————   

Critical interface evaluation of Ubuntu

Zdnet have a story about Matthew Thomas' opinions on Ubuntu. "But, what's really interesting about this list of Thomas' complaints ... is that he actually works for Canonical, the company that…

——— Read More

   ————   

Publishing with jabber

Here's my weekend project: publish to pyblosxom using a jabber bot. Here's how.

——— Read More

   ————   

This years black...

...is purple, according to Adam Polselli. Looks like I'm ahead of the game then :-)

——— Read More

   ————   

AW Stats uncovering dns badness

I've added awstats to my server so I can keep track of who's visiting and stuff (thanks to this guide), and for some reason, I seem to be getting hits from this domain. Very odd. I think I'll contact…

——— Read More

   ————   

Lines of desire?

Zeldman pointed me in the direction of this blog article, which describes a phenomenon in landscape architecture known as 'Lines of Desire', whereby 'users' take a shortcut across grass instead of…

——— Read More

   ————   

UsageAgent applet for Winders

If, like me, you're on Optus broadband, and you're running winders, check out this usage agent. Very useful. Looks like I've got plenty of offpeak data left, so I may have to fire up a torrent or two…

——— Read More

   ————   

LinuxConf 2006 at Dunedin

So, it looks like next years linuxconf will be held in the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin, one of the few places outside of Scotland where there is a statue of Rabbie Burns, our national poet.

——— Read More

   ————   

Elbow Etiquette

If you've ever been on a plane next to someone you don't know, then this article is for you. And people say I have too much time on my hands...

——— Read More

   ————   

Floating Images Quiz

Since this is almost exactly what I want to do with my photos page, here's a wee primer on how to show captions beneath images. And obviously we're talking semantically correct XHTML, none of that…

——— Read More

   ————   

Google goes to my old local

It looks like Google Local has expanded to the UK, and in case you were wondering how too see both football teams in Dundee... Looks like a pretty useful service, hopefully not too long until we see…

——— Read More

   ————   

Honeymoon Photos, Tony Hart style

I've finally gotten around to writing a little bit o' python to display the honeymoon photos. Python seems to be a pretty nice language, so I might try some more webby things in it. Check out the…

——— Read More

   ————   

Opera CEO to swim from Norway to USA...

Not sure whether I believe this press release or not, but CEO of Opera, Jon S. von Tetzchner reckons he'll swim from Norway to the USA when (if!) Opera 8 hits 1 million downloads within 4 days of its…

——— Read More

   ————   

New Nokia handset with 4Gb hard drive

Finally, a mobile phone with a reasonable amount of storage to keep your mp3s on. Gizmodo have a few pics.

——— Read More

   ————   

Reporting using XSLT

A few of my collegues are delving into XSLT now, and a lot are still writing transforms procedural stylee. I've found a gentle introduction into how to create tables with a specified number of columns…

——— Read More

   ————   

Visualisation of XSLT

Whilst looking for something else, I found a rather interesting way of visualising xslt documents as svg over at xml.com. Considering how complicated some of my xslt has become, I think I'll try to…

——— Read More

   ————   

Adventures on the wheels of FOAF<img src="http://sharp.id.au/images/foafTiny.gif" alt="FOAF" />

I've finally set up FOAF on my site, using Leigh Dodds' Foaf-a-matic to create the base RDF. You can explore my FOAF file if you want to. Now what am I going to do? Well hopefully someone reading this…

——— Read More

   ————   

Draggable, sortable HTML lists

I've implemented some of these draggable, editable lists in an app I'm working on, drastically increasing the usability. More people should use these things.

——— Read More

   ————   

Google Accelerate the Web

Not content with blogging, toolbars, local maps etc., Google have launched the Web Accelerator, which routes requests through their servers to speed things up. Whilst this sounds wonderful, I'm not…

——— Read More

   ————   

Introducing Selenium

Whilst browsing the site of the chap that wrote the wonderful drag 'n' drop javascripting, I came across Selenium, a browser-based testing framework. I've been looking into unit testing for quite a…

——— Read More

   ————   

Spacial vs. Navigational

One of the recurring threads on the Gnome usability mailing list is the navigational vs. spatial debate - should nautilus (or indeed, any file manager) have one and only one representation of a given…

——— Read More

   ————   

Google Accelerator Woes

For all the good that comes out of using Google's Accelerator, theres always going to be problems. It stated with people noticing that things were being deleted from their Backpacks, but it seems its…

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

CSS Compressor A guide to using del.icio.us and python deviantART Integrating Bloglines and del.icio.us [persistent.info]

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

So, Google has broken your webapp? "Let the Dark Side defend your lawn from the ravages of summer heat" Self Referential Multiple Choice Quiz Fun with silhouettes

——— Read More

   ————   

Dracula as a blog

Very clever idea - take the journals of Jonathan Harker and publish them as a blog, in the same timescale as they are written. Nice.

——— Read More

   ————   

Nintendo Teams with IGN/GameSpy for Wireless Gaming Network

"Nintendo has teamed up with IGN/Gamespy to offer a Wi-Fi gaming network to allow gamers to compete across the internet. This is vaguely interesting, except for the fact that they've announced their…

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

Video bloggging - worth a look

——— Read More

   ————   

Dive into Greasemonkey

Mark Pilgrim has published his latest free online book, Dive Into Greasmonkey. Greasemonkey is a javascript-based site modification tool, that alters your current view in whatever way you choose. A…

——— Read More

   ————   

BBC Backstage - remix BBC content

The BBC have always had an excellent website, and with recent uses of technology have kept themseleves at the forefront of broadcasting tech. This continues with BBC Backstage which gives access to…

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

JSPAN - RPC for PHP using Javascript AJAX framework for rich content webapps

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

CSS Optimiser How to Lose 50 Pounds - Stop sniggering at the back... foldedspace.org - A pretty interesting blog. One for my feed, i think. Metafilter - kinda like a blog version of digg

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

The Official String Theory Web Site Weblog job in London Learn about Ajax at Ajaxian Audioscrobbler has a nice API All about sudoko So you want to be a consultant...? XML.com: Introducing del…

——— Read More

   ————   

Domo-Kun Genius

Most of you known that I have a slight fascination with Domo-Kun. You may also know that I'm a bit of an iPod fanboy too... So merge the two together, and you get the Domo-Kun iPod. I want a 3rd…

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

Who Makes Movies? Amazon.com: Books: The Dog of the Marriage : Stories A good article on optimising your Linux desktop

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

Gigabyte Silent Pipe Nvidia 6600 GT - Fits the Shuttle The Last Supper, as per Star Wars

——— Read More

   ————   

Nokia launches Linux-based 770 Net Appliance

Whilst I thought I would never buy another Nokia product, the magic words 'Debian', 'Linux' and 'Open Development Platform' may yet change my mind. According to Mobileburn the device has an ARM based…

——— Read More

   ————   

Javascript Sudoku

I seem to get an awful lot of hits from Google for sudoku, so to point you guys in the right direction, check out Mark Huckvale's Su Doku Maker. It even helps you solve those pesky puzzles!

——— Read More

   ————   

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,

it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it…

——— Read More

   ————   

Rebecca MacKinnon on Microsoft and Chinese censorship

Rebecca McKinnon explodes the suggestion that Chinese citizens don't want free speech. An interesting article in reponse to Robert Scoble's assertion that Microsoft have no business forcing the…

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

How to rip DVDs using Linux

——— Read More

   ————   

Monopod

Edd Dumbill has created Monopod, a nice GTK based podcast download client. It's very much in the early stages of development, but looks pretty nice.

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

ITunes streaming to your mobile phone Using Saxon on the command line - cheat sheet My, isn't ruby-on-rails coming along nicely... check out the upload progress bar! Essential bookmarks for web…

——— Read More

   ————   

DVD Ripping under Linux, part deux

I noticed this article from Bastien today, and have decided to check out Thoggen. It looks like a really nice GTK based DVD ripping prog.

——— Read More

   ————   

Ebay Facts

I'm a bit of a fan of ebay, but this article on Fortune has some interesting facts on Ebay. Did you know...

——— Read More

   ————   

Todays links, brought to you by del.icio.us

script.aculo.us - web 2.0 javascript

——— Read More

   ————   

Is Ruby-On-Rails more productive than .net?

Dema seems to think so. He estimates that his .net development could be roughly 3 times faster using a framework similar to that provided by Ruby-On-Rails. Check out his article and see for yourself…

——— Read More

   ————   

London Calling

I'm watching the news of multiple bombings in London on the news between texting London friends to check that they're okay. I really can't believe what's happened. One of the most worrying things is…

——— Read More

   ————   

The Perfect G 'n' T

A friend of Lauren Wood enlightens us on the perfect Gin 'n' Tonic. Right about now that sounds pretty good...

——— Read More

   ————   

Is blogging bad for your career?

We've all heard of bloggers getting sacked, but could affect you getting a job too? An article in the Chronicle seems to suggest that it certainly might not help. Mind you, I guess that depends on…

——— Read More

   ————   

Our new hoosie

Over the weekend we agreed in principle to purchase a lovely new-ish townhouse in Gymea, Sydney. We got it for a little under the asking price, but for what seems to us like a very good price for a…

——— Read More

   ————   

The 100-Mile Diet

Quite a few blogs have noted an ongoing series in a British Columbian newspaper about the 100-mile diet, where a couple are attempting to live for a year on nothing but locally grown produce. It's an…

——— Read More

   ————   

Careful who you link to...

... as you might go to jail because of it. Well, not in this case, but the Melbourne Age reports that a Stephen Cooper, a former policeman had 'breached the Copyright Act in authorising the…

——— Read More

   ————   

Defeating CAPTCHA

Whilst looking into ways of protecting this blog from spam, I learnt a bit about CAPTCHA. CAPTCHA is the system of wibbly letters on coloured backgrounds that are used on many websites to help protect…

——— Read More

   ————   

Even the police have to chill out sometimes

——— Read More

   ————   

Opera House Detail, Sydney

——— Read More

   ————   

How to get out of a traffic ticket using Google Maps

I think Google Maps is great, but I've not seen a non-geeky, useful-for-everyone application for it yet, however this chap managed to convince the judge that a police officers statement was incorrect…

——— Read More

   ————   

The Passion of the Christmas?

Boingboing have a link to this Japanese advert for The Passion of the Christ. Being a country without many Christians, they have their own interesting take on the theme...

——— Read More

   ————   

Japanese Chemist Sells What?

——— Read More

   ————   

Not again...

——— Read More

   ————   

Hasta La Vista, Baby!

Last week Microsoft announced a new name for the next version of Windows, moving from Longhorn to Vista. Why Vista? Some say it's based on the top five Windows problems!.

——— Read More

   ————   

Goodbye, Dr. Moog

Robert Moog, creator of the synthesizer that bears his name, passed away at 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. As a fan of electronic music, it's pretty safe to say that without…

——— Read More

   ————   

Her Maj goes geothermal

Treehugger reports (via The Times) that Queen Elizabeth (that's with a zed, thanks) has installed geothermal heating at Buckingham Palace. Whilst not the first castle to go geothermal, it's a good…

——— Read More

   ————   

Legal P2P, Finally...

Boing Boing and EFF 'Outreach Coordinator' Cory Doctorow reports that a UK ISP, PlayLouder, have struck an agreement with Sony-BMG to "legally share any song in the Sony-BMG catalog with any other…

——— Read More

   ————   

Baked deejays...

A friend of mine that deejays back in Dundee has a fair number of rather good mixes available for download on his site. The latest one meanders through funk, afro-rhythms, broken and a wee bit of…

——— Read More

   ————   

Beastie Boys Acapella

——— Read More

   ————   

Traffic signs remixed

Boingboing have a few links to remixed traffic signs. Very cool!

——— Read More

   ————   

Astrodome and beyond

——— Read More

   ————   

Audioscrobbler and Last.fm web services

Max Niederhofer mentioned in his blog that last.fm/audioscrobbler have launched web services. I'm particularly impressed with the related artists one, and we have quite a few projects at work that…

——— Read More

   ————   

Software Development and Prioritisation

The ever-relevant Joel Spolsky has a really good piece on how to prioritise software development. Having worked for a company that implements every feature a customer wants (and felt the pain that…

——— Read More

   ————   

Ubuntu launch The Fridge

It looks like Ubuntu have now launched 'The Fridge', a site analogous to a family fridge, where you can stick notes and information for everyone to see. Very clever! The site fits in very nicely with…

——— Read More

   ————   

Flock Preview

——— Read More

   ————   

Solid Steel Radio

I've recently rediscovered the joy of radio, Solid Steel Radio in particular. That show is tremendous!!I've always enjoyed Coldcut, but their radio show is the best thing ever. Great music, and…

——— Read More

   ————   

Backstreet Boys Revivial

Looks like the Backstreet Boys still have plenty of fans, as this pair of Chinese guys show. They fairly bust-a-move in the video, but I particularly love the guy in the background who's playing Doom…

——— Read More

   ————   

Nokia's new S60 browser

It's been almost a year since stopped developing for mobile platforms, and how things have changed since then! Russell Beattie linked to a flash-based demonstration of the new Nokia S60-based browser…

——— Read More

   ————   

Performancing!

It's called Performancing, and I'm articleing from it now. You should give it a try!

——— Read More

   ————   

Brad Fitzpatrick on scaling MySQL

——— Read More

   ————   

Web 2.0 vs Web 1.0

——— Read More

   ————   

Happy New Year!

——— Read More

   ————   

Hacking Mediawiki

Mediawiki seems to be a great open-source project - it has a very large customer site (Wikipedia), full time development and maintainence staff, yet still I struggled to find doco to enable me to…

——— Read More

   ————   

D 'n' B mix for download

Obscene and DNBBQ main man Jonny Faith has uploaded another of his awesome mixes for your delectation. Cheers for the heads-up Jonny - good to see you back in the sunshine! If it expires before you…

——— Read More

   ————   

GoogleTalk now federating to the public Internet

——— Read More

   ————   

Baddiel and Skinner Podcast

For some irreverant ramblings on all things Coup de Monde, check out the Baddiel and Skinner Podcast, courtesy of Times Online.

——— Read More

   ————   

It lives...

What do you think? Version 7 went live last week, hopefully we'll see Version 7.1 pretty soon. That's when you'll see the really sweet stuff. Memcache seems to make the page build ridiculously fast…

——— Read More

   ————   

Jabber for the rest of us

I've been toying with the idea of a corporate Jabber server for a while now, but it's just another server to administer... Enter Wildfire Server - a great looking Java based server that runs of OXS…

——— Read More

   ————   

Vista Public Beta

For anyone brave/silly enough to want to install it, you can now get an official MS Vista Beta Let me know how you go!

——— Read More

   ————   

All your media are belong to us...

Help the cause! Visit iownmydvds.org and iownmymusic.org today - print off a petition, get it signed and send it off! Visit Linux Australia for more background on what's going on.

——— Read More

   ————   

Livejournal and Jabber

I've always been a fan of livejournal's approach to websites, and one of their products, memcache, makes such a difference to the speed of my employers website it's unreal. As a result, I'm always…

——— Read More

   ————   

Linked all over

I've been playing with LinkedIn recently, and it looks like a pretty professional social networking site. If you use it, gimme a link!

——— Read More

   ————   

Mashups of a different kind...

Over my past few blog articles I've mentioned two musical things (despite having a job in the music industry I tend to blog about techy geek stuff), Solid Steel Radio and fellow expat Scot in…

——— Read More

   ————   

grainy cronulla sunset

——— Read More

   ————   

The elusive media centre...

I've been looking into building a media centre for ages now, and have got as far as buying a hifi-sized cased and started playing with various bits of software. So far I've looked into: MythTV…

——— Read More

   ————   

Awesome Lily Allen Track Remix

I recently discovered Lily Allen through the use of 'Smile' on an advert here in Aus, and I'm pretty impressed with her album. It's got a great sound, and she's certainly got the 'Mike Skinner…

——— Read More

   ————   

Flickr Uploadr on the N70

In case anyone was wondering, the Nokia Flickr Uploading Tool that runs on the Nokia N72 also runs on the Nokia N70 without any problems. Just follow the Flickr setup instructions.

——— Read More

   ————   

Pure morning

——— Read More

   ————   

Sean Connery

I got an email from Sean Connery the other day. I was wondering what Sean would ask me about, being a fellow Scotsman, and I guessed he might want some advice on whisky, or how to handle all his…

——— Read More

   ————   

Wad In Korea

If you have time to spare, check out the thoughts of my mate from home, Chris 'Waddell' Waddell. He lives in Korea with his girlfriend, Lynne, teaching Dundonian to Korean schoolkids. Well worth a…

——— Read More

   ————   

M*A*S*H*U*P

Whilst doing some investigation into geomapping using Google Maps et al, I stumbled upon Mashup on the SMH website. The blog on Google Maps adding Sydney street data turned up an absolute gem - bikely…

——— Read More

   ————   

Nice one, Banksy

Banksy has replaced Hilton's CD with his own remixes and given them titles such as Why am I Famous?, What Have I Done? and What Am I For? He has also changed pictures of her on the CD sleeve to show…

——— Read More

   ————   

Geek Humour

xkcd, via boingboing.net

——— Read More

   ————   

Schmap!

I've had a (not very good) photograph that I had upload to Flickr included in the Schmap! online guide. I always upload my pics under a Creative Commons licence, and I guess that's one way to avoid…

——— Read More

   ————   

Vale, Steve Irwin

He was a man to be admired for many reasons, his courage, his environmental awareness and activism and his incredible enthusiasm for all things wild. RIP.

——— Read More

   ————   

Life imitates art, imitates the Simpsons

James Henstridge noticed the similarity between recent political debate on immigration and the 'Much Apu about nothing' episode from The Simpsons. Homer: Hey, those are exactly my sentimonies…

——— Read More

   ————   

Socially Engineered Spam

I often seem to write about spam here, but then again, I do seem to get some goodies... I recently got a spam from someone asking about a particular Flickr photo of mine, which linked off to a Flickr…

——— Read More

   ————   

Scotland's other national drink

Here's a fantastic Christmas ad from Irn-Bru. Thanks to Calum Bension for that one.

——— Read More

   ————   

Steve Irwin stencil

——— Read More

   ————   

Bring me the mugshot of light entertainment

I might be a little late on this bandwagon, but mugshot looks frickin' sweet! Pull all your favourite site data into one place, form groups around your interests, follow rss in these groups... It all…

——— Read More

   ————   

BarCamp Sydney

There will be a Sound Alliance presence at this years Sydney BarCamp, both Ian and I will be going. We probably won't present, but we'll certainly cause a stramash I think we'll also be going to…

——— Read More

   ————   

Web(jam) 2.0

This morning my head hurts from a) beer last night and b) a mild allergy to mozzie bites. However, a) was most definitely worth it as I was at Webjam! Earle Castledine got first place with his Web…

——— Read More

   ————   

Faster, and definately louder!

I was going to write this article last week, was a little too busy to do so... anyway the latest version of fasterlouder is now online. It's fast, it's very very pretty, and it has lotsa social Web…

——— Read More

   ————   

Belt Debacle

Recently, my wife bought me a new belt (because I'd lost so much weight *) by Zoo York, which contains a rather interesting belt buckle - it's a bottle opener. "How utilitarian", I thought **. Then…

——— Read More

   ————   

Subterranean Homesick Minimal

Our office was recently sent this invite to a party put on by the guys at minimal fuss, which is a nice take on the classic 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' by Bob Dylan, a fantastic video in its day!

——— Read More

   ————   

Uefa Cup final awarded to Hampden

In fantastic news for Scottish football, Hampden (the Scottish national stadium) has been afforded the honour of hosting the 2007 UEFA Cup final. From the bbc: SFA chief executive David Taylor said…

——— Read More

   ————   

Last.fm are looking for PHP devs

If you're a PHP guru based in London, you could do much worse than work for last.fm. They're after a PHP Developer with all the usual skills. If I was in London I'd like to work there. But I'm in…

——— Read More

   ————   

Pump up the Webjam

Webjam is back for round three (and I'm running out of jam-related puns), to be held at the Jam Bar in Hotel CBD on the 7th June. The last Webjam was great fun, with some excellent presentations, some…

——— Read More

   ————   

Animal Crossing

If you play Animal Crossing on the DS you can add me: 2363-2163-2600 I was given the game last week, and it's very different to every other game I've played, definitely more Second Life than Half Life…

——— Read More

   ————   

Getting Things Done with a Moleskine

After seeing this article on this GTD website, I've ordered myself a nice new Moleskine Infobook from Pencity to keep track of what I need to get done. In combination with the pocketmod, it's a…

——— Read More

   ————   

Tomboy Trac Plugin

If, like me, you use Tomboy and Trac, you might like this plugin I've cobbled together to allow draggable trac links into Tomboy. Based on the Bugzilla plugin, this simply makes your notes a little…

——— Read More

   ————   

Ego Trippin' (Part 2)

For the third time in as many years, I got my fifteen minutes of fame in the Sydney Morning Herald. This time, I was chatting to Simon Sharwood at the Google Developer Day in Sydney, and he called me…

——— Read More

   ————   

RJS befuddlement

I've been playing with Ruby on Rails lately, and, to be fair, there's a lot to love. As someone who codes in PHP for their day job, Rails provides me a wonderful example of how to do things properly…

——— Read More

   ————   

The aftermath of Webjam3

Last night, the TSA tech posse went on tour to Webjam3, Sydney's premier 3-minute web presentation evening. Of course, we had a vested interest in the evening, as our very own Aaron Wallis was…

——— Read More

   ————   

Mock Chop using PHP and Simpletest

One of my reservations about adopting Unit Testing as a standard for my team was that, despite being pretty good developers, a fair amount of our code ends up being coupled. Recently I decided to dive…

——— Read More

   ————   

Nice example of why we use FAIL testing in TDD

So an example. You want to add a banana (new code) to an application called fruit basket. Right now the fruit basket has apples, pears and grapes in it. The test you are running is a banana shaped…

——— Read More

   ————   

Community wireless for the rest of us

——— Read More

   ————   

Avoiding Dogpiling with Memcache

——— Read More

   ————   

Using Memcache with Ruby and Rails

Last night I gave a wee talk at the Ruby On Rails Oceania meetup in Sydney about Memcached and how we use it at The Sound Alliance, in addition to how it can be used in Ruby and Rails. I've uploaded…

——— Read More

   ————   

Screen Scraping for Fun and For Profit

——— Read More

   ————   

Silent dance party breaks out in city

A DANCE party broke out on the normally sober steps of Sydney's Town Hall during evening peak hour but for bemused onlookers there was no music to be heard.A few hundred people gathered and at…

——— Read More

   ————   

Shhuave and Shhophisticated

You are Sean Connery

——— Read More

   ————   

Linkage

Some interesting stuff I found on the web recently: The Guardian's Top 10 Dive Sites, How to walk on water and lastly, Merry Christmas.

——— Read More

   ————   

Tokyo Nightscape

——— Read More

   ————   

New Beginnings

New Beginnings I'm testing out Jekyll as an alternative to posterous. Let's see how we go.

——— Read More

   ————   

Fun with Bundler and RVM

Fun with Bundler and RVM: /usr/bin/env: rubybundlerwrapper: No such file or directory Recently I began working on an old 3.0-era app, which is a long time ago in Ruby terms. This used bundler 1.0.…

——— Read More

   ————   

Loading dummy app routes from a mountable engine

I've been building a Rails 3.2 engine, and when I created it, chose the 'mountable' option, rather than the full option. One issue that I faced was the inability to see the routes generated by my…

——— Read More