Name that tune in one vibrate…

Listening to the Muppets theme being played on a mobile phone across the office, and the accompanying buzzing from the vibration alert, it struck me why have mobile phone manufacturers not linked the vibrations with the tune that is playing. It should be reasonably simple to set up a little system that listens to the tune being played, and translates the stresses in the music to a vibration. That way, even with the sound turned off, you could tell who’s ringing you by the tune being vibrated in your pocket.

So, what tune is this?

bzz bz-bz-bz bzzzz bzzzzzz bzz bz-bz-bz bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
bzz bz-bz-bz bzzzz bzzzzzz bzz bz-bz-bz bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Big Web Five, No. 4: Server-side scripting (Part B)…

This is a little later than I hoped, but better late than never. So I present to you another function designed to demonstrate the power of server-side scriting when used in conjunction with client-side technologies: the Refresher function.

This simple-to-use function takes the grunt out of creating a lightweight, semantic, standards-compliant updateable element on a web page using DOM scripting, also known as AJAX. Take a look at the experiment and demo page and let me know what you think. Of course it’s available for you to use under a GPL licence.

Reliance on the internet…

How reliant are we on the internet? Due to the bomb blasts in London earlier we’ve been without internet communications at work all day which has affected all external email, web browsing and several processes that rely on internet access. While we’ve still been able to function, many departments of the business have been greatly inconvenienced by this outage. It makes me wonder whether we are too reliant on technology that can be so easily disrupted.

My thoughts are with anyone who has been affected by the terrorist actions in London today, whether they have lost loved ones, been injured themselves, or are finding it difficult to get home. I hope this does no increase any animosity towards any religious community, but instead galvanises both Christians and Muslims to fight against extremists of all persuasions.

Out and about (16:44 pm)…

It has hit me again how different software and web developers are. I feel very stupid compared to them, but I like the fact they are jealous of my sites.