Survey Reminder

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This is just a reminder for the people who haven’t taken the survey yet. I will be closing it down tonight so I can spend all day tomorrow going through all the comments and feedback. If you haven’t taken the survey yet please do. It takes around 2 to 3 minutes to complete and it’s completely anonymous.

[Click here to take the survey]

Thanks!

Update: The survey is now closed since I exceeded my 1,000 submission limit. For everyone who took part thank you again!


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The 2:48AM Survey

Posted by Mark

Thanks to the help of some readers I managed to create my own customized survey for the blog. Basically I currently have no idea who reads this blog, what issues you might have with the blog and what you expect from my blog for the coming period. So, I created a survey that will help me improve things.

The survey is short and should take you around 2 or 3 minutes to complete. Please take the survey and help me make this blog a better place.

[Click here to take the survey]

Thanks!

Update: The response has been really great and some of you have been leaving a lot of interesting comments and feedback. Once I take down the survey and collect the results I will most probably dedicate another post answering some of the concerns that have been brought up through the survey. If you still haven’t taken the survey please do.

Update2: So far over 750 of you have participated in the survey. I was expecting originally to get only 200-300 participants this is really great. My limit actually is a thousand so in less than 24 hours we’re already nearly there. Thanks!

Update3: The survey is now closed since I exceeded my 1,000 submission limit. For everyone who took part thank you again!


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A Quick Survey

Posted by Mark

Some of you might have noticed a small pop up window appearing in the background when visiting my site asking you if you would like to be surveyed. The reason for that is I am trying to get a better idea on who actually visits my site so I can better cater my content. Please take a minute or two to answer the questions it would help me out a lot.

thanks

Update: I’ve disabled the survey for a number of reasons
1) For some reason the survey showed up only for some people and not all
2) I don’t have a direct link to the survey to share
3) I don’t have control over the questions in the survey.

Basically the survey was asking questions like who does the grocery shopping in the house which I don’t care to know the answer to and don’t see how it could be helpful to me. So instead I will be creating my own custom survey instead and once I have it setup will share it with everyone.

Thanks again


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2:48PM

Posted by Mark

Just a reminder, in case you come here and don’t find an update, check 2:48PM. [Link]


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A-Side vs B-Side

Posted by Mark

Some of you already noticed that I changed the blog banner last night from the “THEBSIDES” to “The A-SIDES”. Continuing to use the term B-Sides didn’t make sense since 2:48AM wasn’t the B-Side anymore. Originally during my Miskan project I needed a place to dump photos and talk about things that didn’t have room on Miskan (remember I was limited to 1 post a day) and so 2:48AM was created and the B-Side tag slapped on.

My Miskan project ended 5 years ago and 2:48AM no longer was the B-Side, instead it became the A-Side and I don’t know why it took me so long to change that.

So 2:48AM is now the A-Side but that made me realize something. When the blog first started I used to post 5+ posts per day. As the site grew and my readership base grew I started becoming a lot more picky to what to post and what not to. This is why I decided to create a B-Side to 2:48AM, a place where I could post stuff that wouldn’t usually make it on my main site here but was still content that many people would find interesting.

2:48PM [The B-Sides] is now live and you can access it by going to www.248pm.com or clicking the link on the far right of the navigation bar on top of this site. Starting today you will have a lot more posts and content to shift through so I hope everyone enjoys it. Any comments, feedback and ideas are always welcomed of course.


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App Updates

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The 2:48AM app has now been updated to version 1.4. This version now works with iOS4. I’ve also updated the Kuwait Blogs again now to version 1.21. This update fixes the Some Contrast feed. The Kuwait Blogs update is available right now in all the stores, the 2:48AM update just got approved a few minutes ago by Apple so it’s still being pushed to the stores. If you can’t see the update try again later.

You can download the 2:48AM app by clicking [Here]
You can download the Kuwait Blogs app by clicking [Here]


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What People are Selling

Posted by Mark

For those of you who aren’t aware of this there is, a section in the 248AM Forum called “What People are Selling”. It’s a section in the forum I created a few years ago where people who have items they want to sell can do so in that section. Since then the section has become very active and you can find a ton of good deals there. I’ve purchased a lot of items in the forum and sold a lot of items as well. My latest purchase was a like new condition Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens (pictured above next to my 50mm f1.8) with local warranty for KD70. You can find a ton of stuff for sale there from iPhones and iPads, to home furniture and high end sound systems. If you haven’t checked it out yet then do so. Here is the link to the forum. [Link]

Note: The pictures below are for people searching the web for side by side size comparison between the Nikon 50mm f1.8 and the 50mm f1.4. I couldn’t find a proper picture when I was searching so hopefully this will help someone in the future. The 50mm f1.4 is just slightly heavier and just very slightly taller than the f1.8. The build quality of the f1.4 lens is very similar to my 28mm f2.8 lens and 85mm f1.8 lens although the casing doesn’t seem to contain any metal parts.


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Kuwait Blogs 1.2

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The update for the Kuwait Blogs App is now available in the store. If it isn’t there yet give it a few hours while all the App stores world wide sync. Anyway it fixes the incompatibility issues with iOS4 and I’ve also added the Some Contrast blog back. Now someone this morning made me aware of the fact that the Some Contrast blog was actually loading the feeds of Tidbit Du Jour in the updated App. That’s my mistake, I was in such a rush to get out the update I didn’t test the App and this mix up slipped by. So, I just submitted update 1.21 which fixes their feed. That should be available sometime end of this week. [Link to App Store]


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Passed the 200 mark

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My blog finally passed the 200 mark on Alexa.com. Last time I posted my Alexa ranking was back in January when I was ranked 260 in Kuwait. In case you haven’t heard of it before, Alexa is a website that tracks the popularity of websites around the web and in different countries. As of this post Alexa has me ranked at 192, meaning, there are 191 other websites that were being accessed from Kuwait more than mine. Google.com.kw is still the champion as the most popular site being accessed in Kuwait.

The coolest part is that the blog is now more popular than the 6alabat, Viva and Aramex websites which of course gives me a huge ego boost. The next stop is the top 100 list. Free burgers for everyone when that happens… not! [Link]


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2:48AM iPhone App update

Posted by Mark

An update for the 2:48AM iPhone App is now available in the app store. In this version I added the Bazaar Magazine category to the app so now you can read the magazine on your iPhone. Bazaar have also added a full RSS feed to their site so you can now add them to your feeds. I think I like the direction this app is going where I’m trying to get a variety of local entertainment in one app. If you have a suggestion that would fit leave a comment below. Next update will be for the Kuwait Blogs app. [Link]


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