A while back, I got one of the new “wireless broadband” modems from 3. I can’t say I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with it, because for the most part, it’s done what I expected of it – access to the net from herself’s place without having to go through some crowd like ripwave. And for the past week, I’ve been away in the UK and it functioned well there as well. Right up to last Thursday that is, at which point I badly needed email to send press releases back home and net connectivity to send photos but the modem was having none ofRead More →

Noted over on Sara Golemon’s blog today. Can we expect this sort of thing to be in future PHP code? var_dump(¼, ½ ¾); // float(0.25) // float(0.5) // float(0.75) var_dump(1 ≤ 2, 2 ≯ 3, 5 ≠ 6); // bool(true) // bool(true) // bool(true) var_dump(3 × 4, 15 ÷ 5); // int(12) // int(3) var_dump(1 « 3); // int(8) /* Your font may be too small, * but that’s a skull and crossbones */ ☠(‘aka die/exit’); Well, no, not really – she implemented it just for fun, but it’s an interesting idea, and face it – who doesn’t want to be able to use allRead More →

Sometimes you really do feel like you’re missing out by not going to events like this 😀 And sod it, Michael Schwern’s talk about improving as a programmer definitely sounded interesting. Oh well. There’s always next year, and downloading slides and reading the blog entries and watching the videos on youtube…. but they’re just not the same really.Read More →

Over on Diamond Notes, a somewhat skeptical take on the recent Postgres benchmarks news. Can’t say I agree with it, and I did comment on it, but something did go click for me while thinking about it, hence this entry. See, the problem isn’t just performance. MySQL just doesn’t do the right thing. I mean, I can understand the principle of implementing the smallest featureset you think a user would need and then optimising the bejaysus out of it – Epiphany would be a better browser than Firefox for 90% of the time for me because of that approach (it’s just Epiphany’s way of doingRead More →

I guess there’s irony in this, but less than a fortnight after submitting some code to mantisBT, I’m now trying to update a perl migration script (m2bz, by Julian Mehnle) to handle a migration from Mantis 1.0.3 to Bugzilla 3.0 (currently it works from Mantis 0.17.5 to Bugzilla 2.16.3). I know, it’s no great hunk of coding, but I thought it was worth a grin. (I should point out, by the way, that this isn’t because Mantis is bad software, it’s just that the time tracking chunk of Bugzilla is better than that of Mantis right now, and that’s something that’s required at the moment.Read More →