Oct 27 2004
Archive for October, 2004
Oct 27 2004
I was saddened this morning by my wake-up alarm. I use my radio to wake me up in the morning, and i’ve got it set to come on just in time for the “Buzz-off” feature on the Chris Moyles show on BBC Radio 1.
Today, however, I was woken up to the sad news that John Peel died yesterday.
John Peel was one of the all time great (if not the greatest) radio DJ’s. His show was the sort of show that anyone of any age or musical taste to listen to and enjoy. His choice of music was inspiring, many times I found myself listening to tracks that I would never have normally listened to and I would enjoy them. Nowhere else on the radio could you find a DJ playing a Hardcore Drum’n’Bass track followed by a Hillbilly country and western track…. and they’d both sound really good!!!
John Peel really was a great man. May the memory of him live on!
Oct 26 2004
I’ve been working on this theme for my site for a while now (off and on) and I’m really quite pleased with the way it has turned out. I’ve taken the simple approach with the design and I haven’t gone for loads of background pictures.
Obviously the theme is going to look at its best in Mozilla Firefox. Especially the category menu on the side, that started out as an accident and just grew from there.
If anyone out there would like a copy of the style.css you can download it from http://www.gringod.com/wp-style/gringod2/style.css
Oct 22 2004
It allows GMail users to create a virtual hard drive out of their 1000Mb of GMail storage space… genious!
The only problem I have found with this extension is that when you create folders and files, it starts filling up your inbox, and you have to keep going into GMail to mark them as “Read”.
I have, however, come up with a solution to this. It involves the creation of a simple filter. If you select “Create a filter” from the top of the GMail page, in the subject box enter “GMAILFS:” (without the quotes). On the next page, tick the “Skip the inbox”. You may also want to check the “Apply a label” box and create a new label such as “GMail Drive” to keep all the mails in one place.
Apart from the slow access speed and the fact that files cannot be larger that 10Mb, GMail Drive is a brilliant option for creating an online storage system. If anyone still hasn’t got a GMail account you can drop me a line, as I’ve got another 4 invites going spare.
Oct 21 2004
I was just looking at Microsoft Reporting Service for SQL Server 2000 and what demos they have available when I came across this download:
I know we live in a broadband world now, but still I think that a 38 Gigabyte download is a bit excessive!!!! And I don’t know who is still using a 28kbps modem and I’m pretty sure they wont have 3000 hours to wait whilst it downloads.
Don’t beleive me? See it for yourself at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/reporting/productinfo/RS_AuthoringDemo.asp.
Oct 20 2004
Alan Blevins has put into words exactly what I think about George W. Bush and why he shouldn’t be re-elected for a second term as President of the United States of America.
You can read what he has to say on his website http://www.johnkerryisadouchebagbutimvotingforhimanyway.com/.
Oct 20 2004
I finished reading Snow Crash last night. Now that really is an all immersive book, every time I put it down I felt like I was being dragged back to reality (kicking and screaming!!!) and I mean that when I closed the book it was like my head went “pop” and suddenly I was in a completely different place and all the gargoyle gear head been switched off – all the infrared false colouring and grainy light intensifier effects went dead!
Oh well… back to the Otherland now. Only another 3000 pages of those to read.
Oct 19 2004
When installing a new software system, what you really need is some simple documentation to give a brief overview of the system and how it can be setup and the various options that are available. And this is exactly what I could have done with for Subversion.
The documentation that comes with Subversion is very comprehensive and covers everything that the system can do to help me with managing my project source code. Unfortunatrly, what it doesn’t do is to give me a concise overview of the various ways in which Subversion can be accessed (direct, subversion protocol and Apache http). It did give details of how to setup each of these methods but what I wanted to know was which of these methods was best for me.
In the end, I had to try all of them (with varying degrees of success). FInally I tried using TortoiseSVN to access my Subversion repository. I also had a read through the TortoiseSVN help documentation and found that they also give information on setting up Subversion and how it can be configured to authenticate a user against a Windows domain when Subversion is accessed via the Apache http server, which is exactly what I wanted to do but didn’t know how to.
I’m not saying that the documentation that is provided with Subversion is bad but they could do with providing simple access to more information about how to setup the system and what the system is capable of.
Oct 19 2004
I was just reading the Licensing section of the Xored website for their TruStudio software. The Foundation (free) version of the software is released by Xored under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). TruStudio Professional, however, is proprietory software which can be purchased for either $47.50 or $72.50 (depending on version purchased). I’m not against Xored selling their professional version and I personally think that the price is very reasonable for the features that it contains.
What I am concerned about is whether they are breaking the terms of the GPL, as the GPL says that by creating a work that is a derivative of a GPL’ed program, the derivative must also be GPL’ed. Or can they get around this because they are the authors of both the original and derived works and can therefore grant themselves the right to re-license TruStudio Professional under a different license?
The only reason I raise this question is because of a mailing list archive I came across whilst looking for information about the .NET 1.1 frameworks built-in .NET compilers for VB.NET, C# and J#.
Oct 19 2004
Mojavi 3.0.0-DEV is the Mojavi framework for PHP 5. According to Sean:
The latest stable version is 2.0.0. Because of the request for a PHP 5.0 compatible version of Mojavi, development has been started on Mojavi 3.0. Mojavi 3.0 will take full advantage of PHP 5.0′s new object-oriented features and will be developed in the 3.0.0 branch.
I guess I’ll have to start work now on making sure that MojaviBuilder can generate Mojavi 3 compliant class files. Maybe this would be a good time to get MojaviBuilder 2 back on track after putting it on the back shelf for a while.