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Mono .NET test on Ubuntu

A while ago I wrote about Mono running Microsoft .Net on Linux. I recently installed it. It worked well from the very basic test I ran. I would like to see it trialled on a full system in a production environment.

Here is a screen shot of the success.

Starting a Microsoft .Net project in MonoDevelop

Starting a Microsoft .Net project in MonoDevelop

ASPX running on Ubuntu

ASPX running on Ubuntu


Android app for mobile workforce management

February 16, 2011 1 comment

Android application development is exploding. The company I work for, G3 Global, has made some early steps into concept applications. I was fortunate to work with Kevin, one of the java developers, to put together a bespoke application.

The idea was to create a mobile workforce system that would allow engineers to work remotely through a list of jobs. Each job would allow a before and after picture which was geo tagged. Here is a video of the application in action.

The original post on the G3 Global blog ‘Mobile workforce management on Android

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LinkedIn companies beta test drive

I recently gave the LinkedIn companies section a go. Chris Gunter, CEO & Owner of G3 Global, setup the initial page. Here is a snapshot of the page that was setup:

Company page of G3 Global on Linkedin.

Company page of G3 Global on Linkedin.

I was half impressed with the functionality. It’s a great concept to use the business networking site to now have company pages, but the implementation still is clearly in Beta. I had a look at a company page that I used to work for Open Box Software, and was a bit confused when I saw three people on the page: Sophiane Arras, Andy Ashburner and Henry Juan who never worked for Open Box (they did work with me at Kindo/MyHeritage). Have a look at the ‘Former Employees’ section below:

Company page of Open Box Software on LinkedIn

Company page of Open Box Software on LinkedIn

They are connections of mine but clearly no relation to the company. I can only assume there is something wrong with the query in the logic. Oh well it is only beta.

Google thinks i’m a virus or spyware

September 9, 2008 4 comments

Google thinks our office is some sort of menace and have blocked the entire office. It appears to be the result of one of my colleagues tracing multiple back links. Here is an extract from the page and and a screen shot.

Your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.

A temporary solution is to delete your cookies from Google. That seemed to work for a while at least. Once Martin stopped doing huge numbers of queries to Google they ‘unblocked’ us.

Google virus spyware error

Google virus spyware error

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Whitepaper on Memcached with MySQL

If you have or are in the process of developing a decent size web app you will have to address some performance issues at some point. Caching is good way to address some of the performance problems. The guys at MySQL have a nice whitepaper on Memcached. Unfortunately you have to register and then they will send you an email with the file.

Here is the address:

A quick extract from the site with the usual marketing blurb.

Memached is an open-source, distributed memory caching system designed to tackle today’s web-scale performance and scalability challenges. Many of the largest and most heavily trafficked web properties on the Internet like Facebook, Fotolog, YouTube,, Yahoo, and Wikipedia deploy Memcached and MySQL to satisfy the demands of millions of users and billions of page views every month. By integrating a caching tier into their web- scale architectures, these organizations have improved their application performance while minimizing database load. In doing so, they manage to increase their scalability to accommodate more concurrent users and spikes in traffic while at the same time making the most efficient use of their existing computing infrastructure.

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Alt 3 or should I say Hash #

March 5, 2008 2 comments

I’ve only recently starting using a Mac so imagine my joy when I got to teach a Mac veteran something. Ok it wasn’t anything that impressive but it made me laugh so I thought I’d share it with all of you. The Mac keyboards don’t have the hash key (#) so you have to use the Alt + 3 key combination.

I have to dedicate this to Caffeinehit ­čÖé

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Facebook for the family – see family news on Kindo

February 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Most people really like finding out what their friends have been doing. Facebook seems to have done a great job at producing a feed of news for all your friends. Problem is that i seen to have far too many acquaintances and it is filled with irrelevant information.

Kindo have done something similar but focussed on your family. The Our Family section shows some interesting statistics on your family members coupled with a great news feed.

family news

I personally like the calendar which shows all birthdays and anniversaries. It even shows details for people not signed up. This is great in my family because a lot of the oldies aren’t online.