Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

November 2007

mod_rewrite Cookbook

Several very handy recipes

Blog of Subvert Marketing Inc. - The world’s top 10 interactive agencies

The criteria for entry seems to be how influential the agency is in terms of standards, accessibility, usability and other standardista stuff

Radiant Core: Blog: Deconstructing Facebook Beacon JavaScript

Very useful walkthrough of Beacon, cutting through the privacy furore and explaining the process

@timblair when you say “extra hair”, do you mean “some hair”?

ColdFusion Amazon S3 REST Wrapper

Making Internet Explorer use PNG Alpha transparency

I’d always thought this trick didn’t work for CSS backgrounds but apparently not so. To test…

Screenshots And Details On Upcoming MySpace “News Feeds”

Wakoopa blog » Blog Archive » Keep updated with our new alert system

A Facebook Newsfeed-like concept for what’s happening in their system

openswitch: Incorporating hAtom into Textpattern

The Dilbert Blog: Going Forward

How Scott Adams lost visitors to Dilbert because of his blogging

Plugin: create better urls with has_wfid - RailsOnWave Ruby on Rails web 2.0 Ajax

/projects/1-install-ubuntu/milestones/3-order-a-free-cd instead of /projects/1/milestones/3

Amazon Web Services Developer Connection : Don't Get Caught with Your Instance Down

Monitoring EC2 VM instances using Ruby

Rails Envy: Acts_As_Ferret Tutorial

Bamboo Blog - Database Optimization for Rails Apps

Google: "I'm feeling lucky" button costs Google $110 million per year

(because it means the user doesn’t see Google’s advertising)

A List Apart: Articles: How to Size Text in CSS

BIND for the Small LAN

Chad Fowler's Facebooker

Elegant Ruby wrapper for the Facebook REST API

Wondering if my flawless ex colleagues are trapped in some sort of soft focus lens bubble or perhaps victims of an airbrushing madman.

Joyent: Facebook Developer Program

Free year’s hosting on Joyent servers for Facebook apps

InfoQ: Introduction to BackgrounDRb

For scheduled tasks in Rails

Using MacPorts(DarwinPorts) to install Ruby on Rails, MySQL, Subversion, Capistrano and Mongrel on Mac OS X

I only really needed this for setting up MySQL5 on Leopard using Macports. Remember - you must use +server or the plist isn’t created - How to create a secure (HTTPS) OS X webserver

IP to Location Service

Specify ipaddress parameter and it returns XML string with the country associated with the IP


Another social Twitter bot. Great idea, well executed

Online beautifier for javascript (js beautify, pretty-print)

De-obfuscate Javascript

blueprintcss - Google Code

CSS framework providing tight control of grids and typography

HTML Purifier

Standards compliant HTML cleaner in PHP

flickrSLiDR - Embed Flickr Slideshows within Your Site

Generates the HTML needed to insert an iframe.

Lightbox 2

Great modal effect, either for previewing images or any other overlay

Amberjack: Site Tour Creator - Simple. Free. Open Source.

Plops an overlay onto your actual site for easy site tours

Coding Horror: Don't Forget To Lock Your Computer

The act of vandalising someone’s unlocked computer is called “goating” apparently

men who look like old lesbians

Ask 37signals: How do you test your software? - (37signals)

Something I’d been wondering: how DHH tests

Rail Spikes: Textmate: remove unnecessary files from Rails project

Makes searching in files much faster


Simple website that makes favicons

KYTCR Part 1: Backups

MySQL and SVN offsite scripted backups

Hungry Machine Blog: Super fast IP to lat/lng in Rails

Determining Next Date with Excel -

Unit Testing with ColdMock To Dynamically Generate Mock Objects

Helps you test just the CFC you’re working with, mocking external objects. Uses onMissingMethod - part of CF8

The seven rules of unobtrusive JavaScript

How-to: Proper Gmail IMAP for iPhone & Apple Mail

Pleased that our Houdini rabbit has turned up in one piece. Little monster.

EC2 on Rails

“Deploy a Ruby on Rails app on EC2 in five minutes”

Email design and spam testing just got easy with Campaign Monitor

A $10 test in multiple email clients, including spam filter scoring

Bamboo Blog - Google's OpenSocial with Ruby on Rails


Directory of Prototype plugins


A Synergy style app for controlling Macs

Amazon S3 in Europe - All Things Distributed

S3 storage coming to Europe

Rail Spikes: iPhone subdomains with Rails

Neater ways to handle iPhone visitors to your Rails app

Things that you can touch and those which you cannot

SimpleBits ~ Introducing Foamee

“I owe you a beer” app built on top of Twitter

UJS Rails Plugin—Unobtrusive Javascript for Ruby On Rails

CakePHP : The PHP Rapid Development Framework


Write and host a Rails app all-in-one

Prototype 1.6.0, 1.8.0, and the Bungee book now available

Notes on the new features in 1.6

Subtraction: The Elements of My Style

How to design like Khoi Vinh

Third time’s a charm « Davidville

Tumblr now at 3.0


“An open protocol to allow secure API authentication in a simple and standard method from desktop and web applications.”

hcard - Microformats

XFN - XHTML Friends Network

Represent human relationships with links

lolinator: i can haz websiet? - malevolent design weblog

Take a normal website and make it LOLcats tastic

Introduction to Ruby

Beginner videos, including OO concepts

Server Backup with Amazon S3 (Howto)

'Cool Cash' card confusion

Depressing lack of numeracy. “I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher - not lower - than -8 but I’m not having it.”

Coveting Super Mario Galaxy.

The Daily Star's unique approach to promoting RSS feeds

The Star’s genius method of getting people interested in RSS: “You know….we could get a topless bird to hold the RSS icon”

Ordered a 250Gb drive ready for a fresh install of Leopard on my MacBook. Old 80Gb is going in an enclosure so I won’t need to do a backup. - reusable applications built with Ruby on Rails

I’m getting Leopard in the morning. Ding dong the bells are gonna chime.