December 2008 Entries

Upgraded to Subtext 2.1

I'm now running Subtext 2.1. The main upgrade was pretty simple, but there are a few things not working with my custom skin, hence the fallback to one of the default skins. I'm also having the "An item with the same key has already been added" issue, so things may be a bit patchy around here until I sort it out. EDIT: Think the skin issue is all sorted now. It was simply something new in the Search Control which was throwing my skin off. Updated the search control and everything else camr right.

Resizing Bootcamp using Winclone

After having my Mac for a few months I've revised the way I want to use it. I've realised that using Vista on Bootcamp with Fusion gives me the best of both worlds – I can boot into native Windows if I need a bit more speed, and use Windows on top of OSX the rest of the time. My w2k3 server VM was useful, but pretty redundant really, so it was time for it to go. The only problem was that like many other people, I'd made my Bootcamp partition too small to start with. So over the...

Things on my mind..

Things on my mind at the moment; NDepend – it's an incredibly powerful tool, so powerful in fact that I looked at it about 6 months ago and was a bit overwhelmed by the data it thrust in my face. I've gone back to spend some more time getting to know it, and it's incredibly impressive. It's a tool worthy of integration into your daily development routine – not just for when you've got a problem. A more detailed post to follow when I've spent a bit more time with it. An approach for fitting WebServices into an...

Fluid

Fluid lets you create what they refer to as "site specific browsers" – basically a website running in it's own window, acting more like a standard OSX application. I was introduced to Fluid by a friend the day after I picked up my Mac – the whole "site specific browser" thing is an idea which is so simple and obvious that you wonder why it took so long to create. I've been using Fluid for months, but hadn't bothered to look at a couple of the options which can make it even more powerful. This video...

A quick TinyMCE post

A while ago I asked for Rich Text Editor recommendations, and Ferdy pointed me towards TinyMCE. The project I needed an editor for was a low priority one, and I ran out of free time, so it was only recently I got around to taking a look at TinyMCE. When I did, I felt kinda silly, because it only took 5 minutes to download, skim the .NET example, and fully integrate it into my application. Neat. Out of the (free!) box, it offers a lot of good stuff, it's easy to customise, and basically does everything I...

iTunes (and it's 64bit support)

I've avoided iTunes on Windows for many many years. Initially (as far as I can remember) there were 4 main reasons for this: I didn't like the fact that iTunes installed a whole load of silly memory resident services. I still don't, but with a quad core and 4gb of RAM I need to get over that right? Back then of course 512mb was considered an insane amount of memory, so 40-50mb for iTunes when Winamp 2.7 consumed a svelte 10mb or so seemed a bit excessive. Aah the good old days. ...