Darren Beale Web developer & early adopter


OneNote API and PHP


Recently Microsoft released an API for my brain indexer favourite tool, OneNote.
To say I’m excited by the opportunities presented with this API, especially when it has some more features, would be an understatement. What’s really promising is how open the dev team are being about the API’s progress and out how quickly they are rolling new stuff out.

Project Management Pain


TL;DR – I can’t find a tool that gives me high level scheduling overview AND individual finer detail on each project going through my little studio. Below I review a bunch of tools that don’t fit my needs. Do you know of something I should check out? Or do you agree there’s a need for something else? Anecdotal advice or ideas welcomed in the post comments. From the very...

Default changes to Vim


Quick post for future reference.
Just installed Debian or Ubuntu, need Vim back to what you’re used to?
edit `/etc/vim/vimrc`
`set background=dark`
`set autoindent
set expandtab
set softtabstop=2
set shiftwidth=2`
Tabs are now always (2) spaces and you can actually see the text.
Don’t forget to add `export EDITOR=vim` to .bashrc either.

Building a PHP development server from scratch


The other day my dev server completely died, this was rather inconvenient to say the least. 24 hrs later and my new (excellent, very quiet, powerful but only consuming 150w) HP 54L Proliant Microserver was sitting on my desk ready for building. I’ve done a server build so often that I can do it with my eyes closed , but usually miss something, so as I was in a hurry I referred to my...

Strikethrough keyboard shortcuts in MS Office (and others)


I use a lot of strike-through during my day (well, hopefully, I do as I get things done!). Here’s a couple of keyboard short-cuts for strike-through on different digital products:

OneNote: Ctrl + –Roam Research: Win + Y

Word: Ctrl + D (font menu) then Alt + K (tick strike-through) then EnterExcel: Ctrl + 5Google Docs: Alt + Shift + 5

Lync: Ctrl+TSticky notes: Ctrl+T

Paddling from Loch Morar to Mallaig


I just got back from an epic trip to the highlands of Scotland open canoeing with some mates.
We were prepared for the sort of weather that an October in northern Scotland could throw at us (which the weather forecasts were also suggesting would happen) but on this occasion they got it wrong and we really lucked out.

UK Smart Meter Data Access and Privacy without the hype


There’s been a fair bit of press recently on the privacy issues surrounding the UK’s smart meter roll-out – currently in its foundation stage (figuring out how it’s actually going to work) before the official start of the roll out in 2014 – some of it is balanced, some of it less so. The coverage all seems to reference just a handful of reports here, here and here...

‘svn add’ one-liner


Simple one-liner that I use when I’ve loads
of files to add to a subversion repository:
for FILETOADD in `svn stat | awk '{ print $2 }'`; do svn add $FILETOADD; done

Installing bitcoin on Debian ‘squeeze’


Instead of being outdoors I geeked out indoors this weekend and amongst other things installed a Bitcoin daemon on a public facing server so I could have a play with the API/RPC features.
Below I document the steps I followed as it turned out to be slightly more taxing than the usual apt-get install bitcoind

Buying Land with a Pension


Before I begin let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: I’m not a financial advisor nor am I ‘regulated by the Financial Services Authority’ and your risk profile, circumstances, motivations & world view are likely to be totally different to mine. Do your own research. DO NOT take the following article to be in any way competent financial advice. It’s not...

Darren Beale Web developer & early adopter