatting.

Revision History

  • 1.1.0 – Fixed case-insensitive search and replace bug where only the first occurance would be replaced.
  • 1.0.0 – Initial version

Credits

Portions of nbClipboard are based on the Global System Hooks tutorial by Michael Kennedy.

Installer created using ISTool.

Table of contents generated with hypertoc.

If you are interested in the background of this tool you can read my Writing and releasing a free software tool in two weeks post.


2009 One Page Excel Calendar

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Following on from my 2008 Excel one page calendar I’ve produced a new yearly calendar for 2009.

2009 Excel one page calendar

This time I’ve done a blank one with just the days / months marked out, and one with the UK bank holidays highlighted.

2009 Excel calendar – blank (7kb)
2009 Excel calendar – with UK Bank Holidays highlighted (7kb)

Like before you should be able to get it to fit on your computer screen without any scrolling – you may need to adjust the box sizes, or zoom level depending on the resolution of your monitor.

Atomic MIDlet game

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Overview

Atomic is board (but not boring) game where the idea is to take over the game board. You can do this by placing atoms into empty squares or onto square that you already control. If a square reaches its atomic capacity then it will explode causing the atoms to fly into the neighbouring squares. If any of your opponents atoms are in the neighbouring then they will become your atoms.

Any time a square reaches its atomic capacity it will explode. This can cause long chain reactions that can have a dramatic effect on the state of play.

Download

Atomic Download (43kb)

The Atomic game is available to download from the above link.

Controls

Use Up, Down, Left & Right to move the current square position. Fire places an atom.

Options

This game is best played against human oponents. Up to four people can play. However you can play against the computer as well. From the options screen just choose how many humans and computers you want in the game. If you are playing against the computer then you can set the computer's intelligence level.

Technical Guff

Atomic is a MIDlet (similar to a Java Applet but for mobile phones). It can be played on MIDP compatable devices or emulators. This has been tested on Sun's Reference Implementation (available with the Sun Wireless Toolkit) and with the MIDP add-on for the Nokia 9210. This is a colour game with lots of images so you ideally need a fairly powerful colour phone.

History

1.0.1 13/04/02
Thread logic is hopefully slighly better. There should be less chance of deadlocking the game.
A 'Shaky Balls' option has been added
Clearer indication of whose turn it is
Larger board

1.0.0 04/03/02
Base version of the game.

Credits

Atomic is based on an Amiga game called Atoms by Tom Kuhn. This version is very similar to the original but with the addition of computer players.