Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

October 2007

Prototip - Tooltips for prototype

How to install ColdFusion 8 on Leopard (OSX)

Stop Textmate reloading the projects drawer

Essential if you’re working with a non-local project

Redirect To SSL Using Apache’s .htaccess

Automated backup to Strongspace with rsync, Automator, and Highrise - Vox

Another Strongspace/Automator backup recipe - this one uses rsync, Highrise and Growl

Automated Backups with Transmit and Strongspace

Uses Automator

Ruby password strength calculator

a work on process » A Ruby on Rails OpenID Server

Ryan's Scraps: What's New in Edge Rails: Fixtures Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Anything that makes fixtures easier is good for me Amazon S3 SLA


How serves images using S3

Rail Spikes: My First Rails App

Worst practices noted after reviewing the author’s first few Rails apps


Mac VNC client that Rui Carmo rates

Facebook, Defined Networks, and the Inverse of Metcalfe’s Law - Publishing 2.0

The more users, the less valuable each additional user will be

jwz - PSA: backups

Buy two backup drives that match your laptop’s and external drive housing. Backup every night onto the first and use the third to take away for an offsite backup

chuckling at the audio torture I no longer have to endure. Thinking it must be @timblair

Always Crashing in the Same Car

Richard E Grant and Paul McGann short film, their first appearance since Withnail and I

BusyMac - BusySync for iCal

iCal synchronisation across Macs on a LAN

Techcrunch comparison of current (October 2007) web video services

Upgrading to Prototype 1.6: real world examples

Much neater and more efficient

Http-https transitions and relative URLs

Didn’t know this - href=“//” maintains the HTTP/HTTPS state. Very handy for checkout pages

Economical Use of Amazon S3 with Ruby on Rails

Playing Video with JavaScript (AIR) | Kevin Hoyt

A List Apart: Articles: Findings From the Web Design Survey (2007)

mf-optimus - Google Code

Open source code for the Optimus microformats transformer (in PHP)

Adactio: Journal - Ignorance and inspiration

Depressing comments showing the lack of understanding among so-called web people towards accessibility. - Random Swearword Generator!

Enoying the footballing masterclass by Arsenal on ITV4

My mojitos are the best. Top tip: use lots of mint leaves.

Annoyed that Hamilton isn’t winning and is therefore making me waste my life watching boring F1.

Recovering from his ex-workmates trying to kill him with evil shots. Great night though! Thanks peeps.

Calling DS owners: the new Zelda game is fantastic. Get it.

Locking up the office myself because everyone’s buggered off at 5.45. Slackers.

Doing HTTP Conditional Gets in ColdFusion

Look for the ETag and Last-Modified

XSS (Cross Site Scripting) Cheat Sheet

Screensavers - Best Of | Graphics

Lovely collection of screensavers - both free and commercial

Let them sing it for you

Type words and it will play sound clips of the words from music

Pillar on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Flickr in-jokes and geekiness

evhead: Pageviews are Obsolete

Amount of time spent is far better

Adactio: Journal - Semantic brevity

Practical examples of using microformats neatly and naturally

Rails on the Run - Sexy charts in less than 5 minutes

Rails Envy: "How I Learned to Love Testing" presentation

Video presentation on Rails testing: TDD and BDD with RSpec

Digital Web Magazine - jQuery Crash Course

How to disarm 10 difficult client observations/requests

Seamonkey Mania

Eclipse Mylyn Open Source Project

Task integration between Eclipse and Bugzilla, Trac and others

17 Web 2.0 Sites Optimized for Your Wii

glTail.rb - realtime logfile visualization

Watches logfiles (Apache, Rails, IIS, MySQL, etc.) and displays pretty effects – The smarter way to find local businesses

Great UK based (London first) community review thing finding directory site

NoseRub - The home of decentralized, social networks

Aggregate all your friends’ stuff in one place Video Conversion in Ruby on Rails

I want my money back. Lulu’s ‘Shout’ is not eighties music.

Adactio: Journal - The password anti-pattern

Asking users for their Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo email and password to find their friends is bad: “it’s a horrible precedent that teaches users to be phished”

London Cakes

Mmm… cake.

Vlad the Deployer

Rails Rake based simple deployment gem

Prototype 1.5.0 Cheat Sheet -

InnerFade with jquery

Slick fade in/out effects

Multiple Database Connections in Ruby on Rails (ActiveDelegate)

Enables master/slave replication arrangements - write to master; read from slave

Digital Web Magazine - Client Side Load Balancing for Web 2.0 Applications

Coding Horror: Computer Display Calibration 101

Dynamic CSS | Ruby on Rails for Newbies

Sass: plugin to support dynamic CSS in Rails

ThinkGeek :: The ThinkGeek 8-bit Tie

You don’t have to be a miserable emo kid to wear it though

Thinking that children should be seen and not heard. Especially when he’s trying to bravely do some shopping.


Rails plugin extracted from Dopplr that extends your User model to add contacts from the user’s Gmail, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and any Microformats supporting site

Brightbox - Ruby on Rails hosting

New VPS (or Virtual Dedicated Server as they call it) Rails host based in the UK. Tight website and nice gem-based deployment

Media72: Web Hosting Services - Shared, Rails, and Reseller Hosting

Reasonable UK based Rails hosting

Run CF7 and CF8 side-by-side with the same Apache server

FlexiScale - Utility Computing On-Demand

UK based competitor for Amazon’s EC2 scalable hosting

TubeJP: London Tube Journey Planner

Google Maps mashup with Tube/bus routes


Multi-protocol IM client for Windows and *nix

Adobe - Developer Center : Introducing ColdFusion 8

What’s new summary from Ben Forta. Compelling stuff.

Jimmy Carr - Wikiquote

Like most people, I hate Jimmy Carr. But this list of quotes is actually OK

Dress Code Guide