Archive for the ‘Programming’ Category

Computer bank

Friday, May 6th, 2005

This looks like an interesting way of getting programming experience: Computer Bank Community Code


Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

I'm testing the beta version of the new Fabulister. So far I'm pleased with it. There are a few bugs and a way to go yet before it can be released, but it's already working better than the old version.

MySQL table repair

Saturday, March 5th, 2005

Just discovered an unforeseen advantage to having the Fabulister programming work done. Whirix pointed out that the database backup of Lexicon I had sent them was incomplete Ė missing 5 tables including the all important users table. Iíve been backing up for months using the phpMyAdmin export feature and it ...

Whirix chosen

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

I've accepted Whirix's bid to program Fabulister. I noticed that another web design company, this time based in New York, has also made a bid. But a lot of their reviews have been removed, which seems suspicious. Whirix has a slightly higher rating, so I went with them.


Monday, February 21st, 2005

I'm currently sorting out the Fabulister contract between myself and Whirix.

Automatic zip files

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

I needed to zip my Fabulister files so I could send them to Whirix. A quick call to my Mac expert boyfriend and I found out something useful. There's no need to download an equivalent of Winzip for OSX. It's built in. Just select a file in the Finder, right click ...

Not a good start

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

Just had my first communication with Whirix and they said search could not be implemented in text fields in MySQL databases and they wanted to use 3rd party software for searching text fields instead. I showed them the search submission body feature, in the current version of Lexicon, which searches text ...

Nothing happened

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

My boyfriend asked what I'd been up to today and I said nothing happened, which is about right. Went to the beach at lunchtime but that's all. It was cooler today. Feels like summer is on the way out, though surely we've got a month or two of beach weather yet. Whirix ...


Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Looks like I'm going with Whirix for the Fabulister programming. I hope it all works out better than last time.

Future computing

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

As a kid I had a Vic20 computer, which could play a game called Voodoo Castle. I never quite managed to finish the game before Opal the cat slept on the computer and destroyed it. Only a few months ago, I finally managed to finish Voodoo Castle. It had been ported ...


Thursday, December 30th, 2004

I really ought to choose a Fabulister programmer. Can't choose...too lazy...

Sunk cost fallacy

Friday, December 17th, 2004

From Skepdic: the sunk-cost fallacy (ďthrowing good money after badĒ) When one makes a hopeless investment, one sometimes reasons: I canít stop now, otherwise what Iíve invested so far will be lost. This is true, of course, but irrelevant to whether one should continue to invest in the project. Everything one has invested ...

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

I'm auctioning the Fabulister fix on Let's hope the bid are better quality than


Thursday, November 25th, 2004

I'm very disappointed in the quality of programmers I'm getting bid from at Few of them have previous work, and if they do have previous work, it's rubbish. They all want thousands of dollars. This is not good.

Fabulister Fixes

Friday, November 19th, 2004

I sent my 14 page Word document of Fabulister changes to today. Fingers crossed that it will turn out OK. I notice Unidian gave me 10 out of 10 as a customer.


Thursday, November 11th, 2004

I got over my writer's block about 12am last night and I got quite a few hours of writing in today. I've got today, tomorrow and Saturday to get down all my thoughts about what Fabulister requires, then edit them. I hope to submit the list of changes on Monday or ...

Writer’s block

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

I'm trying to get into writing a list of changes for Fabulister but Iíve got writerís block. There are so many changes that Iím stumped about what to write first. Went for a walk to get a change of scenery. The jacarandas are at the height of their flowering season and ...

Beautiful Site

Monday, October 25th, 2004

Just saw: Whitespace a blog about CSS, which is the most minimalist, pretty site I've seen. I've got to get Fabulister running similar code. Tables are so passe, not to mention bandwidth consuming.

Positive PMS

Monday, October 18th, 2004

From Digital Web: Integrating CSS with Content Management Systems By Victor Lombardi Published on September 15, 2004 Building CSS editing features into our content management systems allows us to make style changes as easily as we make content changes. In the future, managing the design of a Web site at the tactical level ...

Making A Better Open Source CMS

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

From Open source content management software sucks. It sucks really badly. The only things worse is every commercial CMS I've used. But it really doesn't have to be that way. I did some research recently at -- a fantastic site that lets you play with dozens of CMS installations -- ...