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A bit of backstory: Ashley sent out an e-mail t’other morning to all of those who’d been waiting for a review at Timebomb Reviews announcing the re-opening of the site. (A counter-flounce?) I’m not sure what she set out to achieve by copying me in but it gave me the opportunity to offer those from… read more →

Turdy Tutorials and XOXMARIAH.COM

When I posted my somewhat whimsical entry “Not The X!” on Monday I was under the impression that teenybopper tutorial sites were becoming less common. I figured there was a new trend out, maybe these wannabe geeks had all gained new hobbies or something. Of course, this is the part where I admit grand naivety… read more →

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Reviewing the Reviewers

It’s that time of year again. Most students are back from their summer holidays, settling in to the old routine AKA mass procrastination to avoid their homework. These avoidance techniques commonly include starting a “WPR”, or “web page review [site]”. It’s a harmless pastime, but it never fails to amuse me how many of these… read more →

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Dumbass Alert

I’d like to bring your attention to Dustin of This scummy little specimen is one of those particularly annoying web thieves; almost worthy of a Pants Award except I can’t be arsed to give one out. This little fool is particularly notable in that he’s ballsy, oh yes. Dustin’s header image is badly cropped… read more →

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

I have to admit, I didn’t play the original Mario vs. Donkey Kong, but was struck by how cute the Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (Nintendo DS) packaging was while I was looking for a Wii online. We all know how much cuteness means to a game, right? :D Anyway… The… read more →

Nintendo DS: Age of Empires Review

I pre-ordered Age of Empires: The Age of Kings for the Nintendo DS a while ago, figuring that I’d need something to keep me occupied while waiting for my phone line and Internet to be connected. Age of Empires is an historically accurate real-time strategy game in which players must build up a large civilisation… read more →

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Unrequested review of

Reviewed: no idea Site URL: I was tempted to name this review “how not to do a tutorial site”, but I don’t want to break with tradition. On one hand my super spider-sense says that I’m about to commit a major faux pas by reviewing you because you’re only 13, but hey — if… read more →

Review of 3till7net (2)

Reviewed: Sarah Site URL: I’m having difficulty starting this review. Most reviews I start off with a quick summary of my first impression of a website — it’s hard to do that when you’ve been visiting a website for years. Your new layout is not my favourite. I think the swirly zigzag pattern is… read more →

Book Review: Defensive Design for the Web

Defensive Design for the Web: How to Improve Error Messages, Help, Forms, and Other Online Crisis Points, by 37signals, Matthew Linderman and Jason Fried, really should be called “Examples of Bad Error Messages, Forms, etc” because although there were lots of pretty screenshots in the book, there wasn’t much in the way of real solutions… read more →