Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

December 2008

@mr_mcd Me too: had my hair cut this morning. New year, new barnet. Best wishes to you and the crew for 2009 btw.

Freezing at the Emirates today. Appallingly cold. Poor performance too but 3 points is 3 points.

Ruby framework Merb to be absorbed in to Rails 3 next year (via @luke_bkk)

Tidy summary of last night’s thoroughly enjoyable evening at Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People:

Off to humanist comedy/music gig for alternative xmas. Dawkins, Gervais, Lee, B&S and Cocker.

Launching Ruby on Rails projects, a checklist

Doesn’t just apply to Rails - great points, many of which are often forgotten in the rush to launch.

The 100% Easy-2-Read Standard

16px body font, whitespace, good contrast, 140% leading. Common sense

Flickr machine tag browser

Ski Lodge (for iPhone)

Feeling pleased but slightly emasculated to have found Mark, an excellent, reliable handyman who can do stuff I can’t

Little sign of a recession in the shops today. Get out of my bloody way!

Nigella’s wearing a silk dressing gown and chopping up a large chorizo. The tease.

Flare | Data Visualization for the Web

AS library for data visualisation in Flash

"Oh bugger, Verified by Visa"

Or how terrible the 3D Secure/Verified by Visa/Mastercard SecureCode experience is for a consumer.

Flickr API - simple PHP class

By Kellen, a Flickr dev

Web Server Check

Find other domains associated with your IP/domain (eg shared hosting)

Loving the new @CampaignMonitor. Elegant yet powerful.

The rabbit prefers the east wing of his house this evening.


Query public APIs and RSS feeds with SQL-like expressions and return JSON(P).

hCard Creator

Fill in the form and it’ll generate the HTML for you

Pattern Tap : Interface Collection for Design Inspiration

Sneak - Save screen captures into a Stack in Leopard

Useful hack to put screenshots in a special folder to unclutter your desktop. The author then uses a stack in his dock to find recent grabs.

Simple Bug and Issue Tracking | Sifter

Pretty bug tracker that could be a serious alternative to Lighthouse

BBC Programmes iPhone webapp experiment

Uses only DashCode - no external JavaScript libraries. With link to the source/github

Lighthouse tickets and Git branching

The Better Payment Practice Campaign

Advice and tips to help small businesses get paid

Villa look strong favourites for fourth place this season. When will Arsenal pull their collective finger out?

Feeling proper Christmassy now. Got home to find that @lilja has put up all the decorations!

Slashdot | Apple releases iPod

The classic “No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.” post.

Bad ISPs

A list of ISPs that shape traffic or do other nasty things to their customers’ internet connection

DD_belatedPNG: better PNG background-image support in IE6

Supports background-position and background-repeat

Why Capistrano won't be supported on Windows

“Microsoft may be an 800lb gorilla, but it’s not my gorilla, and it’s not in my room. If you need to appease the gorilla, that is (with all due respect) not my problem.” Quite right. It’s open source: if people want it to work on Windows they can send modify and send patches.


Perl script that suggets improvements to your MySQL config

HTTP Client - Mac Developer Tool for HTTP Debugging

Includes option to follow/ignore redirects

Ultimate Asset

“Ultimate Asset is recognised as the most progressive digital media headhunters in the UK”

Major Players

Recruitment Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations PR, Design and Digital Jobs UK

Folded Paper Photoshop Brushes

Itching for an excuse to pretend to be a designer and use the “discretionary ligatures” in (free) FF Nuvo:

@micheleneylon Very sorry to hear no-one at WLD has responded to your email. I’ll chase up and get you a response asap

The Konigi OG Toolset is Coming | Konigi

The new version of Michael Angeles’ invaluable Omnigraffle stencil

Jay Fields' Thoughts: Be Your Start-Up

Advocacy for writing, presenting and contributing to establish your own reputation/brand

Using a custom domain name | Tumblr

Tumblr’s simple setup and great help for setting up a custom domain with their service


Minimal blog engine using Sinatra, plain-text files and (optionally) git. Used by Luke Redpath.

The Grid System

Resources and tools for grid-based designs. Good example itself: horizontal and vertical grid alignment with a grid overlay toggler

Ning Blog » The End of the Red Light District

Ning is ending support for adult social networks, citing lack of advertising revenue, illegal content, and legal headaches over frequent copyright violations

Alex Payne | How I Use TextMate

ProjectPlus and Ack are essential add-ons

Git OSX installer

Handy when I haven’t got Macports available

Enjoying some vanilla rum and cherry coke. Girly but tasty.

Catching up on a week’s worth of open tabs with Nick Drake for company.

Addicted to Hamster on a Piano (Eating Popcorn)

oscarwildeday “We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.” Even more so today, Oscar.