Unslider RSS Carousel

Using Unslider (http://unslider.com) as an RSS-based photo carousel works well with Google’s Picasa Web Albums but not that well with Flickr and Tumblr primarily because of the RSS feeds. The Picasa RSS feed features several attributes that can be used to display full size images. However, Flickr and Tumblr, use standard RSS feed attributes that only display a thumbnail and description for each post. In my Unslider test (http://the-fennells.org/unslider.html view source for the code), I pull an RSS […]

Ping Response Time in ASP.net with Bootstrap Style

I recently began my foray into ASP.net with a small project at work. Part of the project displays the ping response time. To accomplish this, I wanted to show the response time and use Bootstrap progress bars to indicate slow response times. In ColdFusion/Railo, this is simple enough with CFIF. However, in the code-behind world of ASP.net things are a bit more complicated. As a counterpoint ColdFusion doesn’t have a ping function baked in; even […]


Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in the world of IT has realized that we live in a world of alphabet soup. Filename extensions are just the start – from .asp to .zip. Then there are protocols like TCP/IP, HTTP and FTP. There’s an abbreviation for nearly everything and if the abbreviation doesn’t slow you down, the names of the technologies should. Fedora is not just a style of hat. Flash is not […]

Bootstrap Database Dashboard Mock-ups

I have been working on mock-ups of a database health dashboard. The idea is to get a quick glimpse at database health and quickly identify where to start looking for problems. The goal of each design is to contain the same information but present it in the most informative and easily-accessible manner. This first design contains too much text and doesn’t convey severity as clearly as a more graphical solution. The second design still needs […]

Resume with Bootstrap and Google Chart APIs on GitHub

I have changed my infographic resume to use Bootstrap along with the Google Chart APIs and then created a repo for it on GitHub. The new resume is available here. All of this was done in a Oracle VirtualBox virtual machine running Fedora 19 with the 3.13.5-101 64-bit kernel. The document was created using nano and the repository was created, committed and pushed using git commands in a terminal window. Yes, I have a passion […]