Monthly Archives: April 2012

On This Day In 2004


On this day in 2004, Dan finally handed in his dissertation on the subject of Three Rings. Since then, Three Rings has become the de facto standard for University Nightlines, and has also become the most popular rota management system for Samaritans branches and a variety of other helpline charities, too. Continue reading

Visitor Tracking Without Cookies (or How To Abuse HTTP 301s)

British Telecom's implementation of the new cookie laws. Curiously, if you visit their site using the Opera web browser, it assumes that you've given consent, even if you click the button to not do so.

A technique for abusing HTTP 301 redirects and random numbers to uniquely track users; even those who have cookies disabled in their web browsers. Continue reading

Star Wars – Machete Order

Darth Vader

Ruth, JTA, and Dan watch the Star Wars series in Machete Order – that is, episodes IV, V, II, III, then VI. Continue reading

One Hundred And Sixty


Dan reminisces about old mobile phones, text messages, and those 160-character limits we learned to work around. Twitter could learn from this… Continue reading

Moving Things Around With CSS Transitions

My head "pops up" in the top-left hand corner of the site, and hides when you hover your mouse cursor over it.

The “pop-up head” in the top-left hand corner of the page is powered entirely by CSS: no Javascript is used at all. Dan explains how. Continue reading

Top of the World

My dad, "dressed for cold weather", according to my sister.

This weekend, Dan’s father finally made it to the North Pole, as part of his charity trek, albeit in the form of his cremated ashes being carried by another member of his polar team. Continue reading

A New Look


Dan redesigns the theme for, returning to sans-serif fonts and shades of blue… plus a few modern CSS features that he’d wanted to play with… Continue reading

Personal Effects


Dan’s been working on sorting out his late father’s estate and his personal effects. Some people have been helpful; others, less so. Continue reading

The Meats I Miss


After a year and a bit of being vegetarian, Dan looks back and considers the things that he misses more or less than he expected from eating meat. Continue reading

On This Day in 2040

On this day in 2040, Dan built the Internet Time Portal, and – connecting backwards in time through the Internet – made this one-of-a-kind blog post. Wait, what? Continue reading