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 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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Mar 25 2009

Mr. Ballmer Is On To Something

In a recent article Media.Summit.New.York Steve Ballmer said the following: Apple gained about one point, but now I think the tide has really turned back the other direction. The economy is helpful. Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment—same piece of hardware—paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think […]

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Mar 11 2009


A phrase that I am frequently starting my blog post with is: “I am finding it increasing difficult to sit down and put my thoughts onto paper1 not necessarily because of lack of time, more due to a lack of motivation.” Admitting that you have a problem is half the solution, the other half took […]

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Mar 5 2009

Safari Refresh Button

UPDATE This no longer works for Safari 4.0 – sorry After reading a recent post on Daring Fireball about the problems with the Safari Tabbed interface present in Safari 4, it reminded me of a quibble that I have of my own. The new tabs always annoyed be, so from the minute that I started […]

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