Jamie Balfour BSc

Welcome to my personal website!

Technology enthusiast

I am very interested in technology, particularly relating to computer science. I am most interested in web design and development.

My main hobby is programming. One of my most well known products from this is ZPE. I also am the sole creator of BalfBlog, BalfBar and BalfSlider.

A little bit about me

In 1997, when I was six years of age, I got my very first computer. I was always very interested in the ins and outs of it and dismantled it to see how it worked.

Years later, in 2016 I received my BSc (with honours) in Computer Science, obtaining a First class degree.

I'd like to welcome you to my website and hope you enjoy using it as much as I have enjoyed building it!

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Jamie Balfour BSc
Full stack developer

Cobweb Internet Browser Ultra Edition

Currently, Cobweb is not receiving updates and there is no available support for it. There are plans to get it up and running again at some point however.

Cobweb Internet Browser is my own built browser built using the Trident engine. There were plans to build it with WebKit at one point but as it was released only on Windows Trident seemed best. Cobweb features some very intuitive features including a popup blocker, a filter system and so much more.

Tabs

Meet the new FanTabulous design, and I believe it is the way to browse. You can view your files with the File Viewer, change the way windows react when you double click the glass area and much more with the new arrow at the top right. This arrow is known as the Drop Menu, and it contains ways to detach the window from the tab control and browse on its own, helpful ways to take screen shots, docking options and Reminders, so you never miss a thing.

You can also now reattach detached windows to the main window.

Tab design

HyperBox

Following the flow, we have brought in the new HyperBox, which is built with HyperMode technology (meaning it can be sent to HyperMode which allows for better performance at the cost of its features), which features both the ability to navigate to a website or to search the web.

The HyperBox also features the quick link to your search site (i.e. the one you chose), like our Search Box, but also now features the ability to open a new on screen keyboard.

The HyperBox allows searching and navigating from the one box

Later List

Take this situation: you are in a rush to get out and you were just reading something important. You want to be able to read this when you get home but just want to remember it is there, not keep it forever. Cobweb has the developed solution; the Later List.

The Later List provides short-term favourites that are deleted straight after being opened, this way you get round to reading them. The Later List also saves an offline copy of each page so that when you come to view them, you don't need to have an internet connection.

Later List - an easy way to store pages for later

RSS

Fully functional RSS feeds can be displayed in Cobweb Internet Browser. The feeds show an icon as to where it came from, a title and a bit about it. Clicking on the feed will take you to the website of the feed where you can read the full story.

There is now also support for multiple feeds rather than just the one, so you can setup feeds to many different blogs or news sites, whilst being able to follow the football.

RSS viewer in Cobweb

FlyCatcher 3.0

With the new built-in web blocker, you can block sites whenever Cobweb visits them. What's more, the blocker is easy to setup! If you have a site that you don't want the kids on, just block it and give them a quick description why the site is blocked.

Of course, if you are running the application as an administrator, you can just avoid it altogether.

Better still is the Exempt Websites feature; which allows you to prevent certain websites from being blocked, for instance Google searches. So if someone searches for "drugs" on Google, the Google results will still be there, but they won't be able to go to other websites.

FlyCatcher 2.0 was designed only as a web blocker. Now it has improved to version 3.0 which features a pop up blocker designed to make the web safe. A simple notification appears to explain that a popup wishes to show, and you can choose what you want to do with that popup. And if you visit the site frequently and popups should always be allowed, then you can set the browser to always allow popups from that site.

FlyCatcher Warning

Even more

BlackRabbit support

As part of "Operation Foghorn", I am bringing BlackRabbit 2012 to Cobweb. This means when you visit a website and it contains a piece of BlackRabbit code you can test it with Cobweb in sandbox mode before creating a script for Windows.

With Cobweb, you can run this code right from the browser, and you'll know that it's not going to do anything to your system, because it's running in sandbox mode (which scripts are not permitted to change).

Some pages, including my homepage, have a BlackRabbit comment that runs a script in BlackRabbit only with the user's permission.

Quick Fill

Quick Fill is based on the new technology found in other software by ourselves, which allows the quick filling of a field. Similar to AutoFill found in other browsers, Quick Fill is designed to make it easier to insert data that you insert into web pages frequently. If you have a password for several sites, you can store it on the Quick Fill list and press the shortcut in order to insert it quickly, and you're done.

Read out the page

With the innovation coming to our interfaces in our other software, we decided to make it possible to read out the selected text in Cobweb. Its quite simple and self explanatory; you select the text you want to read out and the computer starts to speak to you.

Stocks and shares monitor

Do you constantly check Yahoo! for share prices? Cobweb has been designed to bring both the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange right to the browser. With a handy toolbar that tells you all you need to know about the stocks you care about, you can stay on top of everything whilst you browse away.

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A lot of the original functionalities that once existed here have been removed.

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