Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bad Code Coming

(after John Fogerty)

I see the bad code a-coming.
I see trouble on the way.
I see corruption and crashes.
I see bad times today.

Don't compile tonight,
Well, it's bound to cause you strife,
There's some bad code in the pool.

I hear the crash logs a-spooling.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear access violations.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

Don't compile tonight,
Well, it's bound to blight your life,
There's some bad code on the disk.

Hope you got your things together.
Hope you are quite prepared for fright.
Looks like we're in for bad behaviour.
One byte is taken for a byte.

Don't compile tonight,
Well, it's bound to cause you strife,
There's more bad code on the rise.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Lunch, glasses, and shopping

Whew, I've just written a small website from the ground up with NVU. I don't recall the Suse version of NVU as being this painful, but on my Ubuntu system it was slow going. The version installed may be from 2006, but it felt like editing with Frontpage 97. It's like the last 10 years hadn't happened. Before I try this again, I'll definitely have to investigate alternatives.

Normally I wouldn't try building a site in html, but it was only going to be a single page, it ended up as 4, and a CMS seemed overkill.

The site's called "Glasses for less" and was inspired by some recent events.

We were going to have lunch with Diana, my sister, on Saturday & Tessa broke her glasses frame. This story is told in more detail on the site, but to summarise, we stopped off at the optometrists in Lynnmall and were told that the repair would take two or three days. Time she doesn't have.

Lunch was as quiet as lunch with a 4 year-old ever gets, especially one covered in face paint, but was great fun.

We knew my sister has used an overseas supplier for glasses & after lunch picked her brain about them. She told the story, and Tessa picked her frames. We then went home to get her prescription and ordered the glasses. With any luck they'll be here in just over a week.

After this I decided it would be a great idea to document the process. As it happened, there was a suitable domain name in the drop auction last night, so I grabbed it.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Interesting search engine "LemmeFind"

I Recently stumbled across a new search engine aggregator in the Dogpile vein.

This one's called LemmeFind. It has a number of localised searches by country code and the New Zealand version gives some great results from NZ websites.

As a comparison, here's the same search for the 1plus header text from Dogpile & LemmeFind (NZ)

My only gripe is that there is a bug where if you use quotes on the search string, the page 2,3,4 links omit the search term. I tried to alert them but their feedback form is "disabled because of abuse" and their whois information lacks useful email addresses.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Swiss in Liechtenstein 'invasion'

The traditionally neutral Swiss army has staged an unplanned invasion after troops blundered into Liechtenstein. A 171-strong Swiss company got two kilometres into its neighbour before realising the mistake and heading back. Liechtenstein authorities made light of the intrusion, saying they only knew about it when the Swiss told them.
It sounds like it's time for the Swiss army to have a GPS tool in their famous knives. Or maybe just something more accurate than a cheap cuckoo clock to know the time when navigating by the stars. Or just perhaps it's something more sinister than that. The Swiss population has been rising, are they practising for all-out conquest to provide leibensraum?