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Headwired Wordle Art

Posted on May 19th 2011 by Joel Deutscher

I recently saw some very cool word art generated by articles on on and decided to produce one for Headwired. The tool used to create these artworks is a very nifty Java Applet called Wordle. Wordle May 2011
So what is this magical Wordle you ask?

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends

So get out there an create your own!

Handling an overloaded site

Posted on March 1st 2011 by Joel Deutscher

Yesterday, Bankwest Online Banking (BOB) was having some serious performance issues. The site was painfully slow to use. After a few hours, I tried logging in again and was presented with the following message before I was allowed to logon.

Just before you log on...

I think this kind of information really helps set expectations for the customers, and I liked the tone of this message as opposed to some others.

Bankwest is lucky that it doesn’t have the media pull of its big brother, or cousins. For the rest of us, it’s a shame that it didn’t get more attention, we then might have seen a reason pushed out in the press release.

Fortunately for me, after braving the “Proceed to Logon” button, the site was back to full speed.