Archive for June, 2007


June 27th, 2007 No comments

Those of you who have seen my source code from my university days, may remember that I have a habit of putting in humurous comments into my source code.

Well, I’m please to say that I never really stopped (just calmed down a bit). I’ve just managed to check in this little beauty:

INDEX  TakeOnKey <Field Listing removed> /*    ^^^^^^^^^  - "Take On Key"???? Wasn't that a song by Aha?  */

For the technically minded, it’s a temp-table definition in Progress 4GL

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Another Breakthrough

June 26th, 2007 No comments

I think I have just had another breakthrough. It was simple = really, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.

I have been trying for ages to build Haiku from within BeOS and install it = on my old pc in a spare partition I setup especially for it when I last = rebuilt that box. I was having problems with getting the system to use the = correct version of GCC though. The answer is really = /BeOS/develop/tools
rm gnupro
ln -s ‘pwd’/gnupro_old gnupro
I will let you know how I get on!

Arrggh! This post is complete rubbish – please ignore it. I had already done the steps above – except the steps above tell you how to go back to the old version, not the new one. The other stupid problem I had was that I’d downloaded completely the wrong version – I need 2.95.x rather than 3.4.3! Damn idiot!
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Hmm, a rude command line

June 25th, 2007 No comments

I think I have just typed the rudest command line ever.

It was a simple affair, merely:man jamI think the response wasn’t much better eitherNo manual entry from jam

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June 23rd, 2007 No comments

I’m currently watching the last episode of Doctor Who in the current series.

I’ve just discovered that a Vauxhall Corsa is bullet proof!


Oops, just discovered that it’s not the last in the series. Not sure where I got that idea from. I’ve also fixed a slight problem that I had with predictive text on my phone – should have said “the” and not “via”
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June 20th, 2007 No comments

In a bid to earn some more cash, I took a look through, just to see what kind of work was being touted for. My general conclusion was: it’s all bollocks.

The majority of the work going is ridiculously complicated, for a very small amount of cash. You can see that most people requiring a programmer are not business analysts, or have not thought their designs though, and so you get a complete mess of a description, ridiculous requirements that can’t be achieved and a small pay packet to boot. There are also many requests for people to “clone” a website (but why? You’re not going to achieve their level of success simply by being exactly the same).

The worst ones though are where you can spot spammers, and things like that. For example, there is a request on there to scan through DNS servers, and get a listing of all the DNS entries held by that name server – I cannot think of any non-spamming (or “cold calling”) use for that technology.

When you look at the website as well, it’s not the most easiest of things to view. For example, wWhen you click on a particular category of work, the following webpage doesn’t tell you what category you are in – so if you open multiple categories in different tabs – good luck trying to find out which section is which!

So, I came away thinking: “Well, nothing of any use there then”.

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Here’s A Funny Picture For Those In The Know

June 19th, 2007 No comments

If anyone has ever wonder what Richard, Holygoat, Newman would look like if he came from Korea, then wonder no more.

He’d look like this: Image (from

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Mario Bros Theme Played on Tesla Coils

June 18th, 2007 No comments

I love it, this is truely amazing! I now really really want to own a tesla coil.

Make sure you have your sound turned on: Video

This video tells you how it works. Although, it doesn’t really take 12 minutes of video to say “We generate a square wave by clipping the audio input sine wave, and use that to turn the resonator on and off”, but it’s interesting none the less.

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Losing Messages in Thunderbird

June 15th, 2007 No comments

I encountered an annoying problem at work a little while ago with Thunderbird. Whilst dragging and dropping some emails between directories so that I’m a little better organised, the emails were dragged successfully but then disappeared completely.

It happened again this morning with a really important email. Fortunately, I was able to get the original sender to resend it without making me look like a complete planck (A computer programmer that can’t work an email program? How good are they?)

Anyway, I decided to do some digging this evening, and have found this answer in the Mozilla KnowledgeBase (of all places!). Seems like I’m not the only one to have had the problem, and my experiences seem to echo those in the page (never had it in version 1.5 – although apparently it did exist, only experienced it in version 2.0).

Hope that helps somebody.

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