Can Germany win the World Cup 2010

I watched the Germany v Australia game live on German TV. Shortly before the game started, the usual German commentators rolled out an amazingly detailed analysis of the Australian style of play. They commented on how the German team should best beat their opposition. They noted the lack of Ozzie midfield play, kick-and-rush style, and stated that any German goals would come by forcing the strong Australian back four out of position on the counter-attack. Awesome graphics and everything!

Löw and behold; 4 goals came and went and all by the system described by the commentators. As a Brit, I couldn’t believe it. That’s why Germany wins time and time again! A tried and tested system, determination and almost absolute self belief.

And I thought football was all down to the tried-and-tested English system of a bit of slick passing, individual brilliance, prayers to the “no penalty shootout” gods, and bucket-loads of luck!

The truth is that Germany still plays with the same ruthless systematic approach that they always have. To everyone else it appears to be a more open and flowing style, but in reality the style might have changed, but the system is still just as efficient and utterly devastating to teams that give them the space to play.

I’m really looking forward to see how German can play against a real side. The kick-and-rush approach of the Ozzies was strikingly similar to the approach England played against the USA.

I’ve had a season ticket at Werder Bremen for the last year and watched Mesut Özil and Marko Marin tear defences apart. However, I’ve also seen them play atrociously, especially Özil, who spent the majority of the winter months trotting half-heartily after the ball. It wasn’t until the sun came out in the spring that he started playing well again (notably, Özil’s other weakness is that he can’t cross the ball consistently and Marko Marin crosses the ball consistently at his own “Tom Cruise” head height. i.e. 5’7″).

Also consider that Germany haven’t let Stefan Kießling and Toni Kroos off the bench yet, and they have both been in devastating form this season in the Bundesliga, Kießling being number two goal scorer in the league (after Dzeko) this season.

This really could be one hell of a World Cup for Germany who are already in 4th gear. England are still stuck in first gear and need to get cracking, but what do I care, I’m a Welsh.

Multiple sites under a single Umbraco installation on Winhost.com

In part 1 of this series, I discussed the installation of Umbraco on a Winhost.com basic account. Umbraco is a free and fully featured .NET based content management system. This article continues where that article left off, and as promised, shows you how to install multiple sites (domains) under one Umbraco installation. This means that you can have different content sites under one Winhost.com account, without having to manage subdomain redirects to workaround Winhost’s lack of multi-site support under one account.

This guide assumes that you have already setup Umbraco on your Winhost.com account. If you haven’t, please follow that guide first.

Settings up Umbraco to support multiple sites is relatively easy. Connect to your existing installation via FTP, and navigate to the config directory. Open the umbracoSettings.config file and under the requestHandler section of the configuration file you will see a child node called useDomainPrefixes. Make sure this is set to true:

Now login back into your Umbraco administration. Under the content section you’ll have the default site installed with the Runway or Creative Website Starter Kit (CWS), which is my preference. The plan is to create a number of home pages for each site you plan to support, all linked out from that base Content root node.

Add your first website. Name it sensibly, because you’ll need to know what it is easily if you have a number of sites. Right click on the new home page you have added and click on Manage Hostnames. Enter the domain name, select the language and click Add new Domain. You can add multiple domains to a single content root node if you want, but normally you wouldn’t want to or need to.

Repeat this process to add all of your new root home pages for each site you want to support. Your Umbraco content section will look like this:

Now you need to add the domain pointers to your Winhost account. Login to your Winhost.com control panel. Select to manage the appropriate site and click on Domain Pointer. Add the new domain pointers you require, and enable the email alias if you need it. If your domains are not currently managed by Winhost.com, then you will need to login to your domain name registrars control panel and set the name servers to be the Winhost ones.

Now your domain names are pointed at the right name servers, that are in turn pointed at the right IP address, that in turn knows which directory to map to via the domain pointer and finally Umbraco knows which content to dispatch to the client based on the hostnames you have setup inside Umbraco.

Now you should be able to visit each domain and see the different home pages you have setup under Umbraco.

You’ll notice that all of your sites have the same design template. If you installed CWS then every site will have that rather slick grey / pink theme, but what you really want is different themes for each site.

To get this to work you need to understand the Umbraco concepts of Templates, Document Types and CSS Stylesheets. Templates are rather standard .NET master and content pages with bits of Umbraco focused controls thrown in. For each different theme you require, you’ll need to create a master, and the associated content pages under the Settings – Templates node. The current CWS Master and child pages would be a good place to start.

Once you have your Master and child templates created, then you’ll need to focus your attention on the Document Types. CWS will have installed a bunch of Document Types for you. Each will be using the template from the CWS installed templates. I highly suggest that you start to create your new Templates and Document Types, following the CWS convention, but prefixed by the theme name you are creating, otherwise you are going to end up with multiple Home Document Types and go quite quickly insane. The example here shows 1-Master and 1-Home, relating to Theme 1.

Once you have got your Templates and Document Types setup for each theme, then you can change the Content home pages to use the new Template themes under the Properties tab of the content editor.

Prepare to delete your Times Online bookmarks

I quite enjoy the Times Online, but not enough to pay for it. Wrong business model Rupert. Move along.

The Times Online main website is now starting to (confusingly) cross-link its new subscription only content from its free website. They are even deep-linking to subscription content from the main front page.

Luckily, you can still signup for a temporary preview. If you already have account with the Times Online website then you probably won’t mind signing up with their new site, but who knows how long the access will last? The terms and conditions state that access can be terminated at any time.

Before you think about signing up for their “Exclusive Preview“, be aware that neither the Times Online or Times Plus websites offer you an easy way to cancel or remove your account. The only option available to existing account holders is to contact customer services, or if you want to do it yourself, set your name, email address and contact details to something invalid, before departing for pastures greener and freer.

At the point the Times Online starts charging I’ll be terminating my “contract”, by deleting my account and deleting the prominent bookmark bar entry (that the Times Online had earned). The free BBC News and free Guardian new content sites will remain my two primary news sources.