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HTPC build!

A while ago my wife asked me if it were possible to remove all the DVDs we had on a couple shelves and put them in the loft and ‘somehow’ put them on to the computer so we could watch the movies…  naturally my mind went straight to building or buying a media centre/HTPC.  After looking around I found some nice small systems, such as the systems by Acer or Zotac.  However, they either didn’t come with a blu-ray player, or didn’t have room in the case to add to in the future (such as adding a tv tuner card or similar).  So after a long while, I finally decided I may as well just build the darned thing!  (OK, so it wasn’t much of a push that I needed to buy lots of computer components and build a new PC…)
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New baby!

Welcoming to the world my lovely little daughter, Rozalynd. Born on the 17th March and weighing in at 6lb 2oz. Apparently, I didn’t learn my lesson the first time and thought more kids and less time to code would be a good thing… :-)

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PHP Team Development book review

Book coverSo I’ve finally finished the book!  OK, I finished it a couple weeks ago but haven’t had a chance to post up a review yet.  Of course, I had every intention of finishing it a lot earlier considering I was flying for nine hours to the States and then another few hours on to Mexico – and the journey back again! – but that really was just wishful considering I was travelling with my two year old son.  Oh well! :-)

On with the book review…

The book, as the title makes it plainly obvious, is about developing your team in relation to working with PHP.  It’s aimed at, well, pretty much anyone who has an interest in developing or working in a team, be it managers who need to set up and manage teams or developers working within a team who want to improve their work flow and procedures, or anyone in between.  It does this by giving an overview on several subjects, but doesn’t go as far as to tell you that you must do x, y or z.  This is understandable, though, as every team is different and the book acknowledges this.

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PHP Team Development (book)

Book coverThe other day I had a new book sent to me called PHP Team Development, written by Samisa Abeysinghe and published by Packt Publishing. Unfortunately, it arrived at work when I was on holiday so I haven’t been able to have a look at it yet. :-/ However, I’m back today and have the book in my hands (well, not literally, of course, else typing would be much more difficult), so am looking forward to diving in to it.

Hopefully have a bit of a review posted up here some time soon!

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Easy table sorting with jQuery

I came across a jQuery plug-in the other day to sort tables, and it works great and is exceptionally simple to implement (and as anyone who’s flicked through this blog knows, I like the simple things in life… Don’t need any more gray hairs popping up, you know!).

The plug-in is called tablesorter (found at tablesorter.com), by Christian Bach.
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What a productive day!

You know how sometimes you have those awesome productive days? Well, mine has been one of those… Got up at 6:45am (yeah, thank my little boy for that one! :-P) and figured I might as well stay up, so unloaded the dishwasher, put in another load, cleaned the house from top to bottom, entertained friends for lunch, wrote my first jQuery plug-in, wrote my first set of PHPUnit test cases for a new app I’m working on, write two blog posts (OK; so one of them is this one, but it counts, damn it!), and posted my first proper twitter message!

Now if I can squeeze in a little tv watching or Overload playing, I’ll be golden!

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