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A Guide to Geocaching

As many of the regular readers of this site and my Twitter account will know, I’ve very much integrated GeoCaching into my daily life. Just like pringles you won’t be able to stop once you’ve started. GeoCaching is a very simple premise that is similar in principle to the old idea of letter-boxing. You can sign up at geocaching.com for…

Twitter API Oauth Update Status

This PHP script will post an update to Twitter using OAuth. You can download the complete script and library here. The Actual Script 1 &nbsp Running the Script &nbsp The End Product &nbsp

Stoke-on-Trent DIY

After living in Stoke-on-Trent for quite a while again now I’ve come to realise like many others that when needing to find something out about local government – generally you head to stoke.gov.uk. This is an old site that has been online for a number of years without too much improvement. For a lot of topics you can actually find…

Check Apple Device Warranty

You can get quick information about any of your Apple devices by using their self service warranty information page, located here. For serial numbers from iPhones and iPads it’ll show supported networks, current warranty status and a little more. Its also useful for checking legitimacy of serial numbers.

Parsing GeoCache GPX with PHP

While working on the new cache pages for this site I came across the interesting task of parsing GPX files with PHP. SimpleXML is quite easy to use and with the children() function you can use namespace extensions – for example with GeoCaching exported GPX files. You can get an awful lot more information from a GeoCache GPX than with…

Journalism Stickers

I wholeheartedly concur with Tom’s latest creation. I’m really surprised that nothing like this has been done previously, if it has then I’ve not seen it.

Local Businesses Should Harness Locality Services

There is an emerging trend that local business won’t be able to ignore for too long. At the moment, all the rage with mobile devices seems to be location based services and games with Gowalla, FourSquare and Yelp being the primary platforms although Facebook is to launch its own version shortly which may comprise of an amalgamation of all three.…

Moving Forward for Tweekly.fm

In January this year when I first undertook the Tweekly.fm project in ran in a very different way than what it does now. I’ve completely rewrote the code base that the system works from. It now runs a lot faster and we can support more users than previous. I now run both statistics for Twitter (tweekly.fm) and for Facebook (laststat.us).…

Steve & Friends

Hi Scott, Really glad you emailed, as I didn’t have any details to send a thank you, we love Steve and his mates, and such a lovely surprise to receive on a dreary Tuesday morning! If we feel a bit stressed we give Steve a squeeze and then all’s well with the world, it’s better than cake. Thank you, again.…

Unified Reward Point System

The system of rewarding customers with points, cards or discounts is a fairly standard practice amongst today’s modern business. This reward model is based around rewarding for purchases of goods and services and then allow these customers to choose a gift in return to reward their loyalty. The existing implementation are this reward network is singular in nature except for…