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  • Khal Weir - Great iPhone Apps
    your data can be exported as CSV Convertbot http www tapbots com I recently decided to switch to metric for measurements still more commonly expressed in imperial in the UK this app has been handy to convert distance and weights to better communicate my achievements to olds and Americans Trails http trails lamouroux de This is a slick GPS logger I use it to map my bike rides and also for geocoding my photographs The logged GPS data can easily exported to be used in Google Earth TrailRunner etc iTreadmill Nike it ain t but it ll track your runs or walks and calculate calories burned Spotify http www spotify com The mobile version of Spotify a fantastic music streaming service is a killer app Streaming works well playlists shared with you or created on your desktop are available you can create new playlists easily and best of all you can offline sync a playlist The app is free however does require a Premium account 9 99 month which also removes the ads from the desktop client Tweetie http www atebits com tweetie iphone I ve hardly logged into the Twitter web interface since downloading Tweetie and it s desktop counterpart The interface is slick and easy to use Bonus points for the slightly creepy location based search Awesome Note http bridworks com I just downloaded this one but it looks like a keeper I like the interface and the fact that I can import to and from Google Docs its a shame it can t sync though and I m considering using it s ToDo list as an alternative to Remember the Milk which I really rate but the iPhone app requires the 25 Pro account and mine is due to expire soon Other favourites Facebook this is fantastic

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022191009/great-iphone-apps#_=_ (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Snow Leopard vs Windows 7
    as I m using the 32bit version 32bit Leopard and Ubuntu don t seem to have that problem Like many I skipped Vista completely so I m not sure whats new for this version and what is brought over from Vista Things I ve liked so far are the new window management tricks like Aero shake and full screening an app by pulling it to the top of the screen things I ve not liked are the confusing control panel my NAS being detected as a media device and struggling to use it as networked drive and being nagged constantly I ve since managed to turn this off There s been improvements in the Start menu too and the Spotlight like search works well Overall Windows 7 feels snappy and is visually quite appealing although Microsoft really needs to get together and make their UI s consistent The price is right and now that XP is almost a decade old I think I ll be buying a copy when it is released Snow Leopard This release isn t a huge update from the previous one and this is reflected by its name and very reasonable price The installation process was as simple but did take a while After a reboot nothing looked different at first but immediately I noticed my system was faster Safari especially seems faster than ever and start up and shut down speeds are noticeably quicker too Snow has a bunch of tweaks and nice new features it can automagically set your timezone based on your location based on your WiFi connection The largest change is behind the scenes the move to 64bit and Open CL allowing OSX to take full advantage of modern hardware and ditching support for legacy machines this also means you gain some

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022193652/snow-leopard-vs-windows-7#_=_ (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Real world Web Development
    seemingly endless copy changes from picky clients and nightmare server crashes I ve seen plenty of guys eager to get into this industry join agencies and balk at the unglamorous tasks they d never expected they never last long So why do I enjoy it I get to work in a great team at Work Interactive face different challenges each day checking Twitter at work is R D every day

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022192659/real-world-web-development#_=_ (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Design vs Development
    I m pleased with soon in the meantime I thought I d share my story of a developer trying his hand at design I set about the task as I would a development project I thought about what I wanted to achieve sketched some ideas and broke the into site into elements After a little while I d more or less settled on a layout and had a few ideas for potential designs so then went looking for inspiration and resources This is where I hit my first problem I know I want a killer background and lack the Photoshop skills to make my own but once I started looking I was overwhelmed by choice and at the same time found it difficult to find exactly what I was seeking again finding a cool font proved to be difficult After gathering a bunch of fonts graphics and ideas I started putting them together in Photoshop to create a rough prototype I was able to dismiss a couple of ideas outright at this stage and now I m able to concentrate on the strongest I still have a long way to go the prototype isn t built using the Blueprint CSS

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022191806/design-vs-development#_=_ (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Tools of the trade
    FTP file uploads new IM or Email messages It means I can focus on what I m working on and can choose to ignore the Adium duck flapping in my dock if the IM message doesn t warrant an immediate response MAMP http www mamp info Local development area Time Tracker http code google com p time tracker mac Stunningly simple time tracker really useful Textmate http macromates com A very powerful and feature rich text editor Textsoap www unmarked com textsoap I just recently found this one so haven t played with it that much but so far it looks like it ll handle anything I throw at it and give me nice plain text Firefox www mozilla com firefox My Firefox is loaded with extensions so many I think its worth a separate article Litmus http litmusapp com Feed it a URL or a send it an email and Litmus provides screenshots in a variety of different browsers or email clients They also provide Alakine a desktop application and a plugin for Coda to better integrate testing into your workflow Parallels http www parallels com uk products desktop As great a tool as Litmus is sometimes a screenshot isn t enough and you have to actually test the functionatily of a site Parallels allows you to quickly turn on a virtual machine and run another operating system Currently I have 3 Windows XP VMs installed covering the latest 3 versions of Internet Explorer Notebook http www moleskine com Essential for problem solving notes in client meetings I like the small blank Moleskine s as they are neat looking small enough to slip into a pocket and the blank pages are versatile Balsamiq http www balsamiq com products mockups I came across this Air app recently its a great

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022190197/tools-of-the-trade#_=_ (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir: Archive
    yet 2011 2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December 2010 2011 2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December 2009 2010 2011 January February March April May June July

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2012/1?before_time=1243774680 (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir
    Edinburgh office face to face conversations to communicate I see Google Wave replacing and centralising a great deal of our communication in a clean searchable organised tool If you got here via a Google search for free invites sorry I don t have invites to give yet Sep 23 Great iPhone Apps The App store has over 55 000 applications and I read recently that the average iPhone owner has spent 80 on apps This is a round up of my favourite Apps these apps are ones that I find useful to keep me connected when I m away from a computer and which extend the usefulness of the iPhone allowing it to mimic expensive dedicated devices Weightbot http www tapbots com I ve been working on losing weight recently this fantastic looking app has been a great aid in tracking my progress The interface is attractive and simple tilting either left or right displays a graph view or an overview of your progress and your data can be exported as CSV Convertbot http www tapbots com I recently decided to switch to metric for measurements still more commonly expressed in imperial in the UK this app has been handy to convert distance and weights to better communicate my achievements to olds and Americans Trails http trails lamouroux de This is a slick GPS logger I use it to map my bike rides and also for geocoding my photographs The logged GPS data can easily exported to be used in Google Earth TrailRunner etc iTreadmill Nike it ain t but it ll track your runs or walks and calculate calories burned Spotify http www spotify com The mobile version of Spotify a fantastic music streaming service is a killer app Streaming works well playlists shared with you or created on your desktop are available you can create new playlists easily and best of all you can offline sync a playlist The app is free however does require a Premium account 9 99 month which also removes the ads from the desktop client Tweetie http www atebits com tweetie iphone I ve hardly logged into the Twitter web interface since downloading Tweetie and it s desktop counterpart The interface is slick and easy to use Bonus points for the slightly creepy location based search Awesome Note http bridworks com I just downloaded this one but it looks like a keeper I like the interface and the fact that I can import to and from Google Docs its a shame it can t sync though and I m considering using it s ToDo list as an alternative to Remember the Milk which I really rate but the iPhone app requires the 25 Pro account and mine is due to expire soon Other favourites Facebook this is fantastic so much better to use than the terrible website Wordpress I like this for starting drafts of new articles when I get an idea while I m out BeeJive instant messager app with push notifications Prowl pushes Growl notifications from your Mac s to your iPhone Shazam yeah its been around since day 1 but I m still amazed by how well this works Remote this may as well come preinstalled very useful HoldEm this is the only game I play the most on my iPhone Zen Bound a really pretty game the aim is to to wrap objects in string Sep 08 Snow Leopard vs Windows 7 I ve recently installed two new operating systems on my Macbook Pro and thought I d write a quick comparison of them I m predominantly a Mac user and no longer own a PC yet I need Windows for testing damn you IE and gaming damn you Left 4 Dead Windows 7 Installing the Release Candidate of Windows 7 was quick easy and a lot prettier than installing previous versions of Windows To my surprise everything worked out of the box except sound and 3D graphics but a popping in the Leopard DVD and visiting the Nvidia site soon fixed that Only 3GB out of my 4GB of Ram is detected as I m using the 32bit version 32bit Leopard and Ubuntu don t seem to have that problem Like many I skipped Vista completely so I m not sure whats new for this version and what is brought over from Vista Things I ve liked so far are the new window management tricks like Aero shake and full screening an app by pulling it to the top of the screen things I ve not liked are the confusing control panel my NAS being detected as a media device and struggling to use it as networked drive and being nagged constantly I ve since managed to turn this off There s been improvements in the Start menu too and the Spotlight like search works well Overall Windows 7 feels snappy and is visually quite appealing although Microsoft really needs to get together and make their UI s consistent The price is right and now that XP is almost a decade old I think I ll be buying a copy when it is released Snow Leopard This release isn t a huge update from the previous one and this is reflected by its name and very reasonable price The installation process was as simple but did take a while After a reboot nothing looked different at first but immediately I noticed my system was faster Safari especially seems faster than ever and start up and shut down speeds are noticeably quicker too Snow has a bunch of tweaks and nice new features it can automagically set your timezone based on your location based on your WiFi connection The largest change is behind the scenes the move to 64bit and Open CL allowing OSX to take full advantage of modern hardware and ditching support for legacy machines this also means you gain some hard drive space back The only issue I ve had so far is my older version

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/mobile/page/4 (2016-04-26)
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