Learning Android development

In the past I have played a bit with android and done single page static applications but want to make something more useful so here I go again trying to learn a bit of Java and the Android SDK / Development tools. The problem is I always start none work related development projects and they just end up sat there in a repo and never get anywhere. The problem is either I end up reading allot of theory on how to do stuff and never have the time or will to carry it to an end product or work just eats up all my attention and the projects die.

Anyway this time I have decided to try and do a bit of project management to help me keep going. I have gone for the ‘sticky/post-it note’ method, breaking each small task into small notes and having them posted on the wall.


I am hoping that having the notes on a wall I see multiple times daily will nag me enough to keep working on the app, also having the tasks defined should help me stay focused enough to build the application. Only time will tell……..


Hey all, another quick update! Been busy with work so have not had much time to do any articles or blogs lately and looks like it is going to get more hectic. Have managed to change it up a bit on here though! Gone are the adverts from Google, they were not making much cash and really did not server much purpose. Also changed the theme to the default WordPress 3.5.1 theme as it is clean and fits mobile devices very nicely.

Apart from that have been helping my good friend Nick get his website re-branded to Monster Editing by sorting out his DNS, Mail and hacking a bit of css.

Looking forward to Linux Outlaws Live (or LOL) on February 17th in Liverpool, if you are about then you should check out the website and get your ticket!

Linux Outlaws

Next time I should have a review of the Devil May Cry reboot, currently playing through the story mode. The “new” Dante is different, his attitude is abrasive and is taking some time to get use to, he is like an angry Nero ( DMC4 ) but a bit more foul mouthed. Only half way through but the story so far has grabbed me as good as any other DMC game/anime. Also the fast switching weapon system takes some getting used to but certainly adds an extra edge to action.


Stay safe until next time! Tony.

Stop hotlinking / bandwidth theives

Hey all, just a quick update as I am waiting for Sky to get my new broadband up and running. Found out that a Blogger user was hot linking to a friends copyrighted pictures on their site. Normally my friend does not mind, but they were using it in a way he did not like. Anyway while he is chasing Google to get the site reported, he has asked if there was a way to prevent them linking? Continue reading

PHP code to add and remove name from a text file

The code at http://pastie.org/2242460 is in response to a post @ REWARD: PHP code to add and remove name from a text file . This is an old post migrated from another domain as I think it would still be useful to some people.

I’d like to give users the chance to add and remove their names using a sign-me-up HTML form.
So they could “Thomas” to a text file with an HTML input box and then also remove themselves by choosing “remove” with a simple sign-me-up web form.
A bit like subscribing and unsubscribing from a mail list but the removal should search for the exact match in the text file (in upper or lower case) for the name “Thomas” and then say “you’re removed” or “you’re not on the list”.
Is this possible ? A whopping 200 points to the first decent working PHP script (plus 50 points for the best answer).
Thanks very much.

Batten down the hatches – A quick guide to harden a Linux server

With the announcement of the 512MB model and the open sourcing of the SoC the RaspberryPi is just going to get more popular. The Pi is a cheap (£26/$35) ARM computer that runs Linux and is being touted as a device to encourage kids (and hobbyists) to learn programming, mainly Python. However as it runs Linux it means that it can be used for almost anything including media centers, file servers and web servers. As more and more people are using these little devices as alternatives to free/paid for hosting I thought I would just drop a few tips on how to help keep these devices safe and under the owners control. Continue reading