Convention ÷ Configuration

I’ve long been sold on the concept of Convention Over Configuration. For me it’s a no-brainer, not only am I lazy, but when I am forced to make a decision about something technical, well, let’s just say the number of times I get it wrong is > 0. Recently I’ve been playing around with Maven, something I should have done years ago. Maven seems pretty sold on the convention idea too and so I just expected a simple project to work “out of the box”....

May 18, 2009 · 2 min · matt

The web in 3D!

Download Google Chrome 3D edition as created by CADIE. But don’t forget to download and print your 3D glasses otherwise it’ll be all fuzzy: You’d be a fool not to try it 🙂

April 1, 2009 · 1 min · matt

What’s the best sim-only mobile contract?

OK, I know, it’s a bit of a silly question because everyone has different needs, but these are mine: 1 month rolling contract — I don’t want to be stuck with the contract for 12 months Keep my number — I rummaged through the boxes in a BTCellnet shop years ago to get my number and I’m going to keep it Unlimited internet — Well, a fair usage of at least 1GB, and I don’t want to get charged if I go over, I just want a warning Some free minutes — To all networks of course Some free texts £25 per month or less So far, the best I’ve found is the solo-20 plan at T-Mobile:...

March 31, 2009 · 2 min · matt

Keep your filling knife clean

I’m no expert when it comes to DIY. Enthusiastic amateur I’d say. I fumble my way along, guessing how things should be done, and generally learn the hard way. I needed to do some more filling today to plug the holes I’d left from my poor skirting board fitting skills. My filling knife however was caked in gunk after a few years of not being cleaned properly. I kept it clean when I first got it, it was new and I took good care of it....

March 2, 2009 · 2 min · matt

Voucher codes and promo wotsits

It’s 2009! Our digital lives are a breeze and online shopping is just one more option to the newly empowered consumer. Right? I’m sure I’m not alone in finding the process of buying anything a little tedious now: See something in the shop you like Decide not to buy it because you don’t know if that’s a good price You get home and look on the internet Now you have to poke around a few websites and try to work out which is cheapest when you consider postage and tax etc....

January 22, 2009 · 3 min · matt

Audio Stalking

I’m just writting this as a holding place for funny things I overhear. Little bits of someone else’s conversation caught out of context. I hope this is just the beginning or a lifelong reel of quotes that I append to as funny things enter my ears from the mouths of unaware passers-by. I’m starting it because I just heard: “How did it survive being cooked in a flapjack” I have no idea what she was talking about, and to be honest, I don’t want to know....

November 28, 2008 · 1 min · matt

Fixing the volume up key on a nokia N95

I recently got my hands on a nokia N95. Great. However, I soon realised that the volume up key doesn’t work, only down works. This was a little unfortunate since it is the only key capable of turning the volume up of music when played with the music player software installed on the device. Something I definitely needed to do once I had managed to turn the volume down to zero percent....

November 19, 2008 · 2 min · matt