Switching from the iPad to the Asus Transformer

August 31, 2011

Published: 2011-08-31

My blogs are usually technical in content and try to be objective in character, this blog is a bit different, it has an unashamed subjective bias (you’ve been warned).

Shortly after the iPad 2 was released I went over to the Dark Side and brought one (my first and only Apple computer). I was just fed up waiting for a decent Android tablet. At the time my only requirements were a decent ePub reader and a web browser.

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Fossil Backend for AsciiDoc

August 30, 2011

Published: 2011-08-30
Updated: 2012-09-11, 2012-08-30, 2011-09-04, 2011-08-22

The AsciiDoc Fossil backend plugin is hosted on Github, it generates Fossil friendly Wiki markup from AsciiDoc source. As of version 1.0.0 (2012-08-30) the Fossil backend plugin embeds linked images and admonition icons in the wiki documents.

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Keeping a lid on Mobile data

July 17, 2011

Published: 2011-07-17

How to configure your Android phone to automatically turn off the mobile data connection once your mobile data limit is reached.

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Using an iPad to access remote Windows desktops

July 16, 2011

Published: 2011-07-16
Updated: 2011-07-26 (added Q&A)

I went from initial scepticism, when I started looking for a usable iPad remote desktop solution for accessing Windows PCs, to (almost) wild enthusiasm.

I evaluated four of the best iPad remote access apps and am delighted to have found one that does exactly what I want. This post outlines why I settled on Jump Desktop along with a few usage tips.

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CoffeeScript for Command-line Apps

July 8, 2011

Published: 2011-07-08
Updated: 2011-10-27: published the app to github and the npm registry.

This post details my learning experience porting a command-line application I previously wrote in Python to CoffeeScript.

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W3C Command-line Validator

April 28, 2011

Published: 2011-04-29

A command-line script (written in Python) for validating HTML and CSS files and URLs using the WC3 validators.

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Bottle + MongoDB Example

March 17, 2011

Published: 2011-03-18

A didactic Web application written in Python to illustrate how to use the Bottle web-framework with the MongoDB database.

It’s a port I made of Mike Dirolf’s DjanMon application (how to use Django with MongoDB).

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Android Development with VirtualBox and the LG P500 phone

January 6, 2011

Published: 2011-01-07

Having recently acquired my first smart-phone (a new LG P500 Android phone) I decided it was time to learn some Android programming. This post summarizes my trials and tribulations getting the LG P500 phone to talk to my Android Eclipse development environment (Eclipse plus Android SDK running on a VirtualBox Linux guest).

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Moving between VirtualBox Hosts

November 29, 2010

Published: 2010-11-28

A description of the issues I encountered moving my VBox environment from one host to another.

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Vala TreeView List Example

September 13, 2010

Published: 2010-09-14

This small GTK+ example application demonstrates how to populate a GtkTreeView list and respond to list item mouse clicks. It is written in Vala (a functionally identical Genie version is also listed). The user interface was constructed using Glade.

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