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I'm Christopher. A twenty-something graduate,
star gazer, aspiring triathlete, vegetarian, reader
and writer, cinemaniac and lover of life in general
Born, raised and currently residing in sunny Bristol I work as a Web Developer for Ents24, bringing you the easiest way to see what's happening your area. Okay, okay, you got me. Bristol isn't even that sunny. I do, though, have a decade of experience under my belt working with PHP and MySQL, building applications used by hundreds of thousands of people from all four corners of the globe.
This site exists primarily to permit myself writing about technology, tips & tricks and life in general. You can follow what I am currently reading and listening to over there on the right hand side. You can follow me on Twitter where I occasionally spout something witty.
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There are many alternatives (Balsamiq and Go Mockingbird, to name a few) and haven’t delved too deeply, but looks like a solid (free, for now) alternative.
Handsontable is a minimalistic approach to Excel-like table editor in HTML & jQuery. Now with column and row headers!
Making good-looking graphs shouldn’t be hard. Morris.js is a lightweight library that uses jQuery and Raphaël to make drawing time-series graphs easy.
Git allows groups of people to work on the same documents (often code) at the same time, and without stepping on each other’s toes. It’s a distributed version control system.
Seems as though the jQuery team are planning on dropping support for IE 6/7/8 in jQuery 2.0, expected to be released in early 2013. Now, although I don’t particularly like IE, I think that might be a little too aggressive a development path. Unfortunately few people still use IE 6, a little more 7, and quite a chunk 8.
I am thrilled to announce the arrival of a new stable version of Node.js. Compared with the v0.6 releases of Node, this release brings significant improvements in many key performance metrics, as well as cleanup in several core APIs,
Researchers have clocked light beams made of “twisted” waves carrying 2.5 terabits of data – the capacity of more than 66 DVDs – per second.
Ratchet is a component library for PHP that provides developers with the tools to create real time, bi-directional applications between clients and servers. This is not your Grandfather’s Internet.
Test your regular expressions with live matching and custom string matching.
Google Maps users may soon find it easier to plan a trip on some of England and Wales’s waterways. The search engine has teamed up with the Canal and River Trust, a charity that will be in charge of the two countries’ water network from July.
We have been meaning to add this kind of functionality to Signable for a while. Will have to add it to the ever-growing todo list.
Resize your browser to reveal just a handful of the kind of devices you should expect web pages to be viewed on.
Still no real “hands on” with the newly announced Microsoft Surface, but it looks as though it will integrate well into their product line since it runs Windows 8 (whether that will be a full or stripped version is as yet unknown).
PlayThru is the next generation of online human verification. It is designed to be more simple, more intuitive, and more fun than the current CAPTCHA options. We use game mechanics to create an experience that is more enjoyable than solving that awful squiggly text.
I have actually created this exact plugin for our internal CMS – I might look into releasing it into the public after this.
Not sure how manu years Linux users have waited for an update, but it seems to finally be here!