Archive for the 'Just geek' Category

Going dark for SOPA & PIPA

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I am going dark on January 18 American time, or between noon January 18 WST my time until noon January 19 WST, If you want to know why, even if I and you are am not an Americans, read Corey Doctorow’s Boing Boing will go dark on Jan 18 to fight SOPA & PIPA because he puts it so much better than me.

Hosting your own bookmarking service

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Not happy with the changes to Delicious, unsure about what bookmark service to switch to, well how about hosting your own, with Semantic Scuttle? That was what happened with the State Library‚Äôs Family History Bookmarks, within 24 hours of the changes to Delicious and without prior preparation, I had a customised version of Semantic Scuttle […]

Mashing it up

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Krantz and Sheldon architectural images meets Google StreetView

With LibraryHack and the State Library of WA day of hack approaching, I needed a demo, a quick look at the datasets that the State Library of WA made available. I settled on the Krantz and Sheldon architectural photographs. As this was a small set of photos, I did not have to search through a whole collection of 50,000 images looking for a suitable theme, as this dataset already had a theme, the work of Krantz and Sheldon in Perth in the 1960s and 1970s. Fortunately most had some basic geolocation data, such as addresses.

The original concept was to produce an animation, using CSS3, HTML5 and javascript, showing the Krantz and Sheldon photographs alongside the current Google Streetview. I have not had the chance to animate the sequence yet …

My own URL shortening service

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I have used a number of different URL shortening services in my time, some have closed, some change there terms of services and some include advertising. So when I found out I could roll my own, I thought I better investigate.

Creating one is fairly easy …

Quiet time here should be over soon

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

It has been very quiet around here, for a number of reasons. I did expect my three week enforced rest to be spent learning and experimenting with the likes of CSS3 and HTML5 and then blogging about it. Instead I spent most of the time in the shed playing bicycle mechanic.

Once back at work, my usual blogging time on the train trip to and from work disappeared, as my MacBook Pro died and I started riding to work more often.

I need to start blogging on a more regular basis …

Why use CSS Zen Garden for CSS3 demo

Friday, November 6th, 2009

For those who have not seen my Edge of the Web CSS3 demonstration I used the CSS Zen Garden HTML. Why, because I wanted to use somebody else’s HTML, mainly because I wanted to show it works with any HTML and that most people would be familiar with the site.

I will not submit it, because Dave has not accepted any new submissions almost two year, my demo is far from the visual standard of most other design and I broke one major rule the CSS does not validate.

I am on the Edge of the Web

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Well I am speaking at the Edge of the Web Conference in Perth in November. The title Progressive Enhancement with CSS: Or how I stopped worrying about IE6 and starting loving CSS3.

The aim is to show how you can use CSS2 and CSS3 to improve the experience of visitors using modern browsers, while not blocking access to those people still using older browsers like IE6 …

Twitter and the Tour de France

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Twitter has changed the way I watch procycling races, it has provided me far more information, than I was getting before and it is all Lance Armstrong’s fault …

Crumpler Yee Ross Review

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Then purely by accident I saw the Crumpler Yee Ross on the Crumpler web site, a Crumpler backpack that can be used as a hydration pack. So I went to my local Crumpler store, check it out and walked away after purchasing last year’s model (more on that later) …

Crumpler Part and Parcel Courier Bag review

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Crumpler Part and Parcel Courier Bag

This is my infamous bag that has been reported to the local Crumpler store on more than one occasion, because I had the audacity to stencil my blog URL on it, to clearly identify as mine.

Three years ago, I bought a Crumpler bag on …