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November 2010 Archive (48 posts)

Photo Gallery: Jessica in NICU Week 3 (2010-11-29) | Week 3 of little Jessica being in the NICU following her early birth. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Clean Food? | I'm glad to see Achilles is particular in terms of what he eats. You know, choice selected, clean food. Though I'm not so sure that I am all that impressed with him cleaning his food in the shower rather than in the basin like normal people ... (My Life)
Cosplay Sundae: Meer Campbell (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED) | Cosplay Sundae is on hand to boost my web traffic once more, this time featuring that sneaky imposter Meer Campbell from that voracious fan driven franchise, Gundam SEED. And the cosplayer? None other than cosplay plus photoshop queen, Kipi! The Gundam franchise with all of its ... (Cosplay)
Ubuntu Server: Maximum Compression of a file Using 7za | Just a quick one-liner to remind me how to ultra compress a file using 7za instead of the bog standard gzip which I always seem to automatically turn to because its the only one I can remember out of my head! Anyway, the command to ultra ... (CodeUnit)
Ubuntu Server: Enable Nano Syntax Highlighting | Although newer versions of Ubuntu (10.04 and up) already come with the helpful nano syntax highlighting enabled, older versions don't - though thankfully switching this on is pretty simple to achieve. To enable nano syntax highlighting for a user, first copy the nanorc file to the ... (CodeUnit)
PHP: Strip Non-Alphanumeric Characters out of a String | Sometimes it comes in quite handy to strip out all the non-alphanumeric characters from a given string. Of course, we could just use a bog standard preg_replace with a valid regex to achieve this, though the result of doing this might result in a non-readable ... (CodeUnit)
jQuery UI: Remember Your Open Tab | The jQuery UI library is a brilliant collection of official jQuery UI widgets and effects, one of them being the extremely useful Tabs widget. Tabs allows you to shorten a page by placing bits of a page's content into their own little "tabs", which can be ... (CodeUnit)
Olympus Tries on a Dressing Gown | Okay, it is fair to say with all this blog coverage regarding my premature, newborn daughter fighting away in the NICU, not much time has been giving to the other, more furry scallywag Country Mews Lotter Clan members, namely Achilles and Olympus. So here's the update ... (My Life)
Jessica’s Journey Home: Day 9 | Monday 22 November and another good day for Jessica. Although back on the CPAP for its oxygen assistance (well actually just for its monitoring at the moment really). Jessica is now taking in 4 ml of my Mooman's produce, with Steri and Stumpie still performing ... (Jessica | My Life)
Hey, All of a Sudden I'm a Winna Winner! | Hey, how did that happen? I blinked and all of a sudden I became a winna winner! Thanks to the blokes over at the excellent xboxgaming.com, my name was drawn out of the digital hat and I get to walk away with a cool hamper and ... (My Life)
Blood: The Last Vampire | It is 1966 and not much is known about the demanding Saya, other than that she is quite young, prefers to carry a katana and slices and dices some very unsavoury things, working in the employ of some shadowy organisation. Oh, and she's also what ... (Anime | My Reviews)
LastPass: How To Delete All Saved Vault Items at Once | LastPass is a fantastic password vault application available over a number of different platforms and with a huge range of rather useful features that includes things like automatic form filling, one-click login, synchronization across browsers and of course bullet-proof password management/storage. Our quick little how to ... (CodeUnit)
The Google Closure Minifier App | I've mentioned Google's cool Closure javascript minifier project here in these pages before, but now I seen they've gone and put up a fantastic app that makes it as simple as a snap of the fingers to generate your own minified versions of your existing ... (CodeUnit)
Boland Year-end Development Championship 2010 | And over at Funakoshi Karate International South Africa... On Saturday 6 November, at Scotsdene Sports Hall, Boland Karate held its final senior tournament for 2010, aptly named the Boland Development Championship. A number of styles and dojos were invited to compete, including the Spartans who came ... (Martial Arts)
Jessica’s Journey Home: Day 8 | Sunday 21 November and its another good day for little Jessica. It was a later visit in the afternoon than normal, thanks to our partaking in a fabulous lunch with both sets of newly appointed grandparents over at the Montgomery Stronghold, where Robert had set ... (Jessica | My Life)
Cosplay Sundae: Maya Natsume (Tenjou Tenge) | It is cosplayer Riyu Mimose's turn to impress us this week for our usual Cosplay Sundae entry, bringing to life one of Tenjou Tenge's most prolific manipulators: Maya Natsume! Skilled mangaka Oh! Great's Tenjou Tenge was a violent combination of all out martial arts, drama and ... (Cosplay)
PHP: File Upload Error Code | When handling file uploads via enctype="multipart/form-data" forms in PHP, you'll be pleased to know that PHP doesn't just leave you high and dry but instead returns some pretty helpful error codes to let you know when something goes wrong. The following is a comprehensive listing of ... (CodeUnit)
Jessica’s Journey Home: Day 7 | Saturday 20 November can go down as another good day for little Jessica, with three bits of good news coming through. First, she is now up to 1.5 ml of Chantelle's milk per hour, with a decrease in the amount of artificial nourishment that she was ... (Jessica | My Life)
Jessica’s Journey Home: Day 6 | Day 6 (Friday 19 November) marked the first day of both Chantelle and I operating out of Gordon's Bay, meaning that for the first time we couldn't just walk around the corner and say Hi to Jessie every five minutes! After a nice shower, we confirmed ... (Jessica | My Life)
Photo Gallery: Dean's 30 Birthday Brunch (2010-11-20) | Dean invited everyone out for a fantastic breakfast get together, in celebration of his 30th birthday. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Jessica’s Journey Home: Day 5 | Thursday 18 November, Day 5 of Jessica's journey marked the end of Chantelle's stay at Kuilsriver Hospital. Finally the medicine had started kicking in and Chantelle's blood pressure was showing signs of coming down nicely. Doctor Albertyn was happy and as such had no more ... (Jessica | My Life)
Eyeshield 21 (Volume 5) | Powerful: Wimpy Sena Kobayakawa has been running away from bullies all his life. But when the football gear comes on things change - Sena’s speed and uncanny ability to elude big bullies just might give him what it takes to become a ... (Manga | My Reviews)
An Easy WinSCP alternative in Ubuntu | I make heavy use of WinSCP to transfer project files across to our production servers from my Windows development machine. Recently though, I needed to switch to my Ubuntu machine here at home to carry on with my development, and needed a quick replacement in ... (CodeUnit)
Ubuntu: Change the File Size Limit for phpMyAdmin SQL Dump Imports | Working with the web-based phpMyAdmin can sometimes be a bit of a lesson in frustration, particularly when you start bumping your head against its various limitations. One such annoying limit is the default 2MB upload limit applied for SQL file imports. The good news is that ... (CodeUnit)
Jessica’s Fight Back: Day 4 | Jessica's fourth day of living in this great big world with us went a lot better than the previous day. She had a good night, coming through without any hassles, her jaundice is beginning to show signs of receding nicely, and she appears to be ... (Jessica | My Life)
Photo Gallery: Jessica in NICU Day 4 to Day 17 (2010-11-17) | Day 4 through to day 17 of little Jessica being in the NICU following her early birth. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Jessica’s Fight Back: Day 3 | So while day 1 and day 2 left us with a positive taste in the mouth, unfortunately day 3 had to bring us back down to reality a bit, before a final chance moment that left us invigorated with hope once more. So let's elaborate a ... (Jessica | My Life)
Jessica’s First Big Miracle | So the good news is that we've already received our first big miracle. We learned yesterday from doctor Edson that the initial x-ray of Jessica's chest was not good at all. The x-ray showed up her chest as being completely white, in other words rock ... (Jessica | My Life)
Photo Gallery: Jessica in NICU Day 3 (2010-11-16) | Day 3 of little Jessica being in the NICU following her early birth. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: Jessica in NICU Day 2 (2010-11-15) | Day 2 of little Jessica being in the NICU following her early birth. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
World, Say Hello to Jessica | On the 14th of November 2010, a full 8 weeks to early, our precious little dribble monster entered this world, kicking and screaming, and most important of all - alive. Small, but alive. Both mommy and daughter are doing well. And daddy? Daddy is of ... (Jessica | My Life)
Cold Wataah! | Eish, I've been living in my new home for well over a month now, so you would think I'm fairly familiar with it and can operate around pretty much blind by now. You would think so wouldn't you? Well not based on this morning's evidence, no. So I ... (My Life)
Photo Gallery: The Birth of Jessica (2010-11-14) | By far the single greatest crowning achievement of my life (and the most worrying) was the birth of Jessica (even if she was so excited to be here with us she arrived a month or two early!) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
We need Your Prayers Please… | We thought we were in the clear. 31 weeks and 4 days had already passed, and apart from some very swollen feet, Chantelle and little unborn Jessica were doing absolutely fine. That all changed yesterday. Chantelle spent Friday night at the guest house, pampering herself with a ... (Jessica | My Life)
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Cosplay: Stocking (Asami Uki) | Asami Uki brings today's cosplay to life, featuring non other than the zany Stocking from Gainax's current outrageous anime offering: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt! Director Hiroyuki Imaishi's Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is the latest zany offering from powerhouse anime production house, Gainax, and is ... (Cosplay)
Slam Dunk (Volume 3) | The Challenge of the Common Shot - For a self-proclaimed genius such as Sakuragi, executing a dazzling slam dunk is no problem at all, but what about some other basketball moves that require a bit more finesse? With the help of Haruko (and some goading ... (Manga | My Reviews)
Photo Gallery: Our 1 Year Anniversary Lunch (2010-11-07) | We didn't exactly celebrate our one year wedding anniversary in style due to certain circumstances, but we did at least manage to nip out for an enjoyable lunch at Mama Roma's in Stellenbosch. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Cosplay Sundae: Ayane Mudou (Hayate X Blade) | Shizuru Hayashiya's school girl sword-fighting manga makes its first appearance here in Cosplay Sundae today, with the talented cosplayer Miyuki bringing the demure Ayana Mudou to life! Tenchi Academy is an all girls' school that offers the regular teaching syllabus you would find in any other ... (Cosplay)
Photo Gallery: Boland Karate Year-end Tournament (2010-11-06) | On Saturday 6 November, at Scotsdene Sports Hall, Boland Karate held its final senior tournament for 2010, aptly named the Boland Development Championship. A number of styles and dojos were invited to compete, including the Spartans who came all the way down from Ceres in ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Ubuntu: Create a Subdomain under Localhost | As a web developer I need to juggle a number of projects on my development machine all at once. The simple way to get around accessing these various sites is to set up a number of subdomains under localhost, one for each project. In other ... (CodeUnit)
Ubuntu: How to Install NetBeans IDE for PHP Development | I enjoy using the powerful NetBeans IDE for all my PHP web development work, and believe it or not, installing it in Ubuntu is actually pretty simple to achieve. First, download the necessary .sh install file from http://netbeans.org/downloads/. Ensure the platform is set to Linux (x86/x64) ... (CodeUnit)
Dead Space: Downfall | Finally, the discovery of the mysterious alien artefact, the second "Marker" Earth has been hoping it would one day find. Located deep within a dead planet by a local mining team, plans are soon launched in order to retrieve this strange, tooled rock, and the ... (My Reviews)
Ubuntu: Change or Reset the MySQL Root Password | MySQL gets installed with a default root account under the username "root". Sometimes the system will allow you to install a root account without a password (VERY not safe), but for the most part you have to set a password on install. If of course you ... (CodeUnit)
Ubuntu: Simple Install for PHPMyAdmin | PHPMyAdmin is a useful web-based management tool for your MySQL server running as part of your LAMP stack. To install this tool in Ubuntu turns out to be pretty simple after all. Assuming your Apache webserver, MySQL and PHP are all already installed and up and ... (CodeUnit)
A Test String for UTF-8 and Internationalization Work | As an English-speaking, South African developer, I craft all my work for an English-speaking audience. I rather, I would like to always do that, but unfortunately the harsh reality of commerce won't let me - I need to craft things that will work for different ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Naruto (Volume 2) | The Worst Client - Tired of menial tasks, Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura ask for a tougher assignment. But you should always be careful what you wish for! Along with their sensei, Kakashi, the trio must now guard a cranky old man from the Land of ... (Manga | My Reviews)
Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat: GConf Cleaner to Boost Your Performance! | Just like its commercial big brother, Windows, Ubuntu sometimes manages to miss deleting certain keys or associated data when you uninstall programs or packages. Needless to say, this affects your GConf Database which could in turn become unstable and might even go so far as ... (CodeUnit)
Garden Shedding | Work on our house continues unabated, and this weekend it was the turn of our messy back corner to receive its much needed transformation, clearing out all the rubbish the previous owners left us to deal with and instead replacing it with a bright and ... (My Life)
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