Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

July 2007

Web Designer Wall - Design Trends and Tutorials


TextMate Blog » Subversion support and ssh key pairs

Simple SVN editing over SSH in Textmate

Revolution On Rails: ActsAsReadonlyable

For forcing read-only in Rails - when using slave databases

Unfuddle: Free Source Control, Bug and Issue Tracking

Looks a bit like Basecamp, but includes source control views

caboose Scale rails from one box to three, four and five

Recommendations on how to scale (Rais) apps from tiny to large

Windsor’s packed with toffs waiting for non-existant taxis to Cartier. They’re getting rather eggy. Bless.

Exclusive Photographer/Videographer : sodafish |

Strategising about how to create more Spare Time : Journal : Mark Boulton

Great way for homeworkers to separate home life from work life: Walk around the block and then leave your shoes on; take them off at the end of the day

Commercial Breaks and Beats :: The UK TV Advert Music Database

Find songs used in UK adverts

YSlow for Firebug

Plug-in to Firebug that recommends steps to provide performance improvements

Blasting the Myth of the Fold - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design

“The next great frontier in web page design has to be bottom of the page”

David Heinemeier Hansson says No to Use of Rails Logo

DHH’s position is that you can use the name to refer to the brand, but not in a way that suggests an official santioning.

Disambiguated URLs with Ruby on Rails

Enabling and using the "root" user in Mac OS X

For when I need to set up my next Mac

Lying in a hot tub drinking champagne and eating handmade chocolates. It’s a hard life.

MySQL Lists: mysql: Connector/J 5.1.2 Beta Released

With CF optimisations. Suitable for MySQL 4.1+ post summaries

Back when I used to blog in my last company…

A List Apart: Articles: Never Use a Warning When you Mean Undo

Try to avoid confirmations - always allow an undo.

ishida >> blog » Personal names around the world 1

My conclusion from this: apps should ask for a full name and then what you’d like to be called if possible.

Hasn’t @flatpackedworld got enough gadgets? Can one have too many?

Woo. Despite what the muppet in the Orange shop said, I can have an upgrade. New K810i arriving Tuesday.

Dogs in office + women = zero productivity. Even my headphones can’t drown out the giggling.

JohnHaney Software - Backdrop

Hide Mac background - useful for presentations etc.

CoRD: Remote Desktop for Mac OS X

RDP client that’s faster than MS’s Mac one.


Trac-like Subversion-integrating system using Rails. Used by Joyent

Framework that sits on top of Asterisk and provides Ruby meta language, database integration, etc.

The Best Page In The Universe.

An angry young man who swears beautifully. I approve.

ScrobblePod - for your iPod

5 htaccess Tricks Every Webmaster Should Know

A Guide to Simple Project Management

A Field Guide to Developers - Joel on Software

What really matters to developers


HTTP accelerator/caching alternative to Squid

Rails Code Audit Tips - Filtered Parameter Logging

All form variables are logged in production log by default. Don’t forget to filter it if taking credit card numbers, etc.

Accordion v1.0 Demo

For Prototype+Scriptaculous

Reset a lost OS X password

Petrol consumption per day (graphic)

Petrol unbelievably expensive in Britain; US cheap despite total consumption

Announcing FogBugz On Demand - Joel on Software

How FB adapted their boxed software to be a hosted app: hired sysadmin, two datacentres, database-managed DNS, database synced LA to/from NY


Micro CMS plugin for Rails


Help manage agile software projects. Free for up to five users

Replicating iPhone Buttons the ‘-webkit’ way! at LaunchPad Blog

Just in case I ever need to create an iPhone app

JavaScript-based Amazon Web Services Simple Monthly Calculator

How much will it cost to use S3, EC2 and/or SQS

Cloaking is ok says Google

It’s fine to use sIFR or text hiding


Use this to make slugs

So long, migrations

Makes so much more sense to me - I hate switching between models and migration files. Can this please be a plugin or in the core and not just Hobo?

Better Image Resizing

Bicubic for making something smaller; bilinear for enlarging

Settling down for an afternoon of the British Grand Prix and the Wimbledon Men’s Final.

Infovore » The CSS Redundancy Checker

List all the selectors in your CSS that aren’t used by any of your HTML.

Keep It Simple, Stupid! (Simple design showcase)

Do keep up @flatpackedworld. Even my Mum’s a pro at Wii Tennis…

Listening to Alex squeal at photos of bunnies


Control iTunes on a remote Mac. Growl notifications too.

Marketcircle: iPhoney

iPhone simulator for Macs

Campfire bots - SVN/Capistrano

Ext JS Blog - » Building a desktop application with Ext, AIR, Aptana and Red Bull

Tutorial for Flash MP3 Player

Coding Horror: The Windows Security Epidemic: Don't Run as an Administrator

Useful arguments for doing this at work

Particletree » Web App Autopsy

Comparing expeirences of Wufoo, Blinksale, Feedburner and Regonline - support, maintenance, revenue, seasonality

Using POP3 to Retrieve Email for Rails App

OmniGraffle Wireframe Palette | urlgreyhot

Life at Google - The Microsoftie Perspective « Just Say “No” To Google

Interesting ideas regarding food and private space