Daily Updates console is a streamlined version of one that was existing. Previously staff had to edit through an old perl-based web interface which wasn’t user friendly or intuitive (required training), had many unnecessary steps, and sent all the information at 3am at night. The new console solved all of these problems with the following changes:
bringing the backend & frontend in to modern web technologies (dojo, php)
separated the editing in to logical sections (sports, news, weather) and in logical order
combined the editing (left column) and web preview (right column) in to one single interface rather than across two browser windows – bringing the content to the staff member as opposed to them having to find it
built the transfer script in to the interface itself so staff would not need any command line training/access and could send as soon as the data was input.
The result cut editing times in half & allowed for multiple staff to take on the task with almost no learning curve.
Matesrates was a Social Network idea where you could loan out any equipment (eg. a drill) to someone nearby should they want to borrow it for a day. The network was built using MySQL, PHP, and CSS, and allowed for contacts to be added, homepages, businesses to advertise, etc.
A bespoke CMS for creating a Touchscreen Kiosk for a Club Foyer. The system allowed for multiple templates and image uploads – allowing for the client to modify the order and look of the touchscreen on their own. Built using raw PHP as a backend, a flatfile data system, and CSS for the frontend.
Custom linux distribution that started out as a heavily customised Slackware build, which transitioned over to a completely new Linux based on the Linux From Scratch project. Designed to run from CD and provide a number of different interfaces depending on the intended use:
an instant useable desktop with common applications
web-based touchscreen interface for car & multimedia use
server with web-based configuration area for firewall/proxy/file storage use
The system was able to be run “live” direct from a CD or usb key, or installed from the “live” environment to the systems harddrive. Â Each instance could be pre-configured by way of a global config file to match the systems intended use (eg. Car PC installs would run the multimedia touchscreen interface by default).
GiST contained automatic build scripts (Bash) which built the entire system for a chosen architecture (i386 for compatibility with VIA Eden boards) automatically, resulting in a bootable ISO over a period of around 8 hours (circa 2006). This built all facets of the system from the sources of the applications, including all libraries, chroot bootstrap environment, & highly optimised SMP kernel.
Desktop Interface (Gnome)
Internet connectivity via bluetooth enabled mobile phone
Media playback of all common formats
Weather & Clock display
On-screen volume controls
ppp / isdn / adsl internet connection manager with auto-redial
dns forwarding with cache
samba / smbd fileshares
DHCP/BootP/tftp server (allowing for instant diskless computer labs)
Development stalled once a shift to i686 architecture became increasingly necessary & other ‘easy’ distributions such as Smoothwall & SME Server became more mainstream.
Linux Systems Administrator with backgrounds in Web Development, Databases, and Graphics