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BAC Calculator Revamped

Monday, March 8th, 2010

The celtickane blood alcohol content calculator has just been revamped.


JSBenchmark – February 2010 Update

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

JSBenchmark.celtickane.com has recently benchmarked (and recorded) 50,000 browser tests. If you aren’t familiar with it, JSBenchmark is a javascript benchmarking utility that records the javascript speed of all visitors and aggregates various browser speeds. You can test out your own browser(s) at the Run Benchmark page, or check out all the popular browsers’ performance at the Results page.


yellowish 1541-II drive and DIY C64 power supply
Creative Commons License photo credit: Digger/ATL


The old javascript benchmark has now been replaced with a community-based, revamped javascript benchmark called JSBenchmark.


Because graduation is approaching, I have decided to switch my phone’s calendar from Outlook/Exchange to Google Calendar. Windows Mobile doesn’t make it easy to remove an Outlook account once it’s been set up, so I’ve written down the procedure below: (more…)

S-Video TV Out with Ubuntu 9.04

Friday, July 10th, 2009

I have an older machine that I recently converted into an Ubuntu 9.04 server for various needs.  One of those needs is to play television shows or movies onto a TV via an S-video output.  I did not want dual output or anything like that — I simply wanted a TV hooked into my machine.  Unfortunately, unlike Windows XP/Vista, Ubuntu doesn’t automatically detect S-video output.  To make the matter worse, I have an older ATI Radeon 9200 video card, which caused some drivers issues.


Javascript Speed Test – 2009 Browsers

Friday, July 10th, 2009

The official Summer 2009 Javascript speed test results have been posted!   Check them out under the “Test Results” section of the page.  The conclusion: “Safari has taken the lead by performing about twice the speed of its nearest competitors, Chrome and Firefox.  Opera, the once champion of the speed test, has fallen from its throne to the second-to-last position.  Perhaps the most surprising is how much worse IE8 fared relative to its competitors — it was 2-3 times slower, but now is performing almost five times slower.”

Five Painless Site Optimizations

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Why Optimize?

A few minutes of painless website optimization is well worth your time. With a properly designed site, a few simple optimization and compression techniques will result in reduced bandwidth requirements and faster load times. If you want to survive the digg effect, or just make your site more efficient, you owe it to yourself to try all five of the following techniques.