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Renault Cheerleaders

One of the many sights I got to see at the Renault World Series at Silverstone


Artificial Intelligence Systems

In popular culture we see artificial intelligence in many movies and novels such as "The Terminator" and Phillip K. Dick's novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"; but our dreams of AI to that scale are still a long way off. In this article we look at what driving forces have led to humankind's desire for AI and what advancements we've made over recent years as we edge ever closer towards our goal.

IT and the Law

In most countries there are laws relating to the use of data and to the usage of computers. Those laws are not there to be oppressive or regulatory but to protect the interests on individuals as opposed to organisations. Here we take a look at some of those laws, what they mean and how they can affect you.

iPhone Development: Splash screens

For this first in a series of iPhone development tutorials we take a look at how you can create your own splashscreen for your application. It's easy to do and requires very little time to accomplish.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the biggest buzzwords of today as we move towards what was previously only in the dreams of science fiction novels and movies. Augmented Reality is the technology which enhances our view of the world with useful information about what we see, similar to how a HUD works in military aircraft and in FPS video games.

Location Sensitive Programming

As we move into a world where social media is king we are inching closer to a change in paradigm where no longer will we need to say where we are, but our browsers will be able to tell a web application where we are (if we let it) and we can then be served content based upon this. With the iPhone OS 3.0 update it will be possible for the Safari browser to access the longitude and latitude information provided by the phone's built in GPS, in a web browser using JavaScript.


Using mod_gzip in Windows

Apache2 for Windows can make the job of sending content as a Gzipped file a little tricky; but here is how to do it.

Discovering APIs and Services

APIs and services have many different purposes, such as making it possible for people to easily contribute to sites from software (in the case of an XML-RPC service), or to easily implement code themselves.

Coding PHP Mailboxes (Part 1)

This article describes how to use PHP to connect to mailservers, and display emails on a webpage. In the case of Microsoft Exchange based systems other details such as Calendars, and Tasks can also be retrieved and displayed.

Tagging content using Scriptaculous

In-place-editing is a way of being able to click on an element and have it change into a form on the fly with the ability to save your changes there and then. It has many common applications in Web 2.0 style applications, and this guide shows you how to use them for tagging content. (Folksonomy / tagging)

Dynamic Sortable Lists in Scriptaculous

Sometimes it can really be useful to let a user sort a list of items, and this can easily be done using Scriptaculous, but when it comes to being able to sort dynamically updated lists it can get a little more complicated.

Software Quality and Testing

Testing is one of the fundamentals of Quality Assurance, it outlines where the defects are in a measurable form and helps to make an application "bug free". Remember though that software testing never reveals the absence of bugs, only the presence of them. The purpose of this guide is to help promote the ideals of software quality, and illustrate why it is a good thing.

Creating a Postmaster in Microsoft Exchange Server

This article shows you step by step how to create a "Postmaster" in Active Directory / Microsoft Exchange Server that is capable of accessing the mailboxes (and hence the calendars, free/busy information) of all/selected Active Directory users.


Detecting Users Online using PHP

After recently having seen a way of showing the number of people currently visiting your site by recording IP address I thought I'd demonstrate my own way of doing it that also includes the ability to show which users online, and number of users/guests online.

C++ Lesson 3 - Classes and Conditions

No programming language is complete without being able to make choices in conditional statements - this guide covers the use of these in C++ and also the use of classes.

Promoting your site

SEO is a curse to some who see it as a method of spamming or deceiving search engines to favour your site. This should not be the case, search engine optimisation should consist of making sure you have good, well marked content that has links inbound and outbound.

C++ Lesson 2 - Using Inputs and Types

In this second lesson you will learn how to capture input, and what the different data types available are. Those who have used other languages before should be reasonable familiar with the datatypes that C++ offers.

C++ Lesson 1 - Methods and Output

C++ is like many other OOP programming languages with it's support of classes, absract classes, and many other "cool" types. Anyone who already knows similar languages like Java may find some of the earlier lessons too basic.

Better Glows in Photoshop

Bored of the normal glow that is provided by the blending options in Photoshop, or feel more creative? Then don't let it restrict you, this technique demonstrates an alternate way of creating a glow around objects and text.

Using Windows Integrated Authentication

Windows Integrated authentication, the Single Sign-On (SSO) method available to Windows-based servers allows for supported applications (including web applications) to utilise the credentials from Windows login. This guide describes how to use it.

Regular Expressions and Validation

Regular Expressions are a popular way of performing complex string matching on variables. To anyone who is relatively new to them though, it can be daunting. This guide shows how to use them, with examples for using them in validation techniques.

Water Effects in Photoshop

Water takes up about 70% of the Earth's surface - that's a lot of water, but just because there's a lot of it doesn't mean it should take a lot of time to draw it in Photoshop. This covers basic water effects in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

JavaScript Best Practices

JavaScript for some is the bane of web development technologies - but it should not be feared or hated. As long as proper practices are followed it will not have any affect on the accessibility or function of the website other than to enrich the user's experience.

Accessibility and the Law

Accessibility is now a common goal for any public facing websites, and is now unlawful for companies to make their site inaccessible to people with disabilities. A number of companies had actions taken against them in response to this. What does this mean to the average designer / developer?

Phasers and Lightsabers in Photoshop

Sometimes it's fun to edit a photo so that it's got a lightsaber in it to make a spoof of Star Wars, or maybe some laser fire as a phaser if it's Star Trek; doing this in Photoshop is quick and easy.

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