Hi family & friends!
Sarah has been offered a position as an Astrophysicist at Mount Stromlo Observatory in Canberra.
She will be starting in mid July and I reckon I will tag along as well.
I have now cracked a page speed score of 95 for Google Page Speed!
Update: it’s currently 94
Update: it’s back to 95
For the longest time while tweaking the site it hovered at the 89 mark. So after about six months of speed tweaking and a fair bit of research to get it over the 90 mark, I’m happy to say that it has gone even higher than I expected.
I plan on describing in detail how I have done this and also (more importantly) explain why having a fast website is a crucial business decision for anyone wanting to increase engagement metrics for a website.
More-over it will be a series of articles that I will use to launch my new website, SpeedTweaker.com (don’t go there yet, nothing to see so far)!
Here are a few reasons why a high Page Speed Score is important:
Getting a high Google Page Speed score is not a panacea, it’s more an indication that you are doing all the right things and headed in the right direction.
Site Speed is the real key, and not only does Site Speed play an important role in your overall user engagement on a site, but Google has now added page speed a a signal in their algorithm.
If you are looking for help making your website faster, feel free to contact me here.
Mrs Sweet and I at the summit of Mauna Kea today – went on a guided tour of Keck 2! #twitter #blog #keck #hawaii #maunakea #observatory #physics #astrophysics via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/VspNBCmrEa/
Silversword is one of the most endangered plants in the world and only live at high altitudes on the big island and Maui #hawaii #maunakea #silversword #summit #twitter #blog via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/VsBejrGrHI/
My lovely wife Sarah and colleague controlling the Keck 2 telescope from Mauna Kea Keck observatory headquarters in Kamuela Hawaii #keck #maunakea #astronomers #twitter #blog via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/Vpcs0NmrDV/
My Astro-Physicist wife and I have had a wonderful morning enjoying and photographing the Cairns total eclipse for 2012! We decided over 6 months ago to stay near Atherton about an hour’s drive from Cairns for the Eclipse.
Not only was accommodation scarce, but we felt that there was a higher chance of better weather up high on the tablelands, than down near the coast.
We were not disappointed!
After being an AWS customer for the last 4 years, I have anxiously awaited an announcement for an Australian based AWS data centre for a long time!
Next week, Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon will unveil two new Sydney data centre locations based out of Equinux’s facilities. Continue reading “Amazon AWS Data Centre announced for Australia” »
Google Chrome version 23 just released overnight now includes a very useful ruler in web inspector mode. It’s one of those tools that I always needed, but never realised until now!
If you are a web designer or developer, restart your Chrome now for the new feature.
A few years ago my Pastor, Ps Andrew showed us a very cool video at a morning staff meeting. It was a wonderful story about how a group of fish mongers kicked the habit of being constantly complaining about their work environment, co-workers, boss and general working conditions and just chose to live their work-lives in a less agressive and more positive way.
Something fundamental, deep down the culture of their company changed… and their message was so powerful that it went viral on Youtube a few years ago. Continue reading “The FISH! Philosophy – team building training courses for changing organisational culture” »
Hipsters, now you can playback your website statistics while you enjoy a fresh cup of that crazy expensive coffee bean each morning.
Google has just released a new feature in Google Analytics that allows you to express your inner rock god by playing back your site statistics as though they were staves on parchment. You have the choice of two different instruments, the fairly pedestrian piano, and a rather exotic sounding sitar.
I must admit, I was sceptical at first, but after listening to a few staves of a site I’m currently working on, I could really hear the nuances!
I’m not sure how long the feature will last, but hopefully they will realise the benefit of listening to your stats while doing things like housework and taking cat pictures.
UPDATE: The Googlers responsible for this awesome April Fools joke are Leo Deegan (G+ Profile), who came up with the idea, and Sergey Yaroshenko (G+ Profile), the engineer who implemented it. Brilliant work guys :). Ben McCann suspected it was them.