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Unfollow everyone in bulk on twitter using only the browser

So someone hacked my twitter. Considering my password is random and huge, I am confused.
Anyway this left me a mess to clean up as the spammers followed thousands of people.
I had to unfollow them all.

I wrote a 1 line javascript to unfollow all twitter users.

Go to /following in twitter. Scroll to the bottom and make sure they are all loaded

The JS

$('.following[data-user-id]').each(function(user) { $(this).children("button.follow-button").click() });

Option A
1) paste the above in the URL bar and hit enter

Options B
1) press F12
2) click "Console" tab

Appreciating the Passion of the Geek

Yesterday as I was waiting for my chips in a typical northern chip shop, I overheard another customer telling her friend about her younger brother's new hobby. "He's started getting into flying model planes, such a geek," she said with distaste, "and he's not even any good."
What's wrong with having a hobby? Now I do hate to stereotype, I really do but she struck me as the type of person who would look at anyone suspiciously who showed an interest in anything more than watching Coronation Street or the X-factor.

rsyncing files from a server to a client

Memory jogger for me mainly, but useful

How to make rsync copy files from one computer to another BUT not overwriting existing local files.

The magic keyword is --ignore-existing

Woman to Woman

Well well well. Hasn't Ms Brick caused a stir?

I'm sure I'm one of millions writing a little blog about her but as the old insomnia strikes again I thought I'd have my say.

The Tragically Hip versuses The Comfortably Square

In the past week I have had the oppotunity to see two bands live, neither of which are really aimed at my demographic. It was certainly interesting to see the differences between them.

Firstly I am 29. In the last year or so I have started to find nightclubs tedious, too loud and full of 'annoying young people'. Try and fight it as I might, the idea of going for a nice meal where a large amount of sitting down will be required is far more appealing. I am not yet at the stage where I think a trip to B & Q is fun but I am not far off.

The first band I saw was an up and coming indie band, who I shall refer to as the Tragically Hip. The average age of gig goers appeared to be about 19. The gig was loud, dark and crowded. Not long after I arrived I was stuck to the floor with stale beer. I say dark, though when the band came on stage, their lighting technician appeared to be doing his best to blind the audience, maybe this was to blind us to their performance. Whilst I can't say they were bad, the way they threw themselves about the stage, no doubt 'feeling the music', seemed a little contrived. It was all testosterone and attitude, which of course was a unresistable mix to the throngs to teenage girls jumping, giggling and fawning in the audience. Personally I found their charms very resistable and spent most of their set looking for somewhere clean to sit whilst trying not to breath in the soup of airbourne hormones lest it kicked off another puberty. It seemed to me that the aim of their performance was to make as much noise as possible, whilst pulling the most ridiculous faces possible. It was quanity of noise rather than quality of it.

Ten Observations for Star Fleet Captains (based on a back to back perusal of Star Trek: Voyager)

1. When in a battle situation/stuck in a spatial anomaly, the first thing to go offline will always be the warp engines, closely followed by the impulse ones and about half the time the thrusters too.

2. A tachyon pulse/burst/stream is the answer to pretty much everything from scanning for aliens to breaking free from spatial anomalies.

3. If someone is about die/seriously injured or in mortal danger on the planet’s surface, there will always be interference and the transporters won’t work.

4. The holodeck will cause lots and lots of death.

5. The shields will only ever hold for roughly 4 shots from the enemy. BOOM! “Shields at 84%” BOOM! “Shields at 60%” BOOM! “Shields at 23%” BOOM! “We’re fucked”.

Building a hexapod robot

Here is my micromagic/openservo hexpod (as yet unnamed) build log

The Musings of a Sleep Talking Baz

As some of you may know, Baz is a natural born sleep talker (and occasional sleep walker). You've probably heard how when we first got together he'd sit in bed staring at me, telling me "It wasn't going to work" or the time I found him searching under the bed "looking for the Foo Fighters".

So inspired by I decided it's about time I kept a record too.

15th Jan 2010

"We're not really dedicated. We're like the filthy offspring. We're Mongoloid"

"Poo on his hands"

Making Kopete slightly more usable

I have been using Kopete for years, and it is a great IM program. After the recent releases for kde 4.x I have noticed a few irritations. These irritations are small, merely papercuts, but should still be fixed. So I fixed them.

I would say in advance, these fixes are probably (certainly) implemented in the wrong way, and should never go near an official branch. If I ever find time to figure out how to make this work in the right way, I will. For now the patches are here and they are pretty raw, but functional.
Also I didn't bother to try and fix compiling the experimental branch as it seemed more broken than I can find time to fix. These fixes are compiled against the latest stable kopete 0.80.2 from svn. They took me about 2 hours of real work to do these.

A couple of problems in the current kopete, and resolutions

Here are the problems as I see it. You may disagree.

  • Searching. Working but limited.
  • Search visual elements. Shows empty folders in the results view
  • Grouping offline contacts together. Doesn't exist!


Weddings....What's Love Got To Do With It (Sod All From What I Can See)

There's a programme on BBC3 on Tuesdays that has stoked my ire. The progrmme in question is called 'Don't tell the Bride'. The premise of the programme is that a well meaning if sometimes misguided Groom plans the whole wedding in 3 weeks for a (usually) demanding wedding obsessed Bride.

I'm not a fan of the big wedding, as many know. And people usually interpret this as me being anti-marriage which on the whole I am not. It annoys me immensely that these bridezillas truly believe that the colour of the bridemaids dresses or the invitations are the most important thing in the world. Really? Is it some indicator of future happiness I am unaware of? Call me naive but surely the way a man treats you or respects you is a better measure of future happiness that the ribbon on the invitation being the same colour as the cake.

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