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July 2010 Archive (44 posts)

Comic Book T-Shirt: Wolverine | Another week, another comic book related t-shirt from Pick 'n Pay that makes its way onto my shelf back home. This week's t-shirt marvel features none other than the ultimate bad boy of the comic book world: Wolverine! I guess not much has to be said ... (Comic Books)
TortoiseSVN: How To Strip ALL SVN Folders Out of a Project to Move it Around | TortoiseSVN is actually a pretty damn good Windows subversion client that neatly integrates itself within the Window shell. The tortoiseSVN question for today is how to I get a clean copy of one of my projects under subversion, in other words how do I get a ... (CodeUnit)
Goodbye My Jetta Jameson | So this morning I waved goodbye to my steadfast friend and mover who served me so loyally for so many years already. I can't quite remember just how long I've owned my 1997, 1.6 white Jetta 3, but it has been quite a couple of ... (My Life)
Ubuntu: A Bash Script to Backup All MySQL Databases Running on a Server | The following bash script is written to automate the process of backing up all your various MySQL databases running on either a local or remote MySQL server, using the useful mysqldump utility to do the actual backups. What the script does is pretty simple to understand ... (CodeUnit)
For Sale: 1997 White Volkswagen Jetta Sedan - R17,500 | Please note that this item has since been sold and is no longer available for purchase. For Sale: A white, 1997 Volkswagen Jetta Mark 3 - R17,500 (neg.) Although she already has a good 241 250 km under her belt, this girl is still in good working ... (For Sale)
Ubuntu Subversion: How to Delete a SVN Repository | Although there is tons of documentation on creating new SVN project repositories for your shiny Ubuntu SVN (subversion) server, there isn't all that much mention of how you actually remove a project repository should you no longer need it. Funnily enough, that's probably because the answer ... (CodeUnit)
Ubuntu: How to Stop or Start any Daemon from the Terminal | A quick way to stop or start a particular process running as a system daemon on your Ubuntu box is to make use of the start-stop-daemon command. Usage is broken down into first providing a command, be it --start, --stop or --help, followed by a matching ... (CodeUnit)
Drop like a Berry, Sting like a Bee | Well, that is certainly one way to check whether or not you are allergic to bee stings. So I was happily striding back to the office after enjoying a refreshing lunch time gym break, when I felt something solid drop onto my head at a fair ... (My Life)
Mezzo Forte Cosplay: Mikura Suzuki (Omi Gibson) | Mezzo Forte, high energy explosive action mixed with a good quantity of very black humour and loads of graphic violence, unfortunately tainted with some rather suspect scenes inserted by an oversexed director, is the subject for today's Cosplay Sundae entry. And when we talk Mezzo, ... (Cosplay)
Photo Gallery: Buying Our First House (2010-07-24) | Our estate agent Len was instrumental in convincing us to buy our lovely house here in Country Mews, Gordon's Bay. These photos were grabbed on an impromptu second look at the house, before we made our decision right there and then, signed all the papers ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Comic Book T-Shirt: The Flash | Pick ‘n Pay doesn't just do Marvel t-shirts as this latest purchase of mine indicates - no, even DC Comic get their fair turn! This week's comic book t-shirt features none other than the fastest man alive: the scarlet speedster, the iconic Flash! Many have worn ... (Comic Books)
OnTime: How to Change the Colors Associated with Features, Defects and Tasks | OnTime from AxoSoft is a powerful project management tool that is indispensable in churning out software development projects on time, thanks to its many built in scrum/agile project management features. Today's quick tip shows you how you can set the associated colours for all those various ... (CodeUnit)
Ubuntu Server: Figure Out Which Version You Currently have Installed | To view what version of Ubuntu you currently have installed on your box, the easiest is simply to enter the falling in from the command line: cat /etc/issue or even cat /etc/lsb-release Finally, if you feel like getting your fingers a little deeper in the details surrounding your machine, ... (CodeUnit)
Ubuntu Server: Block Login for a User Account | Certain user accounts on a Linux system are create with the intention to be used exclusively by some or other service or application. So in order to stop anyone from logging into the machine as that user account, you need to disable the login without ... (CodeUnit)
How to Upgrade Your Ubuntu Server Version over the Network and via the Terminal | The nice thing about Canonical's Ubuntu is that they have a nice and consistent major release cycle, making the management of your Ubuntu servers a pretty planned affair. The question today is of course how to actually initiate a network upgrade on your terminal-only Ubuntu server ... (CodeUnit)
My Onset-of-Adulthood Crisis | Someone pointed out to me that this really has been one hell of a year in my life. In the span of 1 year I have gotten married, tried to make the jump into management, gotten my wife pregnant, bought a brand new car off ... (My Life)
Ubuntu Lucid Lynx: JDownloader for Easy File Download from MegaUpload | If you enjoy downloading files from those useful but not always so user friendly online dump sites like, or to name a few (be it as a premium OR free member), then taking a look at the clever file downloader named JDownloader ... (CodeUnit)
Shakugan no Shana Cosplay: Shana (Uriu) | Today's Cosplay Sundae borrows a character from Yashichiro Takahashi's successfull light novel series, Shakugan no Shana, played out by the rather talented and upcoming cosplayer: Uria! In the never-ending battle to ensure balance in this world, Shakugan no Shana's Shana technically bears no name and is ... (Cosplay)
Comic Book T-Shirt: Spider-man's Green Goblin | Pick 'n Pay is at it again with its awesome range of Marvel t-shirts and this week we a showcase a shirt depicting one of the classic Spider-man nemeses, The Green Goblin. Although many have donned the mantle over the years, it all started with industrialist ... (Comic Books)
Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes Back | Yoshito Usui's Crayon Shin-chan follow the adventures of the precocious and slightly too old for his boots, five-year-old Shinnosuke "Shin" Nohara. A bit of a cult classic back in Japan, 2001's The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes Back, sees Shin and his friends from ... (Anime)
Ubuntu Lucid Lynx: How to Run and Adobe AIR App | To run any one of the brilliantly useful Adobe AIR applications floating around there on your shiny new Ubuntu Lucid Lynx installation is actually pretty easy, thanks in the most part to Adobe's releasing a Debian installer package for the Adobe AIR Application Installer. So first ... (CodeUnit)
So What is Really in a Name? | So out of our four chosen names to be applied to our first child, the pendulum has now swung back again, strongly in favour of the original choice of Jessica, though modified with the use of our second girl name, meaning that should our baby ... (My Life)
PHPExcel: How to Bold a Cell’s Value | PHPExcel is a phenomenal Excel generating library for PHP which I have mentioned on this site numerous times before, and which is currently my defacto way for quickly knocking out all those annoying Excel downloads that clients always seem to MUST have! Today's quick code tip ... (CodeUnit)
The Progress of Our Little (Possibly) Jessica | Last Friday was the big 13 week scan for Chantelle and myself, the so-called NT scan whose primary objective is to establish whether or not your foetus may be suffering from some major defect, like Down Syndrome for example, and thus give you the choice ... (My Life)
Ubuntu Lucid Lynx: Remote Desktop and VNC Viewer | I have two Ubuntu desktop installations, one monitor and no KVM switch at home at the moment. Annoying, but thanks to the ridiculously simple and powerful combined Remote Desktop and VNC Viewer functionalities, controlling my second, "blind and dumb" machine is so simple that a child ... (CodeUnit)
Charging a Flat Car Battery | Believe it or not, Jetta Jameson is actually still apart of our lives here in 45 Nagua Bay, but only because I STILL haven't gotten around to advertising her. Don't ask, I can't explain why I haven't yet either - nor do I even have ... (My Life)
Blood on the Carpet Floor | So after boring you with all the homely news of life in Nagua Bay last week, I thought I would continue the trend and get everyone more up-to-date, because as we know, time waits for no man. So let's start with the bedroom then shall we? Well, ... (My Life)
PHPExcel: How to Set the Width of Cells | PHPExcel is a phenomenal Excel generating library for PHP which I have mentioned on this site numerous times before, and which is currently my defacto way for quickly knocking out all those annoying Excel downloads that clients always seem to MUST have! ;) Today's quick code ... (CodeUnit)
The Gloved Hand that Washes | For long have I laughed at puny Chantelle who, although washes her dishes in super heated temperatures that no normal human should be able to withstand, does so wearing ridiculous looking bright blue rubber gardening gloves. (Well, I call them gardening gloves because that is ... (My Life)
Cosplay Sundae: Plug Cryostat (Fight Ippatsu! Juden-chan!!) | You feeling a little down? A little depressed? Then you definitely need a great big jolt of electricity to cheer you up, courtesy of the phase shifting, electricity wielding Juden-chan plug girls of course! :) Fight Ippatsu! Juden-chan!! is of course quite the strange anime/manga scenario ... (Cosplay)
PHPExcel: How to Merge Cells | PHPExcel is a phenomenal Excel generating library for PHP which I have mentioned on this site numerous times before, and which is currently my defacto way for quickly knocking out all those annoying Excel downloads that clients always seem to MUST have! Today's quick code hint ... (CodeUnit)
jQuery Color Picker Plugin: Convert RGB to HEX | I've written on the excellent jQuery Color Picker plugin from before, but a question was recently raised on how to use its RGB output in code. Well actually it turns out that most browsers return its value as a standard HEX color value, but ... (CodeUnit)
The Cat, the Tree, the Pot | I know, I know, another cheap photo post, but damn it, Olympus is just being so lovable and cute at the moment that I couldn't resist! Thanks to the glorious weather a weekend or two ago, I finally had the chance to swing open the back ... (My Life)
My Feet are Warm, but Damn it, there goes the Bed! | The last couple of weekends really haven't been about unwinding and taking some time off from work, rather it has been an exercise in maintaining one's composure when confronted with the pig sty that your home has turned into as well as the physical fatigue ... (My Life)
How to Start or Stop MySQL Server on Ubuntu via the Command Line | To stop a MySQL server instance on an Ubuntu linux install via the command line is as simple as entering: sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop Alternatively, to start a MySQL server instance you can simply submit a start command like so: sudo /etc/init.d/mysql start Incidentally, if you want to check on ... (CodeUnit)
Of Friends and Football | Although I did get a fair bit of home maintenance, furniture shifting and re-packing done this weekend thanks to the new carpet finally getting laid in the second bedroom on Friday afternoon, Saturday was pretty much a minimal work day as come 13:00, Mr. Brown ... (My Life)
TinyMCE: THE Javascript WYSIWYG Editor | If you use the Internet then undoubtedly you have come across TinyMCE before, undoubtedly one of the most powerful Javascript WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) text editors available to web developers. Basically, TinyMCE is an Open Source platform independent web based Javascript HTML ... (CodeUnit)
Finding Lenny | I caught quite an enjoyable little movie on DSTV this evening, a locally produced 2009 film by director Neal Sundstrom going under the title "Finding Lenny". Starring Barry Hilton in the main role of Lenny Vincent, we get introduced to a man who starts his day ... (My Reviews)
Ubuntu Terminal: How to Quickly Create a SQL Dump File from a MySQL Database | Backing up your MySQL database or generating a copy of it to shift around is quite a simple affair thanks to the powerful mysqldump command that ships with MySQL. To generate a backup sqldump, simply execute: mysqldump -h localhost -u -p -c --add-drop-table --add-locks --all --quick ... (CodeUnit)
Armitage III Cosplay: Naomi Armitage (Omi Gibson) | What, more Omi Gibson Cosplay again? Well, yeah, so too bad! Besides, who could say no to featuring this particular classic piece of anime cyberpunk history after all? Yes, it is time to hit those archives once again, because we've got Naomi Armitage to enjoy! Back ... (Cosplay)
Free Action Hand Icon | I needed to come up with a small 16x16 web icon to denote adding or taking an action to/against an audit and so came up with the idea that a hand being stuck up in the air might just work pretty well in this particular ... (Sketches, Paint & Photoshop)
Race Condition for The Towel Hook? | Why, oh why does Steenberg Virgin Active seem intent on creating a race condition for towel hooks in their shower facilities? Look, I love the fact that this is one of the few Virgin Active's that saw it fit to actually put doors on their ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
PHP: How to Remove or Replace Strings from the Front and End of a Value | Today's little PHP hint is a pretty simple one, but one worth tackling if you are looking for a quick and easy way to strip a particular string pattern off the front and end of a value. What we will make use of is of course ... (CodeUnit)
Ubuntu Terminal: How to Quickly GZip a File | File archiving is a particularly simple affair and there are quite a few different archive algorithms to pick and choose from. GZip (.gz) has for long been associated with Linux as one of its main archiving algorithms and so today's quick command line tip highlights ... (CodeUnit)
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