Category Archives: Software

All software related topics. Stuff I try, stuff I like and stuff I hate.

Wave goodbye – I can hardly bear the thought

I received the gravest software news possible today that Google is set to abandon Wave Whilst it is certainly true that almost all my personal invitees have failed to even take a look at what Wave offers, those who have … Continue reading

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Google (m)AdSense

I put together a short function in javascript for handling the addition of a bookmark, which worked fine for IE and FF, but needed to support other browsers. So I set to with a search (using google) starting with “javascript … Continue reading

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Thanks a trillian

I read a good review of Trillian Astra, the multi-ptotocol chat tool, so I downloaded it. During the registration I got this: “There is an error. Please correct the error below to continue”. “Could not access database”.

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Lenny, Samba and the great big red herring

So after my debian etch to lenny upgrade which broke a whole host of things including ssh, cups, backuppc, X11 and samba, I set to fixing them up between tasks. It was going fine but in an effort to speed … Continue reading

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Got a handle on it?

Many years ago (around 1990 I think) I had an idea of a universal identifier, which at the time I related to the Post Office, whereby one could retain the identifier for life and do smart things like redirect anything … Continue reading

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Amazing Amazon (but no guarantee)

After reading up on Amazon’s S3 super-dooper unlimited storage, where stories of companies saving millions of dollars abound, I was taken by this line in the Wikipedia entry: “S3 comes with no guarantee that customer data will not be lost.”

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Well they did ask!

After a series of online chat and email sessions which failed to solve a problem with my NAS box, I was asked to take the customer satisfaction survey. My favourite question and the first possible answer was this: “You have … Continue reading

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Voodoo Week

The number of things that have gone wrong across a range of machines this week is unbelieveable. To top it all, having had to uninstall, reinstall, download, patch and hack almost every day, I thought I’d seen the end of … Continue reading

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Microsoft take the mickey again

I have a Vista system with VMware Server installed, one of the virtual machines being my Windows Server 2003 staging server. The staging server ran out of disk space in the middle of a large database update and the VM … Continue reading

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Joel goes awol (anag)

6:15am (gmt) and I want to visit one of my favourite places, fogcreek.com the home of Joel Spolsky and Co. There are two reasons, the first is that Joel writes great things which make me laugh and provide me with … Continue reading

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