I’ve spent the last three days hacking somebody else’s Perl scripts (oh, and learning Perl), so I haven’t had much time to think about anything else. I’m not sure I’m crazy about a language that lets you use variables before you declare them.
Unfortunately, WhoIs Ultra doesn’t seem to be very reliable. It’s reporting some available domains as registered, and it says that my domains (very registered, I assure you) are available.
Can I just moan here? Most people have absolutely no f**ing clue about semantics. And doing tables in MS Word doesn’t help the situation.
Copied straight from Simon Willison, ’cause it’s so great: extreme programming, noun A method of software development that combines all the charm of backseat driving with all the efficiency of a marital squabble.
Another weekend, another computer… My sister-in-law could use a computer, and my husband reminded me that we have a brick of a laptop, a Toshiba Satellite 1605CDS, lying around the house somewhere. I found it, dusted it off, and inventoried it. Windows 98, 475MHz AMD K6-2 processor, 160MB RAM, 4GB hard drive (I love how [...]
Did you know that there were ATMs running Windows? And getting viruses? (Via Simon Willison’s Weblog, which has much more detail.) I knew there was a reason I don’t have one of those cards.
I spent the day re-installing WinXP on the kids’ computer, which had managed to get itself incredibly gunked up. The most irritating feature was the loss of the ability to log off, thanks to some maddening piece of software I actually paid for. It took a couple of hours to interview each kid and figure [...]
Two of the online communities I read frequently are currently embroiled in controversy (must be something in the water). At WheelchairJunkie, it’s inappropriate religious proselytizing. At the braintalk.org MS Forum, it’s the moderators’ attempts to cut down on vast amounts of off-topic posting. Tom Coates’ blog Everything in Moderation is about creative ways to manage [...]
I spent some time today cleaning up one of my websites – every page has a different color scheme, and every page had a graphic title. I dreaded making new pages because I couldn’t always match the graphic. So I converted all the graphic titles to CSS titles – I don’t like the way the [...]
My email is down. Man, I’m so addicted, it’s pitiful. Actually, I’m really pleased with my email provider. They did go down during the East Coast power outage, but gave everyone a free month’s service to compensate. Now they’re down due to a DB problem. I’ve had this account all year and this has been [...]