Child Car Seat Tester Android App

I came to the conclusion that an App solution for my Child Car Seat problem would be the path of least resistance with the most immediate impact. This app is free, super simple to use and supports different age ranges.

I only spent an hour or so in total developing the app so please forgive me when you encounter bugs. When you do encounter bugs feel free to report & fix them yourself as I uploaded all of the source code and released the project under the Apache 2 license (open source).

Grab the Child Car Seat Angle Tester App on the Play store

Child Seat Angle Tester Download

Use Your 404 Pages To Help Find Missing Children

If you visit a page on my blog that has gone missing it will now hopefully help (albeit just a touch) find missing children. Here is a screen shot of how it looks:

I’m going to ask Primary Technology to consider rolling this out across all of their sites! What do you think, would you be happy if your schools blog 404 pages helped to find missing children?

What style of illustrations do Primary School kids like?

Spot before
Spot before
Spot after
Spot after

We all know what a children’s illustration looks like right?  Sort of in-between Dr Seuss and the Gruffalo, maybe with a bit of Spot thrown in.  What I want to know is why in all of the test groups I have done over the last few weeks the most vector/cartoon style stuff is more popular with kids (both boys and girls) from the ages of 8 to the ages of 12?

Explain yourself

Spot is a good example of an illustrator moving their illustrations towards what we have found is a “preferred style of art” amongst Primary School age children.

What has changed?

The objects have become simplified and the “stroke” effect has been used with a greater thickness.

I can only assume that cartoon channels such as Nickelodeon & The Cartoon network have changed the style of art that the children I spoke to enjoyed.  I know this is all very speculative and I am making some big assumptions but the evidence I have found whilst trying to find the correct illustrator for Safe Search has shown me that kids prefer vector based art as opposed to hand drawn objects..

How does this even matter?

Well it means that in the future we will try to keep our art more vector based, we will hire graphic designers/artists instead of illustrators.  There is a place for illustration and I’m sure if they are done right they can look great however I can be confident in saying that Primary Technology will be sticking to the style we have used in the past as it seems to be a winning formula(despite the fact I tried to break it).  Please don’t take this post as factual, it is not scientific.   It is my opinion based on my experiences of a small(handful) of children in only a few schools.

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How to enforce safe search with google search cse

Enforce Safe Search by passing name=safe value=vss

I assume VSS stands for Very Safe Search

This will disable the ability for a user to change their safe search settings from strict to off.

Here is an example for you

<form action="" id="cse-search-box">
  <input type="hidden" name="cx" value="000753778363423014722:xie0vouxf9m" />
    <input type="hidden" name="ie" value="UTF-8" />
    <input type="hidden" name="filter" value="1" />
    <input type="text" name="q" size="35" style="font: normal 25px Arial; line-height:25px;" id="q"/>
    <input type="hidden" name="safe" value=vss />
    <input type="submit" name="sa" value="Safe Search" style="font: normal 25px Arial; line-height:25px;" onClick="checksearch()"/>