Infrequent Miscellany #1

11 Sep 2019

This time: HTML email, Basecamp’s development processes, chiptunes and DeepFakes

Introducing Infrequent Miscellany

9 Sep 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve written regularly. To attempt to get back in to the habit I’m launching Infrequent Miscellany, an occasional digest of the latest interesting, weird and/or funny technology developments. I’ll try...

Basic testing for mobile devices in a desktop browser

10 Jun 2016

My browser of choice for development is Google’s Chrome Canary, a very frequently updated bleeding edge build of Chrome allowing you to preview upcoming features. One feature that I’ve been very fond of since its...

Track traffic exiting your site, without jQuery

7 Aug 2015

A few years ago (well, over five years ago!) I published an article that showed you how to use Google Analytics to track traffic exiting your site with a little bit of jQuery. Now while...

Building WordStream

25 Jan 2015

Last week I spent a couple of hours playing with some new technology and built wordstream, a real-time word cloud generated from the twitter sample stream. Here’s how. The twitter streaming APIs are a very...

My Favorite Ruby gems

1 Sep 2014

Many tasks that would otherwise take hours or days to build can be easily implemented by simply including the relevant Ruby Gem in your project. Here’s my pick of interesting, useful and most-importantly time-saving gems:...

Caffeine is great, to a point!

28 May 2013

Coffee in the morning, yes. Coffee in the afternoon, maybe. For the last few months I’ve been restricting myself to only drinking caffeinated beverages before 3pm in an attempt to kick my sleeping pattern back...

Good API Documentation

7 Feb 2011

So you're a developer (you're not a developer? then maybe this post isn't for you, but feel free to read on), and as with most developers you spend a lot of your time looking up...


27 Nov 2009

This is an old post recovered from the Internet Archive. Here’s a fun game from Tim Van Damme. A simple game: Go to the address bar in your favorite browser, and type one letter. Start...

DXVA and MKV in Windows 7

6 Nov 2009

This is an old post recovered from the Internet Archive, unfortunately the images could not be recovered The Microsoft WMF codec supplied with Windows 7 does a pretty good job of decoding most formats including...