Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

January 2008

JavaScript Pretty Date | John Resig

Format boring UTC timestamps as “3 weeks ago” using Javascript

Facebox 1.0

Facebook-style dialog boxes - use an image, div or remote page. Built on jQuery

Digital Web Magazine - How To Build A Facebook Application

Detailed walkthrough of building your first app

Jive Talks: XMPP (a.k.a. Jabber) is the future for cloud services

Tivo now uses XMPP to update its boxes rather than polling every 15 mins

EveryBlock: A news feed for your block.

Delicious looking locality info site. Evolved from

Geonames: Postal Codes

Free (CC Attribution licence) web service for postcode lookups. Lat/Lng results in JSON.

The Rails Way (Amazon UK)

Prototype cheat sheet


Scroll to a specified position within a scrollable block

GTD Software Online for Getting Things Done » Vitalist

Web-based with a free plan


Contacts/Calendar syncing across virtually everything

RailsConf Europe 2008

Berlin, 2-4 September

recovering from brain freeze after eating wasabi peas

With friends like these ... Tom Hodgkinson on the politics of the people behind Facebook

Murky owners, murky terms and conditions

Apple Firmware 1.1.3 un-bricks iPhones

Time For A Grown-Up Server: Rails, Mongrel, Apache, Capistrano and You


MySQL tool for Mac

Account Sign-in: 8 Design Mistakes to Avoid

Flex Frameworks

hkit - Google Code

PHP microformats parser A Resource for Ruby on Rails Developers

Rails portal

SolRuby - Solr Wiki

Using Solr with Ruby

Memcaching Rails — err.the_blog

Using memcache with Rails

Capistrano cheat sheet

My Rails Toolbox — err.the_blog

Scale rails from one box to three, four and five

Snipplr - Code 2.0

Snippets site, with download bundle for easy adding to Textmate


Unix system management and monitoring. Is used by some Railsers to restart naughty Mongrels


Documentation for Userplane’s Webmessenger

Moist in anticipation of my new work iMac which UPS say is “out for delivery”

The MacHeist bundle is now fully unlocked I see. Tremendous value for around £25.

How can I process Excel files in CFML?

That’s read AND write

Podcasting Equipment Guide at Hivelogic

Recommended hardware/software


Dynamic Javascript plotting library using jQuery


Light-weight persistent queue server that speaks the MemCache protocol. It was built to drive Twitter’s backend, and is in production across Twitter’s cluster.

PlentyOfFish Architecture | High Scalability

PARSHIP: Find someone really right for you

Personality matcher dating site - Share and remix data using open standards

Bringing together lots of fun stuff in one place

PlentyOfFish: From 10 Hours a Week, $10 Million a Year - New York Times

Markus Frind interviewed in the NYT

Book: Pro JavaScript Design Patterns, by Ross Harmes and Dustin Diaz

Write OO JS with design patterns like decorators and facades

Automatically Version Your CSS and JavaScript Files

Tip for rewriting URLs to CSS/JS to promote client-side caching

The jSkinny on jQuery — err.the_blog

Includes links to useful jQuery plug-ins


Downloadable tumblelog engine in PHP/MySQL

Obviously: Help Wanted: Office/Operations/Executive Assistant/Master of Miscellaneous Domains

Quirky way to hire office help

Fifty Two Percent

52% of people who shop online do product research at - via the comments

Just played Pearl Jam’s Even Flow on Guitar Hero 3. Worth the price of the game on its own. The hairs on my neck are still tingling!

In a car.

Reading Tim’s tweet about being bored of reading other tweets while in a car.

User experience design, research and strategy :: Flow Interactive

London-based UX agency. Worked with the Guardian, EasyJet and others

Design elements from Wufoo

Things - task management on the Mac

Currently in alpha but looks fun to use


Lightbox JSON web app server framework, built on Ruby

Undo commit in subversion (svn) -

Knox—Simply secure encryption and backup for Macintosh computers

Create secure vaults, USB sticks and external drives

Working with Flex, AIR, and SQL

Windsor Christmas Recycling

jQuery Tag Suggestion

Works just like’s tag suggester, over Ajax or pre-determined

Topography/Embdedded Media Page

Common placing of elements on popular media sites

mofo - a ruby microformat parser

Hpricot-based Ruby Microformats parser

god - process and task monitoring done right

Ruby-based monitoring framework - alternative to Monit

Adactio: Journal—Hacky holidays on the iPod Touch

Guide to jailbreaking the iPod Touch