Category Archives: open source

Spotify Singles Chart playlists

I’ve been using Spotify premium for a few months and I’ve been loving it. There are tons of sites with Spotify playlists but none for listing the current UK or US charts. I decided to write a playlist generator which parsed RSS feeds of the singles chart and then created a Spotify playlist based on […]

Django project dependency management and deployment

I’m not our server admin here at Ticket-Text but the whole issue of project dependency management and deployment does interest me. As such I’ve been looking at ways to help and have compiled the following list of what I have found most useful. I admit I have not read all of these yet but Fabric […]

Encoding all files in a directory using ffmpeg

The wonderful folks in the Django community have uploaded all the videos from Djangocon 2009. I’ve downloaded them but needed to convert them to mp3 so I could listen to them on my commute. I used the ever awesome ffmpeg for f in *.ogv; do ffmpeg -i “$f” -acodec libmp3lame -ab 256k “${f%.ogv}.mp3″; done

Ran out space on virtual machine (Virtual Box)

I use VirtualBox OSE for my virtual machines and really love it. I tried to change to the non-free VirtualBox (so I could use USB) but moving from one to the other in Ubuntu was not a simple process and eventually I rolled back (thank Christ for CloneZilla). I’ve got a Win XP virtual machine […]

Selenium RC supported browsers

I searched and searched through the Selenium documentation but could not find a list of the supported browsers and their start commands. So I ran off in a huff and downloaded the source to find the list that way and voila : From – trunk\server-coreless\src\main\java\org\openqa\selenium\server\browserlaunchers\BrowserLauncherFactory.java#47 firefoxproxy = FirefoxCustomProfileLauncher firefox = FirefoxLauncher chrome = FirefoxChromeLauncher firefoxchrome […]

Patterns in the world of Web Application Development

As part of my Masters I had to write a term paper for my Design pattern module. It’s probably still being marked but I can’t see anything wrong with posting it now. It covers some of the patterns I’ve come across in my time developing web applications. designpatternstermpaper-philiproche-08299234.pdf

Will I move to Spicebird??

Eh… No. We’ll be moving to Google Apps soon at Ticket-Text so I wanted to try out a few clients to see which would suit us best. I’ve used thunderbird but thought I’d try out spicebird too. Downloaded it and installed. I could not set up an email account at all. Wizard had a load […]

Using mencoder for my first youtube upload

I’ve been watching the BBC’s Gavin and Stacey series again and found just as hilarious as I did when I watched it first. I wanted to view the wedding speeches again but they weren’t on Youtube anywhere so I figured I’d upload my first youtube video with the speeches (probably violating all sorts of copyrights […]

Moving to Ubuntu (….kind of)

I’ve signed up for a masters in UCD (Advanced Software Engineering in University College Dublin) starting in December. I’m really looking forward to it and as a treat I bought a new (used) laptop that’ll be just for Uni work. It’s an IBM Thinkpad T43 (Centrino 1.7Ghz and 1GB ram with 40GB HD, Wifi, Bluetooth, […]

Web Application installations with Wix…. Awesome

This week I set off with the goal of making one of our web applications alot easier to deploy. The tools I chose were – Web Application Installer (WAI) Wix (Windows Installer XML) WixEdit I’d played with all three before but never really got past prototype stage. I’ve spent the last day learning wix and […]