Archive for May, 2006

Cambridge Beer Festival


IMG_0114, uploaded by marky moo.


I went to the 33rd Cambridge Beer Festival on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. It was incredibly muddy, but still very busy! The place was rammed on Friday night, but thankfully it was a bit quieter on Saturday afternoon. Had lots of lovely tasty beer, and it was good to catch up with some old friends :)

BritBlog blogmeet

Last night was the first BritBlog blog meet, and I have to say it was a very nice evening!

We had a turn out of six very nice people (which I’m told is good number for the first one), so I’d like to thank Digbeth, George, Tom, Darren, and Godwin for braving the rain and coming along.

The conversation touched on lots of topics, but for some reason kept returning to knitting…

Anyway, it was a great night and I’m looking forward to the next one!

FlickrViewer 1.1 released

I’ve just released version 1.1 of FlickrViewer. (I didn’t find any bugs in 1.0 beta so there was never a 1.0 release.) Download it here.

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Blogging from my PDA - not quite

I was quite excited to get an Orange SPV M5000 on Monday. ‘Work’ is trialling them with their pre- and post-sales techies, and the bundle we’ve got (at the moment) is particularly good. With WiFi, 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth (and IR) they promised to be really useful tools, allowing us to keep in touch with the office while we’re out an about quite easily.

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FlickrViewer update

Just a quick note to say thanks to the people who are using FlickrViewer, and who are providing me with useful feedback.

I’m going to try and get a release out soon to add a few enhancements:

  • Ability to turn off caching for people who are unable to create cache files
  • Extra diagnostic information when errors are encountered to help when solving problems
  • Ability to turn off link to flickr photo page

I’ll be looking at adding the ability to display multiple flickr albums to a future version of FlickrViewer too, but this is lower priority than the above points.

I’m also looking at doing a ‘lite’ version. This will allow you to generate an XML config file (imageData.xml) based on a Flickr album, but once done this will be static. This will be useful for people with crippled PHP web hosts.

FlickrViewer 1.0 Beta released

OK, the first release of FlickrViewer is available for download! Note that it is distributed under the GPL license.

FlickrViewer is a (hopefully) simple to use enhancement to SimpleViewer that allows SimpleViewer to display a selected flickr photo set. You can see it in action here.

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It’s for charity mate*

* to be said in an odd Australian accent

After quite a long day at Internet World yesterday, I went to a fantastic charity comedy night at Jongleurs, arranged by The Mango Tree. The Mango Tree supports over 5,000 Tanzanian orphans who have lost one or both parents, predominantly to AIDS. They focus on long-term development, not just relief, and aim to give the children the education and vocational training needed to build a sustainable and independent future. All good stuff!

This was probably the funniest comedy night I’ve been too (certainly in a long time anyway), and it was kind of Jongleurs and the comedians (Marcus Brigstocke, Andy Zaltzman, Lee Mack and someone else whose name I’ve forgotton at the moment) to donate their time/services for free.

Anyway, we’ve all got to do our bit, so why not donate some nice money to the charity if you’re feeling a bit generous? There is a donate link on their website :)

FlickrViewer - a PHP Flickr interface for SimpleViewer

I came across a nifty little Flash applet today called SimpleViewer. SimpleViewer is “a free, customizable Flash image viewing application“.

It’s pretty nifty I have to say, so I wrote a little bit of PHP (during my lunch break) to get SimpleViewer to pull in photos from a specified photo set in my Flickr account.

I’ve called this bit of code (rather imaginatively) FlickrViewer. You can see it in action here.

At the moment it’s a first draft. I’m happy for others to use it too, but I’d like to get a couple of people to ‘alpha/beta test’ it first. If you’re interested in getting involved, leave a comment below.

If you don’t want to help test, but want to use it on your site, just watch this category on my blog - I’ll update it when the code is available for download.