Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

August 2008

Safely in Miami but rather scared by the heat. Planning to remain air conditioned throughout.


Find the best seats on the plane before checking in. Very handy for online check-ins.

Narked with Royal Mail for failing to deliver my camera in time for going to Miami. Special Delivery is clearly not very special.

My arm has been violated by a mosquito

Handsoap - Geekologie

Quite literally hand soap

Scaling Out

Facebook’s two data centres: for each update they include instruction in MySQL replication log to expire the object in memcache. Whenever user updates their data a cookie is set and for next 20s the LB uses Level 7 to send them to the master data centre so the slave has time to catch up and expire the cache.


White label video speed dating, 50/50 share of advertising revenue

iPhone GUI PSD

Handy for UI mockups for iPhone app development

Doing actual real work for a change and finding it hard. Trying to resist the natural impulse to delegate.

Apple iPhone 3G Skins | GelaSkins


Love the web design, love the t-shirts

Workflow Voyeurism : Kevin

How Kevin from Wufoo keeps his Mac and himself organised


Very fond of this font. Used by the Wufooers – Quality Control

Graphs, meters, warning bears and lots and lots of tools. How keeps running

What Makes for a Good Blog?


Everybody loves Sparklines


White label socal networking platform

Living the VIP lifestyle at the Emirates. Far away from riff-raff.

Little Gordon

“Grow some bollocks, yeah?”

Still chuckling about an IT recruiter’s demand for a 35% introduction fee. Parasites the lot of ‘em.


Hugely useful MySQL parameter. The post’s author says he’ll often design an application without indexes and then use this parameter (in development) to add indexes where needed campaign to target single men

“Too Many Women” - ads to be shown on Sky Sports, Bravo, Setanta and MTV

Thanking @ryancarson and his team for popping in to the office for a spot of blue sky thinking :)


PHP Function Reference - Dashboard widget

Inbox Heaven - The Ultimate Email Setup

Use Gmail and only Gmail. All accounts in one.

Gmail Shortcuts (printable cheatsheet)

End of Life for PHP 4

As of 08/08/08. Time for all ISPs to support PHP5 then

WebDAV on Apache

Configuring WebDAV in Apache guide. Handy for iCal

TextMate Plug-in: ProjectPlus

SVN/Git, project panel (instead of drawer), display folders first and other tweaks


Change interval or set up periodic backups

Taking social networks abroad - Why MySpace and Facebook are failing in Japan

Partnering with local providers in Japan has provided success for Yahoo. Mobile more important than web for accessing services

Moodstream™ by Getty Images

Pick a mood (or tweak the advanced settings) and get a stream of images and videos from the Getty Images database to inspire you

Web Development for the iPhone

Building an iPhone Safari app - viewports, CSS and JavaScript

iPhone SDK Articles

Building a native iPhone app

Pinging back and forth from Windsor to London.

Beta testing on iPhone 2.0

ID Selector - Making OpenID easier

Drop down button to select popular OpenID providers - for newbs

960 Grid System

12 or 16 column grids with templates for Fireworks, OmniGraffle, etc.


Prototype/Canvas powered charts

Social Networking Trends (first half of 2008)

can’t be arsed really

Thinks having an iPhone is pointless on a train with almost no mobile signal. This is Surrey, not Mars.