All posts of Ian

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 […]


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.