Coding and Dismantling Stuff

Don't thank me, it's what I do.

About the author

Russell is a .Net developer based in Lancashire in the UK.  His day job is as a C# developer for the UK's largest online white-goods retailer, DRL Limited.

His weekend job entails alternately demolishing and constructing various bits of his home, much to the distress of his fiance Kelly, 3-year-old daughter Amelie, and menagerie of pets.


  1. Fix dodgy keywords Google is scraping from my blog
  2. Complete migration of NHaml from Google Code to GitHub
  3. ReTelnet Mock Telnet Server à la Jetty
  4. Learn to use Git
  5. Complete beta release FHEMDotNet
  6. Publish FHEMDotNet on Google Code
  7. Learn NancyFX library
  8. Pull RussPAll/NHaml into NHaml/NHaml
  9. Open Source Blackberry Twitter app
  10. Other stuff

Adventures With NancyFx - NHaml ViewEngine Integration Part I

It's been a long time coming, but at last NHaml4 (the downright awesome .Net port of the equally awesome Haml view engine) is getting mature enough to start putting to use. Before I officially release NHaml4 onto the world, I want to make sure that the new engine's flexible enough for general use, so I'm looking at integration with both MVC.Net and (my favorite of the open source web platforms) NancyFx as "must haves" before the release.

NancyFx was actually the platform that initially sparked my interest in NHaml, I never seem to stop hearing praise for its codebase, so let's see how easy this integration's going to be.


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Liverpool Sea Odyssey - Low Tech Win

A first for me, a non-techie blog post! But boy-oh-boy, if anything warranted a mention on my blog post over the last couple months this has got to be it.

After a few months stuck in work, problems with home renovations, health problems in the family, and a fair bit of all round stress, I've just had the most awe inspiring and thought provoking weekend I can remember, spending a weekend in Liverpool in the company of Royal De Luxe's Giant Sea Odyssey.

For those of you unfamiliar with Royal De Luxe (I'm pretty sure that's actually a burger from Pulp Fiction?), they're a street theatre group based in Nantes, France, who count amongst their cast a 9ft tall dog, a 30ft tall girl and a 50ft tall deep sea diver. These three characters are basically giant marionette-style puppets, controlled by cranes, a pretty coplicated looking system of weights and pulleys, and the remaining 100-or-so members of the group.


Categories: Family
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Migrating a Blogger Blog to Wordpress - A Gotcha for UK users!

Hi all,

I've just spent an evening delving into the wonders of and Wordpress, helping someone migrate their blog from the former to the latter. The process should be straightforward enough, sadly it most definitely was not! In summary, there are two parts to this -  first getting the Blogger data into Wordpress, then getting each page on the old Blogger site to automatically redirect to the correct corresponding page on the new Wordpress site.

In this post, I've already got Wordpress version 3.3.1 installed and ready to go.


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