Check Dropbox CLI / dropbox.py status via cron / bash script

I've been using the command line (CLI) version of Dropbox on my Centos 6.5 server as an offsite backup and it has been working well, the recent 1TB storage upgrade makes this a decent backup option.

One problem I've been having is that sometimes the Dropbox process seems to die, I tried several different scripts to keep track of the status of dropbox via the dropbox.py python scripts but I eventually found this bash script to work. I've set it as an hourly cron job in /etc/cron.hourly and it's working well so far.

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Hide WordPress Toolbar for a specific page template

For a project I was working on recently I was using a simplified version of the single page template in order to load specific pieces of content into iframes within a plugin page in the WordPress Admin. This was so I could preview the arrangement of the content in the page layout using a custom layout tool I created.

One of the first things I usually do when creating an account in WordPress is to disable the Toolbar in my user profile so that it doesn't get in the way when trying to work on the layout of the site. So on this current site the page content I was loading into the iframes looked fine, however, whilst previewing it on someone else's WordPress account which did not have the Toolbar disabled I realised that each one of my iframes had the toolbar showing and was then pushing the iframe content down.

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An Illustrated History of Mac OS X

The maker of the popular Git client for mac Tower have created a great illustrated history of OSX which gives a potted history of how OSX has progressed over the past 14 years of development.

My first ever titanium PowerBook laptop came with Mac OSX 10.1 Puma on it, there's quite a difference in aesthetic from those days to now!

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Animated gif of XKCD's Philae probe Comet Landing cartoon

XKCD's daily cartoon covered the Rosetta / Philae comet landing that took place on 12 November 2014 with a great continously updating cartoon throughout the day.

As all of XKCD's cartoons are available under a Creative Commons licence I thought it would be good to make an animated gif of all of the frames, so here it is:

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iPhone view of 2013

Well, it took me the first half of the year to get around to compiling my 'iPhone view' video for 2013 but I finally got a round to it so here it is:

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HTML 5 Application Cache device storage limits - Jan 2014

A large project I'm working on just now requires some offline capability so I've been doing a lot of research into the various HTML5 technologies available. One thing I found is that a lot of the information out there about storage limitations of browsers and devices was often quite old (2 years being quite old in this context!), so I've performed a range of tests to establish more up-to-date information, so as of Jan 2014 this is hopefully accurate!

Tests were performed using the AppCache test page at www.der-schepp.de/appcache-default-size/ apart from the Firefox results as that test page wouldn't work at the time of testing, Firefox tests were performed using my own test page instead.

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Creative Dundee Mid Week Meets -

We've been a bit starved of late in Dundee for any kind of creative meetups so it's good to see that Creative Dundee are starting up the Mid Week Meets again.

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GoPro Hero 3 - 720p 120fps slowmo After Effects test

I have finally got myself a GoPro! This is a couple of test clips with footage shot in 720p 120fps mode on the GoPro Hero 3, then slowed down further in After Effects CS6 using Timestretch and Timewarp. 

A bit glitchy due to the flickering from light behind it, I'll try this again in bright daylight and compare results.

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R.I.P. BrowserLab

I wrote about BrowserLab here on Suburbia back when it launched in 2009, at the time it was one of very few web apps that let you preview websites in different browser / OS combinations. But things have moved on a lot since then with new services such as BrowserStack and Sauce which offer the much more compelling feature-set of being able to use live virtual machines accessed through your browser in order to use and test sites rather than just static screenshots. 

BrowserLab has languished a bit for a while with very few desktop browser options and nothing to offer in the increasingly important areas of mobile and tablet device testing, in light of this Adobe seems to have decided that it's better to kill it off instead of languish any further. Although some may be disappointed in this decision I had already 'jumped ship' and started using BrowserStack instead (as per my recent post) so it doesn't affect my own workflow.

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Rolling. (iPhone video experimentation)

I made this as a little experiment in self-filming with my iPhone, there was no-one else at my local skatepark late one night.

I thought it would be fun to try a multi-angle shoot of a rolling carve line around the park.

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