Monthly Archives: June 2005

Gizmo VOIP

Finally a viable alternative to Skype.. There’s probably ton’s of VOIP clients but Skype and Gizmo seem like the only two to be aimed at the home user. I use SkypeOut all the time to call home to Ireland and now hopefully with some competition, the prices will drop even further.

I got a USB -> RJ11 Adaptor on ebay ( which lets me use SkypeOut with my regular cordless phone. I also receive Skype calls on my phone too (I’ve only received one though 🙁 , and that was from a 14 year old Scottish guy who though t it was hilarious that his surname was Roche too).

Padding killed IE

While hammering away on a site, I wandered into IE world to do some testing and, like a spade to the face, IE crashed. It kept crashing and crashing. I did some intensive debugging, checking to see if it was: markup, the way the CSS was imported, positioning in the CSS, advanced CSS like h3+p, transparent pngs. None of these were causing the crash. I had narrowed it down to the CSS though so I began going through it chunk by chunk and testing. I got it down to one line:

[code lang=”css”]
div#content-sub fieldset {
background : transparent url(../images/box_tile.gif) 0 0 repeat-y;
border : 1px solid #fff;
padding: 0 20px;}

What’s wrong with this… Fuck all I hear you say.

I then narrowed it down to the padding.

What’s wrong with the padding…. Fuck all I hear you say. I removed the padding and it works fine. So in conclusion, don’t use padding ever on anything ever and IE royally sucks ass.

Sadly I can’t link to the site as it’s still on the Dev server.

Big Quiz

I saw this on and thought I’d give it a go :

Big Quiz

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

  • Slept in your bed: Gill (she’s probably still there , the lazy mare).
  • Saw you cry: My Family at my grandadas funeral–although I do cry laughing alot..
  • Made you cry: My Grandad.
  • You shared a drink with: Shared? Gill.
  • You went to the movies with: Gill.
  • You went to the mall with: Gill.
  • Yelled at you: Can’t remember.
  • Sent you an email: Some russian spam dude.
  • Said “I Love You” and meant it? Yup
  • Gotten in a fight with your pet: Kicked his ass too (our old dog Wally).
  • Been to California: No.
  • Been to Hawaii: No.
  • Been to Mexico: No.
  • Been to China: No.
  • Been to Canada: No.
  • Danced naked: All the time.
  • Dreamed something really crazy and then it happened the next day?: No.
  • Wish you were the opposite sex: Boobies 🙂 .
  • Had an imaginary friend: No.
  • Do you have a crush on someone: Yes.
  • What book are you reading now: The Cathedral and the Bazarr (Eric S Raymond)
  • Worst feeling in the world: The runs.
  • Future son’s name: Chuck .. no I don’t know
  • Do you sleep with a stuffed animal: No except for tuesdays when all the toys come out 😉 .
  • What’s under your bed: Nothing.
  • Favourite sport to watch: Soccer.
  • Siblings: Little runt of a brother (he’s 20 though).
  • Location: Shotton, North Wales.
  • College plans: Done and dusted.
  • Piercings/tattoos: No and don’t plan on getting any either.
  • Boyfriend/Girlfriend: Girlfriend, Gill 5 years.
  • Do you do drugs: No.
  • Do you drink: At the weekend I go rasher (well I used to).
  • Who is your best friend: Loads of mates but they’re all in ireland but Gill is probably my best mate.
  • What are you most scared of: Giant snakes (arghhhhh!!!!).
  • Pet Peevs: Cordless phones not being put in the charger and basins in sinks
  • You sleep in: My boxers
  • Where do you want to get married: Abroad.. maybe vegas 🙂 .
  • Who do you really hate: No comment.
  • Been in Love: Every day.
  • Do you drive: Vauxhall Astra 2 litre 16V SRi .
  • Do you have a job: Suoper job, as technical web developer.
  • Do you like being around people: Yeah.
  • Are you for world peace: Of course.
  • Have you ever liked someone you had no chance with: Who hasn’t.
  • Have you ever cried over something someone of the opposite sex did: No comment.
  • Do you have a “type” of person you always go after: No.
  • Want someone you don’t have right now: Not applicable.
  • Are you lonely right now: The room is empty but no I’m not.
  • Song that’s stuck in your head a lot: Audio Bullies Bang Bang
  • Do you want to get married: Yeah.
  • Do you want kids: Loads.
  • Room in house: Office and bedroom.
  • Type(s) of music: All types.
  • Band(s): Hundreds.
  • Colour: Blue.
  • Perfume or cologne?: Iyssay Myaki (spelling not right).
  • Month: December.
  • Stone: Lappiz lazula (the blue one).
  • Cried: Cried from cringing too much @ Big Brother.
  • Bought something: A domain name (more on that later)
  • Gotten sick: No.
  • Sang: I my head only.
  • Wanted to tell someone you loved them: I did.
  • Met someone new: No.
  • Missed someone: Yes.
  • Hugged someone: Yes.
  • Kissed someone: Yes
  • Name: Phil
  • Single or taken: 5 years and counting (taken that is).
  • Sex: Male
  • Birthday: 2nd December 1979
  • Sign: Sagitarius
  • Hair colour: Mousy
  • Eye colour: Blue.
  • Height: 5′ short
  • Are you straight/bisexual/gay?: Straight.
  • Where is your favourite place to shop for clothes: TK Maxx.
  • Favourite designer?: Surf clothes.
  • What is your sexiest outfit?: My birthday suit
  • What is your most comfortable outfit?: Shorts and a t-shirt
  • What do you usually wear?: Jeans and a short sleeved shirt.
  • What kind of shampoo do you use?: Cheap.
  • What are you listening to right now: my keyboard
  • Who is the last person that called you?: My dad.
  • How many buddies are online right now?: 2.
  • What would you change about yourself?: That’s another post in itself.
  • Given anyone a bath?: My Dog
  • Smoked?: Nay your honour.
  • Bungee jumped?: wanted to but spent the money on a night out instead.
  • Made yourself throw up?: It’s a side effect of drinking too much, I did’not do it on purpose
  • Skinny dipped?: Hell yeah.
  • Ever been in love?: Currently.
  • Made yourself cry to get out of trouble?: I’m not a girl.
  • Pictured your crush naked?: Not allowed
  • Actually seen your crush naked?: Same as above
  • Cried when someone died?: Yes.
  • Lied: Yes.
  • Fallen for your best friend?: Nope.
  • Rejected someone?: Yes.
  • Used someone?: No.
  • Done something you regret?: This too is another post in itself.
  • Clothes: PAbercrombie khakis, K-swiss trainers, Mambo shirt.
  • Music: basement Jaxx- The singles
  • Annoyance: Looming deadlines in work.
  • Smell: CK Escape.
  • Desktop picture: Company logo.
  • Cd in player: MP3 CD with coldplay and U2 and such
  • DVD in player: Shrek 2.
  • You touched: Gill
  • Hugged: Gill.
  • You IMed: John Oxton.
  • You yelled at: Gill.
  • You kissed: Gill.
  • Understanding: I try to be.
  • Open-minded: Yes.
  • Arrogant: No.
  • Insecure: Maybe a bit.
  • Random: Pseduo random
  • Hungry: No now but usually I am.
  • Smart: I’d like to think so.
  • Moody: Yup.
  • Hard working: When I’m doing something I like.
  • Organized: yes.
  • Healthy: Used to be, getting better now.
  • Shy: Yeah.
  • Difficult: Sometimes.
  • Bored easily: Very easily.
  • Obsessed: With Geeky stuff.
  • Angry: No.
  • Sad: No.
  • Happy: Every morning.
  • Hyper: Only after too much sugar.
  • Trusting: Yes.
  • Kill?: Nobody.
  • Slap?: I could think of a few.
  • Get really wasted with?: My mates back home.
  • Get high with: Nobody.
  • Talk to offline: My brother before he goes on holiday.
  • Talk to online: Developers of Firefox.
  • Sex it up with: Gilly bean.
  • In the morning I: Fart loudly.
  • All you need is: Money.
  • Love is: in the air.
  • I dream about: 30inch cine displays
  • Sexual preference: upside down
  • What do you notice first in the opposite sex you’re into: Tits and ass.
  • Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi.
  • Flowers or candy: Candy!
  • Tall or short: Tall.
  • Makes you laugh the most: Al Keogh.
  • Makes you smile: Gill.
  • Gives you a funny feeling when you see him/her: Al Keogh.. No Gill.
  • Sit on the Internet all night waiting for that someone special to IM you?: No.
  • Wish you were a member of the opposite sex?: Boobies.
  • Wish you were younger: Yeah.
  • Cried because someone said something to you?: No.
  • Of times I have had my heart broken: I am too strong for that shit dude.
  • Of hearts I have broken: None.
  • Of guys I’ve kissed: None.
  • Of girls I’ve kissed: That I cannot remember.
  • Of CD’s I own: Quite a few.
  • Of scars on my body: a few no major ones though.
  • Of things that I regret: Too many

5 years

Myself and the beautiful Gill have been together now for 5 short years. We’ve just bought a super house and we’re loving our jobs.. it’s all good.
Phil an Gill , 5 years together

TSRI Offers Linux Open Design 2.6 –

From OSNews TSRI Offers Linux Open Design 2.6 –
The Software Revolution, Inc. (TSRI) announced web publication of the most comprehensive and detailed design documentation ever available for the Linux Operating System. Linux Open Design 2.6 is a richly hyper-linked graphic and textual blueprint for the entire Linux Kernel, Security, Memory Management, File System, Cryptography, Initialization, Drivers, and Architecture and Inter-Process Communications (IPC) Subsystems.

Virgin Hunk

Virgin Hunk
We are looking for labrador puppies at the moment and came across this…. Filthy, it’s like a porn lonely hearts or something.

Chocolate Labrador stud dog for hire only. He is looking for an experienced bitch for his first time – £400.
XList is a universal format for representing data in the simple form of a list of items.
Its main purpose is to standardize the way applications and aggregators share and consume lists of items of any kind.
XList is designed to be extensible in order to represent different kinds of data in a standard way.

I never really looked into OPML to deeply but this XList seems to take OPML and extend it to include specifications for different types of media and not just text.

About microformats

microformats | About microformats
Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patters

Everybody else is linking to and talking about them so I figure I might as well help with the pagerank and the spread of yet another bloody buzzword.

Flickr XSLT

I was in a trough in work (don’t tell malarkey) so I took a break and wrote some xslt to get the images from my flickr account. It works in IE but doesn’t work in Firefox as the transformix xslt transformer (in disguise 🙂 ) doesn’t support getting remote xml files in XSLT.

[code lang=”xml”]
< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

Category test

  • atom:title


XML File

[code lang=”xml”]
< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
< ?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="index.xslt"?>


I tried putting these up on the server for a demo but alas.. another IE bug .. XMl and mime types and temp folder.. ARGHHHH!!