Stop the press – The NewsWidget

Stop the press – The NewsWidget

UPDATE: I should post something on why you need to get money upfront for freelance based projects. (aka Technologists make lousy business people). Sigh. Live and learn. 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…

Spy v Spy

This gem has popped up! The old man used to manage the Sundowner hotel @ Punchbowl when I was a teenager. Great classic Aussie rock from the 80’s. IMHO the tune stands the test of time – take a listen, bitchez, and judge for yourself.

cURL up and die

cURL up and die

It definitely ticks the interesting box. Cut some code to post messages to one of our Slack channels from the webserver. I finally had an excuse to use cURL for something useful. But it’s cold and flu season here in Bangkok and both the Mrs and I seem to have come down with dose of the lurgi /ˈlɜː(ɹ)ɡi/ (Popularised by Spike Milligan). Hence this appropriately titled piece. First things first Had a few problems getting cURL going. After messing around with some info from Stack Exchange and working through the Slack API guides, when I tried running curl I was…

Chinatown @ CNY

Chinatown @ CNY

新年快乐 Happy Chinese New Year to all of you out there. I’m a Rooster1! An earth Rooster to be exact. I’ll let you do the math. This should be a good year for me – I’m due, that’s for sure! We saw in the new year by hitting a few temples on 28.01.17 in the Chinatown district of Bangkok with my good mate Ron in tow. It would give us both a chance to test out our new cameras – He recently upgraded to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 and I purchased his old DMC-TZ70. I still think he’s the better…

Real Ale Cafe

Real Ale Cafe

Whatever became of the Real Ale Cafe in Sydney? More importantly, from my perspective, was where exactly was it located? I’ve spent the morning playing web detective to find out what I can about this venue that has been consigned to the scrapheap. Places like the Real Ale Cafe really do make boozing a refined pasttime This all came about after writing my last piece on craft brewing in the late eighties and comparing memories with a friend. His are better than mine. Memories, that is. It existed in an era when ‘gig guides’ were published in local papers and…

Crafting Beer

Crafting Beer

“It was a beer that just might have tipped me into taking that road less travelled, writing about beer,” Willie Simpson on Burragorang Bock. To say I enjoy a beer is something of an understatement – and I’ve always put flavour ahead of price. Enter craft brewing. Maybe that’s why I’m broke. I reckon I’ve spent half of what I’ve earned in my lifetime on beer – the rest I’ve wasted (*hat tip to WC Fields*) I’ve drunk my fair share of VB’s and Crown Lagers, but given the chance I prefer knocking back something a little higher up the…

Point and Shoot

Point and Shoot

I’ll never be the sort of person who spends thousands of dollars on a camera. Never going to happen. As much as I might covert my neighbors Nikon, I can’t see myself ever owning one. Having said that, I have reached the point where I am becoming more interested in photography, and I think the reason for that is this blog! Having an outlet for my photos has fostered something inside of me, wanting to learn more about photography in general and sparked a desire to take better photos. Interesting. Cannon IXUS 80 I figure that I’ve had my Canon…

Koh Samed revisited

Koh Samed revisited

Just got back from a few days away recharging the batteries at Koh Samed. As I mentioned before, it’s a great little getaway within reach from Bangkok. On previous visits I never gave the camera much of a workout, but this time the occasion was a good friends wedding so I had no excuse not to punish the pixels. We made an early start out of the capital and trod the well worn path to the Ekkamai bus station before purchasing return bus/ferry combo tickets and settling back for the trip down to Ban Phe pier. By early afternoon we…

All hail Linus Torvalds

All hail Linus Torvalds

I’m a big fan of Linux, so a shout out to Linus Torvalds is in order for throwing it together. Love his work, and to think that it all started for him with a VIC-20. Such pedigree. I use Ubuntu now but started out with Red Hat. I recall emailing some guy working at NASA for help with a network driver. That’s the sort of community that drives loyalty, folks. I also had a contracting position with IBM Global Services where I had to manage a bunch of Lotus Notes servers that were running on top of AIX. Ah, those…

Updating TTRSS feeds

Updating TTRSS feeds

The final step after getting ttrss1 up and running is to schedule a regular update of the feeds. It’s worth taking a look at the official documentation before proceeding. Trust Me. Updating Feeds 101 The procedure update.php handles the ttrss feed updates from the PHP CLI. It supports a number of options, most of which you are unlikely to ever need to use. Options: –feeds – update feeds –feedbrowser – update feedbrowser –daemon – start single-process update daemon –task N – create lockfile using this task id –cleanup-tags – perform tags table maintenance –quiet – don’t output messages to stdout…

3 of 14
1234567