Welcome to the Blog

This is a collection of the random musings I've managed to commit to type. There will be a mix of technical, personal and general garbage but hopefully something of interest. To view an article, please select it from the list below.

Why I'm Not Running an Ad Blocker

Web Ads - a drain on resources or a necessary evil? In this post I argue for the latter. Click and read why. 21st September 2015

Tracking Outbound Clicks

A simply JavaScript solution to tracking clicks out of your website. No jQuery required. 12th May 2015

Subtitle Tools

A simple online tool to perform subtitle adjustments. This is a Work in Progress that I'll expand as and when I find stuff in my own collection that needs fixing. 25th March 2014

C64 Screenshot Challenge

Test your knowledge of C64 game screens with this fun little game based on Catchphrase. 15th September 2013

Atari 2600 Box Art Quiz

Test your knowledge of (or simply marvel at the irrelvence of) Atari Box Art in this spectacularly underwhelming quiz! 2nd September 2013

Minecraft Redstone Lighthouse

A guide to creating a lighthouse effect in Minecraft using Redstone lamps and repeaters. 29th August 2013

JavaScript Konami Code

How to create an event that triggers when a user enters the Konami Code into your website. 29th August 2013

Parallax Wallpaper Scroll

How to achieve that groovy vertical parallax scrolling effect with minimum effort. 21st August 2013

LazyTown 'You are a Pirate!' Lyrics

Lyrics and video from LazyTown's incredibly addictive 'You are a Pirate!' song. 18th August 2013

Billy Ze Kick

Discography of Billy Ze Kick, aka Nathalie Cousin and friends. 1st October 2012

Memory Stick Capacity Scam

Fancy spending some cash on a nice new memory stick? With prices as low as ever you may be tempted, but be sure you know what you're buying. 12th April 2012

Triple boot XP, Win7 and Ubuntu

A guide to configuring your system to allow OS selection on startup - XP, Windows 7 or Ubuntu. 16th January 2011

Philips HDT8520 Freeview+ HD PVR

Philips Twin-HD Freeview+ PVR is a good looking little machine with terrible software, only saved from being dumped into the Reject Bin by a software update. Read on for thoughts, experiences and suggestions. 21st December 2010

Shell Script to Update Multiple WordPress Installs

Updating WordPress can be a pain if you're a host with several installations, all of which require updating to the latest version... 5th December 2010

Amazon Kindle 3 Review

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past year or so you can't fail to have heard of the Amazon Kindle and the impact that the device has had on the eBook and eBook Reader market. 7th November 2010

Two Weeks in Tokyo

Back for more: A second trip to Tokyo for two whole weeks of geekiness including the Tokyo Games Show. This time K as decided to tag along... 1st February 2010

O2 (UK) Ltd Prepay Slough Mobile Phone Scam

An explanation of why you're seeing items from 'O2(UK)Ltd Prepay Slough' on your credit and debit card statements. 1st February 2010