Musings Of An Idiot

  • NCrunch

    No Comments February 6, 2012

    A few months ago I was introduced by a colleague to a fantastic Visual Studio extension called NCrunch, and in a single stroke it has managed to almost completely change the way that I write, develop … more

  • Calling MVC Areas From WebForm Pages

    No Comments August 5, 2011

    I'm currently working on a project that involves moving a large classic ASP.NET WebForms application to ASP.NET MVC3; rather than completing re-implementing the system as MVC3 in one large hit, we're … more

  • Home Farm Festival 2011

    No Comments April 15, 2011

    I’m chuffed to say that Cryin’ Out Loud will be playing at the 6th Home Farm Festival in Chilthorne Domer on Saturday 11th June 2011; the full line up for the day is: The Helm No Closure Hundred … more

  • Wuthering Heights

    No Comments April 13, 2011

    A live version of Kate Bush’s classic Wuthering Heights by the idiot bunch of loons that I sing with on a regular basis; this was recorded at The Royal Oak, Ilminster on June 4th 2010 after much beer … more

  • Autoloading Powershell Modules

    No Comments April 13, 2011

    In a previous post I showed a simple module to check the validity of XML documents from a Powershell command line. Over the past few months I’ve found this little function to be incredibly useful, … more

  • Apologies

    No Comments March 9, 2011

    Apologies for any duplications or reposting appearing in any RSS readers; I've made the last structural change to the site for a while, so hopefully the permalinks for any posts won't change (again) more

  • Robots Failing In Orchard

    No Comments March 8, 2011

    I've been getting to grips with the excellent ASP.Net Orchard, and have fully migrated my old blog over to this platform over the last couple of weeks - the issue that I had with the application … more

  • Validating XML Documents In PowerShell

    3 Comments March 2, 2011

    I came across a problem the other day where a process that relied on several external XML documents was failing due to a combination of factors: The document had been hand-edited The document … more

  • Migrating To Orchard

    No Comments February 28, 2011

    It’s time to jump ship again and move to a new Blog system – this time I’ve settled on Orchard, a .NET CMS system with (amongst other things) a full-featured blogging engine. … more

  • Generating 'Recently Added' Playlist with Powershell

    No Comments June 23, 2010

    A feature that I used to like in Windows Media Player 11 that was dropped in version 12 was the 'Recently Added' view. There is a way to produce an automatic playlist that includes recently added … more

  • The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb

    1 Comment August 5, 2009

    One of the highlights of going to visit my Amma as a small boy used to be reading the old hardback copy of "Struwwelpeter: Merry Tales and Funny Pictures" by Heinrich Hoffman – although it … more

  • Custom DS Lite

    No Comments July 23, 2009

    The hinge on India’s pink DS lite broke the other day, which left the top screen hanging on precariously for dear life, so rather than risk the wrath of an eight year old if the thing did give out I … more

  • Amusing Ourselves To Death

    No Comments July 17, 2009

    Just stumbled across this cartoon via B3ta; it makes the case that Aldous Huxley was the more prophetic author compared to George Orwell, contrasting Brave New World against 1984. It’s true that … more

  • Gig Cancelled

    No Comments June 18, 2009

    The gig tonight at The Old Ship in Dorcester is not happening – cock up with booking confirmations! more

  • Parmageddon - The origin

    No Comments April 30, 2009

    The source of the aporkalypse has been identified....   swine.jpg more

  • Shirley Temple Pilots Not Dead Shocker

    No Comments April 7, 2009

    Yes, it's true; the Shirley Temple Pilots are going to be playing for the first time in ages at Finns in Weymouth on Sat 11th July. It'll be loud.... ;) more

  • ASP.NET MVC 1.0

    No Comments April 3, 2009

    Are Microsoft really starting to turn a page when it comes to Open Source? Let’s hope so; they’ve just released the source code to the (excellent) ASP.NET MVC framework under the OSI-approved MS-PL … more

  • Fake Java enums using C# extension methods

    No Comments March 25, 2009

    One of the nice features introduced into Java 1.5 that is missing in C# is enum types. In C#, enums are nothing more than a defined set of values with labels, whereas in Java enums can contain … more

  • Missing

    No Comments March 13, 2009

    It’s funny how little things can really get under your skin and annoy you; at work, I use a combination of Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server for development and day to day work which is fine, but as … more

  • Tree Power

    No Comments February 22, 2009

    Came across this video via B3ta – very clever. more