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Journal of rob_au (1845)

Thursday February 12, 2004
06:30 AM


Everything appears to be running well, the servers appear to be behaving themselves, there are no critical outstanding issues on the board ... So, why do I have this ominous feeling that something is wrong with the servers and application installs? It's just that it's quiet, a little too quiet ...
Wednesday February 11, 2004
04:59 AM

Stupid advertising

I don't get why a radio station called "FOX FM" is using a big, fat animated hippopotamus in their current round of television advertising. There must be something wrong with me ...
Thursday January 15, 2004
07:02 AM

Finally! Some luck ...

Some things are finally going my way with the current project that I am working on ... Rollout is proceeding nicely now and things appear to be working entirely as expected ... *knocks on wood*
Tuesday January 13, 2004
02:12 AM


Quite simply, it rocks!
Monday January 12, 2004
07:37 PM

DBD::mysql gripe

This journal entry is simply a gripe, nothing insightful or interesting.

When using DBD::mysql, if you specify the host to connect to as localhost, the driver attempts to connect via the UNIX socket by default rather than the localhost TCP connection - This is annoying because it created an error which I had to fix during a code rollout. If I wanted to connect via the UNIX socket, I would have specified it by way of the mysql_socket directive in the DSN.

Feeling much better now ...

Thursday December 18, 2003
04:40 PM

Linux 2.6.0 Changelog

- khttpd is gone.

Hooray for sanity!

Thursday November 27, 2003
05:35 AM

Working not for profit

We all have clients like this - They only call once or twice a year and generally their computer problems are relatively straight-forward and can be solved in under an hour with a bit of determination.

Last night, I went out to help one such client - The client was a lovely couple who needed an updated version of their anti-virus software installed. Over the last few years of looking after this couple's computer system, I have come to view these people as friends and have always found it hard to justify charging them for my visits, in spite of the work performed. Yet this has always been a sticking point between us - They always insist on paying me for these visits, despite the friendship which has grown between us over this time.

I did however last night come up with a nice solution for this in passe which may be of interest to others with such clients - I again refused payment for the computer work carried out, but suggested that if they feel so compelled, the couple should make a donation to the local children's hospital.

This suggestion was warmly welcomed and thus everyone wins.

Wednesday November 12, 2003
04:16 PM

C development tip

Probably old-news to many people around here, but a really useful utility which I have found to help me while developing in C is the successor to LCLint, Splint - I installed this package yesterday on my development box and have immediately been able to lift the quality of my code and incorporate better testing procedures for what I am working on.
Monday November 03, 2003
06:33 AM

GNU mailutils

I have been exploring this package in some depth over the last few days and have been quite impressed with the library of functions which it provides for handling mail messages. I have however come across a number of elements of the documentation which appear to be lacking, specifically relating to the employ of the mailer, message and stream sets of functions, and have yet to be able to get this package to build on Mac OS X.

Does anyone know of any reference other than the documentation supplied with the package which covers this library of utilities in detail?

Thursday October 23, 2003
04:56 PM

Free trade agreements

With the visit of George W. Bush to Australia, there has been much talk of the specifics of a potential free trade agreement between Australia and the US. The top concerns of the Australian and US leaders appear to be agriculture and intellectual property respectively.

Whilst I can appreciate the importance of agriculture to Australian exporters, I must say that I do hold some concerns as to what rights relating to intellectual property will be traded by the Australian government in order to secure an advantageous position relating to agricultural trade - Over the past decades, too much of the research and development work carried out in Australia has been sold outright to overseas interests, unable to acquire commercialisation support locally. This situation has however been changing and there is a quite vibrant intellectual community in Australia coming up with some quite ingenious products. Australia may be a great agricultural exporter, but it has great potential to offer so much more - I would hate to see this segment of the Australia business and academic community loosing out or being hampered in their development effects as a result of this free trade agreement.