Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

February 2006

Using Ruby on Rails for Web Development on Mac OS X

What (will be) new in Rails 1.1

The Tao of Mac - HOWTO/Switch To The Mac

Rui’s guide to switching to/setting up a new Mac

Putting your DVDs on a video iPod

I wonder how long these links will stay up for. Until then it’s a handy round-up.

Airbag - Fl.ower.

Write-up of the design process for

Blackhole Media - Noise

Pink/white noise generator to help you concentrate

qliner hotkeys

Free Windows hotkey configuration tool

Standardista Table Sorting

Another Javascript library to sort tables

ozimodo's list of tumblelogs


Rails-based tumblelog engine. Very flexible and elegant.

TrimSpreadsheet - TrimPath - Trac

Open source Javascript spreadsheet


Elegant tabs using CSS and Javascript

Jonas Maurus’ » I’m sorry, but PHP sucks!

While I’m not a fan of PHP, every language/platform has its drawbacks

Ajax latency

Demo showing the effects of latency on an autocomplete control

SwitchProxy | Round Two

Firefox extension to allow proxy switching. Can facilitate anonymous browsing with automatic switching between proxies

Avoid Within-Page Links (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

“On the Web, users have a clear mental model for a hypertext link: it should bring up a new page. Within-page links violate this model and thus cause confusion.”

My new tumbleloggy playground for geeky rubbish. I appear to have attracted some guest bloggers too.

Prototype Dissected -

Wallcharts detailing methods/properties from Prototype 1.5.0_pre0

JSON for the masses

Truly the best thing since sliced bread - Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator

It seems like yesterday that I was emailing people Dack’s original Web Economy Bullshit Generator…

Matthew Paul Thomas » Blog Archive » How to type French characters

Mac and Windows key combos

GrApple - Aronnax`s Firefox Themes

Make Firefox more OSXy

Building aB: Customizing Lightbox

Another take on the “Lightbox effect”


Buy legal documents to setup UK companies - recommended by Ryan Carson at the Future of Web Apps conference


“Deskduck is a nearest thing you can get, excepting other stuff with better ducks, to having a duck inside your own computer.” Reminds me of something similar I had on my Archie back in the day

Upload progress bar demo

Shows a progress bar while uploading files inline

Yahoo! Developer Network: Graded Browser Support

Subversion tips: working with branches

Textile for ColdFusion

Not a complete feature set (currently), but useful nonetheless

Yahoo! UI Library

This is just wonderful. BSD-licenced UI goodness

Unable to instantiate logger class 'com.mysql.jdbc.log.Log4JLogger'

Note to self: when using CF, MySQL and the Connector/J driver, adding “logger=com.mysql.jdbc.log.StandardLogger” to the connection string stops this from happening

Inlab: Balance

Simple but powerful generic tcp proxy with round robin load balancing and failover mechanisms

Dissecting MySQL Fulltext Indexing

Current style in web design

Simplicity, whitespace, big text

Flickr: Creative Commons

Photos categorised by their CC licences

Rails Best Practices, Tips and Tricks

(actsasauthenticated is the author’s recommended authentication system)

ColdFusion Open-Source Project List

I didn’t realise there was so much CFOS stuff out there


A disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows


Exposé for Windows. Hit Windows-F12 to see all open windows at once. Doesn’t work for the non-primary monitor though

Export JPEG with Flash/PHP

A nifty little technique that uses the getPixel() available in Flash 8 to read each individual pixel in the flash player and send the colour values to a PHP script, which reforms the exact view of the flash player as a static JPEG

Encytemedia: Working With Events In Prototype

Great tutorial on Prototype’s event listeners, binding, objects etc.

Kiwis craft first iPod-integrating bed | Reg Hardware

Made from gorgeous Rimu wood and contains LCD screen and Bose speakers. Mmm.

Particletree · Lightbox Gone Wild!

Modal dialogs using the Lightbox technique of faded backgrounds

TextSTAT - Free concordance software for Windows and Linux Localizing Flex Applications

Flex 2 beta has built-in (compile-time) localisation support


Book publishing tool and service. Pretty site too

Variable fixed width layout | clagnut/blog

Techniques using Javascript and CSS

SonSpring | Deflecting Digg

Wow. Forget Danish cartoons, Mohammed is depicted in marble form on the walls of the US Supreme Court.

Codemasters : Games : Sensible Soccer - PS2

Sensi Soccer - the greatest footy game ever ™ - new version coming soon!

KennettNet - PodUtil

Free, elegant solution to transfer music from an iPod