Archive | August, 2009

Slideshows and Galleries using JQuery

In my life long quest to avoid having to use Flash for anything more than the most simple banner ads, I have for some time been using JQuery for menu effects, slideshows, and other bits of visual eyecandy. After hunting around and using a few of the available offerings kindly donated by the open source community, I have found four scripts that stand out as the ones that get used again and again – I’m just putting this list here so I can find it myself!

I have used these bits of code in various client projects, and the results are always great, don’t require flash, leave the content readable by google etc, and are pretty much browser proof thanks to the JQuery framework.

The flying agoraphobic

It’s been difficult to make the decision to write this, but I figure if it helps anyone else then it’s well worth it. If it puts any customers off then it’s probably for the best. I have never let one of my customers down in over 7 years of trading, and frankly I’m getting too old to live my life behind a veil of secrecy! Read More…

Color or Colour Management Problems and Firefox 3.5

I’m putting this here to help anyone else out there who uses a colour managed workflow and has found problems with Firefox 3.5. This is primarily for people using Mac OSX, but the same principles will apply to Windows users. Read More…

Spam and the evil catch-all/default email address

Spam is a royal pain. Dealing with it incorrectly can take a huge chunk out of a server’s resources. Setting your catch-all or Default Address and effective use of Forwarders can reduce the amount of spam you receive by half, or more – and helps reduce server loads, helping everyone!

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Setting chmod/chgrp/chown on multiple files in Linux

This is a handy bit of syntax for updating files and directories on you linux machine where you might have to traverse a number of subdirectories. Use this CAREFULLY! If you are logged in as root you can do untold damage if you accidentally forget to accurately describe your starting path!

As an example, the following will set all directories below and including the present working directory to chmod 755.

find ./ -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;

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Google Maps – How to find co-ordinates

A useful way to find the exact latitude and longitude for any point on the earth is to double click the location in google maps – this will centre the location on screen and make it the origin point for the google map api… then just type the following into the address/url bar of your browser, and you will be given the exact co-ordinates.


Great for geo-caching, or planning those cross country routes.