Parasite Firefox extension

Today I have released Parasite, my Firefox extension (add-on) which enables switching to the same page between hosting environments. In other words, you want to open the same URN on a different domain name. Useful when working on a Web project that has multiple hosts/staging servers.

For more info and screen shots, visit the Parasite page or install from Mozilla Add-ons.

matharden and WordPress sitting in a tree

I’ve given up with MovableType. I’ve always liked it, but it’s just too difficult to do some simple things. The template/widget system is too confusing. I got very frustrated trying to remove file extensions from post URLs – I can’t believe they don’t make this easier to do. The final straw was when I somehow couldn’t allow comments even though the option seemed to be on in the admin.

WordPress 2 has so many great features and is a joy to use. I’ve taken me about 30 mins to sit down and get it all set-up including importing posts from MovableType. It took longer than to update MovableType from version 3 to 4! Let’s see how I get on with WordPress.

Twitter feed added

Not much blogging going on yet, but I’ve added my micro-blog feed from Twitter today. At least I’m serving bite size nuggets of my mundane existence for you to scoff whole.

Courtesy of Damien du Toit’s neat little jQuery plug-in. This little feature uses JavaScript, so if it doesn’t appear it may be because that’s not available.

Since the move to WordPress I am no longer using this JavaScript plugin, but rather the WordPress plugin Twitter Tools.

Website design and web development

Brainfire is a freelance web design and web development company based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, near Hemel Hempstead. Run by Mat Harden, a passionate and experienced web designer, Brainfire specialise in standards compliant accessible websites. Services include web development, website help and updates, web standard and semantic coding of existing designs, HTML email marketing, bespoke website application development, PHP development, ASP development and web consultation.

For all enquiries, email info@brainfire.co.uk.

I am not Brainfire Group

Occasionally I get requests from misguided companies (and lawyers) asking me to sell or hand-over domain names they believe have been registered by Brainfire. I’m am not a cyber-squatter. I do not register domain names in the hope that large corporations will pay huge sums to recover. Unfortunately for me a company called Brainfire Group does. Brainfire Limited and Brainfire Group are two entirely separate entities.

All I know about Brainfire Group is the following:

  • They register domain names to the their address in Calgary, Canada
  • They are involved in a number of domain name disputes with Nominet
  • They have been involved in one of the few legal cases that have used Wikipedia as a court source

If you want to discover who has registered a domain name, use a WHOIS lookup such as the Geektools Whois tool.

Backyard Theme Park

Last Wednesday there was a novelty story in the Metro about a metalworker in Indianapolis who built The Blue Flash rollercoaster in his own in his backyard. It might not have made it into the RCDB, but I thought it was great. There should be more of this sort of thing. Like that guy who … Continue reading “Backyard Theme Park”

Last Wednesday there was a novelty story in the Metro about a metalworker in Indianapolis who built The Blue Flash rollercoaster in his own in his backyard. It might not have made it into the RCDB, but I thought it was great. There should be more of this sort of thing. Like that guy who put a fake shark through his roof.
Anyway, it reminded me of the backyard monorail I found on the web about a year ago. Maybe these guys should get together and make a backyard amusement park?

Where the hell is Matt?

No not me, I’m here. I mean, where the hell is this Matt? A video of a guy called Matt dancing some ridiculous dance in many amazing locations around the globe. A chewing gum brand caught wind of it and sponsored him to do it all over again – nice work if you can get … Continue reading “Where the hell is Matt?”

No not me, I’m here. I mean, where the hell is this Matt? A video of a guy called Matt dancing some ridiculous dance in many amazing locations around the globe. A chewing gum brand caught wind of it and sponsored him to do it all over again – nice work if you can get it. I think it’s quite well known now, thanks to YouTube. Thanks to Matt, who pointed this out to me (about 3 months ago).

Living Designs

Friday saw the release of the new Living Designs website. It’s a gorgeous looking site (sadly not my design) with simple navigation, which as always, turned out to be quite complicated to create. Each section has a different link colour, instantly multiplying style sheet code. I love the second level navigation. The page you are currently on is marked by a simple break in the bar on the left. I think this is a great effect.

This was the first time I used the jQuery library, which came in very handy for the unobtrusive JavaScript pop-ups.

Currently Living Designs appears eighth of page 2 in Google’s global search. Hopefully this will move up over the next week.

Not a dog but a blog

I’ve been meaning to blog it since he launched it. And I’ve been meaning to blog it since Andrew mentioned it. I’ve added a link to it. Now, I’ve just read iFridge? and I think it’s about time I finally got around it.

Colley.me.uk launched on 11 May 2006. Apart from being my gigging buddy he’s also one of my favourite have-a-little-chuckle-to-yourself-over-a-lunch-time-sandwich wordsmiths. Check him out!

Shame you can’t write comments though. I got done by one of those smart-pants mini bars when I emptied the whole damn thing to put my water in there. Next thing I know, there’s a bill at my door.