Posts in Category: technology

Making DuckDuckGo an Internet Explorer 11 search provider

As part of my day job I was provided with a Dell Venue 11 Pro. I tried running Fedora Linux on this but the hardware support for this device is rather limited. So I’ve moved to Windows 8.1 which uses Internet Explorer 11. But this combination does not work well with DuckDuckGo. This post is to provide an easy to use option for adding in DuckDuckGo as a search provider in IE 11.

Moving Hosting Providers

I’m in the middle of migrating all my data and web site from 24/7 Hosting to SiteHost. This time I decided to use a VPS so I get complete control rather than living within the limitations of pre-packaged solutions. It has taken me quite a bit to set it up, but I’m now loving the control I now have. DNS domains are still proving to be difficult (groan).

So goodbye 24/7 Hosting and hello SiteHost! Let’s get some reliability back!

2014 Dell M3800 vs 2009 MacBook Pro

This is a comparison of of a 2014 Dell M3800 against a 2009 MacBook Pro. I’m not doing this to prove any particular point, but rather point out the differences so that people buying computers are better informed. I’m not going into performance except for where it’s really obvious.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is one of the most mis-used terms I hear today. It is used in the wrong context so many times that I suspect that by next year it’s definition will cement in a common understanding that is yet to form (and different to how we now perceive it). To prepare for this; I will lay out what I think it should be.

Wikipedia’s definition says it best (simplified by me):

DevOps is a methodology that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and operational IT professionals.

CyanogenMod on a Huawei U8510 Blaze/Ideos X3

After reading lots of Android forums about how to install a custom ROM on this phone I ended up running in circles. It was not until I stood back and thought about how a Linux system boots and what it needs that I managed to filter the junk (there was lots of it) and get the job done. Here is a brief description of what I went through.

Multiline Text Dialog Boxes in Mono Xwt

I’ve been experimenting with the Mono Xwt library recently. I kind of like the idea of being able to develop once and run on any machine (don’t ask about redistributing Mono libraries, I’ve yet to learn that lesson). I hit a bit of a “speed bump” when I tried to create a dialog box with a decent amount on text in it. Searching only drew complaints about how Xwt lacks a multi-line text display. So I did a little hacking/experimenting and managed to come up with this work-around.

LED Light Cube

I’m not a big fan of adding lighting to a scene, but that is mostly because I shoot stage shows. Every now and then I do something like a still life or shooting into a light source. In these times I’m craving the ability to generate my own light. It appears that the people who have invented the LED Light Cube have hit the nail on the head. I’m fascinated to see what this product will look like when it’s complete.