Tiny Tiny RSS – A replacement for Google Reader

So they finally did it, Google killed Reader, as the news broke on Wednesday evening the internet erupted in howls of anguish, how could they take away something so vital? Supposedly its death is due to declining usage and Google’s desire to focus on fewer products but many suspect it is simply another casualty in the […]

Python tools for the MCP23017 I/O Expander

I’ve been playing around with the MCP23017 I2C I/O Expander on my Raspberry Pi a bit more this week and as I mentioned in an update to the last post I’m now running this 3.2 kernel that has hardware I2C drivers for the Pi. The next step was finding a better way to control the […]

The Emperor’s New Desktop?

This post is a bit late but I wanted to make sure I was settled in my decision on Unity, Ubuntu’s new desktop. I had been running Ubuntu Natty Narwhal on my test box since before the first alpha so I was quite familiar with Unity and its quirks and initially I wasn’t a fan […]

Installing Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the HTC Desire

As a follow up to my Android 2.2 guide from July here is how to install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the GSM HTC Desire using AdamG’s Oxygen V2.0 Gingerbread ROM. This is a clean ROM built from the Android Open Source Project aka AOSP so doesn’t have HTC Sense. If you like the Sense UI […]

Sniper SelfTrack App for Android

One of the driving forces behind my switch from the iPhone to Android was the ease and openness of the development platform and that development didn’t require a Mac. It didn’t take me long to get stuck into the SDK and I am pleased to say that my first Android app has been published onto […]

Installing Android 2.2 Froyo on a HTC Desire

After over 18 months as a very happy iPhone 3G user I decided it was time to make the switch to Android with the wonderful HTC Desire. As a long term Linux user Android would seem to be my natural place and with the Desire the hardware seems to have pretty much caught up with […]

Has Firefox lost its way?

Photo credit: Garrett LeSage I’ve been hearing a lot of dissent in the Firefox-using ranks lately and have to say that I have been feeling some pain myself, on multiple machines and different operating systems. Once heralded as the lightweight, reliable, alternative browser, Firefox seems to be becoming slower and more bloated with each release. […]

3 Quick & Dirty WordPress Plugins

Photo credit: Nikolay Bachiyski I’ve added a page with three very quick and dirty WordPress plugins I made and use here. They are very simple and were made for my own use so those that need configuration don’t have any settings pages, you will have to edit the plugin file manually, not that they require […]

Spotify – Free the music

I’ve been raving about streaming music service Spotify to anyone who will listen for a while now… Financed through very infrequent and unintrusive ads or a rather expensive £10/month subscription, Spotify is the latest attempt to save the music industry from piracy, and it’s making a big impact. The application is available for Windows or […]

XBMC Fox For YouTube

I was recently pointed in the direction of XBMC Fox, a useful Firefox extension that adds a new option to the right click menu in Firefox which will send URLS to XBMC (Xbox Media Center) for on screen playback. Dead handy but it doesn’t work for YouTube though… so I’ve modified it so it does. […]