Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

November 2008

Things Caches Do

Many things I didn’t know, including how to use last-modified and etag cache validators.

Top 100 Albums of the 1990s | Pitchfork

Let’s just give up egg chasing shall we? We’re clearly not very good at it.

@dlythgoe TTD? The Tyranical Dictator?

Finally got tickets booked for Arsenal v Pompey on 28th. This season’s flying by.

@flatpackedworld what do you mean “inner” geek? You don’t do a very good job of internalising it.

More on developing naming conventions, Microformats and HTML5

Good idea. Why not use HTML5 compatible class and ID naming conventions?

Holiday Gift Guide (Little Paper Planes)

Pretty things that may make handy presents for her

Simon Schama on the ultimate spaghetti bolognese

Embarking on my first season in newly bought Football Manager 2009. All free time about to be completely absorbed.

Feeling sad about Woolies’ demise. Where will one buy “stuff” now?

Dating Toolbox: 120 Sites For Singles To Find Love

Posted back in April, but still useful. Includes Singles365 and

Kissing my twenties goodnight. Bring on the slippers!

Is scheduled downtime okay?

Opinions on what consitutes downtime and how much is acceptable - Obtaining a user's geographical location based on their IP with GeoIP and ColdFusion

Simple guide to implementing MaxMind’s free/commercial GeoIP service using Brandon’s prepared JAR. Worked first time and finished integration within an hour.

Sequel Pro – MySQL database management app for Mac OS X

CocoaMySQL with a pretty skin

Create with Context - How people really use the iPhone

Interesting to see how even expert users are confused - I’ve made a few of these mistakes too

graze - nature delivered

Healthy munchy stuff delivered in the post

IconShoppe ~ Square Dance

$39, multi-colour icon set

Beej's Python Flickr API

Code: Flickr Developer Blog » On UI Quality (The Little Things): Client-side Image Resizing

Make IE6/7 resize images smoothly. Flickr uses these techniques to show 75x75 images at 48x48

Train replacement buses are the shittest way to start a night out. Grrr

Waiting at home for my new washing machine. It doesn’t get more exciting than this.

@flatpackedworld but what does it mean when your poop is green?

@sharcky don’t pretend you’re not a Spears fan

Worst. Bug. Ever.

Anything you type on (current version of) Android is also executed at the shell as root! So you can of course rm -rf /* Debug code can be a very dangerous thing.

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Ghostly fingers of APIs (Phil Gyford: Writing)

School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design

(As you’d expect from Airbag) an attractive, well-designed grid layout. Great whitespace and balance

@font-face in IE: Making Web Fonts Work — Jon Tan 陳

Jon suggests using both @font-face and .eot files to support both Webkit and IE

Code: Flickr Developer Blog » Counting

RRDTool/Ganglia for analysis at Flickr. Counts to a log over UDP.

google-caja - Google Code

“Caja (pronounced "KA-ha”) is “virtual iframes”: it allows you to put untrusted third-party HTML and JavaScript inline in your page and still be secure"

Coding Horror: The Problem With URLs

Includes example regexs to parse URLs in text

Particletree » How We Prepare a Demo

Tips on using Keynote and screencasting when presenting

Researching washing machines. Mine is finally kaput

Falling in love with Marion again

Load Testing With Log Replay

Describes how to use HTTPerf and Apache log files to simulate real activity on a site when load testing. Rails focused, but should be applicable elsewhere

Everyone still excited here in NYC after Obama shenangians. Back home tonight.

Enjoying the Autumn sunshine by NY Public Library. Nicely relaxed here.

Off to NYC in a few mins. Quite excited actually