Unique file name
I came across a curious piece of code as I was working my way through the project I work day-in-day-out on; not that curious pieces of code are rare in this project.
Coffee Heaven in Toronto - Te Aro
I am on a mission to find good coffee using Flat White café in Soho (London, UK) as my benchmark. I thought it was impossible here in Toronto, but I was wrong. Here's my finding from the delightful Te Aro Coffee Roasters on Queens East and Ossington.
You know what grinds my gears? Long URLs, URLs littered with UTM tracking information, and YouTube URLs that contain more than they need - which is just the video ID.
Developers are not designers
As chaotic as the advertising world is, working at a couple of agencies in London gave me perspective and a lot of insight into the way things should be done; sometimes this was done inversely: I could see what was being done and realised that it wasn't exactly the right way to do it, but it made me realise a way that what was being done could be adapted to a more practical way.
The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point in all of Africa at 5,985m above sea level (ASL). One believed origin of the name is derived from the Chaga word 'Kilimankyaro' meaning 'difficult mountain to climb;' had we known that before we climbed, maybe we might have thought it better not to try. Luckily for us - we found out a few days after we started our ascent: far too late to turn around.
Windows 8/RT Review
I have had Windows 8 installed on my home laptop for a few months now and last week my Surface RT arrived. I thought I'd take this time to list a few things I like and hate about the whole new system.
jQuery Mobile is the wrong answer
Whatever the question is, jQuery Mobile is never the right answer. Well, unless you're throwing something together very quickly and have absolutely zero concern for customisability and are targeting only phones with screens 4.5' and smaller.
SWF to Image under 64 bit Windows
This is definitely a reminder post for myself. Twice now I have fallen victim to issues working with 32-bit COM libraries running under ASP.NET websites under Windows 64-bit. The main issue in this case was a library used by a legacy app that had to be ported from an older server to a newer one.
Windows RT and Microsoft Surface
So today I bit the bullet and pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface. I was always opposed to buying an Apple iPad because I couldn't justify the cost for something I doubted I would get much use out of. The difference with the Surface is that it's a Microsoft product and I'm a Microsoft developer. I have toyed with objective-c and it's just a pain, developer support (documentation, tools, updates, tutorials, etc...) from Microsoft is 100 times that of Apple's and .NET is a very, very nice environment to develop with.
Three days in Vancouver
I never thought I would like a city as much as I did London (UK, not sure how many times I have had to clarify that in the past six months) but Vancouver comes close. The park, the beaches, the people, the food and the culture. It has it all. I see it as a Melbourne with a nicer park and beaches on the ocean, not a port.