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  1. Review: The Non-Designer’s Design Book

    Posted on February 21st, 2010 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    I’m not a designer. That much is obvious from looking at the websites I produce that haven’t been designed by someone else. That doesn’t mean I don’t care though; which is why on Christmas day last year I ordered Robin Williams‘ “The Non-Designer’s Design Book” (as recommended to me by Tim Huegdon). I’ve only just […]

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  2. Deep Linking into YouTube Videos

    Posted on January 8th, 2010 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts, Tips & Tricks.

    Just a very quick post today to highlight something I only became aware of a couple of days ago because of Jake Archibald, when he posted a youtube link on an internal mailing list – it’s possible to deep link into an arbitrary point within YouTube videos. I had thought that this was something most […]

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  3. Using WordPress’s “Upgrade Automatically” Feature

    Posted on December 19th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts, Tips & Tricks.

    Yup, it’s time for the WordPress upgrade dance, yet again – 2.9 Carmen has just been released and everyone using WordPress is being “urged” to upgrade. Now, I’m slightly ashamed to admit it, but up until last week I hadn’t been upgrading regularly. It had seemed like in order to be able to use WordPress’s […]

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  4. Adding a vCard to your iPhone Address Book from a web page

    Posted on November 29th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    It can’t be done. Well, not obviously anyway. A couple of weeks ago, I realised that my public vCard was less useful than it might be. One of the specific reasons that I created it was to make it easy for people to add a bunch of my contact information to their address books when […]

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  5. Heading off to the Big British Castle

    Posted on November 18th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    A bunch of you will already know from Twitter, but last week I got myself a new job. The contract came through today, and I’ve signed it, so I can now let you know what I’m moving on to do – I’m joining the team on the BBC Homepage as “Senior Web Developer” next monday. […]

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  6. Displaying your current remote iTunes Playlist on your local Mac’s Dashboard

    Posted on November 14th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    In my last blog entry, I wrote about “Controlling iTunes across multiple computers with the keyboard” (snappy title, huh?). In it, I promised that the next step was to work out how to get the current playlist displaying on the dashboard. So, here goes… The first thing to be aware of is that if Safari […]

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  7. Controlling iTunes across multiple computers with the keyboard

    Posted on October 8th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    Over the last few days on Twitter I’ve been talking about my peculiar iTunes setup, and a few people have been asking me if I’ll blog about it. So, here goes… My situation is that my iTunes music library is stored on my MacMini that lives in my living room (connected to and powering my […]

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  8. Getting Started (again) with NetNewsWire

    Posted on October 5th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    I’ve been a NetNewsWire user since I first bought a mac about five years ago. It’s always been a nice, usable piece of software for me, and I’ve enjoyed using it. So, after I wiped and reinstalled Snow Leopard last week after a botched upgrade (I was getting lots of beachballing) I once again reinstalled […]

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  9. Yahoo! Pipes: Munging, Mixing and Mashing

    Posted on September 3rd, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    Now that my summer holidays are over, I thought I’d better start blogging again. So, here we go. Just after I left Yahoo!, I was asked by YDN if I’d mind still presenting the talk I was planning to do about Yahoo! Pipes. Being the wonderful sort of chap I am, I happily agreed. So, […]

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  10. Big Geek Day Out: Bletchley Park – A resounding Success!

    Posted on July 20th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    So, this last Saturday past was the Big Geek Day Out to Bletchley Park, and it was great. One of the things that I love about Big Geek Days Out is that I don’t have to do any organising. I just tell people where the day out will be and what time to get there […]

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