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Archive for November, 2005

Firefox 1.5 available for download

posted by Duncan at 10:41 pm on November 29th, 2005

It looks like the final release of Firefox 1.5 is available for download. Get it now. Oh and it also looks like the Spread Firefox site is gearing up for something exciting.

Ricky Gervais on Guardian Unlimited

posted by Duncan at 9:13 pm on November 29th, 2005

Starting Monday December 5 2005: Ricky Gervais will feature in an exclusive series of 12 podcasts that will tackle, finally, the big questions. Such as:

“Jellyfish – do we need them”? And: “Why do you never see an old bloke eating a Twix”?

This should be great, I’m looking forward to Monday already.

Some canvas tag experiments

posted by Duncan at 10:30 am on November 29th, 2005

I have been doing a little messing with the canvas tag that comes with Firefox 1.5 and Safari. This tag is a new HTML element for programmable graphics. canvas is based on the WhatWG canvas specification, which itself is based on Apple’s canvas implemented in Safari. It can be used for rendering graphs, UI elements, and other custom graphics on the client.

I had seen some examples of using canvas to draw pictures and was inspired by the 3-d demo done by Benjamin Joffe, so I thought I’d have a little play myself. It felt a bit like the early experiments done when Flash5 and MX came out.

Here’s a couple of experiments using some simple physics.

Fortune-telling robot

posted by Duncan at 9:54 am on November 25th, 2005

Got this from Boing Boing, but it’s about robots. So this is a hand-built “fortune-telling robot” that was photographed in a market in Bangalore. It is about 5 years old and was built by some one the lives ‘down south’ of there who also supplied the tapes with the furtunes on them.

It looks like it was based on Twiki from ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’

Puddle screensaver on OSX

posted by Duncan at 7:53 pm on November 23rd, 2005

I’m not normally a follower of screen-savers per-say, but my colleague Tristan had this great screen-saver on his Mac when I walked pass his desk today.

It’s called Loadsawater and is completely free. It makes the screen go into pool of water mode and looks really nice.

Inside Microsoft’s Xbox 360

posted by Duncan at 11:04 pm on November 18th, 2005

Well it didn’t take long. Not even realised in this country and already someone has pulled apart an xbox360 to show you the insides.

I look forward to ownership but heck! that power unit really is a monster.

One true layout

posted by Duncan at 2:36 pm on November 13th, 2005

I’m just really giving another heads up for this article about creating the definitive multi column layout. I had read it a while back but went through it again yesterday. Really good stuff and nice detailed explanations through-out. If you build websites for a living then this should be read.

Whomwah on rails

posted by Duncan at 9:04 pm on November 8th, 2005

Hurrah! I’ve finally got round to putting on rails. I it took only a morning to get the basic functionality of the old Movable Type powered site up and running, and I still have a way to go to add any complex stuff. But for now I can post stuff and manage that, and that’s a start.

I’ve also decided to use tags instead of categories as I felt a category is essentially a tag, at least it was the way I was using it before. I will add new stuff as I go along so keep on checking.

Oh and also, if you happen to subscribe to the RSS feed then it there is now a new RSS feed url, so update you subscriptions. I will stick a redirect on the old url for now.

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