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 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 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 →

I’m a big fan, it’s saved me storing my bookmarks in three different formats and provides easy access from anywhere; all for free. I was however surprised to see “Bookmark with” links in the articles on both O’Reilly’s ONLamp and sites. Still anything that gets the service more exposure can’t be a bad thing.

I like and mostly use it to read the journals. I don’t like to login in and I don’t like having to expand the comments so I can see them all in one page. So I wrote the nested comments greasemonkey script. And now I don’t have to :)

I’ve been doing some fiddling with Greasemonkey recently (I need to buy a modern book on JavaScript, mine are all four/five years old and the landscape has some what changed!) and I’ve found some quite useful user scripts. My favourite one so far is a mostly innocuous script called theO’Reilly Network Printer Friendly Redirect. It does pretty much what you’d expect, instead of getting an article cut across four or five pages it shows the complete version in a single page. Read on →