All posts

A nice list of all my previous blog posts with, where I've been bothered, a little summary to entice you in.

  1. Notes from The First International Conference on Software Archaeology

    I've tried to use the notes I took at TICOSA to paint a picture of what I took away from the conference

  2. Deploying Rails apps using Recap, Apache and Passenger

    Instructions covering how to deploy a Rails app using recap, Apache and Passenger

  3. Moving my timelapse app from Heroku to AWS

    I ran into some of the limits with the free Heroku plan and moved the app to AWS

  4. Time slice images of the Thames

    Producing time-slice images from my photos of the Thames

  5. Why split the subject and body in git commit messages?

    Examples of current git tooling that is designed to work with a separate subject and body in the commit message

  6. Automatically updating my desktop background from my Thames time lapse pictures

    How I get pictures of the Thames from my phone to my desktop background

  7. Listing controller filters in Rails 4

    The ruby magic required to list controller filters in Rails 4

  8. Android and some time lapse(ish) magic

    A brief intro to my thames-time-lapse experiment

  9. Time Lapse Of The Thames And Canary Wharf

    A little time-lapse video of the Thames and Canary Wharf

  10. Investigation into CORS And XMLHttpRequest

    The behaviour of XMLHttpRequest.withCredentials when used with CORS

  11. Bookmark printing service for the Go Free Range Printer platform

    An introduction to the simple Bookmark printing service for the Go Free Range Printer platform.

  12. Getting Started With Asterisk And Adhearsion On A Mac

    Simple guide to getting started with Asterisk and Adhearsion on a Mac

  13. Day notes - Tue 15th Feb 2011

    Notes from Tuesday 15th February 2011

  14. Day notes - Mon 14th Feb 2011

    Notes from Monday 14th February 2011

  15. Day notes - Fri 11th Feb 2011

    Notes from Friday 11th February 2011

  16. Day notes - Thu 10th Feb 2011

    Notes from Thursday 10th February 2011

  17. Day notes - Wed 9th Feb 2011

    Notes from Wednesday 9th February 2011

  18. Day notes - Tue 8th Feb 2011

    Notes from Tuesday 8th February 2011

  19. Day notes - Mon 7th Feb 2011

    Notes from Monday 7th February 2011

  20. Day notes - Fri 4th Feb 2011

    Notes from Friday 4th February 2011

  21. Day notes - Thu 3rd Feb 2011

    Notes from Thursday 3rd February 2011

  22. Day notes - Wed 2nd Feb 2011

    Notes from Wednesday 2nd February 2011

  23. Day notes - Tue 1st Feb 2011

    Notes from Tuesday 1st February 2011

  24. Day notes - Mon 31st Jan 2011

    Notes from Monday 31st January 2011

  25. Day notes - Sun 30th Jan 2011

    Notes from Sunday 30th January 2011

  26. Day notes - Fri 28th Jan 2011

    Notes from Friday 28th January 2011

  27. Day notes - Thu 27th Jan 2011

    Notes from Thursday 27th January 2011

  28. Day notes - Wed 26th Jan 2011

    Notes from Wednesday 26th January 2011

  29. Day notes - Tue 25th Jan 2011

    Notes from Tuesday 25th January 2011

  30. Day notes - Mon 24th Jan 2011

    Notes from Monday 24th January 2011

  31. Day notes - Sun 23rd Jan 2011

    Notes from Sunday 23rd January 2011

  32. Day notes - Sat 22nd Jan 2011

    Notes from Saturday 22nd January 2011

  33. Day notes - Fri 21st Jan 2011

    Notes from Friday 21st January 2011

  34. Day notes - Thu 20th Jan 2011

    Notes from Thursday 20th January 2011

  35. Day notes - Wed 19th Jan 2011

    Notes from Wednesday 19th January 2011

  36. Day notes - Tue 18th Jan 2011

    Notes from Tuesday 18th January 2011

  37. Day notes - Mon 17th Jan 2011

    Notes from Monday 17th January 2011

  38. Day notes - Sat 15th Jan 2011

    Notes from Saturday 15th January 2011

  39. Day notes - Fri 14th Jan 2011

    Notes from Friday 14th January 2011

  40. Day notes - Thu 13th Jan 2011

    Notes from Thursday 13th January 2011

  41. Day notes - Wed 12th Jan 2011

    Notes from Wednesday 12th January 2011

  42. Transcript Of You And Yours From The 6th Jan 2011

    A transcript of the National Rail Enquiries segment from You and Yours broadcast on the 6th Jan 2011.

  43. Day notes - Tue 11th Jan 2011

    Notes from Tuesday 11th January 2011

  44. Day notes - Mon 10th Jan 2011

    Notes from Monday 10th January 2011

  45. Day notes - Sun 9th Jan 2011

    Notes from Sunday 9th January 2011

  46. Day notes - Sat 8th Jan 2011

    Notes from Saturday 8th January 2011

  47. Day notes - Fri 7th Jan 2011

    Notes from Friday 7th January 2011

  48. Day notes - Thu 6th Jan 2011

    Notes from Thursday 6th January 2011

  49. Day notes - Wed 5th Jan 2011

    Notes from Wednesday 5th January 2011

  50. Day notes - Tue 4th Jan 2011

    Notes from Tuesday 4th January 2011

  51. Day notes - Mon 3rd Jan 2011

    Notes from Monday 3rd January 2011

  52. Day notes - Thu 18th Nov 2010

    Notes from Thursday 18th November 2010

  53. Day notes - Wed 17th Nov 2010

    Notes from Wednesday 17th November 2010

  54. Day notes - Tue 16th Nov 2010

    Notes from Tuesday 16th November 2010

  55. Day notes - Mon 15th Nov 2010

    Notes from Monday 15th November 2010

  56. Day notes - Sun 14th Nov 2010

    Notes from Sunday 14th November 2010

  57. Day notes - Sat 13th Nov 2010

    Notes from Saturday 13th November 2010

  58. Day notes - Fri 12th Nov 2010

    Notes from Friday 12th November 2010

  59. Day notes - Thu 11th Nov 2010

    Notes from Thursday 11th November 2010

  60. Day notes - Wed 10th Nov 2010

    Notes from Wednesday 10th November 2010

  61. Day notes - Tue 9th Nov 2010

    Notes from Tuesday 9th November 2010

  62. Day notes - Mon 8th Nov 2010

    Notes from Monday 8th November 2010

  63. Day notes - Fri 5th Nov 2010

    Notes from Friday 5th November 2010

  64. Day notes - Thu 4th Nov 2010

    Notes from Thursday 4th November 2010

  65. Day notes - Wed 3rd Nov 2010

    Notes from Wednesday 3rd November 2010

  66. Day notes - Tue 2nd Nov 2010

    Notes from Tuesday 2nd November 2010

  67. Day notes - Mon 1st Nov 2010

    Notes from Monday 1st November 2010

  68. Day notes - Fri 29th Oct 2010

    Notes from Friday 29th October 2010

  69. Day notes - Thu 28th Oct 2010

    Notes from Thursday 28th October 2010

  70. Day notes - Wed 27th Oct 2010

    Notes from Wednesday 27th October 2010

  71. Day notes - Sat 23rd Oct 2010

    Notes from Saturday 23rd October 2010

  72. Day notes - Fri 22nd Oct 2010

    Notes from Friday 22nd October 2010

  73. Day notes - Thu 21st Oct 2010

    Notes from Thursday 21st October 2010

  74. Day notes - Wed 20th Oct 2010

    Notes from Wednesday 20th October 2010

  75. Day notes - Tue 19th Oct 2010

    Notes from Tuesday 19th October 2010

  76. Day notes - Sun 17th Oct 2010

    Notes from Sunday 17th October 2010

  77. Day notes - Tue 26th Oct 2010

    Notes from Tuesday 26th October 2010

  78. Day notes - Mon 25th Oct 2010

    Notes from Monday 25th October 2010

  79. Day notes - Fri 15th Oct 2010

    Some site redesign and offline web apps

  80. Day notes - Thurs 14th Oct 2010

    More JMeter goodness

  81. Day notes - Mon 18th Oct 2010

    Mac OS X Keychain, AWS hosting, meeting and story acceptance

  82. Day notes - Weds 13th Oct 2010

    Meeting, retrospective and JMeter

  83. Day notes - Tues 12th Oct 2010

    More performance testing fun and some exercise

  84. Day notes - Mon 11th Oct 2010

    HMRC Employer CD and httperf fun

  85. Day notes - Fri 8th Oct 2010

    Played around with this site and my southeastern daily performance report project.

  86. Day notes - Thurs 7th Oct 2010

    I played with google calendar backups and tsung.

  87. Libxml2 Problems When Installing Nokogiri

    My solution to the problem of Nokogiri checking for a universal (ppc, i386) version of libxml2 and failing to install.

  88. Converting Egg Statements and Transactions to Ofx

    I've refreshed the little utility that converts egg html statements to ofx.

  89. A Letter to Adrian Gillan at Euroferries

    An email to Adrian Gillan at Euroferries, in response to his request that Adem remove one of his posts.

  90. Things I Learnt at Interesting 2009

    Things I learnt from the talks at Interesting 2009

  91. Pouring Factlets Into Your Brain Holder via Your Ear Sieves

    An idea for a dynamic audio guidebook on your gps enabled mobile device.

  92. Creating a Greasemonkey Script That Applies to the Firefox 'Problem Loading Page' Error Page

    Some notes about applying a greasemonkey script to the Firefox 'Problem Loading Page' error page.

  93. Down for Everyone or Just Me Greasemonkey Script

    A greasemonkey script that inserts a link to into the firefox page not found error page

  94. Apacherb Is Now Hostess

    The utility for serving local directories as virtual hosts in a local apache installation has been gemificated and moved to github

  95. Introducing Deliciolytics

    Introducing a proof of concept service that lets you view an aggregated feed of all delicious bookmarks for your domain.

  96. A Greasemonkey Script that inserts a Google Site Search form into every page

    A greasemonkey script that makes it really easy to use google to search within the current site. Press ctrl-9 to visit the search form.

  97. Rails 2.3 and the ability to update created_at, created_on, updated_at and updated_on timestamps

    There was a Rails 2.3 security note that suggested we could now set the AR timestamps. It turns out we've always been able to set the created_at/on timestamps and that updated_at/on are also now assignable.

  98. Generating and Inserting a Rel=Canonical Link Into Pages With Firefox and Greasemonkey

    A greasemonkey script that allows me to generate permalinks for various web pages and insert those permalinks into the page as links with rel=canonical.

  99. CruiseControlrb With Passenger and Launchd on a Mac

    Getting CruiseControl.rb running under Passenger (mod_rails) with the builders being started automatically via launchd (on a Mac).

  100. Installing Passenger 2.1.2 on CentOS 5.2

    I had to re-install apr-util-devel in order to get Passenger (mod_rails) 2.1.2 to install on CentOS 5.2.

  101. Hack the Government Day (Rewired State)

    An overview of what "team activeplaces" achieved at rewiredstate.

  102. Posting Bookmarks to Delicious From My Android G1

    By hooking together Email, a simple Ruby/Rack server and the delicious API I'm able to post bookmarks from my G1 to delicious

  103. Gracefully Degrade the Google Custom Search Form So That It Works Without Javascript

    I default to searching the google index of my site but enhance that functionality with the Google Custom Search when Javascript is available

  104. Keyboard Shortcuts for the Link Widgets Firefox Extension

    Shortcut keys for the Link Widgets firefox extension

  105. Please Publish Full Content in Your RSS and Atom Feeds

    I explain why I prefer feeds that contain full content over feeds that contain partial content.

  106. Idea - Web Services Could Publish Stats About the Clients That Connect to Them

    I wonder if it'd help us determine whether or not a library is still active/compatible.

  107. Free Technical Books for Anyone That's Interested

    I attempt to give away some books that I've been unable to sell on Amazon marketplace.

  108. Test Data for Version 2 of the Amazon Web Services Signing Protocol

    I'm hoping this data might be useful for someone else trying to develop code to sign requests to Amazon Web Services

  109. Implementing Version 2 of the Amazon AWS HTTP Request Signature in Ruby

    A fairly simple example of how to sign AWS requests, with Ruby, using version 2 of the signature spec.

  110. Turning Off My National Rail Twitter Bot

    I've turned the twitter bot off after being asked/told to do so by a chap at ATOC

  111. Lloyds TSB Stole My Money (Kinda)

    A little rant about Lloyds TSB

  112. Backing Up Jobs in a Print Queue on Windows XP (and Printing .prn files)

    I explain how I managed to print some documents that were stuck in the Windows XP print queue.

  113. Idea - Firefox Extension to Clearly Indicate the Age of a Page

    I find myself getting annoyed when reading webpages, blog posts in particular, that contain out of date information.

  114. 24 Hours of Ramsgate Outer Harbour

    I stitched together webcam images from a 24 hour period to create a little video of Ramsgate harbour.

  115. A Simple Utility to Generate and Preview Html on the Web

    I found, what I believed to be, a strange problem with images that had explicit width and heights set. I created a little utility that allowed me to dig into the problem.

  116. Using SSI to Expose Http Request Headers Sent by Your Browser

    I explain why I reinvented the wheel and created another page on the web that will display the http request headers sent by your browser.

  117. Initial Thoughts About the T-Mobile G1 (the Google Android Phone)

    Some thoughts about the T-Mobile G1 now that I've had it in my possession for a couple of days.

  118. Please Sir Can I Have a Job

    I'm begging for work. That's it.

  119. A Utility to Manage Apache Virtual Hosts on a Mac (Like the Passenger Pref Pane but for Simple Static Sites)

    A neat (if I may say so myself) little utility that simplifies the process of setting up an apache virtual host and associated domain.

  120. A Javascript QueryString Printer

    A little utility that extracts and displays querystring parameters in an html page.

  121. OCR on the Mac with Tesseract

    A comparison of the output from tesseract given different quality inputs.

  122. Listening to iTunes on my Intempo GX-01

    I use EyeConnect in order to share my iTunes library on my Mac with my Intempo GX-01.

  123. Changing the repository of code being managed by Piston (an alternative to piston switch)

  124. Converting Google Code Wiki Content to Html

  125. Plans for the my blog

  126. Asking South Eastern about the high speed trains

  127. Asking South Eastern about their crappy seats

  128. Open Source Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on the Mac

  129. Pwdhash Widget

  130. A trip to the tip

  131. Redesigning my blog

  132. Exporting query results to a remote machine with MySql (an alternative to SELECT INTO OUTFILE)

  133. Another project - Public Swimming Pools in the UK

  134. Reference Trackback Server implementation

  135. Files hosted on Google Groups cannot be opened in Safari (or Internet Explorer)

  136. Version Control Commit Note Best Practice (or not, you decide)

  137. Version 0.2 of the trackback extension

  138. National Rail Train Times by SMS (again)

  139. Tagging my bookmarks with the domain of the URL that I'm bookmarking

  140. What I've been up to - Projects and Ideas

  141. Atom (like RSS) feeds for news stories

  142. Sending trackbacks to the sites that you bookmark in

  143. Migration from Typo to a static site is complete

  144. Migrating this blog from Typo to a static site

  145. Emailing photos to flickr from my Skypephone

  146. Testing my mod_rewrite configuration with ruby

  147. Chris 1, mod_rewrite 0 (muhahahaha)

  148. Fun with mod_rewrite (and its special variables REQUEST_URI, IS_SUBREQ and THE_REQUEST)

  149. Searching subversion history

  150. Extracting my permalinks functionality into its own firefox extension

  151. Cross browser (well, IE 6, Firefox 2 and Safari 3) bookmarklet script

  152. Web pages should specify their canonical URL (permalink)

  153. Bookmarklet (Favelet) limits in Internet Explorer 6 (and 7?)

  154. Testing ActionMailer::Base.server_settings

  155. More on those friendly URLs

  156. Ruby Rake - Invoke vs Execute

  157. Fun with Selenium

  158. Short, Human Friendly, Permalinks

  159. VRM vs Affiliate Marketing

  160. Wow. Google must really love Chris.

  161. Can anyone recommend a good simple web hosting solution?

  162. The Skypephone so far

  163. NewNet and BT Broadband problems

  164. HSBC Conclusion

  165. Naughty spammy Tesco Entertainment

  166. A common pattern in retailers' receipt pages (and a microformat solution)

  167. More Hsbc Shenanigans

  168. Trying to speak to someone in development at Hsbc - can anyone help?

  169. A microformat for my contact details (instant messaging, twitter et al)

  170. Finding similar sites by mining the data

  171. Commenting on my bookmarks

  172. Monitoring the Mac OSX Filesystem with ruby

  173. Why should it do that?

  174. Companies. You must make it simple for me to unsubscribe from your marketing shite.

  175. Patching the firefox extension to add permalinks

  176. Permalinks for bookmarks (posts)

  177. Blue card user stories coming out of the feedback

  178. Responses to feedback

  179. Holiday in Newqay

  180. A new

  181. Train times by SMS (or, improving national rail enquiries)

  182. Free google website optimizer isn't actually free

  183. Web service to convert UK Postcodes (outcode) to Latitude and Longitude

  184. Wesabe open up their API and ask me to help write their press release...

  185. A great day at work and reevoovision (twittervision for reviews)

  186. Automatically downloading my Ing Direct transactions

  187. This makes me happy

  188. Automatically download egg credit card transactions

  189. I really don't know whether this is spam or not...

  190. Steel mounted photographic wall prints (or, cool pictures printed on metal) in Thanet

  191. and Seo

  192. A little further investigation into those pesky scammers

  193. Ranting about Sky

  194. An open letter to my local newspapers

  195. I wanna be cool too

  196. Pesky Scammers

  197. Automatically downloading my recent transactions from Lloyds Tsb

  198. Automatically downloading my most recent Hsbc transactions

  199. A fun (and crappy) Monday morning quiz

  200. Tonic Systems TonicPoint free Powerpoint viewer

  201. ebay feedback

  202. Small, specific mongrel web servers

  203. Getting to grips with pwdhash

  204. I want fast trains

  205. Obtaining latitude/longitude for UK postcodes

  206. Converting Egg Credit Card Statements to Ofx (for upload to wesabe)

  207. Monkey patching rails routing

  208. Repairing an Hp Pavilion N5241 laptop

  209. Orange, orange, orange

  210. Frustrating user experience with Hsbc online banking

  211. The worst word in the world... ever

  212. It'll grow back, right?

  213. Digital Photo Prints from PhotoBox

  214. Crashing IE 6 with style(sheets)

  215. Visualising the changing responsibilities of objects

  216. Combining distributed small tools as an alternative to Backpack et al

  217. Encapsulation in Active Record objects

  218. Move over - you've got nothing on

  219. Bad

  220. Homegrown gooogie

  221. cURL is fast becoming my favourite toy

  222. The worst captcha... ever.

  223. Might as well aim high...

  224. Addicted to

  225. dips its toes into the opensearch water

  226. Crappy ruby script to download photos from a flickr photoset

  227. as a simple to do list

  228. Amazing non-customer service

  229. Maybe I need some more REST

  230. Telephone numbers for form submissions

  231. Google AdWords Api Internal Error using the Sandbox

  232. Connecting to gmail with Ruby (or Connecting to POP3 servers over SSL with Ruby)

  233. Boolean method in Ruby (sibling of Array, Float, Integer and String)

  234. Inactive keywords (too high minCpc) when using Google Adwords Api

  235. Some useful assertions, maybe

  236. Recording daily spending with a Ruby Dsl

  237. Bye bye feedshow...

  238. The best property search website

  239. Testing against the (Garbage Collection) Clock, or, Don't create your Test Cases as anonymous classes

  240. Unified method_exists method for ruby

  241. gDisk - very cheap (free) online storage

  242. What's the time google?

  243. Changing Irb context

  244. In memory AR object for testing

  245. Recommended web host

  246. Textmate environment and ruby (again)

  247. Rails leaking some strings in development

  248. Feed reading feature requests

  249. I hope I didn't break rubyforge...

  250. I guess that's one way to do it...

  251. Tickling link_to into submission

  252. Create rails projects using a specific rails gem version

  253. New rails weblob

  254. Helpful error messages when active record objects fail validation (in tests)

  255. TextMate and "env: ruby: No such file or directory"

  256. Test::Unit abstract test case

  257. Some realisations about testing

  258. Textmate command to display Active Record column attributes

  259. Using in memory Active Record objects with associations for testing

  260. Ruby hashes with default values

  261. Trying to learn

  262. Very simple Micro Id Verifier

  263. Very very lightweight mocking(ish)

  264. Generating a MicroId with Ruby

  265. More helpful messages for Active Record validation errors in Rails testing

  266. Rails plugin to utilise Sqlite for testing

  267. Improving search results

  268. Using active record models in rails migrations

  269. Storing passwords online

  270. My first reevoo!

  271. Rails table pluralization

  272. Cool google map of the tube network...

  273. Installing Collaboa

  274. ClaimId for managing online identity

  275. Ruby Quiz number 67 (metakoans)

  276. Claiming my blog on technorati

  277. Some Freebsd housekeeping

  278. Rails rake testing without database

  279. Rails testing without database

  280. Alternative to Putty Ssh on Windows

  281. Reviews Reevoos Reviews

  282. In memory sqlite database for rails testing

  283. Idea - Typo sidebar for allconsuming

  284. (One of the reasons) Why I really really don't like uk2

  285. douban as alternative to allconsuming?

  286. Idea - Track daily spending...

  287. Aggregaation is the way forward...

  288. Inland Revenue as bad as Ticket Master

  289. Print to Pdf in Windows without Acrobat Writer

  290. Patching the rails

  291. voo2do vs tadalist

  292. Backpack sms reminders to orange uk

  293. Maximum password length is bad

  294. Test post from dashblog

  295. Operating systems should be managed by version control

  296. Transparency in business

  297. It should be easy to cancel online accounts

  298. Firefox close tabs like Safari

  299. Tadalist bookmarklet

  300. Rojo replaces bloglines (for me at least)

  301. I don't know how to use the debugger

  302. PwdHash

  303. dabble db initial thoughts

  304. 'We will never ask for your security details...'

  305. Windows Adobe Acrobat Reader alternative

  306. Best signup form... ever.

  307. Typo admin broke!

  308. Run one ruby test/unit test from command line

  309. Setting up Typo from SVN Trunk

  310. Cyrus Imap

  311. Typo pings

  312. Online news reader

  313. Instiki-AR with sqlite3 on Windows XP

  314. Zen ADSL/Dial-up account can't be used at the same time

  315. Set background transparency in GIMP

  316. Netgear WPN824 disappointment

  317. Remote Control Software

  318. Typo flickr problems

  319. Linspire