Archive for April, 2006

Trains Suck

Friday, April 28th, 2006

I predict that the JCN talk on Monday will be excellent. So excellent in fact, I’d make the trip up to Cambridge to hear it and to catch up on what the SRCF has been doing since the end, just under a year ago, of my three-year involvement with the society. Sadly, British Rail 1 […]

Automatic apt-ing in Debian

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Recently I wanted to schedule some routine apt operations on our server. I discovered there is already an “apt” entry in /etc/cron.daily, but sadly it seemed that the documentation on how to configure it was less clear than it should have been. Hopefully this will aide another Debian user in the future! In /etc/apt/apt.conf # […]

Python v Ruby

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Although I have not read this comparison paper[pdf] in detail, I found looking at their example code side-by-side to be most illuminating. Ruby’s pureness (mainly in object-orientation) may give it a theoretically superior (“cleaner”) syntax, but from a practitioner’s point of view, the Python’s syntax appears to be refreshingly uncluntered and easy to use. Whether […]

When Chairman Hu met Bill Gates

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Owing to an unpatched security hole in Gates’s Windows-powered home-monitoring system, the meeting of the two Great Leaders was bugged and a transcript of their conversation has been obtained by The Observer … Read the transcript [via Planet Debian].

Tooth and Claw

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

After last week’s unremarkable episode, this week’s Dr Who was top-notch stuff—much more in the style of the classic series with the Doctor actually using his brain to save the day instead of his sonic screwdriver. There’s Anthony Stewart-Head as a Demon Headmaster character to look forward to next week too.