Archive for May, 2008

Firefox “Always On Top” on Windows XP

When watching long streaming online videos I often watch them while I do other things, perhaps even browse other websites. I need something to keep firefox on top!

The problem is the moment that I use another application the focus is taken away from the Firefox window and it goes into the background. This is no good as I can no longer see the video.

I decided to investigate a solution that could keep the Mozilla Firefox window “Always on Top”…

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Seen script for mIRC updated

Looking for someone? huh? Well, look no further, this script is designed to keep log of people quiting, parting, being kicked out of and changing their nick… It also tells you if they are still on IRC, on a different channel or such, its basically the easiest way to keep track of people. It can now also tell you when someone last spoke.

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50+ PHP optimisation tips revisited

After reading an article some time ago entitled “40 Tips for optimizing your php Code” (and some others that are suspiciously similar), I decided to redo it, but properly this time with more accurate tips, providing references and citations for each and every one.

The result is this list of over 50 PHP optimisation tips…

Update: The list is more like 50+ PHP tips and tricks these days.


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Geek in the Park 2008

It’s about this time that geeks start to think about things to do over the summer.

Geek in the Park is a day-long event for geeks (mainly web developers) to have a get together.

The event is going to be held in Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

The Picnic during the day, followed by The Discussion in the evening. The event starts on Saturday at noon and everything should wrap up by around 11pm.

…and yes, I will be attending.

So, come see me at Geek in the Park on Saturday 9th August 2008. Put it in your diary!

I aim to get there around mid-day, but have been known to be fashionably late.

You’ll find me listed on both the Upcoming and Facebook event pages.

Don’t forget to visit the Geek in the Park website and add your email address to the announcements.

For those of you on IRC, you can visit #webdev @ EFnet to discuss it further.

See you there!


10 wordpress performance optimisation tips

I wanted to prepare my wordpress powered blog for an influx of traffic from social media sites such as or, in case one of my articles got big, so I decided to investigate what could be done to optimise the performance my blog.

This is the result…

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