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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……..

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 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.

The Nights Get Darker………….

Evening all, from a dark and dreary Liverpool. It’s now mid October and the nights have started to close in and weather is getting wetter (if that is possible in the UK). I have managed to give myself a kick up the backside and get this post written, must get into the habit of dumping my brain to disk more often!

Anyway although not actually blogging as of late, I have been more active on twitter. If you wish you can follow me at @apjone. As well as tweeting on what comes to mind I have also been helping out my good friend Nick get his website sorted. If you live in North Wales or North West England and are looking for a Photographer or Graphic designer you should check out Nicks website. Continue reading


Hello and welcome to! Finally managed to get the time sort out the design and some of the features, but there is still loads more to come! I will be putting up an ‘About’ page as soon as I get the chance, until then you can follow me on twitter @apjone or on Google+.

I guess I have to give a shout out to TeamGB who are currently 3rd in the Olympic medals table! Great work guys and girls! Proud to see the effort they are putting in. Also a big shout to everyone working at the Games, so far bar a couple of technical issues it has been a great event.

Got to laugh, I am actually writing this post in HTML in Open Office Writer as to ensure my spelling is correct, my custom.dic has the entire HTML tag library in it now! Hoping to get a few regular features on the go with this blog section of such as round ups of the current tech news, tutorials and reviews. For now though you can check out our Nagios Monitoring Service or our Shortlink service with QR Codes.

Well that is all for now, but please check back soon! And as ever to keep up with the latest things I am working on you can check out my twitter or G+ !

Thanks, Tony!