We'll be using this blog to publish various informal articles, tips and news items.  Hopefully they will prove helpful to some people.

Airline Entertainment company iPad apps

Earlier this year we built and deployed five iPad apps to help market the various products of an airline inflight digital entertainment company.

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by celerity design on October 26, 2012

London Web Summit 2012

Last month we attended the London Web Summit, with some interesting talks by key people from companies such as Google, Mashery, PayPal and the like.

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by celerity design on April 04, 2012
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Highly charged viral Facebook campaign

Celerity worked as the technical lead on a Facebook viral video campaign for a world-leading battery manufacturer.

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by celerity design on June 02, 2011

Celerity now runs on solar power

We are very excited to be able to say that our main office now runs on solar pv energy during the day. In fact, when the cloud cover is light we are producing far more energy than we consume, so it gets fed back into the National Grid, reducing (in theory) the UK's carbon footprint.

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by celerity design on April 26, 2011

Joomla site management

We have recently taken over the technical management of a medium-sized site for a company run on Joomla CMS.

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by celerity design on April 08, 2011

Large corporate site build with content population

We have just completed work on a large site build for a global pharmaceutical company. The site was for their annual report and the deadline was fixed for legal reasons, adding extra pressure for all the teams involved. Celerity provided three components to the build...

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by celerity design on March 31, 2011

Our office now has a wood stove!

As part of our ongoing energy review, we now have a wood stove to heat our primary office.

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by celerity design on March 16, 2011

Templating for Mailshots

As part of our normal HTML templating work, we often get asked to produce email templates for mailshots etc.

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by celerity design on March 15, 2011

Energy usage at Celerity

We have had an independent energy review and have been slashing our energy usage.

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by celerity design on March 14, 2011
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Templating work for Contact Lens site

We have recently completed templating work on a new site for a major Contact Lens manufacturer.

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by celerity design on January 12, 2011

3G iPad access in Canada for tourists

I have recently been in Canada and wanted to use my iPad whilst I was travelling around. I was hoping this would just be a case of popping into a Telecom store for a micro-SIM card and paying some money. However, it wasn't anywhere that easy...

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by celerity design on September 20, 2010

More Facebook prototype tab apps

We are often asked to provide Facebook applications, especially ones which run in Fan Page tabs. We usually build prototypes first, which are published on the Celerity Facebook page. Here are our latest two...

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by celerity design on July 31, 2010
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New Police site launched

Celerity were the tech lead on a new site for the police which was launched last week. Our team produced W3C AA compliant page templates and integrated them into a modern CMS, as well as coding some bespoke requirements.

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by celerity design on June 23, 2010

Suspicious email from Hong Kong

Here is a good example of an unsolicited email that I believe to be decidedly suspicious. Maybe using the words "spam" or "scam" would be inappropriate, but see what you think...

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by celerity design on June 07, 2010
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iPad Annoyances and Smiles

The iPad is a rather nice, if overpriced gadget, and it is only first generation hardware and software, so the following points are a bit nit-picky. Still, a bit of constructive criticism can often be helpful! So, in rough order of importance...

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by celerity design on May 31, 2010
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How to optimise your iPad Photo Sync

If you are the proud owner of a shiny new iPad, you may have discovered that syncing high resolution photos to it in iTunes is slow, Very Slow. So, what can be done about it, other than hope Apple optimises iTunes and the sync process in future?

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by celerity design on May 29, 2010
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Facebook provides powerful new Status privacy settings

Don't want your mum to find out about your wilder exploits at Uni, but still want to brag about them to your mates? No problem, just set up a "Not safe for mum" Friend List and post away.

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by celerity design on May 29, 2010
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UK O2 iPad Cellular Data Settings

I'm slightly ashamed that the Apple Hype Machine has affected me but it clearly has, as today I found myself walking into a shop and buying an iPad from a rather good local Apple reseller...

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by celerity design on May 28, 2010
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Facebook RSS aggregator on Fan Page tab

We have recently built a prototype RSS aggregator to display blog posts on a Facebook page's tab.

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by celerity design on May 26, 2010
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A day on the farm at Woodlands

One of our newest clients is Woodlands Organic Farm. We've been a big fan of Woodlands for quite a few years now, as they deliver us wonderful vegetables every two weeks. So when the owner, Andrew Dennis, approached us to ask us to take over the technical admin of their website we were only too happy.

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by celerity design on May 21, 2010

New fragrance launched by Coldplay

It's always nice when a shop we maintain starts selling a new and interesting product, and Coldplay's intriguing foray into the world of designer fragrances is bound to cause a stir.

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by celerity design on April 01, 2010

An adventurer with a lot of bottle...

An online shop for a worthy cause

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by celerity design on January 27, 2010

Discover the Secret now live

We have just completed work for a large UK online promotional campaign, where people can print out a coupon entitling them to a free 100g bar of chocolate.

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by celerity design on December 01, 2009

Navy List DB is now a year old!

Many Congratulations to Mike Coombes from the Navy List Research website, as his pet project is now a year old. The Navy List DB is the kind of project that Celerity really enjoys getting involved with...

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by celerity design on October 22, 2009

Mini review of HTC Touch Pro2 phone

My previous phone was the HTC Tytn II and it provided me with an unprecedented 20 months of faithful service. Normally I can't wait to get rid of a phone once I am out of contract but I loved my Tytn II. Tragically though, a few weeks ago it suddenly went from being in the prime of its life to a creaking old geriatric, all within a few days. First of all the touch screen started intermittently failing, and then the internal speaker went - not ideal when clients can hear me but I can't hear them... An emergency purchase was therefore necessary and now I am the (mostly) very happy owner of the logical upgrade to the Tytn II, the HTC Touch Pro2.

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by celerity design on July 14, 2009
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What free ebooks come with Sony Reader?

List of e-books that are bundled for free with the Sony Reader

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by celerity design on June 26, 2009
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New shop launched on latest version of Businessflow

Celerity have just helped launch a new line of Annie Lennox merchandise

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by celerity design on May 12, 2009

The War of The Worlds shop launched

We have just helped launch the official online shop for Jeff Wayne's famous musical version of The War of The Worlds.

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by celerity design on April 02, 2009

Celerity Site featured on film24

Congratulations to our friends at MovieDeaths.com for having an article published on film24.com

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by celerity design on March 24, 2009

Annie Lennox online shop

Celerity have just helped launch a new line of Annie Lennox merchandise

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by celerity design on February 17, 2009

Facebook Photo Privacy

What if you want to publish photos on Facebook, to be seen only by your "real" friends? (as opposed to the list of 900 virtual strangers that sent you friend requests that you felt bad refusing)

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by celerity design on January 28, 2009
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Installing EPiServer Mail on WinXP

I was asked to do an evaluation of the product for deployment for a certain well known diamond company.

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by celerity design on September 24, 2008
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Crop your photos for display on gadgets

It's often nice to be able to take the best part of a photo, for display on a particular device. For example: Desktop wallpapers / screensavers / Mobile phone backgrounds / Viewing photo albums on a PSP / iPod / iPhone etc / Sending an MMS picture message...

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by celerity design on July 31, 2008
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DB Blast from the (inefficient) past

Goodbye Microsoft Access, Hello MySQL

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by celerity design on March 13, 2008
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Cool links for February 2008

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by celerity design on February 29, 2008
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Recursive FindControl function in C#

.Net coding can be frustrating, when you're trying and failing to do something simple. In this case, I was trying to enable or disable a RequiredFieldValidator based on some criteria. I knew the ID of the controls I was trying to enable, but due to various templates and custom controls, a normal Page.FindControl() call didn't work.

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by celerity design on February 28, 2008
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Rotate AVI videos taken from a camera or phone

A common problem when using compact cameras or phones is that the person shooting the video rotates the camera to shoot in "portrait" mode. Unfortunately this means that when played back on a PC or DVD player, the video is shown on its side. [...]

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by celerity design on February 20, 2008
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To sitemap or not to sitemap?

Should a website have a sitemap? The usual advice is that if you have enough pages to merit it, then "yes". I'm not so sure though...

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by celerity design on February 14, 2008
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Nintendo is missing a trick with Wii "Mii"'s

The Nintendo Wii is a fantastically conceived bit of kit [...] However, I can't help but feel they haven't exploited the viral marketing potential of their "Mii" characters...

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by celerity design on February 07, 2008
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Windows explorer loading slowly and other issues

My main Windows XP PC has started exhibiting various signs of slow down, affecting Explorer, Thunderbird and Word...

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by celerity design on January 24, 2008
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Breakpoints stopped working in VS2005

I've just rejoined a C# project and my breakpoints stopped working in Visual Studio 2005. Needless to say, this was hugely annoying. It seems this is quite common though, Googling provided the following solutions...

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by celerity design on January 23, 2008
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Firefox scrolling problem

Recently my laptop started exhibiting an annoying problem in Firefox, namely that the page up and page down keys stopped working, and the cursor up/down arrows performed like home/end instead of scrolling...

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by celerity design on December 19, 2007
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Installing EPiServer on WinXP

EPiServer CMS is generally deployed on a Windows Server family OS, but developers such as myself often find it more convenient to run on XP.

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by celerity design on May 30, 2007
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