Monthly Archives: February 2008

Deriding Rails

This is great: the topic of which platform is best for development is as relevant as the topic of which motorbike is the best (Harley or Japanese) to a dolphin. – comment on Douchebaggery I know I said “the choice … Continue reading

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ssh through http proxy

Sometimes I find my access to the outside world blocked by over-zealous firewalls and proxies, most often when using hotel or free WiFi. Unfortunately, it’s not normally possible to restart a broken website or monitor a server’s load through just … Continue reading

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Paul’s New Blog

My good friend Paul (who has started more new blogs than I’ve had hot dinners) now has a new new blog: Like so much acronym soup. Nice name, and as you could probably guess, it’s focussing on the service oriented … Continue reading

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Colouring code comprehension

I’m working on some particularly dense javascript, and it has really brought home to me the difference between a good text editor and a great text editor. Eclipse is generally pretty good as an all-round IDE, but when you need … Continue reading

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Awesome continuous integration

Yesterday I finally got a chance to spend some time with Hudson, and I have to say I’m very impressed. It’s the first time I’ve been able to set up a continuous integration solution in less than 5 minutes. And … Continue reading

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FOSDEM ’08

It’s rare that open source events happen right on my doorstep, but since I’m in Brussels and just a couple of miles away from the venue, I’ll be going to FOSDEM this year. It’s probably a good time to mention … Continue reading

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The iTunes disk space tax

If you happen to use iTunes and are, like me, foolish enough to trust it to manage all your music for you, it might be worth doing a health check and a bit of spring cleaning. I’ve been using iTunes … Continue reading

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‘org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-archetype-plugin’ does not exist

I kept getting an error about the maven-archetype-plugin whenever I tried to create a new application using maven 2. It turns out part of my local maven repository must have become corrupted or failed to download properly. It was solved … Continue reading

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Homing in

I guess my recent dopplr update now makes a little more sense: Gianugo’s off to London. All change!

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Time Machine Error

The sad flip-side of Apple’s “It Just Works” is that when it doesn’t, don’t expect any explanations why. This is a good example of that. Time Machine is failing, but with no meaningful description of what is wrong. Looking in … Continue reading

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