A collection of articles and snippets I've collected over the years.
October 13, 2011
Here's how to test SMTP with a dummy server in python
October 11, 2011
APC is a great tool for caching in PHP and once installed it is very easy to use. However, what do you do about viewing the PHP APC cache in Ubuntu? Well, there is a fantastic PHP page provided by...
October 5, 2011
Here's the list of features I need from an IM Client.
August 12, 2011
I made some changes to my ~/.vimrc file that didn't seem to work and so I needed to see what was happening when vim loaded my ~/.vimrc file.
July 26, 2011
I just came across something that made me wonder wether a PHP object uses the magic __get() and __set() methods inside the object itself. I wrote the following code to test:...
June 14, 2011
Knowing a programming language just isn't enough these days to be a full time Web Developer. Here are ten other skills required to 'do the job'.
May 18, 2011
If you host a WordPress site and have enabled writeable permissions on any of the folders it is recommended that you Disable php processing in wordpress upload folders. If you are running Apache you...
May 12, 2011
I have a need in a bash shell to get the public ipaddress of a domain name. Here's how to achieve it: Cool huh?
May 12, 2011
I was recently caught out by a crontab running even after I had edited the crontab and commented out the line. I used VIM and edited the file followed by a <code>:w</code> command but the cron was...
May 12, 2011
Windows developers using Subversion generally use TortoiseSVN to administer their repositories and when moving to Ubuntu Linux they find using the CLI (Command Line, Terminal, black box -...
April 26, 2011
After what feels like a year Netbeans 7.0 is finally released. NetBeans IDE 7.0 introduces language support for development to the proposed Java SE 7 specification with the JDK 7 developer preview....
January 5, 2011
Did you know that you can use your Amazon Kindle to play a minesweeper game?
December 31, 2010
Whilst the Kindle is an excellent device, I have experienced a blank 'white screen of death'. Here's how to solve it.
December 24, 2010
Varnish is an HTTP accelerator designed for content-heavy dynamic web sites. In contrast to other HTTP accelerators, such as Squid, which began life as a client-side cache, or Apache, which is...
September 20, 2010
Here's a picture of the dockyard at Portsmouth I took from the top of Spinnaker Tower. I've experimented with tilt shifting and think the result is pretty good.