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  1. Locking my Mac when I want to step away from it

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

    I’ve noticed a few people asking recently “How do you lock your Mac desktop when you want to nip out?”. It’s a reasonable question — after all, security of your machine and the data on it should be at the forefront of your mind if you decide to leave your machine whilst you go and […]

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  2. Big Geek Day Out: Bletchley Park – Are you coming?

    Posted on July 13th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    It’s less than a week until the second Big Geek Day Out, and I’ve only just realised that I’ve only mentioned it on twitter so far. Whoops. So, here’s the story. This saturday (18th July), I’m organising a “Big Geek Day Out” to Bletchley Park,the home of high-level British Intelligence during World War II. They’ve […]

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  3. End of the Line at Yahoo!

    Posted on July 1st, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    So, after two years and nine months at Yahoo!, it’s time to move on. For those of you who haven’t already heard on my twitter stream, a couple of weeks ago I was told that I was going to be made redundant as the role that I was performing at the company was no longer […]

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  4. Following Twitter conversations using Yahoo! Pipes

    Posted on May 26th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    One of the things that’s annoyed me for quite some time about twitter is the lack of an easy way to follow a question/answer flow. Fairly often someone will ask an interesting question that I’d quite like to see the answers to, but right now there’s no easy way to find the tweets which were […]

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  5. Hacking my body with the Wii Fit

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

    Last Christmas, I bought myself a Wii and a Wii Fit with the express intention that this year I would finally lose some weight. At the time I was near on 20 stone (about 125kg), and was definitely feeling it. Now, I’ve previously tried to lose weight. In fact it’s pretty much a yearly occurrence […]

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  6. Why did I go to Social Media Camp?

    Posted on May 1st, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    It’s been almost a week now, so I thought I’d better write down my thoughts about Social Media Camp London ’09 now before they all vanish from my head. I didn’t go to last year’s Social Media Camp. I only heard about it a couple of days before it was due to happen, and frankly […]

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  7. How to make Awesome Broken Biscuit Cake

    Posted on April 26th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    I know, this isn’t code and it isn’t anything I’ve done on the train, but it is something I’ve made several times over the last few weeks now. The last time I made it was for yesterday’s Social Media Camp in London, organised wonderfully by Vero. But I’m not going to talk about Social Media […]

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  8. Automated Frontend Testing – The Talk

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

    A week ago, I finally gave my talk about Automated Frontend Testing for YDN Tuesdays, something which I’d been working towards for what seemed like forever. The [2] is now online, and I’ve also put the slidedeck up onto slideshare, with the accompanying audio synced up with the slides. I’m hoping to get a transcription […]

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  9. Getting the CSS Validator running as a website

    Posted on March 9th, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    A week or so I wrote about running the W3C CSS Validator on the command-line. Yes, I know I said I didn’t need to run it as a website, but as it turns out the command-line version doesn’t seem to want to validate local files — only files being served from a web-server. So, I […]

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  10. GitHub Inactive Repository Demoter, a GreaseMonkey Script

    Posted on March 2nd, 2009 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Blog Posts.

    One of the things that’s been annoying me recently about GitHub is the way that a user’s repositories are presented on their profile page. Take my profile page for example — I have 16 repositories, but only 5 of them have had any active development over the last month. To my mind those ones are […]

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