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Local development certificates done properly

Yesterday I finally lost my patience with the developer’s eternal problem of having to skip the untrusted self-signed certificate interstitial warning screens, and so I decided to solve it properly. The problem has got worse recently due to a combination … Continue reading

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The Toast Test

A long time ago my friend’s mum’s toaster broke, so she sent it back to the manufacturer. They serviced it and returned it back to her with a note saying it was all working, have a great day! She plugged … Continue reading

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Introducing Systematic Review Assistant

I’ve been busy. Since July last year all my spare time has been taken up with a new initiative which I am now proud to launch into “early beta”: a systematic review assistant to help perform the laborious task of … Continue reading

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Dusted off – Troposphere word cloud renderer

Troposphere is a word-cloud rendering plugin built in Javascript on Canvas using Fabric. https://github.com/scipilot/troposphere It has a few artistic options such as the “jumbliness”, “tightness” and “cuddling” of the words, how they scale with word-rankings, colour and brightness. It also … Continue reading

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Trialling the ELK stack from Elastic

As part of my ongoing research into big-data visualisation and infrastructure and application management tools it came to give ELK a test run to check if it’s suited to my needs. I’ve already looked at a few others (which I will detail … Continue reading

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PHPUnit-Selenium2 Cheat Sheet

My PHPUnit-Selenium2 Cheat Sheet Here are a few snippets of how I’ve achieved various tasks, some tricks and patterns in phpunit/phpunit-selenium v2.0 – targeting Selenium2. I’ll try to keep this updated with more techniques over time. Screenshots I wrote this small … Continue reading

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MOTIf v2.0 – responsive redesign

After 8 years the MOTIf website was starting to show it’s age, visually at least. While I have performed regular technical updates to keep it browser compatible and futureproofed, we made a fixed-layout decision (rather than fluid) in 2007 and so has … Continue reading

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UK Archeaology Project 08/2015

I’ve always had a love of history and archaeology, but only ever dabbled, mostly during house renovations in the UK and Australia, but have always worried about not doing it properly.  While on a trip to the UK in August … Continue reading

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Mac’s Maker Project 2011 – A Junkpunk Chandelier

For our annual visit to Mac & Helen’s in 2012 we thought we’d try to make a chandelier. We wanted one that would fit with the style of our old house which has a certain combination of simple, basic, slightly rustic Georgian-Victorian with … Continue reading

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Pip’s Maker Project – Stirling Engine #1

Yesterday I received a long-awaited package from overseas: my first Stirling Engine! I became fascinated by them a few years ago, when I discovered this “long lost” invention from 1816 which I think when combined with modern materials and manufacturing could … Continue reading

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