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Good News! Feel good with positive news websites

Good News! Feel good with positive news websites

Since I no longer subject myself to daily news, I’m happier. It takes an attitude shift to stop indulging in gossip and the likes of “current affairs”, Facebook, newspapers, and the general doom and gloom of modern journalism. Having said that, I still need to know what’s going on in the world. If you want a better outlook but still need to stay informed, then I have good news for you…

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Nintendo (NES) Gamedev, part 1: Setting up

Nintendo (NES) Gamedev, part 1: Setting up

This is the first article in a short series on throwing yourself quickly into learning game development for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The idea will be to get quick results by example, while learning some key details of how the platform and development tools work.

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Simple but Delicious Nasi Goreng

Simple but Delicious Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng is Indonesian fried rice. This variation is quite simple, with the main flavouring ingredients being only bacon, onion, mushroom, and a few basic spices. Despite that, it is quite delicious and filling, and quick to prepare.

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Mac OS X Development Environment with Ruby

Mac OS X Development Environment with Ruby

As a programmer it helps to be comfortable across many different platforms, and learn to leverage the benefits of each. After purchasing my first Mac – an old MacBook – I set out to create a tailored environment that would help my Ruby (and other) development sing.

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Wrangling Ruby and ImageMagick in Cygwin

Wrangling Ruby and ImageMagick in Cygwin

Cygwin can be a clever way for Windows environments to leverage the power of tools that might otherwise only be available in the Unix realm. If you attempt Ruby and ImageMagick stuff in it, though, be prepared for a fight…

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More Packaging Designs for Seeed Studio

More Packaging Designs for Seeed Studio

I’m not a qualified or professional graphic designer, but from time to time I get the opportunity to contribute to a company’s marketing material. Seeed Studio have commissioned a few designs in the past, which I’d like to share here.

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Anton's Warm Chicken Salad

Anton's Warm Chicken Salad

One day I needed to whip something up quickly, using only what I had in my fridge and pantry. Fortunately, it turns out I actually had a lot of good stuff. So, it wasn’t too hard to put together a light, delicious recipe…

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Electronics, part 1: Analog Basics

Electronics, part 1: Analog Basics

Despite playing with electronics for years, there’s a lot I didn’t know about the basics. I find that a good way to learn something and understand it well, is by explaining it to someone else. This article is the first of (hopefully) many, and kicks off with some simple concepts that are fundamental to all electrical systems.

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Chicken and Capsicum Royal Stew

Chicken and Capsicum Royal Stew

I can’t take full credit for this recipe. It’s my take on the Chicken & Capsicum Hotpot recipe that was published at The House of Tudor, hence the fact that I’ve called my variant “Royal Stew”.

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Win32 API approach to Windows Drag-and-Drop

Win32 API approach to Windows Drag-and-Drop

Maybe you can’t implement drag-and-drop in Windows without some COM code, but Anders Karlsson has a straightforward wrapper that will appeal to C/C++ coders that normally prefer the simple flavour of the Windows (Win32) API.

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Prize-winning "DSO Quad" Box Design

Prize-winning "DSO Quad" Box Design

A while back I entered a graphic design competition to create the box art for an electronics test/measurement device. Hoping at least to be nominated, I was instead excited to learn that my submission was the winning design!

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Blogging with nanoc and kramdown, part 1

Blogging with nanoc and kramdown, part 1

I’ve built websites and web apps for over a decade. Finally I’ve set up my own site, to share some knowledge and fun. This is where the sharing begins, by showing you how I quickly threw this site together from scratch, using nanoc.

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