31 October 2019
I occasionally find myself having to determine the character encoding of a file, either for foreign-language content or other data files that don’t identify their encoding.
3 January 2019
I’ve been playing with Google Home quite a bit recently, with mixed success to say the least.
13 May 2018
This isn’t the first time I’ve moved my personal site; the first post I still have was after I lost some old blog posts, and I moved to WordPress in 2012 to avoid supporting a separate blog and page builder. However, it was still running on my VPS, and I’ve been trying to remove all production content from there for a while.
1 June 2013
Imagine that you own a store in the high street. Now, for people to find your store, they can’t just look it up, or walk down the street or anything. They have to rely on some guy (an “informer”) who stands outside their house and says, “The Widget Shop? Yes, it’s on the high street.” People will be able to get to your store, and they’ll remember what the informer told them, but only for a week or so. After that they’ll be like, “Where’s The Widget Shop again?” and have to ask the informer.
12 September 2012
- Home desktop (decommissioned)
26 June 2012
I subscribe to a number of third-party calendars in my own Google Calendar, one of which being my Facebook events. However, there are a couple of issues to work around to get everything working perfectly.
21 June 2012
I have a fair amount of music in my library, and because I’m a massive nerd I like to keep it in some sort of order. (My pre-iTunes library has some 20,000 tracks, half of which are utter garbage. I’m slowly moving over the good stuff.)
8 June 2012
Here’s the scenario: you use Apache Ant for some of your automated build process, but you also have some tools in Phing. You run both
phingfrom your repository root. Because you use Ant most, the Ant targets are in
build.xml, and Phing has to use
phing.xml. Sure, you can run
phing -f phing.xml ..., but where’s the fun in that? Enter the following build file:
19 April 2012
Motivated by a number of reasons, I’ve begun to move everything from my old VPS to what has been my development server until recently. It’s been a complete digital spring-clean of all the old sites I used to maintain and hopefully the result should be an improvement. Here’s a list of the main changes:
8 November 2009
I’ve seen a few nice-looking representations of clocks around, but when I saw Gumuz’s word clock I though I could make some improvements to it. Here’s a couple of the changes:
- 23 October 2009
27 May 2009
Here’s a nifty function to put spaces in your CamelCased words:
18 May 2009
…that is the question. The answer?
- 30 March 2009
17 February 2009
Here’s a useful bit of Firefox hackery for you all.
17 October 2008
30 May 2008
The Firefox team are going for a new world record — “Most Software Downloaded in 24 Hours.” The (currently beta) version 3 of their popular web browser is due to be launched in late June. Visit the Download Day 2008 page for the official date, and to make your pledge!
7 April 2008
I was never a big fan of Dell, mainly because it really annoyed me that they only shipped Windows with their machines. Reading The Microsoft File made it clearer, if no more acceptable; Microsoft bullied retailers to shipping tied processor–product bundles, effectively forcing other operating systems out of the market.
4 February 2008
Vista’s lock-down strikes again…
24 September 2007
After some trouble with our Belkin router recently, we managed to get it replaced under the lifetime warranty — a very satisfying result! The router arrived today, and the packaging that brought it can only be described as overkill:
10 May 2007
Today I stumbled upon this vectorising tool, called textorizer, that converts images into SVG format. You can specify your own text and size, as well as playing around with the edge-finding sensitivity.
8 May 2007
1NF teaches us that we should not store repeating groups in fields. Given that we have a table satisfying 1NF containing values as such:
3 May 2007
I love the Internet. I love how countless code monkey hours are wasted trying to stop the inevitable. I love how people actually think it’s possible to remove information from the Word Wide Web.
30 April 2007
Gmail has always confused me that when opening POP emails from multiple clients, only those opened in that client show up. In other words, if you open up an email using client A, you can’t open it in client B — you have to view it in webmail.
20 April 2007
This blog now allows you to comment using your Media Network profile — just select “Media Network” as the login method and enter your user name and password. Your account must be activated to make a comment.
1 April 2007
Well, it was an interesting hour that resulted in this…
23 March 2007
Whilst browsing the old Invisible Shadow network, I was looking to see if any of the old stuff existed on there. One thing I remember was a section for code snippets, both Visual Basic and PHP. It seems that Logan has started it up again. I always recommend that the best way to learn to program is to read others’ code — this kind of website helps with that.
17 February 2007
After my attempts earlier this week, I have managed to get OpenID working on the blog. I haven’t yet sorted out any linking of an OpenID with either a Media Network profile or a tag profile, but it’ll be added in soon.
14 February 2007
Adapting for OpenID is no fun. Especially when:
25 December 2006
12 December 2006
After downloading Internet Explorer 7 today, I have spent the morning sorting out a few CSS bugs across the Media Network. One thing I like is that the
:hoverpseudo-class is supported across all tags now, rather than just anchors; also
position: fixedseems to have been sorted.
26 November 2006
With the launch of Windows Vista looming, Microsoft have released a viral marketing campaign featuring Demetri Martin, called Clearification. The hiring of an American comedian to advertise their product was matched by Apple, who hired Demitri’s The Daily Show co-correspondent John Hodgman — alongside Justin Long — for their “Get a Mac” campaign.
3 November 2006
I have re-installed Windows Live Messenger today, after attempting to get it working before and being a bit miffed. For one thing, the contact list seemed to have lost any control over showing display pictures as per MSN Messenger 7.5, and plugin control for Messenger Plus! Live was handled rather differently.
25 October 2006
I have just installed and started playing with Firefox 2.0. I’m afraid to say that the first thing I did is install the Winestripe theme, which is essentially the FF1.5 default theme — I wasn’t impressed with the 2.0 default!
21 September 2006
I hate Dell PCs.
6 September 2006
Whilst browsing the Facebook Developers’ Directory, I happened upon a product called Photomosaic.
3 August 2006
It now seems that the server is back up and running rather well.