• What is a valid email address?

  • With the on-going abuse to email based systems, we are in need of ways to validate the email addresses we're handling.

    We all know what an email address looks like, we see them and use them every single day. But how do you know if it’s valid or not? The next obvious question should be, what defines a valid email address?

    This is what I intend on investigating.

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  • Firefox “Always On Top” on Windows XP

  • When watching long streaming online videos I often watch them while I do other things, perhaps even browse other websites. I need something to keep firefox on top!

    The problem is the moment that I use another application the focus is taken away from the Firefox window and it goes into the background. This is no good as I can no longer see the video.

    I decided to investigate a solution that could keep the Mozilla Firefox window “Always on Top”…

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  • Seen script for mIRC updated

  • Looking for someone? huh? Well, look no further, this script is designed to keep log of people quiting, parting, being kicked out of and changing their nick… It also tells you if they are still on IRC, on a different channel or such, its basically the easiest way to keep track of people. It can now also tell you when someone last spoke.

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  • 50+ PHP optimisation tips revisited

  • After reading an article some time ago entitled “40 Tips for optimizing your php Code” (and some others that are suspiciously similar), I decided to redo it, but properly this time with more accurate tips, providing references and citations for each and every one.

    The result is this list of over 50 PHP optimisation tips…

    Update: The list is more like 50+ PHP tips and tricks these days.


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  • Geek in the Park 2008

  • It's about this time that geeks start to think about things to do over the summer.

    Geek in the Park is a day-long event for geeks (mainly web developers) to have a get together.

    The event is going to be held in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

    The Picnic during the day, followed by The Discussion in the evening. The event starts on Saturday at noon and everything should wrap up by around 11pm.

    …and yes, I will be attending.

    So, come see me at Geek in the Park on Saturday 9th August 2008. Put it in your diary!

    I aim to get there around mid-day, but have been known to be fashionably late.

    You’ll find me listed on both the Upcoming and Facebook event pages.

    Don’t forget to visit the Geek in the Park website and add your email address to the announcements.

    For those of you on IRC, you can visit #webdev @ EFnet to discuss it further.

    See you there!

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