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Caching & ADOdb for Tweekly.fm

The best thing about building a project that gets popular is the same as the worst things about a project that grows rapidly. Tweekly.fm is currently gaining 1,500 users per month most of which decide to publish on a Sunday. This increases the load and run time of the delivery engine that pushes tweets outbound. The other side of an…

Social Traffic Alerting

I spent some time yesterday extending the StokeTraffic platform to include support for eye witness reports provided by users of the service. This now means that the service will include real time eye witness reports of problems and conditions of the roads in and around Stoke on Trent. All users are invited to participate in this extension of the service…

The Roaches: Lud’s Church

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be writing about how to get to and see parts of The Roaches and other Peak District places. I’ll also be making an effort to update parts of Wikipedia to reflect these changes too. Over time, paths change and the ways of getting to a lot of places change too.…

Geocaching.com Storing Plaintext Passwords

I completely found myself in shock earlier today when I had to use the ‘forgotten password’ feature on geocaching.com. To my complete amazement, they emailed my password back to me in plaintext. Now, bearing in mind that most of their site is basic in features I’m sure they haven’t generated their own two way encryption so that means they’re storing…

LaFonera as a Wifi Bridge/Repeater

This is a screenshot of the bandwidth usage for the Fonera router I flashed last week. Everything seems to be working fine. A couple of PDF documents that I found useful can be downloaded here and here.

Last.fm Auto-Tweeting

This has been moved to http://tweekly.fm as I’ve rewritten and redeveloped the tweekly system. Also, there is a Facebook version here at laststat.us I’ve just finished the beta of my autotweeting last.fm statistics system. It’ll take your last.fm top artists and publish them to Twitter on a day of your choosing.You can sign up for the beta here. If you…

Hacking a Fonera Router

A few people have asked about more details for the wireless bridge I’ve set up within my local network. You can find more information about it here. Its a pretty simple process and you end up with a router running DDWRT. I’ve got it set up to bridge the ethernet port into the main wireless network here.

The Year of 1582

Switch your calendar to October 1582 and take a look – you’ll see something resembling the above image. There is a simple explanation for this though. In the year of 1582 the Pope decided that to correct the accumulation of time over the year they would remove the period of time from 5th October to 14th October to compensate. Pope…