What Hard Drive should I buy ?

Interesting article on Backblaze’s Blog. I have generally purchased WD Hard Drives in the past so hopefully I will be ok.

c/o The Loop

Superhero Noir Posters

This concept artwork is fabulous.

c/o Harry Marks


Subbuteo – Fond Memories

The guys at The Football Attic have been doing some sterling writing recently about one of my favourite childhood toys, Subbuteo. Highly recommended reading for those of us that are of a certain age.

New Belkin FastFit Bluetooth Keyboard announced for iPad Mini

FastFit Bluetooth® Wireless Keyboard Case for iPad miniThis popped up in my twitter stream today c/o Paul Dixon. I love my iPad Mini’s form factor and weight but I love my iPad 3 with it’s Zagg Folio Case which makes typing so much easier for me so the FastFit keyboard case for iPad mini which they say is the lightest and thinnest enhancement to your iPad mini experience could just be the accessory that condemns my iPad 3 to the bookshelf for ever.

Linking PHP includes used in files triggered by cron jobs

This is more of a reminder than a tutorial, when using PHP Includes in files triggered by CRON jobs you cannot use the normal relative links in your include or require statement you have you include the full server path to the file.

To do this you can use __DIR__ if the version of PHP you are running is greater than 5.3 like so:

<?php require_once(__DIR__.'/path/to/directory/file.php'); ?>

jQuery Mobile 1.3.0 Beta Out

jQuery Mobile 1.3.0 Beta has just been released. Find out more here and download and have a play with the new features.

Coventry City vs Preston North End – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Semi Final

Well what a night. In recent years having gone 2-1 down after taking the lead from an excellent finish from Steven Jennings we would have rolled over and had our tummies tickled but this new city side is made of sterner stuff under the stewardship of Mark Robins.

The introduction of Franck Moussa in the 74th minute gave us a little more impetus going forward and our pressure finally told in the 92nd minute when Moussa’s cross fell to Jordan Clarke on the right hand side of the box and his deft little touch gave Carl Baker the chance to power home at the near post through the keepers legs to level the tie and then Leon Clarke sent into sky blue heaven by winning it in the last minute after their keeper could only parry Bakers shot back into his path.

So now we progress to the area final to face either Crewe or Bradford for a chance to play at wembley.

Community MX Open House

I am a big fan of Community MX and from 24/12/2007 through to 1/1/2008, they will be celebrating the holiday season with an Open House! Every one of over 2400 articles and tutorials will be free to read. Find out what you have been missing as they open up the vaults for a peek inside all the great stuff that happens there every single day.

You will still need to be a member to download support files and use the forums, but the great news is they have a number of affordable subscription options available. And if you come across something you just have to have, you can always buy just that article to get the download. You can browse their Categories page, or use their Advanced Search to help find just what you are looking for.

New Site Launch

My company launched a new website today for William and Elinor’s ski and holiday chalet.

This site presented some new challenges as it needed an availability calendar for both properties that they have, a map on how to find the chalet in France and I wanted to take take advantage of the newly installed Apache 2 zlib component on my server.

The availability calendar was built by hand using an idea suggested by Joe Makowiec allied to a previous booking system I had built for a Motel Site and some ideas taken from a DMX Zone Tutorial and with a little perspiration I ended up with a system that was simple for Elinor to update but powerful enough to give the results required.

The Google Map was created courtesy of WebAssist’s Pro Maps for Google extension which proved extremely simply to implement once I had the necessary information from William and Elinor.

To improve page load times I wanted to take advantage of the Apache 2 zlib component and the comments on this article gave me the clue I needed and I created a .htaccess file with the following code:
<filesmatch “\.(php|html|txt|css|js)$”>
SetOutputFilter DEFLATE

that does the job nicely, if you have the Web Developers Toolbar installed in Firefox choose Information -> Document Size to see the results.

Sri Lanka take the spoils

Any team with Muttiah Muralitharan playing in their own back yard are always going to be a difficult proposition but when England dismissed them on the 1st day for only 188 the door was more than ajar. But England’s batting proved fallible  and Ian Bell apart  no-one performed over both innings whilst Kumar Sangakkara proved what a class act he is with the highest score in both innings.