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Getting Started with Nokogiri and XML in Ruby

Submitted on Jun 13, 2012, 8:50 a.m.
Here's a short post on getting started with Nokogiri - a Ruby gem that wraps libxml. I'm writing this because well, the docs at http://nokogiri.org/ kind of suck. I wanted to read a simple XML...

Bitmask and Bitwise Operations in Ruby

Submitted on May 29, 2012, 2:49 a.m.
Here's a solution to a problem I was trying to solve in Ruby. I wanted to create a 23 bit data structure, that would hold three values. A 14 bit year, a 4 bit month and a 5 bit day. Each of these...

The Long Road Home

Submitted on Nov 09, 2011, 8:12 p.m.
I’ve toyed with a few titles for this post, including - ‘My Kingdom for a Backslash’, or ‘Fish Don’t Know They’re in Water’. In the end I felt ‘The Long Road /home’ was the most fitting. This post...

iPhone 4S and NFC

Submitted on Oct 13, 2011, 12:21 a.m.
This link to Macworld was sent to me by a colleague - "iPhone 4S: Why no NFC chip?". I think it's another excellent example of editorial polyfiller. How can a market be created for NFC technology -...

John Seddon - Re-thinking IT keynote speech part 1

Submitted on Sep 30, 2011, 11:47 p.m.
Brilliant - a must watch for all systems people and managers... {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/public/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/hbNsQFd8DQw.jpg?itok=HUa...

Master's Thesis

Submitted on Sep 25, 2011, 2:13 a.m.
I completed my master's degree in information security from Royal Holloway, University of London this May. It took a little while for the results to come out, and to be sure that my thesis had been...

The Best Mac OS X Utilities

Submitted on Sep 23, 2011, 10:51 p.m.
Having recently joined the 'cult of Apple' - here's what I consider to be the minimum required set of Mac OS X utilities and helper applications for any Mac OS X installation: 1) Quicksilver:...

A Beautiful Developer’s Font

Submitted on Mar 15, 2011, 8:34 a.m.
I’ve been experimenting with the development environment of my Linux setup recently. I’m running two virtual machines via VMWare Workstation from my Windows 7 PC. One is an Ubuntu 10.10 install...

Linear Tape-Open (LTO) and LTFS

Submitted on Oct 04, 2010, 11:32 p.m.
I thought this was worth breaking my tech blog silence for. I’ve been doing some research on storage options for a media company who are in desperate need of an easy-to-use, safe and large...

Problem Syncing iTunes 9.1 with Outlook 2007 Contacts and Calendar

Submitted on Apr 25, 2010, 9:32 a.m.
I wouldn’t normally post a rant article on my blog – but iTunes – grrrrr. I really wish I wasn’t forced to use iTunes to sync my Outlook Contacts and Calendar with my iPhone 3GS. For the last few...