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May 2011 Archive (53 posts)

How to Check your Airtime Balance on Cell C | If you are on the Cell C mobile phone network then it is a pretty simple task to check your remaining airtime if you are a prepaid (or even a contract) customer via their nifty little balance enquiry feature. For prepaid or contract subscribers, simply dial ... (CodeUnit)
Ubuntu Server: How to Set the Network Default Route | To view your current network default route on your Ubuntu server box (or Ubuntu desktop for that matter), simply type in: ip route This will spit out a whole lot of important information regarding your current network connection on the box, the most important for you in ... (CodeUnit)
How to Check your Airtime Balance on Vodacom | If you are on the Vodacom mobile phone network then it is a pretty simple task to check your remaining airtime if you are a prepaid (or even a contract) customer via their nifty little balance enquiry feature. For Vodacom prepaid subscribers, a quick dial to ... (CodeUnit)
Jessica: Daddy-assisted Crawling | Okay, so little Jessica is still no where near being able to crawl on her own - but that doesn't mean that Daddy can't have fun for her during her daily pillow tummy time! :) (Jessica | My Life)
The House of C 022: Giggs Torres Dig! | Welshman Ryan Giggs, one of the all time British soccer greats, has spent an unprecedented period of time playing for just one league club for just about his entire professional career, namely the Premier League's Manchester United. A brilliant footballer, Ryan is known as the ... (The House of C)
Photo Gallery: Bath, Daddy and Butternut Time! (2011-05-28) | Random photos featuring bath time, daddy, and the after effects of eating butternut when you are still a baby. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Covered: Birds of Prey #8 (Stanley Lau) | 2010 saw DC revive its Birds of Prey line under the "Brightest Day" banner, still revolving around Oracle (Barbara Gordon) and her team of superheroines, and penned once again by the returning Gail Simone. The core team is made up of Oracle (supporting only), Black Canary, ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Joke Factory: Riding Tall | A group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, accompanied by two female teachers, went on a field trip to the local racetrack to learn about thoroughbred horses and the supporting industry - but mostly to see the horses of course! When it was time to ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
Ubuntu: How to Force a Clean CD Unmount and Eject | Working with CDs in my current Ubuntu installation is proving to be quite annoying, as more often than not when trying to eject a CD the proper way by right-clicking on the icon and clicking Eject, I get greeting with an error message telling me ... (CodeUnit)
Fateful Fondue Fun | Friday 20 May saw us host our first big event at home since the arrival of Jessica late last year, and seeing as it is kind of our trademark, it was time once again to pull out the fondue pots and brandish our long sharp ... (My Life)
Infant Ill | Shame, so little Jessica is sick for the first real time in her life, with a good and proper ear, nose and throat infection. She started showing symptoms on Monday, and although our own thermometers didn't indicate a fever (which have now shown to be ... (Jessica | My Life)
PHP: Test if an Image URL is Online | Here is a quick and dirty simple function to check whether or not an image URL is valid, in other words the image is online, by running a quick get_headers check combined with some REGEX wizardry. The function returns a simple true if the image/URL ... (CodeUnit)
PathCare Complaint Resolved | A little while ago I posted about an issue we had with PathCare revolving around a stale claim from Jessica's NICU jaunt which the medical aid had eventually turned down, forcing them to instead turn to us and try and squeeze the money directly from ... (My Life)
Daddy Sings Old MacDonald to Jessica! | Chantelle doesn't think that I can sing. However, Jessica doesn't seem to share this opinion with her mommy and has even gone as far as confiding in me and suggesting that I enter Idols one year, just to prove her wrong. I like that idea. And ... (Jessica)
Ubuntu Terminal: Efficient Way to Copy Across a MySQL Database from One Server to Another | I often need to pull down a copy of a live MySQL database instance for development work on my local machine. Because my access to bandwidth is limited, I need to come up with the most efficient way of achieving this, and my method for ... (CodeUnit)
An Evening of Poker with the Grangers | Saturday evening I found myself dropping Jessica off with Mommy who was on work duty and heading out along the N2 towards Bellville, where I made the arduous trek through to the De Akkers complex (located very much in my old home-base stomping grounds) to ... (My Life)
Photo Gallery: Fateful Fondue Fun (2011-05-20) | I like hosting fondues, it is always loads of fun. As per usual, friends and family played the part of guinea pigs for this run, the first fondue ever hosted at Country Mews! (My Life | Photo Gallery)
PHP: Use REGEX to Ensure that your received Variable is a Number | It is a good idea to check that the variables your script is receiving are in fact of the correct type in terms of value passed. For example, when receiving some sort of record ID value, 99% of the time we are expecting a numeric ... (CodeUnit)
Voting in the Local Municipal Elections 2011 | Wednesday the 18th of May 2011 was of course South Africa's local municipal elections. And if you are a proud (or not so proud) citizen of this country, then it would have been your duty to make the effort of trudging down to your local ... (My Life)
Review: All-Star Superman (2011) | Well, that was certainly... different. Not that it wasn't enjoyable or anything, but DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation's tenth outing in their DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, namely All-Star Superman is a very different sort of story from what the line has thus ... (Animation | My Reviews)
The House of C and it's new Set of Clothes | If you have visited this site before, you might have noticed that something doesn't quite look the same since you last set foot on these pages. You would of course be right. Over the period of the last two days (well evenings), I have meticulously ... (Design)
Rugged Rock Logo Design | I finally got around to designing a usable logo for my collective group of work that has always gone under the banner of Rugged Rock Studio for as long as I can remember (that or CodeUnit when it comes to my programming work). Anyway, wanting to ... (Sketches, Paint & Photoshop)
Photo Gallery: Voting at Gordon's Bay Primary School (2011-05-18) | Our new voting station for both national and local elections is Gordon's Bay Primary School. And yup, usually they're pretty well organised down there! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
How to Generate a URL containing QR code using Google Charts API | QR codes are slowly, slowly gaining more traction, despite the fact that they are pretty much only useful little beasts when it comes to directing smartphone users to some or other web content URL. Generating them is pretty easy, hell, Google Chart has an API ... (CodeUnit)
Karate Tip: Adding Stripes to Your Belt | Here's a handy tip for adding the necessary two or three stripes to your belt whenever you reach a level that requires that sort of distinction from the plain color of the belt. Instead of stitching on a cross band of ribbon or material, simply reach ... (Martial Arts)
Yes, My Home Office is Officially Cooler than Yours | Yes, my home office is now officially cooler than yours. Why you ask? Well it is all thanks to the new addition in my little man den here at home, a little something I picked up from a frame/art shop in Canal Walk on my ... (My Life)
DIY Home Upgrade | We really haven't spent much time or money on improving the house in a very long time, with life and the garden simply getting in the way of the small amount of free time we do seem to have here in Country Mews. However, this ... (My Life)
Jessica Tastes Porridge for the Very First Time | Admittedly, I don't think that I would be all that crazy about rice porridge, but I guess like the box says, this is the best one to start baby out on, just to make sure in case she's allergic to something! Anyway, the big day had ... (Jessica)
jQuery DataTables: How to destroy a DataTable instance | I really do love the awesome DataTable plugin which creates useful dynamic, with oodles of extra functionality, tables out of plain old vanilla HTML tables. Today's quick tip however looks at how one destroys an already instantiated DataTable instance, say because you want to recreate ... (CodeUnit)
Photo Gallery: Home Upgrade (2011-05-15) | Doing some DIY around the house and just making it a little more pretty with some much needed accessories... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Covered: Tales of the Witchblade #8 (Christian Zanier) | Issue 8 of the 1996 Tales of the Witchblade series, which sought to free the storytellers to tell the tales of the Witchblade gauntlet throughout the ages in different settings and with different wielders, tells the second part of the "Raquel" story arc, ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
jQuery: How to Locate the Selected Radio Button out of a Group of Radio Buttons | If you develop websites and work with JavaScript, but have never heard of jQuery before, then it is probably best that you start reading up on it right now. After all, as they like to put it themselves, jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript ... (CodeUnit)
A PathCare Accounts Query/Complaint | Dear PathCare Account Manager Two days ago I received final notices from PathCare with regards to two outstanding accounts, numbered EB817008 and EB827868, stemming from the premature birth of our baby daughter Jessica and her subsequent stay in the NICU at the Kuilsriver Medi-Clinic hospital. The ... (General Nonsense)
Mommy Talks to Baby Jessica | There is nothing nicer when little Jessie gurgles a cute response to something you said, making you just want to cover her in hugs and kisses each and every time! This particular video, taken a fair while ago, captures mommy talking to baby, and baby responding ... (Jessica)
Review: Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998) | A thoroughly enjoyable film, even if the main stars are more Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon than the Batman! It tells the story of Mr. Freeze, who is now eking out an existence in the Artic alongside the cryogenically preserved body of his wife. An unfortunate ... (Animation | My Reviews)
Photo Gallery: Mouille Point Lighthouse (2011-05-11) | Taking full use of Touchwork's new policy of getting the day off on your birthday, Chantelle and I was intent on making the most of it by going up Table Mountain for the day - only problem was, it turned out the weather wasn't going ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: Birthday Morning (2011-05-11) | Chantelle woke me on the morning of my 31st birthday with breakfast in bed, followed by presents - which in included an awesome office chair, just waiting for me to assemble it! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Download SQLyog Community Edition | SQLyog is an exceptionally good GUI Management Tool for MySQL databases and is well worth the purchase price if you develop and maintain a large number of MySQL databases. It is developed by Webyog and comes in three main flavours, namely Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. ... (CodeUnit)
Black Bean Braai | And on April the 30th, 2011, the long awaited braai opportunity at Mr. Brown's house finally came to pass, after waiting for what seems like millennium since the last time we braaied at his family's home. Originally slated to be an American Barbecue in honour ... (My Life)
Turning 31 | Tomorrow I will be officially 31 years of age. Yup, now well and truly on the slippery slope downwards, towards the dreaded "old age" that will eventually catch up to all of us. A lot changed in one year, and from having a lot of ... (My Life)
Easter Weekend 2011 | Admittedly, Easter Weekend 2011 was probably not the most awesome or exciting of Easter periods I've ever had, but this one did come with enough variety in activities (and chocolate) to not make it a bad one! ;) Seeing as our disposable money levels aren't yet ... (My Life)
Ubuntu Terminal: How to Join the Parts of a Split AVI Video File | Sometimes you will encounter files that have been split into segments in order to make them more manageable for either download or fixed size media transfer purposes. For example, a common method for doing this on Windows is to make use of the excellent dinosaur ... (CodeUnit)
Back to Work, Back to Blogging | Note: Once again, life gets ahead of blogging, and this post which was meant to appear on Tuesday, only appears now. Oh well, what can you do? :P And I'm back. Thanks to all of the public holidays plus three days' leave, I have technically been ... (My Life)
Photo Gallery: Jessica's First Porridge Attempt (2011-05-06) | We all have to learn to eat porridge at some point in our life, so it is no surprise that Jessica too had to go down this path... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Joke Factory: The Doctor needs a Sample | An elderly gentleman goes in for his annual check-up. The doctor finishes his examination and then beckons to the old man to join his wife who had accompanied him, back at his desk. Sitting down, the doctor says, "So far everything looks fine. But I will ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
PHP: Create Image Object from BMP File with imagecreatefrombmp Function | PHP by default uses the GD library for all its image processing and manipulation work, which handles most types of image files perfectly well. The one glaring omission however is when it comes to working with standard Windows Bitmap BMP files, where for example in ... (CodeUnit)
Review: Ippatsu Kiki Musume (1999) | 1999's Ippatsu Kiki Musume from Director Hiroyoshi Yoshida is certainly an interesting beast. Weighing in at 16 episodes long with a running time of just 4 minutes per episode, Miss Critical Moment (its English title in case you are wondering) takes the world's most unluckiest ... (Anime | My Reviews)
How to Pop Rivet (aka Secure your Metal Garden Shed) | Metal garden sheds are awesome because they are easy to slap together, comfortably hold all your tools and garden implements, and make for a great Saturday family DIY project. Most of these sheds are held together with simple screws, which is great because it makes ... (CodeUnit)
PHP: Checking a Photo's Image Type before trying to Extract Useable EXIF Data | With EXIF data embedded by almost all digital cameras and mobile phone cameras nowadays, it makes a lot of sense to use this wealth of information in your project when displaying images and their associated information. With PHP's handy exif_read_data function, grabbing this information becomes ... (CodeUnit)
Photo Gallery: Jessica at Home amongst the Pillows Mostly (2011-05-03) | When you are as little as young Jessica, then you need to do a lot of sleeping to catch up. And pillows make the best snuggle buddies, don't they? :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
How to Send a Please Call Me on MTN | A callback, or rather Please Call Me as it has come to be universally known in South Africa, is a rather nifty concept that allows you to send a free SMS to any other MTN customer asking them to call you back, usually because you ... (CodeUnit)
A Note on Easter and Breast Milk | If you are a breastfeeding mother and you read material that is handed out to you, then you would undoubtedly know that the food that you eat effects the milk that your breasts produce. It is quite a simple system really, and hence there exists ... (Jessica | My Life)
Online Image Crop and Resize Tool: | Digital cameras of today produce photos that are far too large to just easily upload and use on the Internet for general things like Facebook or blogging and for this reason you should always keep a good image resizer and cropper tool close at hand, ... (CodeUnit)
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