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May 2010 Archive (40 posts)

PHP Script to Trim and Replace Apostrophes for Each Value in Each Column of Each Table in a MySQL Database | Annoyingly, I got saddled with a database for a system which contained a whole lot of "uncleaned data", in other words data with a lot of trailing and leading, uncessary whitespace characters, as well as a generous helping of apostrophes and quotation marks - the ... (CodeUnit)
Screenshot Saturday: Trigun (Episode 10) | Screenshot Saturday time once again, and this time we dig out the history books, going all the way back to June 1998 to pick out on the classic action comedy sci-fi western, Trigun, featuring everyone's favourite rogue gunman: Vash the Stampede! Episode 10, entitled "Quick Draw", ... (Anime)
Photo Gallery: Weekend at Aloe Guesthouse Hermanus (2010-05-28) | We spent a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable weekend at the Aloe Guest House in Hermanus, thanks to one of Chantelle's "experience swaps" that she is so good at organising! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
How to Trigger a Click Event using jQuery | This seems a little silly to even mention here, but some people don't now how to actually trigger events for which they've sculpted all that nifty jQuery code functionality for. It's actually really simple to be honest. You know that $('#button').click(function(){ alert('button clicked!'); }); code you ... (CodeUnit)
For Sale: Trojan Sit Up 100 Bench - R200 | * Please note that this is an old post - the bench was sold within a couple of days of posting this, i.e. it was gone by June 2010 already! * I currently have a second-hand Trojan Sit Up 100 bench up for sale, going for ... (For Sale)
Convert FireFox Color rgb(xxx,yyy,zzz) to Hex | Firefox has a nasty habit of returning element background colors and colors in general in the format rgb(xxx,yyy,zzz) as opposed to the normal #xxyyzz hexadecimal format we've been accustomed to seeing from the likes of Internet Exlorer and the rest of its browser ilk. Obviously this ... (CodeUnit)
Oh Cramp! | Sigh, I don't know where this comes from, really I don't. For some or other reason, every now and again, my calf muscles decide to suddenly seize up and cramp in the most excruciatingly manner possible - between 03:00 and 04:00 in the morning! O.o I'll ... (My Life)
Monitor Your MySQL Database: Spotlight on MySQL | Spotlight on MySQL, or Spotlight for short, is a fantastic tool for monitoring the status of all your MySQL databases via one single screen display. It basically allows you to specify a number of MySQL connection strings to various databases that you control and once connected, ... (CodeUnit)
Photo Gallery: Braai at Driftwood Beach Villa (2010-05-22) | Outside of the fantastic getaway to the Drakensberg which Chantelle has surprised me with for my 30th birthday, I should have known that she had even more up her sleeve, as she continued the celebrations on our return home by organising a night at Driftwood ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Skid Row | This is not a nice topic to breach, but it is one I feel is absolutely necessary. We have in our office... an untrained person. And when I say untrained, I mean unable to use the most simple of shared toilet etiquette utensils - the toilet ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
Jackie Chan, Fantastic Four & Iron Man 2 | I actually had a pretty decent weekend last weekend, despite the fact you can't really look back at it and say, "wow, awesome, cool" or anything like that. As expected, Chantelle was back on full duty for the weekend and so Friday night saw me ... (My Life)
Excellent jQuery Color Picker Plugin | I stumbled upon this frankly excellent, though unfortunately generically named, jQuery color picker plugin the other day. Color Picker is a jquery plugin developed by Stefan Petre, which simply put, delivers you with a neat little widget that allows a user to select a color ... (CodeUnit)
Games-Xetra Durbanville | I've mentioned before that our pals Andy (Andrea) and Albert Snyman went and opened a gaming store out in Durbanville called Games-Xetra and now thanks to some video magic from the ever creative Albert, here are two video adverts showcasing the new shop. The store itself ... (Games | My Life)
How to Scroll to the Top of a Page with Plain Old Javascript | Sometimes a person forgets the simple things in life, so every now and then it is a good thing to be reminded of them. Like scrolling to the top of a window for example. Plain old vanilla Javascript comes equipped with two really handy functions, namely ... (CodeUnit)
Death, New Life, Insurance? | Last Friday didn't get off to the best of starts, and technically the drive home didn't end on a good note either. You see, I arrived early morning at the Steenberg Virgin Active gym like I always do and as I proceeded to swipe in, I ... (My Life)
And Then I was 30 | And then I was 30. So last Tuesday, the 11th of May, saw me end off my time in the twenties and enter the age of the thirties, and following the awesome surprise long weekend away to the Drakensberg courtesy of a sneaky Chantelle, this ... (My Life)
Homemade Pizza Heaven | Last Thursday we came up with a great idea on what to make for supper. No boring old frozen chicken steaklets defrosting in the oven, no boring pancakes or toast, no, we decided to finally make use of Chantelle's awesome pizza baking apparatus that has ... (My Life)
FileCrop: RapidShare and MegaUpload Search Engine | I've mentioned the great RapidShare and MegaUpload search engine on this site before, but now a new site has caught my fancy, namely FileCrop. Like I mention above, at the heart of it all, FileCrop is simply a search engine in the sense that it ... (CodeUnit)
For Sale: Trojan Ellipti Pro 300 Elliptical Trainer - R2,000 | Update: Please note that this item has since been sold and is no longer available. I have an unused, though assembled, brand new Trojan Ellipti Pro 300 elliptical trainer for sale, going at a pretty low R2,000 (negotiable). Amongst its features are 12 pre-set workout programs, auto-tension ... (For Sale)
Coming Up, From Green to Blue | Eish, I didn't realise that my next grading is literally lurking around the corner. This time around I'll be pushing for my blue belt under the Funakoshi style and by the sounds of it, the amount of people grading out of my class appears to ... (Martial Arts | My Life)
jQuery: Bind an onClick Event to an Item in a DataTables Row | As it has quickly become apparent on this site, my two current favourites in the land of web development is the fantastic jQuery javascript library and the brilliant jQuery-based DataTables plugin that gives you instant dynamic table features applied to any bog standard HTML table. The ... (CodeUnit)
The Coming Age of Aunties and Uncles | So for any of you who have not yet been informed (telephone account is going to be high this month!), Chantelle and I are delighted to announce that we are indeed four weeks pregnant, with the blood test having confirmed all this on Wednesday 13 ... (My Life)
Photo Gallery: Making Pizza (2010-05-13) | There is nothing better than making your own pizzas, even if you don't have a proper pizza oven! And yes, it tasted as good as it looked! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
How to Install Foxit PDF Reader 1.1 in Ubuntu Karmic Koala | Foxit Reader 1.1 is an incredible little PDF viewer that features some powerful tools while remaining pretty damn quick. It's free for non-commercial usage and features most of the viewing tools you've come to expect from the big daddy of PDF readers, namely Adobe Acrobat. ... (CodeUnit)
Shorts: Move, Crash, Sleep, Birth | (NOTE: This was meant to be published last week - but thanks to a "kidnapping" of me by my wife for a surprise birthday celebration weekend away, I only get to post it now! :P) So life has been quite busy on the work front as ... (My Life)
Photo Gallery: uShaka Marine World (2010-05-11) | One of my favourite spots to visit in Durban is of course the famous uShaka Marine World, a giant oceanarium that houses a remarkable variety of sea life, all presented in a brilliantly thought out wrecked ship theme. This particular photo set arose out of ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: Birthday Fun at Cattle Baron (2010-05-11) | I treated my family to a big family dinner at Cattle Baron in Durbanville, in celebration of me reaching my 30th year on this planet. Food was delicious, and the company wonderful as always! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: Falcon Ridge (2010-05-10) | The Drakensberg is a spectacular part of our country, and one of the spots well worth a visit if you are ever in the area (like when Chantelle surprised me to a weekend away at the stunning Inkungu lodge for my 30th birthday!) is Falcon ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
jQuery + Javascript: How to Select all Text in a Textbox | I have a nice little inline editing function attached to one of my administrative pages which basically lists a whole lot of tag names currently saved on the system. When you click on the tag name, it gets replaced by a textbox containing the name, ... (CodeUnit)
Screenshot Saturday: Mazinkaiser (Episode 7) | The brilliantly retro Go Nagai 2001 to 2002 OVA classic, Mazinkaiser, came to an end with the fiery action-packed episode seven, entitled "A Decisive Battle!! Flaming Hell Castle!" Hell, with a title like that, how could anyone go wrong? ;) Having arisen from the fiery depths ... (Anime)
PHP: How to Get all the Numbers out of an Alphanumeric String? | Given a registration code, or something important like that, which often contains information encoded in the alphanumeric string itself, it is sometimes quite useful to be able to simply strip out the letters from the string, leaving only the numeric part behind. So for example, for ... (CodeUnit)
Photo Gallery: Weekend at Inkungu Lodge (2010-05-07) | Chantelle caught me for a complete sucker and surprised me for my 30th birthday by whisking me off to the picturesque Drakensberg, for a stay in the luxurious Inkungu Lodge. Seriously, what a fabulous getaway, and one that I certainly wouldn't mind doing again on ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
To Nieuwoudtville and Back | So last, last weekend (yes, yes, I've taken my sweet time to write this quick post), Chantelle and I effectively cut ourselves off from the rest of the world, jumping into our little green Getz and jetting along on a 5 hour trip through to ... (My Life)
Plooie, the Funny Mutated Sheep | So we had some fun and games and a learning experience with regards to sheep on our trip to Nieuwoudtville two weekends ago (a blog post on which I promise is still to follow). As you may or may not know, that particular area around ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
jQuery: How to Expand an Accordion for Printing | The jQuery UI library brings with it a host of cool effects and elements to apply to your project, one of which is the pretty cool accordion effect that basically turns a whole lot of sequential divs into an "accordion" - allowing you to click ... (CodeUnit)
Sketches: The Enabler | So another quick black pen on normal printer paper, hastily scribbled down in front of my work keyboard while my mind happily drifted into problem solving mode to deal with some issues raised on one of our important projects. As you can see from the subject ... (Sketches, Paint & Photoshop)
Date Night... An Opinion | It was pretty enjoyable. I went to see Date Night with Chantelle the other night, and despite not being entirely what I expected (I expected a bit of a pointless movie with loads of laughs right the way through), I ended up quite enjoying it - ... (My Reviews)
Jackie Chan, 30 Seconds and Bertie's Mooring | Apart from the big office move that happened over the course of Friday which saw Touchwork uproot itself from Unit 4 and move everything across to Unit 1 of the office block (lots of heavy lifting and installing everything from scratch), this past weekend turned ... (My Life)
Failed Flash & Missing Backups | Sigh. After years of solid and faithful service, despite the lack of care, my Transcend JetFlash 4 GB USB flash drive finally borked and said it's last goodbyes. But it didn't go quietly into the night. No, it kicked and screamed, corrupted and declared itself ... (CodeUnit)
Screenshot Saturday: Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic | Just in case you were wondering, Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic is a direct to DVD animated movie spin-off of EA Games' Dante Inferno 2010 video game release. Now you know. This week's Screenshot Saturday takes a look at the birth of the Hell-crusading Dante who ... (Animation)
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