a weblog by Ed Eliot

Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity. - Michael Johnson

This weblog is the online home of Ed Eliot, an experienced developer, architect and technical manager based in London, UK.

  • Unix Permissions Calculator Released

    5 years, 5 months ago

    Over at Project Fondue we've just released a new tool - Permissions Calculator. If you always had trouble understanding how Unix file permissions worked then this is the tool for you.

    It allows you to specify the permissions you need by ticking checkboxes and it then generates the correct octal code for use with chmod. Alternatively supply it with an octal code and it'll provide a breakdown of what permissions that code corresponds to. The URL of the breakdown is bookmarkable making it easy to share with other people or to cross link from online documentation.

    Additionally the tool can generate the symbolic values needed to added permissions to an existing, base permissions set.

  • Favicon Generator & Editor Released

    5 years, 6 months ago

    I've been working on several projects with a couple of former colleagues (Stuart Colville & Cyril Doussin) and we've just released the first of these - a favicon generator. The CSS Sprite Generator tool we released back in 2007 has also had a new lick of paint and we've set up Project Fondue to promote our work so check back often for new tools.

    Here's an extract from the about page text from the Favicon Generator which explains exactly what it does.

    This tool provides an easy way to convert any GIF, PNG or JPEG to ICO which is supported by all modern web browsers. It also enables you to create favicons from scratch via a handy online editor. Additionally the editor lets you manually tweak generated favicons to ensure the best possible result.

  • Inbound Link Analyser - a tool for analysing links to your site

    5 years, 10 months ago

    Eric Migralia, of Yahoo! YUI fame, has just released a tool, Inbound Link Analyser, for listing and analysing inbound links to any site. It's utilises YUI extensively and, I'm sure, provides a fantastic example of how to use a number of the core YUI components. I strongly recommend a browse around the source. Data for the tool is taken from Yahoo!'s Site Explorer API and del.icio.us.

    Page Inlink Analyzer UI.

    So far the tool has helped me unearth plenty of inbound links I hadn't discovered through the usual suspects (Google Analytics, Feedburner etc) so given how much I like trawling through this stuff I'm guessing I've got plenty of fun filled browsing ahead of me.

    The interface also lists other pages that have been indexed for the domain entered. Clicking on these or any of the inbound links opens separate tabs within the interface for you to analyse those resources further.

    Eric's written a short introduction over on his blog (also newly released) so I'd suggest heading over there and checking that out first.

    Here's a link to an analysis of my CSS Sprite Generation tool. It provides plenty of data to start exploring the tool with.