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  1. Enabling Google Books, Maps (and other apps) via the Google Apps Admin Panel

    Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    Recently, I received an email from a user of one of the Google Apps domains that I administrate. They were having the problem that if they visited Google Books or Maps and tried to sign in with their account, they would receive an error message stating that they were not allowed to log in, as […]

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  2. Making PHP CodeSniffer use JSLint via Rhino

    Posted on April 3rd, 2011 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    Last week at work, we started writing some JavaScript for the project we’re working on. Up until now we’ve been very much focusing on core functionality, but we’re at the stage now where writing some JavaScript makes sense. One of the things that we’ve been doing up un til this point, and has been making […]

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  3. Dev Checks – Improving code quality by getting developers to look at each other’s work

    Posted on January 17th, 2011 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    I’ve been working on the BBC’s Homepage for about a year now, leading a team of five front-end developers to create a high quality product. One of the processes that I introduced to the team about six months ago was that of a formal “dev check” after every task that we completed from our backlog. […]

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  4. Using last.fm tags to make awesome playlists in your local iTunes library

    Posted on August 18th, 2010 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    As I’ve mentioned previously, I have a large music collection that I manage using iTunes. One of the problems with any large collection is the curation and management that goes with it. I carry my iPhone around with me and I listen to music on it, but even the biggest iPhone available would hold only […]

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  5. Review: Cordless Dog’s “Stay”

    Posted on August 16th, 2010 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    One of the problems with being an Apple laptop user who sometimes connects to external displays is the lack of any built in management of where different applications should live on those different displays. If you’re anything like me, as soon as you connect your laptop to an external display you’ll end up moving your […]

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  6. Packratius, and the inevitable overwhelming of del.icio.us

    Posted on June 8th, 2010 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    I’ve been using del.icio.us for years. I started using it well before it was bought up by Yahoo!, and for a long time my primary use for it was to store my bookmarks in an always available location – I used many computers, and not having my bookmarks tied to a single machine always seemed […]

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  7. Geolocation & Beer: Part 4 – Finding the Beer

    Posted on June 2nd, 2010 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    Now, I know I said there were only going to be three parts to this series, but I’ve just realised that I missed out a quite important part of how I built Beer Near Me – how I found the beer! Even though Beer Near Me was only ever really built as a weekend project […]

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  8. Geolocation & Beer: Part 3 – Static Maps

    Posted on May 17th, 2010 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    The final thing to do now that you’ve found the user’s latitude and longitude and told them where they are in a human readable format is to put all the data you’ve gathered onto a map. Now, there are lots of tutorials out there for the JavaScript based Google Maps API. So, if you want […]

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  9. Geolocation & Beer: Part 2 – Telling the User where they are

    Posted on May 13th, 2010 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    In the last entry, I wrote about how we can use the navigator.geolocation API to find a user’s current location. In today’s post I’m going to continue on to talk about taking that location and turning it into a piece of human readable text that tells the user where they are. After all, having a […]

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  10. Geolocation & Beer: Part 1 – Finding the user

    Posted on May 5th, 2010 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    I recently attended BarCamb3, a BarCamp held at the lovely Red Gate Software offices in Cambridge. My main contribution to the event was talking about a silly little weekend learning project I’ve been working on – Beer Near Me. I’ve split the presentation I gave up into three separate blog posts, which I’ll be putting […]

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