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Beta testers needed for an HTML2PDF conversion web service

I’m looking for people who would like to help me beta test my upcoming HTML to PDF conversion web service. The service focuses on programmers and designers who want to convert HTML to PDF’s. A common use case for such a service is the generation of invoices or reports.

The web service uses a simple HTTP REST API so it’s programming language agnostic. All that’s required from you is some HTML and CSS knowledge which you’ll use to create your PDF documents from and you’ve also got to know how to call a HTTP REST API from your programming language of choice. I’ve got usage examples for cURL, Perl and Ruby to help you on your way as well. Contributions that cover other languages are very welcome as well.

If you’re interested please comment below or contact me through Twitter or E-mail.

Want to use a web service to convert HTML to PDF? Then take a look at HTML2PDF Web Service.

HTML2PDF Web Service - Convert HTML to PDFUsing HTML2PDF Web Service you can design in HTML and CSS, and convert the resulting page to PDF. Free trial available!

Trying out Digital Ocean

I’m currently trying out a Digital Ocean VPS for a soon to launch Software as a Service I’m currently working on. So far I’m really liking it. The VPS (a 1GB droplet) is fast and is performing nicely.

This is also the first time I’m using Chef to provision the server. Chef is working nicely but I did had to do some manual installation and removal of specific Ruby gems. I’m still not entirely convinced about using Chef for this but that’s mostly because there’s a lot left to learn such as data bags.

My only complaint so far is that Digtal Ocean didn’t let me create a droplet (VPS) in Amsterdam. When working remotely via SSH the network latency (though only about 100ms) can get really annoying.

Aside from that I’m liking it!

Update: not long after this post Digital Ocean announced they had expanded their Amsterdam data center!

Reset Windows 8.1 screensize

I was happily running Windows 8 on my 17″ laptop with full HD screen and had no complaints when it came to the size of icons and texts. After I upgraded to Windows 8.1 I noticed that the icons on my desktop and taskbar were a lot smaller than before. After opening my text editor of choice (GVim) I noticed that the text was smaller as well.

Whilst I kinda liked the size of the icons I didn’t care much for the new font size so I started looking for a solution. Thankfully there is one.

Through system settings locate your display and check the checkbox numbered 1 in the picture. This picture is in Dutch but I suspect the location of these settings are the same in other languages. Next at number 2 select ‘normal 125%’ and save your changes.

Windows 8.1 screensize fixAfter these changes all should be normal again. It’s probably not required for bigger screens with a 1080p resolution such as a 24″ display. But on a 17″ laptop with a 1080p resolution it just gets a bit too small.

Other helpful resources on this topic:


Rufus – Create bootable USB drives the easy way

RufusWhilst in need of a bootable USB drive with MS-DOS for updating the BIOS on my laptop I’m stumbled upon Rufus. With Rufus, which doesn’t require any installation, you select the USB drive to use, choose MS-DOS or FreeDOS, flash the USB drive and you’re ready to go. Aside from MS-DOS and FreeDos you can also select an ISO of say Ubuntu Linux.

After it’s done flashing all that’s left to do is reboot your system with the USB flash drive inserted and you’re ready to go.

Symfony 2 cheatsheet

A cool Symfony 2 website I ran in today is the Symfony 2 Cheatsheet by David Pérez. It sure would’ve been nice if I had this one around when I just started out with the Symfony 2 project I’m working on (which will be launching soon).

Check it out at