Friday, 30 March 2012



Apologies for the endless baby posts but I feel a strong need to post baby pictures.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Crazy Picard


Mad Picard

Touchscreens to cut future cockpit complexity - E & T Magazine


This is exciting. I love the idea of augmented reality to assist with using machines. It would be interesting if the control unit for the plane was removable for use off the plane as well. For example, if the unit was some sort of tablet, it could contain flight details and statistics about the flights it had been used on. That would be good for reviewing flights and for training purposes.

I would love to see some of this technology make it down to cars. Assisted driving would be excellent!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Youtube comment remover on Chrome Web Store

I put that little YouTube comment remover on the Chrome Web Store so it's easier to install etc..

Give it a go. It will make your life better.



Me, Lea and Erin

Just a couple of pictures taken recently of me, Lea and big baby Erin. She is following in the good old Finn tradition of being an enormous baby! Hoorah!


Chrome Extension: Save yourself from YouTube comments


In the same manner as Trullock changed Twitter back to the original?formatting?

I am always drawn to look at the YouTube comments, yet nothing good ever, ever, ever comes from them. They are essentially the slime of the internet. I must protect myself from them.?

I have made the add in, just download it, unzip it and do as Trullocks instructions...

Goto Chrome -> Tools -> Extensions.
Tick ?Developer Mode?, then click ?Load unpacked extension?
Navigate to your unzipped folder and select it.?

That should spell the end of the temptation of reading YouTube comments!


Telerik Blog: 5 Visual Studio 11 Designer Improvements for ASP.NET 4.5 Dev


The improved JavaScript Intellisense looks promising. I just really hope it lives up to it. I can't imagine it will sadly but my fingers are firmly crossed. I will perhaps give it a whirl in the beta version on Windows 8 this evening.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Kinect Cad, this is an awesome idea.

Kinect Cad


Spotted this on the Coding 4 Fun site.

Such a wicked idea. Obviously if you have done any CAD work in a design office, you will realise that this would be an appallingly slow way to work but a brilliant concept nevertheless. It just opens up ideas for the future of manipulating virtual parts and putting them together in with other members of an engineering team in a group situation. Can you imagine wearing special gloves to get feedback on the feel of parts and how they interact with each other! 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Zenni Optical

My new sets of glasses arrived this morning ordered from? I have never ordered glasses online before but the price of glasses on the high street is just a little too high for me at the moment and essentially I only needed a spare pair. They have a massive selection of ludicrously cheap spectacles so I thought I would indulge myself, getting 3 pairs (buy 2 get 1 free) for the princely sum of ?20. That included shading and anti glare on one pair. Ridiculous. All 3 were essentially joke glasses buy I wanted to see what the quality and fit would be like.?

The quality of excellent. No different to my FCUK or Osiris glasses that I bought last time from Specsavers. All I needed was my prescription and my PD distance (they don't include this on your prescription) which I got from using this app?

Anyway, I bought a pair of slick "Potters", some miners welfare glasses and a pair of yellow tinted glasses so I could look like the dude from half life. Sadly the yellow tint wasn't quite enough but I will get a darker yellow next time and maybe some with a red tint just to look extra cool.?


Thursday, 8 March 2012

Save project, run tests and open window to commit macro

I seem to always forgot to save my project when doing a commit to Mercurial so all my commits like like this...

hg commit -Am "Given a user is logged in, when they edit they're profile, then the profile is updated"
hg commit -Am "Project Saved"

I seem to be incapable of remembering to do this (although now I will probably always remember) so I made a little Macro to bring up the commit window instead of my current Visual Studio command. 

It's as simple to make Macros in Visual Studio as it is in any Office program. Just record the Macro (Tools, Macros) and then go in and tweak it if you need it (alt+F11, same as Office).  Mine is the following: 

    Sub SaveAllRunTestsOpenCommandPrompt()




    End Sub

The only non obvious thing here is the final command. This is an external command I set up (Tools, External Commands) opens up a command prompt in the folder containing the project. This means I can then commit the project or do a Wrap Update with OpenWrap. 

I assigned it the keyboard shortcut of ctrl+alt+s so that when I go to save all, it still saves all but it also runs all the tests in the solution, and opens the command window up in the right folder ready to commit. 

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Microsoft expands Internet Explorer push with new TV ad -- Engadget


If only Microsoft pushed Windows Phone 7 with such vigour! I like the Ad. Almost makes me want to use IE. Almost...

Tricks for Windows 8 in Virtual Box

It's a bit of a ball ache getting Windows 8 to run nicely in VirtualBox. Here is a couple of small tips to help you though...


Install Virtual Machine Additions

This can be done, but you will need to mount Virtual Machine Additions as a disk, then explore and right click on the exe and set to run in Windows 7 compatability mode. 

Getting the resolution right

The resolution is never right if your using a laptop. You can use VboxManager to inject the correct resolution in the virtual machine though. You essentially go to your Virtual Box installation on your parent computer and run the following command.... 

C:Program FilesOracleVirtualBox>VBoxManage setextradata “Windows 8 Preview” CustomVideoMode1 1366x768x32

The "Windows 8 Preview" will be whatever you have called your Windows 8 virtual machine. Thanks to this site for this tip...


Changing the Virtual Disk Size

I made the foolish mistake of allowing the default virtual disk size of 20gb for my virtual machine. Windows 8 takes up quite a lot of space (around 8gb not including swap file space) and when you install Visual Studio 11 Beta that wants a massive amount of space as well. You will soon need more. First this trick, you firstly need to use VBoxManage again, discovered from above and then consulting the Virtual Box documentation. 

C:Program FilesOracleVirtualBox>VBoxManage modifyhd <your vdi> --resize 40960. 

Your vdi file is most likely somewhere like C:UsersYouVirtualBox VMsWindows8Windows8.vdi but you can find out where it is from Virtual Box anyway. 

Once you have done this, your Windows 8 installation will need it's partition resizing. You can do this using DiskPart. Open a command prompt up in Windows 8 by just typing CMD on the metro side.  At the command prompt type


to get you into the Diskpart program. You will then need to select the correct disk and volume. You can see your disks and volumes by typing





Make sure you select the correct disk and volume from those listed on the list commands as the next instructions will be performed on whichever you have selected....

You will then need to extend the disk to the amount you have resized the vdi to. Remember if you initially set it to 20gb and have resized to 40gb you will need to extend it by 20gb (20 * 1024 = 20480)


It should confirm this has been done. And I believe that is all you need to do.


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