While I’ve not had a huge amount of time to devote to building this site, I have got stuck down a few rabbit holes exploring some of the amazing improvements in web technologies and the power that CSS 2+ provides. This site uses many (and possibly too many) ideas and projects I’ve stumbled across in the last couple of weeks. As a side note, I have been deliberately avoiding using Jekyll Bootstrap because I wanted to do the research and coding of the site myself.

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Coming Soon

This site is just a placeholder. In the mean time my (infrequently updated) blog is available in the social links below.

Calibre AutoUpdate

I use Calibre for managing eBooks that I have got from outside the Amazon Kindle store, and for backing up the books I have bought from Amazon. It has always irritated me that it does not autoupdate, and the update process involves downloading a DMG and copying from there. I finally got annoyed enough with it to do something.

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Embedded Font Support and ICEPdf

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ICEpdf Open Source

ICEpdf Open Source uses java.awt.Font when reading system font files for substitution. ICEpdf Open Source, by default, disables using java.awt.Font for reading embedded font files, because a malformed font file can crash the JVM. The system property org.icepdf.core.awtFontLoading=true can be set to enable java.awt.Font embedded font loading.

This will not work if the font embedded in the PDF is only a subset. It took far too long to figure this out.



Started playing with this today, Contractual brings the concept of Interfaces and Abstract classes to Ruby. I’d started trying to implement this based on an article by Mark Bates , before spotting this gem (ignore the pun) in the comments.