Archive for April, 2006

LinuxWorld runs off a Microsoft server

Posted on the April 11th, 2006 under Uncategorized by

Just something that caught my eye when browsing the Internet. Ubuntu wins Best Distribution Award, but when you click on the link, it takes you to a page not found with the Microsoft details.

Whats the fuss – nothing. They needed to run Cold Fusion thats all. But for all their anti-this, anti-that rants, why the slip up.

On tech, a group of students were required to do a website for some Open Source Okes. They were so ‘Open Source’, the group was told to even create the graphics using an open source program. A silly imposition because this shouldn’t matter in the creation process. The group had been using Windows all the years, had the programs installed – but the Open Source okes wanted them to get a distro, (probably) reformat their pc, and learn to use GIMP.

Now calculate whether it’s worthwhile. Once the Open Source oke client was gone, they’d naturally switch back to Windows where their ‘other programs’ were.

But from people promoting Linux, I would have expected more!

Whats worse than a techie teaching?

Posted on the April 10th, 2006 under Uncategorized by

Now I’m not throwing stones at anyone. I’m grateful to anyone trying to give me a few more braincells, but there is an answer to this question (or at least a personal answer).

A techie setting up a question paper!!

Thunderbird has just destroyed all your email accounts

Posted on the April 4th, 2006 under Uncategorized by

Do I mean Thunderbird, the wonderful, open source program?

Yip, unfortunately so. I even rebooted a few times just to make sure it wasn’t true. And it doesn’t make sense because your address book will still be there. Would Outlook Express ever do something like this?

Fortunately, there is a round about way of restoring everything. The worst mistake is to panic, uninstall or upgrade.

Here’s a typical lazy developer how-to.

  1. Create a new profile
  2. Add all your accounts (again)
  3. Close Thunderbird
  4. Find your old profile folder
  5. Copy the mail folders to your new profile
  6. Open Thunderbird again
  7. Walla, your email is back

Doesn’t looking at these instructions make you nauseous? Forgot to add, export your address book in the old profile, import it to the new one.

And why all these stupid things. One file called pref.js got corrupted. Silly stuff, which why it is encouraged to get mozbackup. If your prefs file ever gets corrupted you have a backup.

$$variable in php

Posted on the April 4th, 2006 under Uncategorized by

Did you know that a variable name like $$var does work in PHP? Picked this up by accident during some bugfixing. But there’s a catch.

Let’s take the following:

echo $$var;

$var has to have a value. Lets say that $var=’person’; So what the line is in effect saying is: echo $person;