The random eclecticisms of loonytoons

My Tech Story

I was recently approached by a friend of mine about writing an article describing my career in tech for a new campaign that she was putting together, My Tech Story for The Tech Partnership. This is a great initiate aiming to encourage and interest people in the careers and opportunities available in the technology...

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Web Writing Tips

Note: I originally wrote this for a company blog, but this has since been taken down. Things to consider when writing for the web Since it’s inception the internet has become an invaluable tool for many businesses and organisations as a way of marketing themselves and providing relevant information...

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StageFright – resources on public speaking

Background I’ve been to quite a few technical conferences now and at pretty much each event I got involved in discussions about public speaking and presentation techniques. This is partly because I’m friends with a lot of regular speakers who often get asked for advice about getting into speaking...

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Starting to speak

I never thought I would write a blog post about this, but last week I gave my first ever talk! It was a presentation for work about structured data markup as part of our regular frontend forums. As most of the audience were people that I work with on a...

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Add structured data to your html content

Structured data markup for html has been around for a while, but it can be confusing and isn’t always seen as a priority to implement. Its usage by the big search engines and other organisations is only going to increase though, so it’s well worth getting your head around...

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git error setting certificate verify locations

I came across this error having setup a windows vista machine to clone a github repo using msysgit: error: error setting certificate verify locations: CAfile: /bin/curl-ca-bundle.crt CApath: none It turns out it’s just a problem with the path, all you need to do is reset this info and it...

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Magento – product zoom for tall thin images

Current version : 1.4.2.0 While reworking a 1.3.2.3 magento template to work for magento 1.4, I had an issue on a product page where a tall thin image was not being resized correctly by the product zoom javascript. The script seemed to think that the image was small enough...

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Magento payment broken continue button

Current magento version: 1.4.1.1 We recently upgraded a magento site to version 1.4.1.1 as part of moving the site to a new server. Everything seemed to run smoothly with no issues, job done. However it didn’t take long for  the customer to ring up – ‘My site’s broken, no...

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Day Camp For Developers 2010

On the 6th of November there’s an interesting new online event happening that I wanted to draw your attention to. Day Camp 4 Developers is an event aimed at all programmers regardless of your favoured language of use, as it focuses more on soft skills rather than specific technical...

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jQuery slideToggle and ie7

I had an interesting issue where in ie7, the element that I was displaying using the jQuery slideToggle function, would seem to jump out of place once the animation had finished. As I was displaying a list, I first assumed that in ie7 the element was adding in the...

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