Recent Posts

  • 17 February 2009

    Get a Grid for Transparent Images in Firefox

    Here’s a useful bit of Firefox hackery for you all. It puts a checkerboard (or chequerboard, for you elitists) image as the background for your transparent images. It works for any image when viewed directly in Firefox, by checking for a HTML page containing a single img tag. If you reproduce this structure manually, then you’ll see the checkerboard, but there’s very little chance that a legitimate HTML page would match these selectors. It works by adding some content to your userContent.css:

  • 30 January 2009

    A Message to Tinchy Strider

    It’s misled. I don’t care if you made it up to rhyme with mistreated, or if you use an 8-bit–style riff to appeal to my geekiness — The word is misled. That is all.

  • 17 October 2008

    Yay, xkcd

    Makefile:

  • 24 September 2008

    Spotting a Fake Pound Coin

    Supposedly 2% of all pound coins are counterfeit. But how do you know when you have a fake? I heard the news item and had a quick look at the pound coins in my pocket, and couldn’t see anything. I thought that maybe it wasn’t all that easy to spot. But then I saw one my Mum had:

  • 25 August 2008

    Leeds Festival 2008

    I’m still tired even a whole day after getting back, but I though it was worth it to mention how good the festival was, yet again!

  • 24 July 2008

    Radovan Karadžić’s Disguise

    Radovan Karadžić, the recently captured war criminal, was doing a good job disguising himself as Noel Sharkey:

  • 30 May 2008

    Firefox 3 World Record

    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!

  • 22 April 2008

    All Work and No Play Makes Facebook a Dull Network

    The walls have spoken. In the last week or so, Facebook has introduced a new feature called Lexicon (learn more), which allows you to enter a number of search terms and see how popular those terms are on people’s walls. The graph of “party tonight” when compared with “hangover” is quite predictable, especially around Hallowe’en and New Year’s:

  • 7 April 2008

    Dell & Linux

    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.

  • 31 March 2008

    Leeds Festival Line-Up

    Woo, I got my ticket! Here’s the line-up so far: