Play Games, Save Kids!

Have you ever been to a NICU?
NICU stands for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and to seriously over-simplify things it’s where babies go when they are born WAY WAY too early. They use pieces of equpiment called Isolettes and Jet Ventilators to save the tiniest of people every day.

Pull out your cell phone and look at it. We are talking about babies the size of your cell phone.

This year I’m using Extra Life to help raise money and awareness for  Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

On October 16th, 2010 I’ll attempt to play video games for 24-hours straight, and I’ve asked you to come by in hopes that you’ll support me by giving just $1.00 per hour ($24 total).

Your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of your gift goes to help heal sick kids, here in Dublin.

This Fall, my fellow Extra Life gamers are going to make miracles happen for kids. I can’t do that without your support.

My goal is to raise $192.00, with your help I can achieve that!


Posted on October 12, 2010

The Sony Ericsson Elm

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So I’ve finally gotten a new phone, the Sony Ericsson Elm which is a part of Sony Ericsson’s “Greenheart” family. So far I’ve been using the phone a week I am extremely pleased with it. It’s made from recycled plastics and is free from hazardous chemicals – and comes with a low power consumption charger, reduced packaging, some eco-aware apps and an e-manual on the phone instead of a printed guide.

It also comes with built in Wi-Fi and A-GPS technology, HSPA high-speed mobile network data capability, a 5-megapixel camera and a full of multimedia features. Measuring up at 110 x 45 x 14mm at its thickest, and weighing 90g, the Elm feels slim in-hand and pretty lightweight.

The buttons are familiar to Sony Ericsson’s, with a rectangular central navigation D-pad surrounded by more comfortably curved buttons. Although it comes with decent music player software, Sony Ericsson hasn’t built in a standard 3.5mm headphone socket on this model, relying on its Sony Ericsson multi-connector socket on the side. A camera button is included on the side, along with volume keys, while the camera lens on the back panel is accompanied by a small LED flash.

The home screen has a simple widget system, currently allowing a Facebook app, a calendar app and the Sony Ericsson Walk Mate Eco pedometer application. Once selected, these sit on the home screen, and you can switch between them, so you can see regular updates from whichever of the widgets you use.

Email set up and usage is also a now-familiar routine. An email wizard enables you to get started with email by adding just a few details – name, email address, username and password. Settings are downloaded automatically if you’re using popular POP3/IMAP4 email account, and messages from your regular accounts are downloaded to the inbox.

The Elm is powered by a 1000mAh lithium-polymer battery that Sony Ericsson claims can deliver up to 446 hours of standby time or four hours of calls on 3G networks (or 430 hours’ standby or 10 hours’ calls in GSM-only coverage). However if you have WI-FI constantly on like myself you’ll notice the battery last’s about a day and a half. [Not bad considering]

Among the more eye-catching of the other applications pre-loaded onto the Elm are applications that use the onboard A-GPS satellite positioning gadgetry, plus a selection of applications that emphasise the green message behind Sony Ericsson’s “Greenheart” initiative. Google Maps also comes pre-built into the phone and supports street and satellite viewing. Other applications included are Youtube, Accuweather, EcoMate, Neoreader and Wisepilot.

Overall I love this phone, the camera is great and really I’ve just been searching for an affordable phone with WI-FI for quiet a while, this fits that need. The built in browser isn’t amazing but you can fix that by downloading Opera Mini.

Finally the cost I hear you ask? Well I picked it up on o2 pre-pay for €169, I’ve tried to check other provider’s websites for it, Vodafone do not seem to carry the model and the meteor store seems extremely broke at the minute! I’ll update here if that changes!

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Posted on June 05, 2010

Linkage – 28/5/10

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Been a while since I’ve updated here, Digg is just SO good at the minute!

Google’s Chrome 5 is now out, with support for Linux and Mac. Time to get rid of Chromium.

The Coke machine of the future, have to say I want one in my house.

Disappointed the Halo Reach beta is gone? It’s release date is now September 14th.

On the subject of games, Dead Rising 2’s release date is edging closer and closer, 31st of August!

That’s all I got for today, check back soon! 😉


Posted on May 28, 2010

Jelly SMS – Use your web texts from your desktop

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One program I’ve been using a while now and is a serious lifesaver for when I’m out of credit is “Jelly SMS” [previously just jSMS]. You need to have the latest Java installed for it to work but it is cross-platform. It basically lets you send web texts from your desktop without having to login to your network’s website.

The latest version of the software, available here [just click Free Version –> Desktop] even supports delivery reports, and support is very good, I’ve noticed it not working maybe twice in the last year[due to o2 redesigning their website], both times the issues where fixed and an automatic update was out within two days. They also now have an android and iPhone app, for anyone in possession of those luxuries!


Posted on April 08, 2010

Another Re-Design

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Image Above ©2010 =Eibo-Jeddah

So here we are, four months into 2010 and I couldn’t stand another minute of looking at the old design! So presto its gone! We are currently using the StudioPress Theme, which has quiet a nice feel to it I think! I have also added a Services page listing Services I can provide and estimate costs..

Other than that we have a contact page up thanks to a handy plug-in Contact Form 7. And we’ve finally gotten around to enabling the “All in One SEO Pack” so hopefully now we’ll get some more “related” traffic!

Currently doing alot of work with Prestashop, but can’t say much on that at the minute, but hopefully by the end of the month I can get a few posts on Prestashop up as well. Other than that just waiting on Microsoft Dreamspark Support to get back to me for a free trial for XNA Game Studio..


Posted on April 07, 2010

[Graph] Modern Web Design

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A brilliant graph of where time is taken up in web design. Scarily true as well!

Thanks to poisonedminds.com


Posted on January 15, 2010

Programmer Personality

Just took an interesting test on “What is your programmer personality?” It is based of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and has been changed to relate to your programming personality type.

Your programmer personality type is:

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You’re a Doer.
You are very quick at getting tasks done. You believe the outcome is the most important part of a task and the faster you can reach that outcome the better. After all, time is money.

You like coding at a Low level.
You’re from the old school of programming and believe that you should have an intimate relationship with the computer. You don’t mind juggling registers around and spending hours getting a 5% performance increase in an algorithm.

You work best in a Solo situation.
The best way to program is by yourself. There’s no communication problems, you know every part of the code allowing you to write the best programs possible.

You are a liBeral programmer.
Programming is a complex task and you should use white space and comments as freely as possible to help simplify the task. We’re not writing on paper anymore so we can take up as much room as we need.

Find out what kind of programmer you are here!


Posted on November 09, 2009

Earcandy in Ubuntu Jaunty

What is Earcandy?
EarCandy is a volume manager for PulseAudio that fades applications in and out based on your current activity. Meaning it can do handy things like muting your music playing when you decide to turn on a youtube video. EarCandy can sniff out applications to tell what kind of application they are

Some Screenshots:
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Video of it in action:

How to install Earcandy on Ubuntu Jaunty
You can do this by using the following command:
sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list
Then add the following to the end of the file:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/earcandy-devel/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/earcandy-devel/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Then you can install earcandy by using the following command!
sudo apt-get install earcandy


Posted on September 28, 2009

Got kUbuntu 9.04 on disc!


My address has finally been sorted, there was some confusion with the post man and where I lived since moving into the newly built apartment, but today kubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” came through the door!

With its world-renowned Ubuntu core and the KDE 4.2 desktop, Kubuntu 9.04 gives users a well-rounded, feature-filled and elegant desktop.

Best of all these cd’s are free thanks to Shipit and ubuntu! Check it out here! I recommend anyone that has to fix computers to get themselves one, live cd’s really can be a lifesaver!


Posted on September 25, 2009

Create a URL Shortener With Your Domain

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If you use URL shortening services like TinyURL, it may be worth your while to setup a domain shortening service on your own domain. This is quiet easily done with a WordPress plugin now.
YOURLS is a free PHP script created by Lester Chan and Ozh Richard that allow you to create something similar to TinyURL.

  • It is easy to install.
  • It has a statistic side that allows you to keep track of all the URLs you are currently using.
  • It also easily allows you to choose between making your service open for all or just for you.
  • It lets you have customizable links instead of random characters.
  • Lastly it has a bookmarklet that allows you to make TinyURLs on the fly!

Download it and try it out! 😉


Posted on September 24, 2009