Archive for June, 2006

Jun 23 2006

Wikipedia Meme

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Cause I have nothing better to do, and can’t remember what I wanted to write about… Stole it from twitchcraft galore whilst helping Kelley with her site.

1. Go to Wikipedia.

2. In the Search box, type your birth month and day (but not year).
September 5

3. List three events that happened on your birthday.

  1. 1666 – Great Fire of London ends: A large fire in London burns out after three days. 10,000 buildings including St. Paul’s Cathedral are destroyed, but only 16 people are known to have died.
  2. 1972 – Munich Massacre: A Palestinian terrorist group called “Black September” attack Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games.
  3. 1984 – STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery lands after its maiden voyage.

4. List two important birthdays and one interesting death.

  1. Birthday: 1847 – Jesse James, American outlaw (d. 1882)
  2. Birthday: 1946 – Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar-born singer Queen (d. 1991)
  3. Death: 1877 – Crazy Horse, Sioux chief (b. 1849) – I could see a more interesting one

5. Post it.

I’m also going to pass this on to a couple of people:

The Sailing Bug
Matt Ingy @

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Jun 15 2006

Bandit Power Rant

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit)

This is a pre-solution rant about my Bandit. After my last “accident” with the bandit, in which it had to go back to the garage to be fixed, I seem to be having some problems with the battery. It seems that if I leave the bike for more than a week when I next try to start the bike the battery is dead. I have had to re-charge the battery twice since getting my bike back. At the moment I am having to ride to work every day as I have to go to my parents at lunch to feed the chickens whilst they’re on holiday, and although I am riding eight miles a day the battery doesn’t seem to be charging very much.

In fact, the battery has absolutely minimal charge in it. The is so little charge that each time I start the bike it takes so much power from the battery that the clock gets reset. I’ve tried disconnecting the spot lights in the bellypan, and I’ve even disconnected the alarm and intercom unit in case they’ve been draining the battery whilst the bike is switched off but that doesn’t seem to have made any difference.

This weekend my good friend Phrixus is going to lend me his battery recovery/charger electrickery thingyumy wotsit which will hopefully sort out the battery. He is also going to lend me a multi-meter so that I can testthe voltage and charge usage of my bike whilst running and when switched off, which should tell me if the alternator is working correctly and if there is an electrical short or if something is draining the battery.

Watch this space to find out the results. If I get around to it I may also write a battery trouble-shooting guifr to the bandit.

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Jun 15 2006

Obscure SQL Server Errors

Published by under Programming

I’m working on a large system at the moment, and recently we upgraded the database from Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to Microsoft SQL Server 2005. At the time everything seemed to go according to plan with no changes required to our code as we’re not using any of the more advanced features to SQL Server. However, three months down the line and I’ve started noticing things that didn’t get migrated with the upgrade.

Its these things that I’m trying to bring back that are throwing up some rather obscure SQL Server error messages. I should first go back and give an overview of the upgrade process so as to provide a setting in which these errors are ocurring. The installation of SQL Server 2005 went smoothly and was installed along side SQL Server 2000, the plan was that it should be possible to do a database transfer between the two and SQL Server 2005 will handle upgrading all the fiddly bits. This didn’t quite happen as I was only able to attempt the transfer on a remote machine and I didn’t have sufficient permissions. Instead we stopped SQL Server 2000, attached the database files to SQL Server 2005 and uninstalled SQL Server 2000, as far as I could tell this was a perfectly acceptable way of doing it.
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Jun 09 2006

New driving laws

Published by under General

The other day I got sent a comedy email from my good friend Phrixus. About new driving laws that the UK Dept. of Transport are introducing:

Due to the nature of the quality of driving in England the Department of Transport has now devised a new scheme in order to identify poor drivers and give good drivers the opportunity to recognise them whilst driving.

For this reason as from the middle of May 2006 those drivers who are found to be driving badly which includes:

-overtaking in dangerous places;
-hovering within one inch of the car in front; -stopping sharply; -speeding in residential areas; -pulling out without indication; -performing U turns inappropriately in busy high streets; -under taking on motorways -taking up more than one lane in multi lane roads,

These drivers will be issued with flags, white with a red cross, signifying their inability to drive properly. These flags must be clipped to a door of the car and be visible to all other drivers and pedestrians.

Those drivers who have shown particularly poor driving skills will have to display a flag on each side of the car to indicate their greater lack of skill and general lower intelligence mind set to the general public.

As is required with emails like this I quickly forwarded the email around my office… as you do. Well, it didn’t take long before I got a reply from an avid (2 flags) england support at my work:
Football Fan

How bad are you if you have

2 car flags
1 pair fluffy England dice
1 England air freshner
1 CD of England football ‘anthems’
2 England mugs
1 England cereal bowl
1 large England flag
1 inflatable England hat
1 England bandana (stolen by a German)
1 small England flag on a stick (stolen by a German)
1 England badge
1 England shirt
1 pair England shorts (don’t think they’ll fit this year :o)
1 pair England sunglasses
1 pair England deely boppers

I think the list speaks for itself!!!

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Jun 06 2006

Fold Has Completely Folded

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It would appear that the Fold developer has tried to remove all trace of Folds existance. Not only has the domain been cleared of reference to the Fold Web 2.0 app, but the Foldblog has also been removed from Blogspot.

I have just tried sending an email to what I hope is one of Alex Wolfs email addresses about what he has planned for the future of Fold, so lets just wait and see what I get in response.


I just got an email back from Alex Wolf:

Hi Adrian,

thanks for your interest in Fold. I’m currenly busy working on
another project that takes up all my time so Fold is deactivated at
the moment.

Anyway, I had quite a few people inquiring about Fold so here you go:

The Fold code, consisting of:

a.) Client-side JavaScript
b.) Server-side Ruby and Ruby-On-Rails code
c.) Source code (Flash 8) for the previoulsy released Foldlets

can be licensed under the following terms:

a.) Unlimited, unrestricted use; non-transferable and non-exclusive

In plain english: You can use it as you wish (i.e. modify it) but you
can’t resell it. I’m free to sell it to other people, continue
development or what ever.

One-time fee: EUR 150,000

b.) Unlimited, unrestricted use; transferable and exclusive

In plain english: It’s yours, you can do with it what you want. I’m out.

One-time fee: EUR 1,000,000

NOTE: Source code is provided on an as-is basis. I won’t be available
for bug-fixes, extensive support or continuous development. I can
provide installation / setup support to a degree (no travel).

System requirements to run Fold on your servers: You need at least
one stand-alone server (no shared hosting) with Ruby 1.8.2 or higher,
Rails (latest version), MySQL 4.0, Lighttpd, SSH access. A write-up
to facilitate installation will be provided.

The underlying code supports distributing the system on several
servers; e.g. the initial Fold setup consisted of two application and
one DB server and could easily handle the Digg-effect with 30,000
visitors in 12 hours.

Note, that this does not include the domain If you are
interested in the domain you can bid for it on

In line with recent sales of comparable domains the expected selling-
price is around or above the EUR 100,000 mark.

Regards, Axel Wolf

Ok, this is good news I guesss. Fold hasn’t been completely binned. It is possible to revive it (including the domain), however to make it worthwhile you’d need the transferable license and the domain name… making the total cost 1,100,000 Euros, or £750,000.

I’ll be the first to addmit that the Fold homepage was a really nice system to use but I could never really justify spending that kind of money on a basic Web 2.0 homepage system like Fold. It still needed a lot of working to be done on it and that price doesn’t include any support from the developer, so you’d basically be left on your own to figure out how to extend and develop the system.

Quite how anyone could justify spending that sort of money on Fold is beyond me, and anyone that does is a fool! (No offense to Alex)

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Jun 01 2006 shutdown

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It would appear that, which was an AJAX/DHTML web hokmepage has been shutdown. This came a quite a supprise to me as I normally use the fold beta as my own homepage. This morning I was greeted with adverts from one of the crappy domain grabbing companies.

Upon visiting the Fold blog I saw that this wasn’t a domain hijacking but that the developer of Fold had actually decided to pack things in for the time being. The last post on the blog basically states that the developer is currently working on other projects.

I guess that it must have been quite difficult trying to support a beta web app that has been visited by 200,000 visitors in 2 months, I am rather supprised and disappointed though that the beta site wasn’t left online, now I’ll have to find another Web 2.0 homepage to use. I shall however be keeping an eye on the fold blog in case there are any further developments.

I will continue to leave my foldlets at for the time being as I believe they can be used in other web 2.0 homepage apps. You never know, I might even get around to developing other widgets.

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