Stop the press – The NewsWidget

Stop the press – The NewsWidget

Another interesting project. I was first approached about this back in November ’16 but wasn’t able to give the it the focus that it deserved due to time constraints. It was interesting to revisit this with fresh eyes and I think a better solution has emerged given the passage of time. In any case, thanks for your patience, James. The Brief The brief was to create a widget that would publish a list of links to the web based on the following requirements and constraints: A Javascript solution is desired – definitely no iFrame / HTML combination (which the client…

Did you swipe right? Are we a match?

Did you swipe right? Are we a match?

I’m smart and get stuff done, have an over-zealous attention to detail and take pride in my work. If I can help an organisation to grow and flourish during my time working with them, then I’ve achieved my goal. Maybe I’m your cup of tea, maybe not. That’s OK. Like dating, let’s get the deal breakers out of the way quickly. Then we can move on to the good stuff. Don’t take my word for it. This morning my current client brightened my day with the following: “Great piece. And the news changes look amazing. Seriously man, your input has…

Stranger Danger

Stranger Danger

Like a lot of condos in Bangkok, we receive a communal feed via satellite dish and the channels are known to change at a moments notice without any warning. As it stands now there are only a few English channels available (Al Jazerra, NHK Newsworld, SyFy and Universal channel). Invariably when I switch on the box I will see a re-run of Animals Unleashed or The Bourne Identity for the umteenth time (I know most of the lines now) And I’ve put up with that for far too long! So we recently joined the 21st century and signed up to…

LL Bean surprises, thankfully

LL Bean surprises, thankfully

Hey, if you’ve got a blog, might as well use it to get something off your chest, right? This started out as a post intending to put the boot into LL Bean. Then something good happened – I actually received a positive response from their customer service folks. The backstory I’m a big guy and buying clothes isn’t fun at all, especially in Thailand. Shoes and shorts are two items I simply cannot buy off the rack. Enter on-line commerce. After hitting their website, which is aimed at the global marketplace, I placed my order and waited. Then I waited…

Micro$oft Madness

Micro$oft Madness

I given plenty of $$$ over the years to Micro$oft and in the process helped Mr Gates build a nice little home somewhere in the Pacific Northwest Still waiting for my invite, Bill! Despite that, after configuring Win 7 Pro to handle ICS (which it does quite admirably, I must say!), it started suggesting that I was a bad guy, and my version of Windoze was not the real thing 🙁 Dr Google diagnosed the following for my Genuine Windows 7 starts giving “counterfeit” messages problem: ♦ Right click on CMD => Choose Run as Administrator ♦ Inside the Command…

Hotmail – not so hot

Hotmail – not so hot

I’ve recently gone through the process of trying to reclaim my wife’s Hotmail account – to no avail. Yet again I’m forced to remind you, dear reader, that you don’t own anything! (Especially if it’s cloud based) Hotmail has an interesting history, and you might know something about it if you are older than 30. For some reason I never had a Hotmail address but I know a few people that still do (I’m looking at you, Turtle!1) The takeaway – If you forget your password you will be forced to step through a stupid AI algo facing web page…

Blog Brownout – Now back to full power

Blog Brownout – Now back to full power

Lately, visitors to this site were greeted with Cloudflare’s colorful little screen (see right) and the HTTP 502 error – Bad Gateway. Is there a harder error to debug? Maybe, but this one is up there, that’s for sure. It sent me into a minor panic as I didn’t have any site backups (plumbers pipes are always leaky!) and I could see a years worth of work quickly spiraling down the drain. I ascertained that some of the site was still working, especially the post URLs themselves which led me to roll out the old wget and create a script…

RIP – Farewell to a gentle giant

RIP – Farewell to a gentle giant

I was saddened to hear the news yesterday that my friend and old neighbor, David, had passed away after a long illness. I didn’t know him for a long time yet he had a positive impact on my life. When we moved into the housing estate in Hua Hin I spotted him in the garden one day and said hello (OK, so maybe it took a week or so after I heard that iconic Aussie accent.) My wife and I became friends with David and Shannon, his wife, who were our neighbors across the way and enjoyed some good times…

Phichit and Kanchanaburi

Phichit and Kanchanaburi

A busy Songkran this year – that time of the year when Thais like to splash water everywhere. While I did get a chance to unload a few rounds (ok, so it was just a water gun but who cares?) it was a wedding that took centre stage this year. Two of our good friends were getting married and we wanted to be there to share in their happy day, so made the trek north from Bangkok to Tapan Hin in Pichit province. After piling on to a bus at 11 AM we arrived around 4 PM, including a 20…

Arise Erebus

Arise Erebus

Remember how I said I’d never build another PC. Well, I lied. This may well be the last one though 😉 Hopefully. I need to build a new server, as running everything on the laptop is getting out of hand, and I’ve started to experience some kernel panics in the last month or so – not a good sign 🙁 Other than purchasing a new mid-tower case, I’m using parts I already have to look after the environment (just kidding – I’m broke!) I reckon it will take a few days, and it’s a project I’m attacking while the Mrs…

MySQL + utf-8 = A drama filled weekend

MySQL + utf-8 = A drama filled weekend

Exciting stuff for a Saturday, eh? The boss has been cracking the whip so have to put in some extra hours wherever I can If you’re working on the weekend you actually want it to be something interesting! There were a few things on the docket left over from the week – As I mentioned in a recent post, if you haven’t stumbled across utf-8 already, you soon will. I’ve come across two issues recently whereby chars weren’t rendering correctly an I needed to look under the hood. The more you delve into CS the greater the likelihood that you…

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