I’m a big fan of The Register but I can’t stand multi-page articles. I’ve put a little Greasemonkey script together to make sure I don’t have to deal with them. The The Register Printer Friendly Articles script is now online and ready for use. I hope someone else finds it useful.

Do Cool Shit Every Damn Day Or Die Trying From Tom Peters. In an attempt to do just that, well the first two bits anyway, I’m currently planning my next project; this one is a little different, I know I’m going to fail. It’s not very often you embark on a project not to succeed but to see where and how you screw it up. Sometimes a challenge is just too big and outside of your area of expertise. Read on →

I’ve made a couple of small changes to my Vim URL Shortener script. It now uses WWW::Shorten instead of WWW::MakeAShorterLink, it’s documentation has been tided up a bit and the vim script now replaces all occurrences of the selected URL in a single sweep. It’s not a major upgrade so don’t rush to update.

As the amount of content available online grows, the length of the URL’s required to access it seems determined to keep up. This little bundle of a vim script and some Perl code will convert a long URL into a shorter one (using MakeAShorterLink) at the press of a single button. While the masl.pl script can be used on the command line to shorten URL’s if you’re lucky enough to use mutt as your email reader and vim as the editor within it you can easily shorten target addresses so they slip under the magic 75 character limit that differentiates visited URL’s from my home pages. Read on →

Ever wanted a tag cloud of your Blosxom posts? With just this blosxom-tagcloud.pl script (and three Perl modules from CPAN) you can have one that integrates itself with your Blosxom footer and even allows easy merging of the tag cloud and any static text/HTML you’ve used in the past. I’ve uploaded the initial version of the code and I’ve put up a Blosxom TagCloud page with some more information.

I’ve put another little chunk of JavaScript up in the Unixdaemon Greasemonkey Script repository. This one has makes the CPAN search show 100 results per page. The full CPAN Search - 100 results per page script is now available under the GPL.

I’ve been having a fiddle with the Geo::Google perl module today, the simple explanation is that the module performs geographical queries using Google Maps. And it works well. Just it’s not very accurate… Geo::Google takes an address and returns a longitude and latitude from Google Maps. With these you can create points on your own GMap applications. After feeding it a dozen addresses with different levels of completeness (full postcode, partial postcode, city and town, just city etc.) I’m not that impressed with it’s accuracy when putting locations on the map. Read on →

I’ve just finished upgrading the server that hosts my mail and websites from Debian woody to sarge. The upgrade itself was pretty painless (except for apache vanishing…) and should now allow me to install modern perl modules without a lot of messing around. If you’ve tried to mail me and got a bounce then please retry, everything should be working again now. Of course if it isn’t then you can’t Read on →

I’ve added another little Greasemonkey script, this time for SecurityFocus. If you navigate to an article it’ll notice and shunt you to the printer friendly version instead. This way you get the whole thing on one page and drop the adverts. It’s called SecurityFocus PrinterFriendly Articles and it’s ready for use.

This isn’t one of my usual postings, if you’re here just for the tech then hit delete now. You’ve been warned. Every now and again you meet someone that simply shines. A person that makes your spirit soar by walking in the room and can brighten your day with but a casual smile. If you’re very fortunate, you’ll spend time together and she’ll be someone who continues to grow in your estimation while you worry ever more about how you appear in hers. Read on →