Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

Redmine… some initial thoughts

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

I was going to write a review, but for things like Redmine, I find reviews aren’t necessarily the right outlet for useful information. The same could be said of any review, but for software development tools there are a lot more variables than say… if you like platformers, give this game a go. So instead of a review, this is just a collection of my initial thoughts about Redmine, my first real brush with Ruby and Rails. (more…)

messiahStudio – Dare To Share

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

pmG are offering you the chance to get your hands on messiahStudio for an amazing $10 for the standard edition and $40 (normally $1195) for the professional edition. But there is a catch… it’s an experiment in viral marketing so we have to get a whole bunch of people to buy it to get it for this price… that said the target has nearly been reached.

So, if you want to experiment with 3D animation on what appears to be an excellent bit of software, visit the store page here. Payment is through PayPal and there is a limit of 4 copies (mix and match standard and pro) per customer.

Even if you don’t buy a copy, spread the word :-)


Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Well well, what a bloody farce! Upgrade to AVG Internet Security (the business version) and ICQ stops working… if you’re having problems with ICQ being unable to connect (the incredibly informative ‘Oops, something went wrong’ message), read on. (more…)

BOMScan Version 0.1 Released

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Version 0.1 of BOMScan has just been released. BOMScan is a little tool I wrote to scan files for Unicode Byte Order Markers (or BOMs).

ACFW Version 0.5 Released

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Following the report of an issue with the Advanced Custom Field Widget, I’ve released version 0.5.

The problem was that under certain circumstances, the widget failed to display the information linked to a particular page. It was caused by other widgets using the $post variables. Thanks to James Collins for highlighting this after he put the widget below the recent posts widget and found it didn’t display anything.

Get the latest version here or upgrade it automatically using the plugin manager.

ACFW Version 0.4 Released

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Well, what a fiasco that was… my first plugin and I release it unfinished!

Apologies to anyone who has downloaded it and is now using it, but version 0.3 had a couple of issues that I desperately wanted to fix.

ACFW available on WordPress.org

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

I have finally gotten around to getting my beefed up version of Scott Wallick’s Custom Field Widget published on WordPress.org.


But I just noticed that I haven’t sorted the translation code out! DOH!!! So, if you download it and expect it to be capable of being localised, I’m afraid it’s not at the moment. I’ll see if I can get it sorted this week.

vBulletin Tweak (Hide smilies – Update for 3.8.1)

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

I posted a little tweak for vBulletin back in November. Since then, vBulletin 3.8.1 has been released and the fix needs to be applied at around line 588 of the specified file, not 558 as specified in the original post.

If you want to hide a group of smilies (or an individual smilie), this fix will allow you to do so by settings it’s display order to 0. Old posts can still use it and theoretically, so can the users… they just won’t be able to see it from the main menu.

For full details, check out the original post (a link to it is in the menu).

Google SketchUp

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

What a revelation this is… Google SketchUp is amazing! As I’ve been writing some articles about LittleBigPlanet and the mechanics it supports, I’ve been wanting a means to draw some of the designs. Having checked out the most common open source CAD packages, I was sadly disappointed. Then I recalled hearing about SketchUp and decided to check it out.

I was up and running, and drawing some (for my first efforts) not bad diagrams to illustrate my articles.

Check out this page to see whats possible in around 20 minutes with SketchUp. On all the other applications I tried I couldn’t even draw a line! So, if you want a nice easy to use means of doing some CAD type work, give SketchUp a try.

vBulletin Tweak (Hide smilies)

Friday, November 21st, 2008

If you’re a vBulletin administrator (like me) and you want to stop people from using older smilies, here’s a quick tweak that seems to stop them being used in the post editor.

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