Ratings – part 2

I blogged earlier about the ratings system.

Here is your chance to decide on the look and feel of the site.

Which style do you prefer:

Currently the bars are enabled – I’ll turn on the stars tomorrow to show the difference.

Just leave your comments below.

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We added the ability to rate each and every post.

The idea is to let you give some feedback on the quality of the blog article – rather than ‘I agree’ or ‘I disagree’.


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Under each post title you will see a ratings bar – with some information on the votes so far. The example above shows that Ken Muirs post on GroupWise security had three votes with an average rating of 3.33.

To vote move your mouse over the rating bar – select the score for the post – and click. Remember the weighting is from 1 through 5 with a higher number representing a better rating.


Once you click the magic of Cool Blogs comes to life and your vote is registered. It’s all shiny new Ajax – so no need to refresh.


We will be using these ratings to show the ‘best of Cool Blogs’ and the ‘Top Ranked Bloggers’ in the near future.

Let me know how you find these ratings.

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Tel Aviv

I’m in Tel Aviv, Israel for customer visits with Novell Israel.

Don’t be fooled by this picture of the city from my hotel – it really is all concrete from this view. I went for dinner tonight with Vered and Amit from the local team in the older part of the city – known as the White City.

It’s actually the ‘New Town’ and it all dates from the 1930s – it’s all Bauhaus style architecture – unique – and it’s listed by UNESCO.

Tel Aviv

People often forget that Tel Aviv is right on the Mediterranean – here is the view the other way:


Starbucks Fair Trade Campaign


An interesting campaign from the Organic Consumers Association to pursuade Starbucks to stop using ‘crappy hormone filled milk’.

The time has come to kick rBGH off the market, once and for all. If Starbucks, a major buyer of milk, were to reject rBGH dairy products, we could effectively eliminate it from the market.

Similarly, while Starbucks has slowly bought more certified Fair Trade coffee, it represents only a very small percentage of their total coffee (about 3.7%). Starbucks rarely offers certified Fair Trade coffee as their coffee of the day, nor has it followed its own policy of brewing Fair Trade coffee, on demand.

Kinda fits with my earlier Starbucks post..

Frankfurt – during the World Cup

The joke has always been that Manchester United fans are never from Manchester.

Here’s my proof.

Kim from South Korea

This is Kim from South Korea. He loves Manchester United.

Also – look at the police car with the ‘not authorised flags’ on top. Surely they are the €5 from the Aral petrol station..

Police car

Cell phone pain


Cingular have managed to turn my US cell phone into a brick while outside the US.
I can dial my voice mail – and that’s it.

Same phone just a few weeks ago was working perfectly – I was in Germany and I could dial globally. Now I just get ‘calls barred’ and a nice message in German.

Cingular are working on it.. Not much fun.

[Edit – I spoke again to the Cingular international support team – they now realise that something got broken on my account. They turned off my international roaming in one of the billing cycles. They said 72 hours to fix it. I said I spend thousands per month with them – fix it tonight or I go to another vendor. They promised by midnight Central time. Nice. Here’s hoping.]