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Site Relaunch - customizing that Twitter Widget

With limited time to post any content to the Blog or Twitter micro-blog, being able to reuse/advartise that content seems like a win-win. Twitter helpfully provide a widget for just this purpose but, out of the box, it’s not quite right for my purposes. But with a little javascript, jQuery and CSS magic that can [...]

Using Python strings and dictionaries to create video embedding templates

All Pythonistas will recognize the % operator used to format strings:

print “%s world from %s!”%(‘hello’, ’showmedo’)

This is similar to its ‘C’ antecedent but, as you would expect and probably know, Python allows containers other than tuples (in the case containing the ‘hello’ and ’showmedo’ strings) to be used in the string formatting operation.

The use of [...]

Python to the Rescue

Showmedo caught some flak from the recent Westhost (our main server-provider) troubles. Catch this pretty interesting thread for the gory details. We were actually pretty lucky as the main site remained standing (not the case for many others) but did manage to lose our cron daemon. As a result some restart scripts which check on [...]

Testing Flowplayer embedding script

This little script, appearing below Showmedo’s video-boxes should allow easy embedding of the videos in blogs, articles and the like. As ever, avoid the WYSIWYG editors or the pristine HTML is likely to be horribly mangled.

If everything goes according to plan, you should be seeing a Showmedo video below (The first part of Chris Perkins’ [...]

The font of knowledge

One of the nice things about the web and coding in general is the occasional little distraction thrown up in the space of toolsets, coding-practice and the like. Today those eddies in cyberspace have brought fonts to the fore, after a while in which I really hadn’t given it too much thought. But the fact [...]

Taming Flowplayer Pt. 1

Getting Flowplayer up and running on the site was not quite as smooth as the nice web-site and clean API suggested. I’ll be documenting the whole gory process in the ‘Building a Website (with Python, jquery etc..)’ series, but in the meantime I’ll mention the hideous hackery needed to get over the final hurdle that [...]