Apr 19 2011

On OneSingleLife and second chances

One Single Life is a unique game where you literally get one, and only one, single life. Although a little tautological in its title, it does exactly what is on the box. The aim of the game is to jump between buildings. Sound simple? Well, the controls are simple, one tap to start running, another […]

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Feb 20 2011

On ReSiSt-cms

As always, most things are not straight forward. Take for instance ReSiSt-cms – the title of this post. The product was coming along quite nicely until a screenshot was required for the Windows look and feel at which point disaster struck! In coding land if you want to have a paragraph (or some words strung […]

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Jan 22 2011

Setting up (or turning off) Jetty 7 Logging programmatically

Jetty, for all of its words of wisdom, namely “Don’t deploy your application in Jetty, deploy Jetty in your application.”, it seems to want to basically become a new Tomcat server. For instructions on how to do anything in Jetty, it will regale you with how you put it in some xml configuration file and […]

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Jan 14 2011


On RSSCMS “Alas, poor yoric, I knew him well” 1 I feel as though poor old rsscms never had a chance to really make its impact on the world, and now it is dead. Well, mostly dead – it is now version 2! Not that I ever released any of the code before – but […]

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Jan 7 2011

On The Native Mac File System

By default the Macintosh uses the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) filesystem as the default when installed (and indeed, when it comes fresh from the factory). Whilst this nice enough, as a developer and long time *NIX user I always prefer to use a case sensitive filesystem. This is particularly important when you are naming things […]

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Jan 6 2011

On Chrome Incognito Mode

Whilst it can be said that ‘Incognito’ Mode is best used for ‘nefarious’ browsing of the nether regions of the internet… I just discovered that it is the perfect cure for browser caching when in development mode. I am currently working on a brochure-ware site that is pure text and images, no interactivity needed. I […]

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Aug 31 2010

Schweppes, you are Dead to me!

One of my most treasured memories of childhood would be when I was either sick 1, at my grandparents, or out at a restaurant and I would be served real Schweppes Lemonade. If I was really lucky, I would get to have a ‘pink’ lemonade which was generally good ‘ole Schweppes lemonade with grenadine! There […]

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Aug 29 2010

Programming the Velleman k8048 pic micro on Mac OS X

Deciding to get back into pic programming after a long break of 5 years or so. My previous set up was a very old Windows machine which i bought for $100 purely for the serial output port. Of course the Apple gave up on serial ports a long time ago to replace them with USB […]

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Jun 8 2010

In-Depth iPad Review #1

Background 1 Whilst being a self professed Apple gadget-head, early adopter and all round admirer of Apple products 2, I thought that I should would could wait a couple of months until all of the hype died down. At this point, I would then be able to waltz into my local apple store and pick […]

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Jun 8 2010

XML + YAML = iTunes XML

Definitions: XML: eXtensible Markup Language XML is the lingua franca of data transfer used in almost every situation that a computer geek can think of. It was designed to be both a human and machine readable format and does the job quite nicely. An example of XML is as follows: <?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?> <root> <element […]

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