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February 2010 Archive (57 posts)

SQL: Return all the Names when you have all the IDs | A silly one today, but worth recording here on my online memory bank because quite frankly, I forgot one could do it in the first place, and had to rely on Dave in the end to help me right. So here's the problem. I have all the ... (CodeUnit)
Photo Gallery: Braai with Friends (2010-02-27) | Ah yes, the good old braai with friends routine! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Remove all Listbox and Dropdown List Items with jQuery | I've said it once and I'll say it a million times over and again, the jQuery javascript library is simply fantastic. Today's little code snippet is going to look at removing all the options from a select dropdown list or listbox, on the fly and ... (CodeUnit)
Nut Bunnies. I Didn't Get It. | Oh well, turns out that I wasn't awarded the Development/Project manager job in the end, so I guess it just wasn't meant to be - well at least not yet anyway. As it is, they cited the reasons as to why I didn't get it ... (My Life)
jQuery: Select all options in a Multiple Select Listbox | Sometimes it is nice to present a multiple select listbox to a user with everything already selected. Handy if you're using listboxes as filter controls, and something that is, as per usual, quite easy to do using the magic that is the jQuery javascript library. Essentially what ... (Programming)
How to Disable a Button with jQuery | Disabling a button on a webpage using jQuery is remarkable simple - just set the selected button's disabled attribute to true, in other words, make use of a .attr('disabled',true) function call. This can then obviously be extended to disabling all buttons on a webpage using the ... (CodeUnit)
Born Digital's Shaky Milk Mag Defence | Milk Magazine, is a local Online Men's Magazine in the mould of the ever popular FHM, GQ, etc. men's magazines and seems to have been around for a fair bit already, judging by the fact that their archives say they've pushed at least 80 editions ... (General Nonsense)
Fixing a Broken Windows Automatic Update in Windows XP | My old laptop (purchased from my old job when I left the University of Cape Town) is still sporting a pretty ancient copy of Windows XP and unfortunately thanks to the various policies and whatnot Commerce I.T. implements on their roll-out equipment, my particular version ... (CodeUnit)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths | Seriously. How can any fanboy not LOVE these DC universe movies that Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics keep throwing out at us? The latest to hit the straight to DVD shelves is Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, which takes us back to the ... (Comic Books | My Reviews)
PHP: How to add a Hour to the Current Time | Adding an hour to the current time turns out to be pretty easy thanks to the fantastic strtotime PHP function. For example, should we wish to grab the hour that follows on from the current hour, we can simply make use of the code sample at ... (CodeUnit)
Stepping Up to the Plate | So I've stepped up to the plate. I've thought about it and applied. Now I just sit back and wait. Let's go back to the beginning shall we. Touchwork is a great place to work because quite frankly, it has got a great future in store ... (My Life)
Problem: Ubuntu's Totem Movie Player displaying in Grayscale | The other day I got a nasty surprise on my desktop Karmic Koala Ubuntu installation when all of a sudden, Ubuntu's default video player Totem Movie Player started showing all my videos in a nasty grayscale mode instead of their usual vibrant colourful selves. Now ... (CodeUnit)
The House of C 012: Follow the Drill | Don't ask, in hindsight not even I'm sure why I came up with this one. But it does as least serve as a good entry point for the newest member of the stable House of C cast of characters, namely Castle, a lovable but fairly dimwitted, sporty ... (The House of C)
FIFA, Snoek and Keyboard Wizardry | It was a good way to wind down the week and head into the weekend I tell you, and it all started on Thursday evening believe it or not! First up was the five-star gourmet meal that Chantelle cooked up (she can give you all the ... (My Life)
IPCop: Prioritize Specific Port Traffic | At the office we share the same ADSL line for both general web surfing and VoIP, not the greatest situation to sit with of course, but if we have to, we have to. Of course, this does mean that should someone try to make or ... (CodeUnit)
Test Your Internet Connection's Ping, Jitter and Packet Loss | Sister product to the excellent web service, is a free to use broadband quality analyzer that acts as a troubleshooting tool which grades your connection on how well it is likely to deal with services like VoIP, streaming music and video and online ... (CodeUnit)
Screenshot Saturday: Black Lagoon (Episode 2) | A torpedo boat. An attack helicopter. What more could you possible need? Possibly one of the most insane but most enjoyable action sequences (for a real world anime series) for quite some time now, this little chunk of animated glory told you exactly just how ... (Anime)
Reaching a Black Belt: Funakoshi Grading Syllabus | Moving to Funakoshi Karate International South Africa comes with a revised grading schedule and more importantly, a revised grading syllabus. Taking into account that gradings are now held on a bi-annual basis, reaching that coveted black belt status should potentially take a student five years ... (Martial Arts)
Photoshop: Convert Layer Styles in Layers | As any Adobe Photoshop user will tell you, the ability to apply layer styles like outer glow, colour overlay or drop shadow to any particular Photoshop layer is a fantastic and indispensible tool when it comes to making elements "pop" in any particular design. However, ... (CodeUnit)
Shaolin Monks: Wheel of Life in Cape Town - Cancelled! | Crap nuts. Thanks to Chantelle's sharp eye, I've just been informed that the one show I was really, really looking forward to seeing has gone and cancelled the Cape Town leg of its run. In case you're not quite up to speed, I reported a little ... (General Nonsense)
Figure out Your Upload and Download Internet Connection Speed | How to figure out just how fast your current Internet connection really is. Well a great way of determining this is by making use of the fantastic online web service, brought to us by Ookla, which aims to measure three important keys which determine ... (CodeUnit)
Use Trash? Wordpress 2.9.2 Upgrade Time Then! | Do you make use of the nifty little trash feature recently introduced in Wordpress 2.9 that allows you to "delete" or "trash" posts to a recycle bin from which you can then choose to permanently delete or restore at a later date? Well if the answer ... (CodeUnit)
Wissing Weber | You see that fellow tucked away in at the bottom right of the above picture? You know, that rather round guy all dressed in black and wearing some sort of grille as a hat? Well I'm sad to say he is no more - some ... (My Life)
The Coricraft has Landed | If any of you follow either Chantelle or myself on Facebook then you'll know that last week Chantelle's long awaited Coricraft couches finally reached us courtesy of the Epping-based factory's delivery truck, and after an effortless carry through the handy sliding door, our two new ... (My Life)
jQuery Across Domain AJAX Content Loads | While working with jQuery and performing AJAX-driven gets and general content loading, have you ever come across your scripts throwing the following error? permission denied: jquery, s.url, s.async); I annoyingly came across this error for the first time a couple of weeks back and after tracing ... (CodeUnit)
How to Convert a Webpage to a PDF | Saving a web page to a PDF file for later offline viewing has just become a whole lot simpler thanks to the excellent web service that aims to convert any URL you feed it into a downloadable PDF file. The application is particularly easy ... (CodeUnit)
A Valentine's Christening | Yay, Chantelle was off for a change, it was Valentine's Day weekend, We were going away to Hermanus and most important of all little Zandea was being christened - how could one not start the weekend on such a high note? :) Like I said, it ... (My Life)
The House of C 011: Excuse Me | This actually happened to Chantelle while she was happily sitting alone, working away in her office one day. As the uncomfortable feeling of trapped gas slowly rose up inside her, she decided the best course of action was to allow the eruption of this unnatural ... (The House of C)
Graphing with jQuery | Now while there are quite a number of excellent flash-based graphing libraries out there in the wild, it turns out that there aren't actually all that many pure old jQuery plugins to churn out your data in pretty images for all to see. So enter flot, ... (CodeUnit)
IPInfoDB: Find an IP or Domain's Physical Location | IPInfoDB is great free online service that aims to provide you with the geographical location of any IP address or Server Domain. Amongst the services available on the site is a simple web-based IP geolocation lookup, a full IP geolocation API that can return data ... (CodeUnit)
Screenshot Saturday: Highlander: The Search for Vengeance | A cult franchise, nearly completely sunk by absolutely rubbish sequel films during the 2000's, Highlander finally gained some new traction in the form of a Madhouse-animated anime movie, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance. The movie follows immortal protagonist Colin MacLeod in his quest for revenge ... (Anime)
Gordon's Bay Pole Dance and Strip Club | I had to laugh a while back when I received this rather indignant SMS from Chantelle one evening: "...gbay is sending all its morals and values out the window! There is a poledancing and stripshow place opening its doors soon in beach road nogal! :)" Now ... (General Nonsense)
Open Source Photo Gallery for Your Website | The aptly named Gallery is a brilliant piece of well-support open source software, aimed at providing you with the best photo image image sharing tool to use on your own hosted website. All you need is a PHP-enabled website and an operational database, and you're ... (CodeUnit)
Funakoshi Karate Camp Edwin | A weekend right at the start of January this year saw me scurrying back home late Friday afternoon from work in order to quickly throw together all the necessary items and then take to the coastal road in a fair rush in order to reach ... (Martial Arts | My Life)
jQuery: How to Post a Form's data with Ajax | Ajax posts (or gets) using jQuery is a pretty simple affair, and so I'm not really going into that with this particular post. Rather, I want to highlight just how easily one can post all of a form's various values (housed in textboxes, text areas, selects ... (CodeUnit)
Jetta Jameson Clutches Me Once Again [Part 3] | At last the grand finale. I am now finally mobile again, after having sat without my beloved Jetta Jameson for quite some time now (haven't been to the office or even karate practice in the meantime), though I just wish my wallet wasn't sobbing quite ... (My Life)
jQuery: How to check and uncheck a Checkbox | Checking and unchecking, or ticking and unticking if you prefer, checkboxes using jQuery is remarkably simple. If you think about it, the checked attribute for a standard HTML checkbox is actually a deprecated "checked = true" and by leaving it out in your checkbox declaration, you ... (CodeUnit)
Warmwaterberg Spa | True, it lies a fair distance away from us, sitting about 26 km outside of Barrydale running towards the Oudtshoorn  side, but after my first experience with the quaint Warmwaterberg Spa resort I can definitely say that it won't be the last time I'll make ... (My Life)
AVG: Protect Your Computer for Free | We're well into the era where you don't go out to a bar/club without carrying a packet of condoms on you right? So why is it that so many people still feel like taking their brand spanking new PCs out on the untamed roads of ... (CodeUnit)
Warfare at the Parents' Pad | So another weekend of Chantelle working has come and gone, but having now learned the trick, Saturday was once more spent in the company of mates blasting the crap out of one another in Modern Warfare 2. Still without a car, I dropped Chantelle off ... (My Life)
Create an Animated GIF from Multiple Images | Picasion is a great online free to use tool, that allows you to instantly generate animated gif files by simply uploading the pictures you want to appear in the resulting animation up to the site. There are a few options you can set to tweak ... (CodeUnit)
The House of C 010: House Trained | It's remarkable the level to which some people want to humanize their animals. Take toilet training for example. Take a gander across the Internet searching on the term toilet train cat and see the sheet amount of literature written on that one subject already. But ... (The House of C)
And You Question My Parenting Ability? | And you questioning my parenting ability? Little god daughter Zandea certainly doesn't seem to think that I don't have what it takes! See, see, photographic evidence that I don't drop/break/disassemble everything I pick up! Besides, God-willing I'll be a father sometime next year you know ... (My Life)
How to Customize Your WordPress Login Screen | You know that  rather boring black and white admin login screen that a standard WordPress installation presents to you on hitting the wp-admin link of your blog? Well now you can skin and customize the way it looks, exactly like you've always wanted to, perfect for ... (CodeUnit)
Joomla 1.5: How to set Your Personal Favicon | Favicons are a great way to personalize one's website, and getting a Joomla 1.5 website to display your custom favicon.ico file turns out to be a pretty simple affair. Note I did say Joomla 1.5, important because Joomla 1.0 actually has a different way of ... (CodeUnit)
This my friend, is certainly not a lesson in back massage Screenshot Saturday: AIKa R-16: Virgin Mission (Episode 1) | Fan service and anime kind of go hand in hand. But when you talk about Agent Aika, then perhaps it may be more accurate to say that the two are already hugging... quite vigorously as it were. Which of course leads us straight into today's ... (Anime)
Squishing in the Friends | I'm getting worse and worse at putting out these weekend in review posts you know. I've still got to talk a bit about the karate camp I attended at the beginning of the month as well as our weekend away at Warmwaterberg Spa, but I ... (My Life)
Shortcut Keys for Tabbed Browsing | You seriously learn something new every day. I only just found out about keyboard shortcuts to enhance tabbed browsing, something that has been a feature in Firefox (and more recently Internet Explorer) for years already. And because I fear that there may still be people like ... (CodeUnit)
Using Google to Make Your jQuery Load Faster | Google is a wonderful creature. Once the champion of the meek and "Do No Evil" standard bearer of the world, it has long since grown into a huge moneymaking behemoth that seeks to control every aspect of our forages into the online world. However, no matter ... (CodeUnit)
Jetta Jameson Clutches Me Once Again [Part 2] | Having dropped Chantelle off at work and taken the Getz through to work in order to make the interview we were conducting on the day, I was rather relieved to find the lifeless Jetta Jameson still standing untouched in the Steenberg Virgin Active parking lot ... (My Life)
jPlayer: Playing MP3 Audio with jQuery | Loading and playing an Ogg or MP3 file using jQuery has just become easy, thanks to the very customizable and functional jPlayer jQuery plugin, brainchild of Happyworm's Mark Boas and Mark Panaghiston. Simply put, jPlayer is a plugin that allows you to play and control audio ... (CodeUnit)
Jetta Jameson Clutches Me Once Again [Part 1] | Oh noes, Jetta Jameson has gone and done it again. My lifelong partner has decided to once more say bye bye to her clutch and in doing so, leave me stranded all the way out in Westlake at the Steenberg Virgin Active parking lot. Sigh. It ... (My Life)
Restore Your Original Fonts in Windows XP or Vista | As a part-time designer, I love installing and using new fonts all the time. However, with the plethora of fonts available online, this can quickly become quite out of hand, and before you know it, you're sitting with a computer with well over 5000 fonts ... (CodeUnit)
It's Coming... Shaolin Monks: Wheel of Life | It's coming, it's coming. My mother of all people spotted this tidbit of news in the paper the other day and brought the cut-out through to me when they joined us for a bobotie evening a little while ago, and I'm quite glad that she ... (General Nonsense)
Alan Committie is Fully Committied | Did I ever mention that Chantelle and I went to watch Alan Committie's latest show at Theatre on the Bay a couple of weeks ago? No? Well in that case you've probably missed out then, because I'm pretty sure its finished its run (or should ... (My Reviews)
Where does a Website Live with Flagfox? | Dave Garrett took over the existing but stalled project Flagfox and after an extensive rewrite, churned out Flagfox 3, one of the niftiest (if not one of the more pointless) Firefox add-ons currently available. Basically what this Firefox extension does is add a flag icon indicating ... (CodeUnit)
The House of C 009: Let Her Rip! | This embarrassingly enough has happened to me before you know (not the g-string bit though). Just as class was about to get underway, still happily stretching in anticipation of a good bout of training, I squatted to loosen up my hears and was horrified to hear a ... (The House of C)
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