Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Advanced Google Analytics course completed

I just completed the “Advanced Google Analytics” course from Google Analytics Academy


Friday, April 05, 2019

Black Hole photo

I was reading a science article last night saying that a group of scientists will release the first photo of a black hole, from the Event Horizon Telescope on April 10th 2019. So it got me thinking about our universe.

If something is infinitely massive or infinitely tiny I guess there could only be one infinity so the tiny and massive states must be combined together as they reach a singular state of infinity. I don’t know if I believe in the idea of infinity because I can neither prove or disprove it.

I expect the shape of a black hole will either be spherical or similar to a water vortex getting sucked down a sink hole. (The event horizon being the surface of the water, the sink hole the massive gravity.) Some people suggest they could rip into another dimension or multiverse. I guess the shape of an individual black hole is balanced by their own gravity. I don’t think it’s true that nothing comes out of a black hole because I think Hawking radiation should cause black hole evaporation. Maybe we’ll realise in the future that dark energy or matter is the outcome of black hole evaporation. I would imagine that if all the black holes combined there would be nothing left in the universe just an eternal collapsing stage which would probably result in another Big Bang.

If you think about the reason of ‘being’ in the universe; competing, cooperating, evolving and advancing, I expect that any species which is capable of controlling the forces in the universe at some stage in the future should either wish to stabilise the universe and control its own habitable destiny or I suspect, driven from curiosity and ever evolving advancement, would want to see if there’s another dimension or multiverse it can enter.

I don’t think I’ll be around when that happens but it’s nice to think they’ll look back in another 13.772 billion years and read my blog post, saying, ah ha that guy Peter Woodford was correct you know.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Why are facebook uploading all my mobile contacts !

Why are facebook uploading all my mobile contacts !

I recently downloaded my Facebook data to see what they had. Even for me an experienced web head, I was surprised at the information they had, including contacts names and phone numbers of people not related to my contacts on Facebook.

So I realised Facebook had been secretly uploading contacts from my phone.

I investigated further and checked the “Continuous Contacts Upload” setting was turned off on both my Android and iPhone.

Facebook for Android:
    1.    Tap Menu icon.
    2.    Tap App Settings.
    3.    Tap Continuous Contacts Upload to turn this setting on or off.
iPhone or iPad:
    1.    Tap Menu icon.
    2.    Tap Settings > Account Settings > General.
    3.    Tap Upload contacts to turn this setting on or off.

Then I typed into facebook.com help “why are facebook uploading my contacts”.

At the bottom of the results I noticed it said “Turning off contact uploading in the Facebook app doesn't automatically turn off contact uploading or call and SMS (text messaging) uploading in the Messenger app.“

So I looked in the Messenger app and think that was the offending app that uploaded my contacts even though “contact uploading” was disabled…

In Facebook Messenger app > Click on your Profile image > People > Manage Contacts >




I also created two test contacts on my mobile to see if Facebook is still uploading my mobile contacts, so when I do a data download in the future I can search for those hidden numbers. If the new hidden numbers in my Facebook data download, the problem will not be fixed.

Reference links:
https://www.facebook.com/help/147699975301738

https://www.facebook.com/mobile/facebook/contacts/

https://www.facebook.com/help/messenger-app/1363969317082393

p.s. When the EU sue Facebook for privacy invasion again. I wish some of that money would go to the ordinary citizens affected.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Digital Marketing - AdWords Editor 2 bugs found

Exporting to CSV doesn’t include the “Account” ID e.g. “123-123-1234” so if you're getting errors importing, try adding a new column in the CSV and put the ID you want to import the campaigns into.

Importing from CSV doesn’t convert currencies. So if you had Rp100,000 you will have $100,000 USD, same applies to CPC bidding.

Yeah $100,000 per click. Maybe they noticed this bug and thought they’d just ignore it…

Related video (not by me)






Thursday, October 19, 2017

Native HTML5 Video Player

Annoyed by how much companies like JWplayer charge for ad impressions. I built my own Native HTML5 Video Player. It integrates with video ad servers, VAST, VPAID, playlists etc. With JWAds / JW Monetize they charge a fee even if no ads are played. No need to pay a licence fee to jwplayer anymore. If you want the code email me peter <@> digitalfishing com 
This is a image screenshot not a video player, cause I only want to show the code to people who will pay something as it took me an development team few weeks to build.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dash Car Video Players

Dash Car Video Players don't always play your movies due to:
  • USB drive format
  • Movie file Codec format
Most in-car entertainment systems will need your USB stick to be MS-DOS formatted and will only play .mp4 videos that are encoded with "MPEG-4 Video".

To find movies on USB on Mac OS:
  1. Press Command + F key
  2. Click "USB" if your files are on an external drive.
  3. Choose Kind is movie
  4. Click the + icon at the end of that row.
  5.  Choose "Other"
  6. Type "codec" in the search and click OK
  7. Then in the Codecs field type "MPEG-4 Video"
  8. Now you should see a list of compatible files   
To format a USB on Mac OS:
  1. Connect the USB storage device to the computer.
  2. Open Disk Utility.
  3. Click to select the USB storage device in the left panel.
  4. Click to change to the Erase tab.
  5. In the "Volume Format:" selection box, click "MS-DOS File System".
  6. Click "Erase" button.
  7. At the confirmation dialog, click the "Erase" button.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Poem under the stars

I wrote a poem after watching the stars. It was a festival yesterday where no lights are allowed and the photo is a long exposure.

My Poem

I've laughed, I've cried, I've nearly died.

I’ve seen shooting stars and planets, built rockets and watched comets.

I felt joy and sorrow, I lent stole and borrowed.

I researched science, debated religion, written articles read by millions.

Climbed mountains and volcanoes, sailed seas and swam in oceans.

I've been kicked, punched, stabbed, drugged, mugged.

I've been frozen and burned my skin to blisters.

I flown around the world, driven till the tyres burst.

Patented inventions, had unjust intentions.

I have the most loving Wife, Brother, Father, Sister, Mother.

I earned a million, I spent a million.

Withstood an earthquake, typhoons, hurricane and full moons.

I am a Human on Planet Earth.

P.W. 28th March 2017