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Introduction to Jekyll and GitHub Pages

Introduction to Jekyll and GitHub Pages

I posted a previous blog entry about a hack-along session at Coded in Braam (an initiative by Thoughtworks to spread the code-love). This time I had the great privilege of presenting! I have started playing around with Jekyll after seeing it on the Thoughtworks Tech Radar (Which I discovered later is actually generated using Jekyll!) so it seemed like the perfect way to learn more about it — There’s nothing like the fear of...

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Kruger Half Marathon – Race Report

Kruger Half Marathon – Race Report

This is only my second visit to the Kruger National Park, but it has to be one of my favourite areas of South Africa… Driving along the dirt roads before dawn, lions sprawl in the rays of the rising sun, yawning lazily. A pied kingfisher smacks its breakfast of freshly caught fish against the side of the dam wall. Later in the day, ox-peckers ride the backs of rhinos as they browse between the trees, and skittish impala nibble at new...

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OpenERP authentication using UareU Fingerprint Scanner

OpenERP authentication using UareU Fingerprint Scanner

I’ve finally managed to integrate DigitalPersona’s fingerprint reader  into OpenERP! It works really nicely, allowing an administrator to enroll user fingerprints and then they can log into openerp without any typing or remembering passwords. I also built a module to enroll and verify customers for extra security for payments etc. Most of the magic happens in a java applet and a java backend. Unfortunately DigitalPersona...

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Comrades 2013

Comrades 2013

I am finished! Literally, physically, mentally; finished! “We did it!” I slapped Lee on the back. We managed to run in to each other just before the finish, and hobble the remaining 5 km in together, 11 hours after we had wished each other good luck at the start of the race. Today it was no longer about beating my Dad’s best time of 9:18 or even my previous time of 11:10 (I had dropped those goals as quickly as the sun had...

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Comrades Panel Talk 2

Comrades Panel Talk 2

“You may take photos of me, but please, don’t cut off my legs!” - It would have been in very bad taste if it had not come from the man himself; Don Oliver, double amputatee and Comrades legend. In his introduction we were told how Don recently flew to the USA, planning to take part in the New York Marathon in a wheelchair. Unfortunately hurricane Sandy had other plans, and the marathon was called off. But not to be...

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Comrades Panel Talk 1

Comrades Panel Talk 1

Definitely the most interesting talk about running I’ve been to: The Comrades Panel Talk. This is the first one I have been to, and was full of running legends; Bruce Fordyce, Don Oliver and Prof Tim Noakes. Don Oliver’s book “Make Sure of Your Comrades Marathon” got me through my first Comrades. I was amazed to hear how positive and even light hearted he was about his amputation. still helping other people run the...

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Openerp CSV demo data

Openerp CSV demo data

I’m starting to use unit tests for my openERP modules, but to use the tests you need demo data and to get demo data in you need a horrible xml formatted representation of your data… I searched for a way to export the existing data as xml, but the only way seems to be the “module recorder” which is tricky to use. Then I realised you can use CSV (exported from the normal openERP export on every page). Some things I...

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