Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

December 2007

Control Suite : High Quality Controls & Widgets for Prototype

Tabs, Modal, TextArea, SelectMultiple, Rating, ProgressBar

Ask 37signals: How do you process credit cards?

Nightly centralised process. Failed charges are retried 3 days later and then 3 days after that and then the account is frozen.

evhead: Will it fly? How to Evaluate a New Product Idea

2007 Logo Trends

half price for halfwits

We’re getting more stupidererer

Baked Sugar-glazed Whole Gammon from Delia Online

The Megapixel Myth

Why megapixels are a terrible way of differentiating cameras

Waterboarding tested

“I’ll put it this way. If I had the choice of being waterboarded by a third party or having my fingers smashed one at a time by a sledgehammer, I’d take the fingers, no question.”

Elance - Outsourcing to freelance programmers, web

Top 5 Favourite Leopard Docks (so far!)

Alternative docks - you simply swap out the pngs

Leopard Stacks icons

No need to install anything - sits in front of all other icons

Rails monitoring - RM-Manage by FiveRuns

Rails server monitoring at $40pm. Also comes with BrightBox’s 512Mb+ package

Ace Jet 170

Inspiration from old typopgraphy

Updating RubyGems and Rails in Leopard

Blogging from the Ballpit looks a very cool place to work. My last office involved much throwing of balls, but have taken it up to 11.

DRAG-ing Your Design Down - How To Style Yourself To Anonymity

“Drop-shadows, Rounded corners, And Gradients” - they’re everywhere

Who has the world's oil vs who consumes it

Amazon SimpleDB thoughts

Odd that it doesn’t support full-text search and, especially, sorting. Not liking that query syntax much either.

Announcing SunSpider 0.9

JavaScript benchmarking

CSV to vCard

Amazon DevPay

Billing and accoument management services for apps built on top of EC2 and S3. Tracks resource usage and bills your customers.


PDF indexer and organiser with features for creating a paperless office

The Bible According To Google Earth

What would biblical scenes look like from Google Earth?


Automatic shadow maker for Google Maps icons


Ruby API for Google’s charts

Google Zeitgeist 2007

Newseum (Again) - Very Short List

Newspaper front page has two photos; the first is of a named man putting up decorations while second is a CCTV grab of a purse being stolen by an “unknown man”. How did the newspaper staff not spot the similarity before going tpress?

Christmas shopping done. Time to begin gorging myself with food and wine!

Planet Erlang

Stifflog - Having Fun With Erlang

Dive into Erlang

Written from a rubyist’s perspective

Lyla Captcha for ColdFusion


Module for nginx to caches pages or pass through to the application if not found


Stomp messaging server with file/dbm/memory/activerecord based FIFO queues, queue monitoring, and basic authentication.

Ignore Files and Directories in Subversion

ColdFusion 8: Enable File, Image and Flash upload in the rich text editor

Amazon SimpleDB

Launch announcement of SimpleDB

The Electrofriend: Amazon SimpleDB and CouchDB compared

Softies on Rails: TextMate Snippet for RESTful Controller

Yahoo! UI Library: YUI Compressor

Java based squisher for Javascript

Anxiety - Lightweight To-do Management

HUD Mac todo app

2007: More Web Design Trends

Cartoon characters, swirls/flourishes, broken borders, big RSS icons, textured designs, rich colours with grey background

CommandShift3 - It's like Hot or Not for web design

Lovely design and quite fun to boot

About This Blog: Memcached

Caching strategy for a blog using Memcached

Jelly -- Working together is more fun for everyone!

Co-working for people to work together at home. Good for freelancers it seems

CSS2/DOM - Styling an input type="file"


Rip a page’s assets down in one go. To try

Disqus | Welcome!

Add-on comments system. Could be useful for a Tumblr tumblelog


Similar idea to foamee - show appreciation to a friend

WriteMaps Site Map Application: Create, edit, and share your sitemaps online.

LiveValidation - Validation as you type

Beanstalk — Hosted Subversion for team leads

James Clark's Random Thoughts: Thai personal names

Thorough breakdown of Thai names and each part’s significance

Ticket secured for Radiohead in London… only seven months to wait!

24 ways: Minification: A Christmas Diet

Optimising HTML, CSS, PNG and Javascript

iPhone on Rails - Creating an iPhone optimised version of your Rails site using iUI and Rails 2


Make fake data - useful for screenshots or examples

Ask 37signals: Installable software? - (37signals)

Why 37s aren’t big fans of making/supporting installable apps

Rails.Savvica: Email Veracity Plugin

validatesemailveracity_of :email

Null is Love » Blog Archive » Testing in Rails: Part 4 - Unit Testing in Rails

11 Tips on Hiring a Rails Developer

The Complete Guide to Adding Error Handling to Your ColdFusion Application : Raymond Camden's ColdFusion Blog

Ninja Proxy | Fast, free, anonymous web browsing with

Web-based proxy

caboose new controversial default rails session storage: cookies

Discussion on the rights and wrongs of storing session data in cookies

Riding Rails: Rails 2.0: It's done!

DHH’s summary of new features

The Pragmatic Bookshelf | Advanced Rails Recipes

Up-to-date for Rails 2.0

Ciarán Walsh’s Blog » SVNMate

TortoiseSVN style information within Textmate’s project drawer

My lounge is now filled with a stupidly big tree that we bought from local gypsies. It was @liljauk’s choice. The rabbit is now eyeing i …

Adobe Delivers Flash Player 9 with H.264 Video Support

FP9 Updater 3 now available

A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell

Brooker's 10 Biggest Cocks in Advertising

The Perfect Cup of Tea (PDF)

For Matt and Lauren

Amazon S3 REST Wrapper [ColdFusion]

Zendesk. Help Desk 2.0.

Best of CSS Design 2007

It’s the end of the year and so time for a best of web design list. Although the “CSS” in the title almost put me off, this is great web design, not just great CSS design.

The new BBC homepage

Big logo + old skool clock

The Battle for Blue on Flickr

Corporate logos grouped by colour

YouTube - Chocolade Haas

Artwank video of chocolate bunnies melted with an iron, heat lamp and hairdryer

BBC - Radio Labs - Radio Labs - Perl on Rails

The BBC Radio Labs chaps have made their own Rails clone in Perl

Amazon Web Services EC2 Ruby Gem

Ciarán Walsh’s Blog » QuickLook and TextMate

JSLint, The JavaScript Verifier

Useful one-page tool to validate Javascript