The F5 key on my laptop has been wiggly for months, and last week it gave up the ghost and fell off. So I did what I had been putting off – I called IBM Customer Service. Imagine my amazement – during the dizzying space of 12 minutes, my call was answered, my vital statistics [...]
What is the matter with some people? Intelligent, adult women who run their own businesses, manage jobs and children, are allowed on the road with a large motor vehicle, who forward these stupid emails. And not just to a few friends, but to every mailing list they are part of? Can you tell I’ve been [...]
As always, way behind the rest of the world. I got frustrated maintaining bookmarks on multiple computers, and trying to keep track of my blogroll. del.icio.us to the rescue. It also prodded me to finally incorporate my static pages into WordPress. I had been resisting because I really didn’t want to update the pages. A [...]
For those of you who didn’t notice this earth-shaking event, Opera is now free. Even though my kids are now using Firefox, I am still stubbornly stuck to Opera as my favorite. So go try it.
This is pretty cool. Via Misbehaving, a gender swapper for websites. Put in a website address, and you get the site with “him” and “her” switched. Makes for some interesting reading.
My hard drive at work died while I was on travel, and the backups I’ve been doing so meticulously don’t seem to exist any more. Losing your hard drive is either a disaster or an opportunity. On the one hand, it’s a pain to reassemble all the tools I need (all right, want). Need to [...]
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks. My software project just finished FQT. It was scheduled to last 5 days. We’ve been doing dry runs of test procedures for the past 4 months. We had one last minute bug fix (literally last minute – 8:30 am Friday, with FQT beginning Monday). We lost Day [...]
Big Perl weekend. Still trying to wrap my mind around LIST contexts, and feeling pretty stupid. I re-wrote my shell script in Perl and added hooks to put in some pcli (if I ever figure that stupid thing out) and for the database interface, rather than trying to drag files over to a Windows machine. [...]
I just had my first totally fun day at work in months. Why? Most people were on vacation, I did absolutely no managing, instead I spent the day cobbling together a MySQL/PHP/shell script application to automate validation of our integration tests (which almost works). The trouble with programming is that it is a deep and [...]
A really useful guide: Install & Configure Apache with PHP, JSP, MySQL, and PHPMyAdmin on Windows 2000/XP.