F.lux: improving your working environment
F.lux is a piece of productivity software which changes the temperature of your monitor's colour once the sun has gone down; enabling you to sleep better if you've had reason to use your computer into the evening. I've been using it for two years, and this is why...
Thoughts on the Chromebook coming soonI use a few of the programs provided by Google Apps: Gmail, Calendar, Tasks, Docs, Reader, Angry Birds. I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy what appears to be a laptop with severely limited functionality however.
Frameworks and Data Validation: At what stage should the validation occur?
One of the questions you may find when attempting even the simplest of form validation is; at what stage should the data be validated? If you have a Controller, a Form (we’ll use Zend_Form in this case) and a Model you’ll find you can choose to validate at all stages, or just the one.
eBay aquires Magento
In 2010 eBay became the first outside investor in Magento. On June 6th it was confirmed that ebay will now acquire Magento. Ebay have announced a new 'Open Commerce' platform named X.Commerce.
Test file uploads in PHPUnit using curlUse curl to POST a file and other form data to your application through the test environment's apache host. You can do this in the setUp for each test.
Green hosting at Gravitywell
Our business requires electricity of course and so it's also our responsibility to try to minimise its use. Aside from simply ensuring all workstations are turned off when not in use, we're looking at ways to further minimise our environmental impact.
As part of our commitment to energy efficiency we're proud to say that our server partners are the UK's first Carbon Neutral Web host. The small carbon footprint now left by our servers is offset by funded projects such as methane capture in the Ruhr.
We hope to announce further positive changes in the near future.