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101
Spooky game
The old game of 20 Questions, also known as "Animal, Vegetable or Mineral" was always a favourite way of passing long car journeys when I was a kid, and my kids in turn play it, although rather than being in the car it's usually whilst waiting for food ...
25-May-2005
08:46:03
102
Benchmark your phone
I stumbled across a rather interesting website that provides benchmarks and test results of the Java implementations on a wide range of phones. Being an ex-benchmark engineer, this rather appealed to me ;-) The results can be found here. You are ...
20-Mar-2005
12:16:57
103
Improving the look of fonts under Swing
As I said in my last post, I've spent quite a bit of time over the last few days fiddling with Java, and one of the things that bugged me is that the fonts look pretty crappy because they aren't antialiased. The only way to do this in JVM 1.4 and before ...
18-Mar-2005
10:27:03
104
IRC on the Nokia 6820
Whilst the SSH clients I found for my phone were an interesting gimmick, to be honest they weren't actually much use because of the small screen on the phone - a simple 'ls' fills up screen after screen, even on the tiniest (i.e. unreadable) font ...
10-Feb-2005
10:44:56
105
SSH on the Nokia 6820
I was reading a review of the Nokia 6820 over at The Register and I was intrigued to see that Idokorro had written a Java app for it that would give you SSH and telnet access. A bit more digging revealed that there was a free alternative in the form of ...
06-Feb-2005
06:14:36
106
Nokia 6820
My old Motorola Timeport finally gave up the ghost recently. To be honest it was always less than excellent anyway - I only got it because it was the only tri-band phone available at the time. The user interface was at best idiosyncratic, at worst ...
05-Feb-2005
08:03:21
107
Making a perl filehandle into an object
I'm working on a project that uses both perl and MySQL, and I needed an easy way of piping stuff from perl into mysqlimport so that I could do fast bulk uploads to the database. MySQL is a bit odd in how it does this - it insists that the data has to ...
22-Dec-2004
09:25:38
108
One problem solved, another remains
Well, my third eTrex arrived today, a nice new one and so far it seems fine - despite the abysmal weather I took a stroll to try it out. I'm still puzzling over exactly where the Bleaklow fence line goes between Shining Clough and Woodhead, so I parked ...
22-Oct-2004
11:38:50
109
Garmin Customer Support - the saga continues
Yesterday the nice chap at GPS4Less phoned me up to let me know that Garmin were going to send me a brand new, tested unit and it would be arriving by courier today. Seemingly the fact that I'd mailed a link to my previous post to both the CEO and ...
20-Oct-2004
04:50:05
110
eTrex Summit less than the acme
Well, my brand-new eTrex Summit is having to be replaced - it has an unfortunate tendency to turn itself off for no apparent reason, even with a fresh set of batteries. There's no low battery warning, it just switches off. It did this at least ten ...
18-Oct-2004
01:44:33
111
A new toy - Garmin eTrex Summit
My latest toy arrived yesterday - a Garmin eTrex Summit GPS. I already have a Garmin 12XL, and although it's an excellent GPS it is a little bulky, and it eats batteries four at a time. As my birthday is coming up, I decided to treat myself to a newer ...
14-Oct-2004
11:33:17
112
Hacking loadable kernel modules with perl
I was reading Alan Coopersmith's blog entry on how he hacked the Xserver with the aid of perl, and that reminded me of a hack I did myself a while back, using perl. Here's the scenario: I work mainly from home, using a Solaris 10 machine running a ...
07-Oct-2004
07:06:40
113
Perl golf
My friend Stephen has posted a little challenge over on his blog. Basically it's to put a wrapper arond cal(1) so that if it is given a single argument between 1 and 12 or 'now' it prints a 3-month calendar centered around that month in the year, rather ...
01-Oct-2004
12:46:42
114
YAPC::EU roundup #2
Well, I'm back from from the YAPC::EU conference, so I should probably write up the rest of the happenings. On Thursday Tim Bunce arrived - I was hoping he was coming as he lives in Southern Ireland. Tim is the designer and author of the extremely ...
20-Sep-2004
10:39:44
115
YAPC::EU roundup #1
Well, my talk yesterday on how we use perl to help in the development of Solaris went down OK - the only heckling was friendly (thanks, Nick ;-) and I was asked if I would release some of the bits I talked about as Open Source, specifically the stuff for ...
16-Sep-2004
08:59:44
116
Off on a jolly^W important conference
As part of my penance (and my sins must have been many), I look after the perl we ship in Solaris (yes, I admit it, it's my fault - whatever it is). However along with the heavy responsibility comes the opportunity to go off on various high flying ...
13-Sep-2004
15:01:01
117
MySQL - is there no end to my pain?
I've been doing all my MySQL development on an Opteron box running Solaris 10, but the production machine is an Ultra 60, and therefore sparc architecture. Having got everything ready to roll out, I set to to build MySQL on the U60 - a simple job, or so ...
18-Aug-2004
15:56:18
118
MySQL bites my ass... again.
Having got all my data shovelled into MySQL, I foolishly decided that I'd like some of it back. I'd carefully normalised all my tables, so in order to retrieve it I needed to join across several tables plus I needed some subqueries in the select field ...
11-Aug-2004
14:30:00
119
Uncomfortable truths
Neil Gunton has written an interesting article debunking some common Open Source myths. I agree with most of what he says, and have made similar points myself in the past. Some of the Slashdot thread ensuing from Neil's article is predictable - ...
26-Jul-2004
09:15:23
120
Elbonian database technology, part II
cp kindly commented on my last post regarding Open Source databases, and suggested two others I should go look at, SapDB/MaxDB and Firebird. I looked at MaxDB, and it is a re-branded and enhanced version of SAP DB, SAP AG's open source database. It has ...
26-Jul-2004
07:20:47