"hope and inspiration appear from behind the clouds" - Helen MacLeod
Very impressed by the capabilities of the Writr theme for WordPress. I would like to specify my own colours but I’m not keen on paying $30 to WordPress.com to enable that feature…
In trying to return to blogging I realised that the tools have moved on but my own blogging software had not – it was time to move away from another side project that would not be much missed. The blog … Continue Reading Importing a blog to WordPress.com (or Blogger)
It was over 10 years ago that I started coding on Enlightenment, having discovered the window manager at Uni back when E 0.16 was what the cool geeks were using. The project was busy and full of excitement about the … Continue Reading Enlightened 2014
LinuxCon Europe 2013 was in Edinburgh – seriously – it makes sense given our city’s increasing relevance in the global tech scene but a surprise nonetheless. The event brought such celebrities as Linus Torvalds, Chris Aniszczyk, Carsten Haitzler (rasterman) and … Continue Reading Catching up on Enlightenment
So a few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to set up a universal wishlist without Amazon knowing everything that I fancy buying. I was also interested in price tracking and seeing when was a good time to buy … Continue Reading ShineGet.me – a new universal wishlist with price tracking
Shiny new Apple laptop is ... squint? Seriously, the lid is not on straight - at least 1mm out!
Celebration time – I just finished our breakfast bar created from LEGO bricks! A total of around 4’500 bricks went into creating this fantastic design which contains characters and scenes created by many of our friends. My personal favourite is … Continue Reading A few thousand bricks later…
Well it’s railway time and I’m finding that my plans are far more elaborate than ever before so I need a way of planning the layout so I can test various turnouts and track combinations before I have to start … Continue Reading Compiling XTrkCad from source on Mac OSX
Being a member of the OO Live Steam Club was bound to rub off eventually and it seems that it has, manifesting itself in a brand new “Silver Link” A4 Live Steam engine. This really is a magnificent beast and … Continue Reading A shiny new live steam engine
Hi there guys – so I heard that the latest OSX / MacBook Pro was causing issues for people wanting to dual boot with the latest Ubuntu release so I decided to have a go. OK so I’m not going … Continue Reading Ubuntu 11.10 and OSX Lion dual boot on MacBook Pro 8,2 even with FileVault2!
OK this might be a spoiler so put your fingers in your ears if you have not completed Portal 1 yet! Following from the fantastic first game which, whilst short, was perfectly formed and one of the best thought out … Continue Reading Portal 2 amazes!
I decided that I wanted to create a simple set of shelves to air my clothes in the boiler cupboard. Suitably polished wood of the right size size is surprisingly expensive so I decided to take the IKEA Hacker route … Continue Reading Oleby Airing that for you…
So I unpacked the boxes and assembled the equipment to steam up my new Flying Scotsman for the first time. Oil and water added, switched on and the steam began to build. So many funny noises that we all stood … Continue Reading Flying Scotsman all steamed up!
The next step in model railways – Live Steam! Yes, a real steam powered engine in OO gauge – incredible engineering from Hornby. Unfortunately the line has been discontinued and the stock was all sold a little while ago. However … Continue Reading Hornby Live Steam
Wow, what a week – puzzles abound and an office move too! After fitting everyone into the new office space the greater puzzle was left – how can we compile custom functions into sqlite within an Android app? Well we … Continue Reading Conquering custom SQLite on Android