Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

April 2009

Doves were superb tonight in Reading. An immense live band. Can’t believe that’s the first time I’ve seen them. Lumps in throat throughout.

Thought from last night’s football. Jonny Evans is a dead ringer for Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy creator.

I’m at Internet World, the conference for suit wearers who get excited about “enterprise CMS solutions” and other nonsense.

@deepfried Great band and great times in Wellington. Hope you’re well mate. It’s knocking on eight years now since that NZM2 night!

@mr_mcd I’ve never seen you and Jimi Goodwin of Doves in the same room. Are you hiding a stunning secret gift and double life?

Nevertheless, some decent chats about sending email on a large scale with some enthusiastic providers. Off to Reading Hexagon to see Doves.

@ian_winter Grappa? Hardcore stuff Mr W. I’ve bad memories of mornings after grappa. Get some water in you man!

@taryneast I’ll be the last human alive!

@hobbsy Jealous. I’ve still not got had the EPG update so can’t get ITV HD. Watching in blurry SD is insulting my eyes :(

Peeping into memcached

Find out what’s happening under the memcached covers. With examples on how to buld load the data into MySQL for analysis.

Twitter API Wiki / Sign in with Twitter

Details of how to use Twitter to authenticate users via OAuth, pitching it head-to-head with Facebook and Google.

Glyphish — Icons and resources for iPhone developers

Another iPhone toolbar icon set, this time free

Start Panicking!

Comprehensive demo of the link colour sniffing trick. The aim is to get browser makers to block the vulnerability.

Is it time to move beyond 960? ~ Authentic Boredom

Cameron’s analysis suggests it is, although a sub-1024 size is still best

Online dating takes an upward turn as the recession bites

Combine newly merged Match and Meetic (DatingDirect) together and ignore PoF (because they’re free) means we’re No. 2 in the UK dating market

Bunny (Ruby AMQP client)

Bunny is an AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol) client, written in Ruby, that is intended to allow you to interact with AMQP-compliant message brokers/servers such as RabbitMQ in a synchronous fashion.

@MissSpanna That’ll be the gout. You’re getting on a bit now old girl :)

Champagne, seafood and a hot tub. I’m at the lovely Crab in Chieveley with @lilja. Might stay here I think.

Attention marketing/biz people: when you post a new entry on your blog you are not “writing a blog”. It’s like nails down a blackboard.

@brianhogg a rogan josh is a lovely type of curry, usually with lamb in the UK. Much nicer than the creamy curries we tend to eat. Yum.

@drewm You put your left leg in, your left leg out, in, out, shake it all about… #songswithinstructions

While the cat’s away the mice will… do all his chores and settle down for a quiet rogan josh in front of the telly.

On the day the government offers £2K incentive for scrappage of old cars, my mechanic hands me £350 bill for work on my 10 year old Polo.

@onion2k Thanks very much! Our acc mgr has now emailed a list of the new URLs, but their new support pages are still not up AFAIK. Bah.

@brianhogg works well for my dev team at @wld.

How not to rebrand: Protx is now SagePay but all of the Protx payment gateway URLs we use have now broken overnight.

soundamus - personalized feeds of new and upcoming music releases

Put in your username and it’ll give you an RSS feed or .ics of your favourite artists’ upcoming album releases

The Road to HTML 5: Link Relations

Mark Pilgrim’s guide to link rels, with an HTML5-focused commentary

17 Videos Covering Basic Ruby Tech[n]iques

iPhone UI Vector Elements

Illustrator files for use in designing iPhone interfaces

eddit: Shop: iPhone UI Icon Set

Comprehensive set of icons for use in iPhone apps as toolbar buttons

Flickr: Discussing manufacturing style photo URLs in Flickr API

Using a base58 conversion of photo IDs, like base62 but without 0, I, I and l. PHP function used by Flickr

The rugby in the Twickenham sun was lovely this afternoon but the stupid football ruined things. Should’ve just gone straight home.

Suffering Friday lady tunes here in the @wld office

@rickjones501 Woofer and tweeters? That’s no way to talk about @MelKirk and co.!

In Recruitment mode… Interviewing two good-sounding Rails developers this afternoon. More later this week too.

Integrating Flickr into your Rails website

CFML Advisory

Committee website for the advisory board. Sean Corfield and chums talking about Railo, ColdFusion and BlueDragon

20 articles on Cucumber

What all the cool kids are using for tests

Teaser page design inspiration

Pretty signup form teaser pages, collated by Campaign Monitor


jQuery plugin to provide native animations, navigation for mobile webkit browsers - targets iPhone, G1 and Pre

Sphinx 0.9.9-rc2 - with SphinxQL

It now pretends to be a MySQL database so you can write SELECT queries

Scheduled Tasks With Cron for Python - Google App Engine - Google Code

I think I’ll be using this. I especially like the natural language way of specifying the cron jobs - “every 5 minutes” for example

Already grumpy from being poorly, I’m unimpressed with having Lady Sovereign interrupt me on Spotify. Go away and leave me with Doves.

@rosswilliams An away goal would do nicely, as would some more white blood cells

Stewart Lee returns in 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'

Wonderful self-review of his new series, published in Time Out.

2009 Rubyist's guide to a Mac OS X development environment

Up-to-date (currently) opinionated list of the author’s Mac Rails setup with Git, MySQL, Vim, gems and Fluid apps

iPhone Developer's Roadmap

Books and resources for iPhone app development

Tropicana Line's Sales Plunge 20% Post-Rebranding

That’s quite some drop off. Product recognition is so important. (via Kottke)

My sweepstake horse was second in the #grandnational. Lazy. Ready for the glue factory.

9:30 and the server monitoring screen is green. Fingers crossed it stays that way…

@dusti Wowza. Congratulations to you and Teina. If the littl'un is half as talented and lovely as her parents she’ll do fine. X

The @wld dev team are now settling in to our big new office. I’m filling in as patching monkey.

I got Comply or Die in our #grandnational sweepstake. Pleased with that and rather appropriate given my mood today.

@cronkshaw Check the date! You’re really not paying attention today ;)

flightcontrol 91. Damn those big fast planes…