A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- November 27
- Alice In Wonderland isn't
your grandfather's Lewis Carroll; it's Tim Burton telling the
story in his way, which is sort of taking the characters and a
handful of events from the book and rearranging them into
something with more of a consistent narrative. The result is
funny, a bit scary (if you're in the PG or younger audience), and
generally what you'd expect from a Tim Burton movie. I enjoyed it,
but I wouldn't rave about it, to be honest.
A Bunch of Amateurs,
on the other hand, is a must-watch. There's a little bit of the
cringey comedy that I don't like, but for the most part this is an
excellent piece of work and props to the Isle of Man film board
for putting it together.
- November 26
- Websites are HARD... logged onto one of my
life/mortgage cover provider's site this morning to attempt to
update my contact details, and got a 404. Fantastic. Did you
people even test this website before making it live?
Wow, it's even better than I realised. There are maybe seven items
on the same pull-down menu, and only three work, and two of the
three go to the same page. Irish Life: FAIL.
AHAHAHAHA. Brilliant. I used one of the functional links to submit
a customer enquiry ("fix the forms, dammit"), which
apparently generated an email to their customer service
account... which bounced. Pure genius.
- November 21
- I'm reading Interface for the umpteenth time, and
this particular edition (which replaces the last one I loaned and
didn't get back) is riddled with typos including one which looks
like someone actually proof-read it and "corrected" it
because they didn't understand the grammar - one of those
homonym-type errors like using "should of" instead of
"should have". I'm sure at some level the authors must be
at least mildly bothered that their words can't be rendered
correctly after multiple reprints.
- November 20
- Patched up the Finance::Bank::IE modules to cope with the new
page layouts, which are easier to parse with reasonable
accuracy. Version 0.24 has been uploaded.
- November 19
- I've a vague idea I'd watched Bullitt a long time ago, but watching it
now I'm not so sure. Classic piece of work, with a legendary car
chase and a good enough story. Worth watching.
MBNA helpfully chose to direct an early-morning purchase to my
new, not-yet-activated credit card, resulting in some
phone-chasing for me to get things sorted out. Thanks, guys, but
you know, I'd entered the CVV code for the card, you think maybe
you could have matched it up to the right one... of course, now
that it's been activated manually, I still have the little
checkbox on their website that suggests I activate my
- November 14
- Continued on-call. At least I got some sleep.
Somewhat pleased to find I can now pay my credit card off with my
Laser debit card. Except, er, my bank just switched from Laser to
Visa Debit. D'oh.
I discovered the above while checking why my Perl modules to
access the site had stopped working. Turns out they've tweaked the
site again, so I guess there'll be a new Finance::Bank::IE some
- November 13
- Took me all of thirty minutes to break Mail in the new MacOS
release. Apparently all the fixes will be in 10.7, but
for now the crashes should be "less frequent". Annoying,
On-call this weekend, and it's a bit of a doozy.
- November 12
- Sort of figured out the LWP::UserAgent stuff. Mainly
what it means is that my attempt to use a mock object for testing
is stymied by the particular bit of code I want to exercise being
at the end of the method I actually need to
Glee. Jailbroke the AppleTV and logged into it. Step one: back up
the entire thing since it's a pain in the ass to enter various
usernames, etc. with the on-screen display.
- November 11
- Somewhat confounded by some Perl code
not doing what I want: I'm using LWP::UserAgent and
playing around with basic authentication, and I can't seem to get
it take the code path that produces the correct
In other news, whee, shiny new MacOS. I have not yet investigated
the shininess, but I understand there will be some improvement in
the crashiness of Mail.app when connected to Exchange
- November 6
- Successful manly day. Our new sofas arrived, so I dismantled the
old one, took it downstairs, and reassembled it. But that was the
minor task. The major task was tackling the plumbing problem with
the dishwasher, viz. that someone had connected the hot and cold
pipes under the sink the wrong way around. I had attempted to fix
this during the week and discovered I didn't have sufficient
tools; today I picked up a sufficiently large adjustable spanner
which, along with Mr. Friendly Pipe Wrench, allowed me to swap the
connections around with minimal spillage of water and no
swearning. Once I'd done it, and checked in a somewhat
obsessive-compulsive fashion that there were no leaks, we put the
dishwasher on, and lo, it worked as intended. A strange but
understandable operating feature: if the incoming water is too
hot, it was letting it cool before activating the wash cycle,
which meant a 1-hour wash was taking five hours or more. Now it
goes straight to work. Go me, etc.
- November 2
- More "I really wish": your RSS feed should be, you
know, an RSS feed. Not, say, a HTML page. I've written a little
too much code to cope with the vagaries of RSS spec interpretation
without having to detect that what used be a feed link is now a
redirect to the blog it used feed for.
- November 1
- I really wish websites that offer to "Remember Me At This
Computer" would actually do so.
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