All posts of Ian

How To Have A Number One The Easy Way: The Manual

Written by the KLF, subtitled THE JUSTIFIED ANCIENTS OF MU MU REVEAL THEIR ZENARCHISTIC METHOD USED IN MAKING THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPEN which details the KLF’s no-nonsense mechanistic guide to making a number one hit single (involves almost no money, just follow The Rules). Bit of an odd document, well worth a read.

Blogs-for-you

How do I find other blogs that are like my own? The blogosphere is pretty damned large, and trying to find others who blog about the same sort of thing as me is tricky. So tricky that I often don’t try, I just stumble onto them every now and again. Surely there’s a better way? […]

First use of ‘weblog’ was in 1997

Well I never, 1997 was about the earliest time that the term ‘weblog’ was used, though blogging as we know it started around 1994. There’s a picure of the entry at WikiPedia. Another example of the 10 year or so lag between a truly innovative idea first breaking the surface and its later general acceptance.?

Firefly Theme

I’m sufficiently hooked on Firefly now that I figure the world needs to know just how wonderful it is. You can hear the intro music which is just superb over at Fantasy News (skip half-way in to miss the intro speech). Lots of other tunes there too…

PhpWiki on GoDaddy

A quick tip for any installers of PhpWiki on GoDaddy – it doesn’t seem to work if you use dba or dbm database types, but the flatfile type is fine.

Visible Quality of Service Polls?

I’ve just taken a look at a bunch of web hosting providers (for Python and Plone), and I’m having trouble deciding which of them offer a high level of service. If I visit five hosting providers websites I get nicely marketed homepages – but this doesn’t tell me how reliable they are, how much downtime […]

Kingdom of Heaven is rubbish

I went, I saw and I wasn’t that impressed. And this silly person even says Orlando Bloom, actually surprisingly, was able to carry the movie as a lead. I was surprised he had the heft to do it, but I agree with the critic who said that the beard helped. He was a man, not […]

Selling Time to Spammers

I like it – cost spammers some money if you don’t like what they’re selling. The model is nice, can be applied to any sort of contact – you attach a ‘bounty’ to your mail, and if the recipient feels you’re wasting their time then they can claim the bounty, else they leave it. If […]

Hungarian Notation

Joel on Software writes about the Wrong interpretation of (the Hungarian) Charles Simonyi’s markup ideas for programming languages. Instead of the mess that Microsoft has put foward in MFC for so long (lspwzwotsit), it turns out he had a much simpler idea. And the idea rocks, it’s just the kind of thing that good programmers […]

Firefly

John Montgomery has just pointed me to Firefly. Damn, he knows all the coolest SciFi. It nearly outranks Scooby Doo 2 that I’m watching now. Well, maybe. First post – very cool.