Topic: Computers It's the little things

4:19pm, Wednesday 8 November 2006

What's the point of providing debug output if it doesn't contain useful information? This afternoon I have done:

#define DH3HACK 1
#ifdef DH3HACK
    struct sockaddr_in sin;
    socklen_t len = sizeof(sin);

    if (getpeername(fd, (struct sockaddr *) &sin, &len) == 0) {
      syslog(LOG_DEBUG, "accepted connection from %s", inet_ntoa(sin.sin_addr));
    } else {
      syslog(LOG_DEBUG, "accepted connection");
  syslog(LOG_DEBUG, "accepted connection");
and similar, because Cyrus says "ooh yes, new connection" without bothering to tell you where the data is coming from...
Topic: General We've bought a house

4:12pm, Thursday 2 November 2006

Some time ago we had an offer accepted on a house.

I've just heard that we've exchanged contracts - the house is ours!

(It shouldn't take 5 months to buy a house!)

Topic: Website New Popular Edition maps

11:32am, Thursday 2 November 2006

Currently destroying productivity in this office: New Popular Edition Ordnance Survey maps (with the bonus of building a free postcode database).

Topic: General A pox on DOGs

10:02am, Thursday 2 November 2006

Dear BBC,

Please, please, get rid of the channel logo (I believe it's called a "DOG" - how appropriate) in drama programmes. It is amazingly irritating to try to watch a tense - or romantic - or exciting scene, and be repeatedly distracted by "BBC THREE BRAND NEW" or some similar inanity in the corner of the screen. I understand that BBC output requires branding - but surely this can be done in the opening, the title sequence, or the end credits? There's no need to shout the channel name continuously - every digital TV I've seen displays the channel name when switching to a new channel, and also usually with a "channel info" or "programme guide" button. Please, lose the annoying and unnecessary logos.

Thank you,
Dave Holland

Topic: Music Musical thought

9:07am, Monday 16 October 2006

"If you know the names to all your tunes, you don't know enough tunes."

(seen in the sig of this message)


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