Jul 3, 2014
Daddy Daughter Cookie Time
Jun 22, 2014
Lunch with dad.
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
"Hey Dad Look! Bubble vision!"
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
May 9, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
Apr 6, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
Clever! Ceramic looking silicon cup.
Apr 6, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
Jan 12, 2013
America's Real Criminal Element: Lead | Mother Jones
Is leaded petrol and its demise responsible for a the growth and decline of violent crime?
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 14, 2012
"I want dessert now, it won't make me full, it'll make room in me."
Nov 8, 2012
Nov 5, 2012
Niko sings, "Two multiplayers jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head, mumma called the doctor and the doctor said, no more players bouncing on the bed!"
Oct 23, 2012
What''s your favorite thing about Day Care?
Niko: “Going Home.”’
Sep 15, 2012
Smoked salmon, capers and sour cream crepes for lunch. Yum!
Sep 6, 2012
Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the remix | Video on TED.com
A better way to conceive of creativity
Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the remix : Video on TED.com
I wonder how long it will be until we’re able to track elements (melody, lyrics etc) in one song to other songs. And by “we” I mean, computers, automatically and without help. There are already sites displaying the make up of actual remixes by artists like Girl Talk - all manually built.
When someone builds an automated version, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to copyright law. I imagine we’ll be awash in this kind of case for a while. With luck, copyright laws will be softened, rather than strengthened, else creativity become the exclusive domain of companies with large IP portfolios.
Aug 27, 2012
Interview with a malicious hacker making over $10,000 a week
I’ve often wondered how people managed to get cash from stolen credit cards.
Aug 26, 2012
Finland and the euro crisis: Northern gripes | The Economist
As times turn hard at home, many Finns bristle at having to bail out what they regard as profligate euro-zone countries that have not played by the rules.
Aug 26, 2012
- Aug 23, 2012 WD TV Live Streaming Media Player | silentpcreview.com
Aug 20, 2012
Nov 16, 2011
Why would I use social media to communicate with a business?
With the response being public, it’s likely I’ll get something better than “Thanks for your inquiry, we’ll respond to you within 48 hours.”.
Sep 28, 2011
MySQL's handling of GROUP BY
In the year 2000, I was working on migrating a web application from MySQL to Oracle. One of the issues we had was a number of queries which took advantage of slackness in MySQLs handling of the GROUP BY clause. Oracle took exception to our poor SQL and forced the developers to rewrite queries to be a higher standard. To illustrate the issue, have a look at the following example.
Aug 7, 2010
New post on Daemons over on the Booko blog.
Nov 12, 2009
It's not just Books.
If you had the idea that books were the only thing Australians over paid for (I know, none of you believe that) check this out from Nintendo. The new Super Mario Bros. has an RRP in the US of $49 USD which is $50.235 AUD. You can buy it on Amazon. According to EBGames, the RRP for the Australian version is $98 AUD, for a markup of almost 100% of the US price.
- Nov 12, 2009 Google gets some numbers numbers from the world bank
Nov 2, 2009
Playing on the Master branch
Check it out: http://blog.booko.com.au/?p=319
Oct 24, 2009
Fun with git post-commit
Over on the Booko Blog.
Aug 30, 2009
Need a MacBook Pro?
I’m selling my last one on Ebay right now!
Aug 24, 2009
Making Booko work better with Google
Over on the Booko Blog.
Jun 8, 2009
Back when I was a professional sysadmin (now I just do it for fun) I came up with a few simple tests to perform on misbehaving hosts. These tests are very obvious and easy to check, but they’re worth remembering because too often we’re tempted to look for complex solutions to problems that, initially, look complex. It’s humbling just how often what looks like a complex software issue, really isn’t complex at all.
May 5, 2009
Went out to race my RC car on the weekend. It broke inside two laps. See Marshall Banana’s posts for pics / details.
Mar 29, 2009
If you’re ever looking for a fun flying toy, I can confidently recommend the Syma S026. Flies around for about 5 minutes before needing a charge. With two sets of dual blades, you can rotate it left and right and fly forwards and backwards. Up and down too naturally. It’s tough enough that multiple crashes didn’t hurt it at all and it’s small enough that it doesn’t actually damage anything if you run into stuff. Well, avoid flowers and stuff precariously balanced. Candles also are best put away. You understand.
Feb 26, 2009
Virus detection. Awesome.
This is from 2006 - wonder what they’ve done since.
Feb 9, 2009
Twitter + Jabber = Jitter?
I’ve been playing with Twitter lately - I created a Booko Twitter account to reserve the account name while I consider using it. I’ve got my own Twitter account and I had a bit of a play around with it, but honestly using Twitter via the web seems like a drag. Yet another page to watch. Plus, I subscribed to the MelbTransport guy’s page and all I could think was “Can’t I filter this to show me only the updates I’m interested in?” - apparently no, you can’t.
- Feb 9, 2009 Science & Morality discussed by Sam Haris
Feb 5, 2009
Truism of the day
“Broken gets fixed. Shoddy lasts forever”. I’ve heard this phrased differently in different places and it’s too often true.
- Jan 31, 2009 Storm by Tim Minchin
- Jan 30, 2009 1981 Internet story
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
Automating host provisioning
When testing new stuff for Booko, I sometimes create a new slicehost and build myself a test box. In the past I’ve done this manually, which really isn’t very difficult, but it turns out that Slicehost have an API to allow you to automate this stuff. With the API you can create, destroy, rebuild and reboot your VPS which is pretty cool. It also lets you manipulate all your DNS settings. Check out the API for complete details.
Jan 17, 2009
Testing my new LiPo battery. Watch those tyres balloon! The battery can do 96Amp continuous with 160Amp bursts. It’s a 5350 mAH battery but at 7.4V, it won’t push those sorts of currents for long.
Jan 5, 2009
Dec 25, 2008
From the YouTube
Dec 13, 2008
Installing Ruby Enterprise Edition + Phusion Passenger (mod_rails) on Ubuntu in a VPS
I’ve tried quite a few ways to deploy Ruby on Rails apps for Booko. Here’s how to do it with Passenger.
Dec 13, 2008
Creationism with Ricky Gervais
Dec 13, 2008
I’m at the protest of the clean feed system at the library in central Melbourne. I don’t think I’ve seen a weirder mix of people. Nerds, gamers and civil rights type groups like the EFA with left wing Socialists Party sprukers everwhere. And Raelians!
The Greens and Amnesty International both had speakers which were pretty good. Melbourne Wireless are here also - not a bad talk either.
Dec 11, 2008
Installing Piwik on Gentoo?
Piwik advertises itself as Open Source Web Analytics - and it seems to be on the right track. It even has an advantage over Google Analytics - live stats! Because having to wait until the end of the day until Google updates Analytics is such a drag ;-)
Dec 5, 2008
New Handbrake converts from *
Just the other day I was trying to figure out how to get a video converted into the right format so I could chuck it onto my iPhone.
“If only Handbrake would read normal video files as well as DVDs” I was thinking.
Well turns out, it does with the latest version. Just point it at the video file (I’m trying it with an MP4), select the iPhone preset and away you go.
Nov 2, 2008
8 Years later
Oct 26, 2008
I managed to strip one of the four 1.5mm titanium screws used to hold down the cover for the transmission cover. I know, I know. But I did. I tried super gluing an Allen key into the screw’s head, but it was no good. Actually, it just didn’t dry completely I think.
Oct 1, 2008
An example of why not to buy DRM protected content
If you’ve ever wondered why you shouldn’t buy music or video protected by DRM, the following email from JB HiFi Music is a cogent example. JB HiFi previously sold music in both MP3 and DRM “protected” WMA format. This email is about the DRM music you may have “purchased”.
Sep 26, 2008
Sarah Palin on her Foreign Policy experience.
This is so embarrassing to watch. It’s like an episode of The Office or maybe Peep Show.
Sep 7, 2008
Electrafun is dead, Long live the Electrafun
I’ve been having stacks of fun with the Electrafun lately. I got it at Christmas but hadn’t really used it too much until recently. Bought some better batteries for it which made it fly at least twice or three times as long as the original batteries, plus I found that I could fly it around behind the Royal Children’s Hospital. Nice big area with very few people. It’s taken an amazing amount of punishment. Full speed into the ground, trees and even a fence. I recently had to replace the elevator as it broke in half. The kit actually comes with a spare so, no problem there. During the previous flight, I nose dived into the ground hard enough to split the nose down the centre. I duct taped it up and we were good to go. This last crash split the duct tape & the nose even further open.
Sep 6, 2008
The Paris end of Barnett St
There I was, sound asleep when into my dreams intruded a sound – the sound of a large gas bottle being tipped over and rolled. It’s a large, metallic, hollow, ringing sound and not really the type of sound you can sleep through. It woke us both up, but the sound of it rolling stopped pretty quickly. “Didn’t hit our car.” my sleepy mind tells me, “Might as well go back to sleep.”. Riina’s far more civic minded brain however, told her to get up and have a look. As she pulled back the curtain to look through the window, I could see a flickering orange light playing off one of the large walls I could see from bed. Apparently, there was a fire outside.
Aug 26, 2008
There I was, examining the banana I’d bought for breakfast while waiting patiently for Gumby to say “Go!” at an intersection this morning on my way to work. Corner of Collins and Elizabeth – on the Optus shop corner. I look up to see if there’s any traffic – maybe I can beat the mob and scoot across while nobody is coming. No good. Two bikes are coming. The leader is a chick on a nice single speed trying to beat the Red, the second guy doesn’t bother and starts slowing up. As the girl flies past and I step out behind her, the light has just flicked over to Red. I mentally chastise her for breaking the rules, while examining the feeling of internal hypocrisy for that same feeling – I used to think nothing at all at going through a red – provided it was all clear. I’m sure she knows what she’s doing.
Aug 20, 2008
Read an article by Jay Leno on what American car manufacturers should do to get back in the game. The first paragraph made me laugh:
Aug 17, 2008
Last Booko post here
Well, I’ve decided to move the Booko stuff over onto it’s own blog. It can now be found at http://blog.booko.com.au/
Jul 31, 2008
Looking for a mobile phone plan with data?
Virgin will apparently be releasing the iPhone on Friday 1st of August. According to the article previously linked, they’ll be offering the 16GB iPhone for $4 a month on the $70 a month plan which includes 1GB of data. Not too shabby at all! Apparently, these plans have driven Telstra to increase it’s plans by including up to 7.5x the data of the previous plans! Which is still $10 for 150MB (up from 20MB) or $29 for 300MB (up from 80MB). It’s hard to believe that an improvement of that magnitude still sucks. Naturally they haven’t sold out of the iPhone.
Jul 23, 2008
Well, I got a response from Virgin. I wasn’t going to post it – it was a bit…. flaccid. But people were asking….
Jul 23, 2008
Shazam + iPhone is really, really cool.
I found an amazing bit of free software on the iTunes App store called Shazam. The idea of the software is that you send them a sample of some music, and they’ll figure out the Artist, Album, Trackname and so on. On the iPhone, what you do is fireup the Shazam App, click “Tag Now” button which starts the program recording music. It records between 8 – 15 seconds ( depending on how you configure it ) then sends that sample ( or maybe just a fingerprint of the sample ) off to the Shazam service on the internetz. A few seconds later, the program displays the artist, album, track and coverart. It it has any, it’ll also send links to listen to/buy the song on iTunes and links to YouTube to watch the filmclip.
Jul 20, 2008
Booko for the iPhone
Got myself an iPhone and so naturally it’s time to get the iPhone interface working. It’s a bit simpler – specifically the cart functionality has been disabled.
Jul 19, 2008
More tilting at windmills
Jul 14, 2008
Flying RC planes with wireless Video.
Ian introduced me to this concept. I have to say it looks like fun. These guys are flying their planes via a wireless camera and a set of video googles. They also have gyros on their heads, such that when they move their head right, the camera pans right.
Jul 5, 2008
Went out driving our RC cars today with Josh. Took a bunch of photos. Here’s a selection.
Jul 2, 2008
Jul 1, 2008
Extreme police powers introduced to protect Catholic feelings
Judging by the actions of the NSW government, Catholics are so thin skinned that they need extra police protection. Police have been granted special powers to deal with people who confront attendees of the WYD with ideas the Pope doesn’t agree with. According to some observers, wearing slogans or handing out condoms at WYD could get you in trouble. Group Think will probably be OK.
Jun 27, 2008
Finished. For the moment.
Well, I’ve painted the shell and put the stickers on. Looks finished now.
Jun 26, 2008
Another shop for Booko
Guys at the Ruby meeting tonight mentioned another online bookstore – Boomerang Books. I’ve added them to the roster. Let me know if there’s any issues.
Jun 25, 2008
New Girl Talk album
Girl Talk have released a new album “Feed the Animals”. They’ve released it in a similar fashion to Nine Inch Nails most resent release. You can pay any amount you think is fair. If you download for free, I understand they ask some questions about why you’re not paying. If you pay at least $5 you can get the FLAC version + a single track of the whole album. Over $10 and you can get a physical CD when they’re available. If you’re in Australia ( and you know, who isn’t? ) you’ll need to pay another $7 USD to get it shipped over here.
Jun 25, 2008
USB2 Vs FW400 Vs FW800
Had access to a 1TB WD drive recently. Comes with USB2, FireWire 400 & FireWire 800. Thought I’d check out the performance of the various connection methods. It had two internal 500GB drives arranged in RAID 0 (striped). I tested it by running:
Jun 23, 2008
The parts arrived.
And we’re back in action. Nothing says we’re back in action like driving over a small obstacle slowly.
- Jun 23, 2008 $500 Ethernet cable?
Jun 22, 2008
I spent several hours yesterday fighting with RubyGems – I’d even written a vitriolic post about it – but I … did something … and bam, like that it was gone. RubyGem is Ruby’s version of Perl’s CPAN. It’s got a very annoying trait – its prodigious use of memory. For each gem ( a gem is a Ruby module – like rails or hpricot for example ) RubyGem would load the spec into memory in order ( I’m guessing after reading a bunch of forum posts ) to build a dependency tree. On a 256MB slice host, this pushes you into swap hell. On a 512MB host it would use up to 68% of memory.
Jun 16, 2008
Read this tip here – if you add:
Jun 15, 2008
Fixed some Booko bugs/interface problems this weekend.
Jun 14, 2008
Playing with RC cars
Went out driving RCs with Josh today. Found a nice half pipe. Weren’t too many pesky kids. Managed to snap the front right wheel off again. Then again. And Again. Then one last time before it really became tedious. Parts are ordered. Well, they were ordered last Sunday when it first happened. Still haven’t shipped.
Jun 14, 2008
Jun 12, 2008
I might be too old for Gentoo Unstable. It could be time for Debian. Or Ubuntu. Or Gentoo stable maybe. :-(
Perhaps my blood sugar is just too low.
Jun 11, 2008
This Simple XMPP client for Ruby looks like a great way to get some IM loving into an application. I’d love a monitoring system which used IM to alert me to failures. Since IM is not exactly a perfect medium, sending a copy of the message via Email for critical alerts is probably a good idea too.
May 28, 2008
Well, apparently I’ve not been consistent enough – an important quality when one bags out others for being inconsistent. So – I’ve updated all references to “Bookie” to the now correct “Booko”.
- May 27, 2008 Result!
May 26, 2008
For Unit prices? Check.
Feedback for Coles and Safeway:
May 15, 2008
Mass or Zombie take over?
May 14, 2008
This one is for Rob. You know which one.
It’s also for anyone else.
May 11, 2008
Brilliant new business Idea
So, I was watching Enemies Of Reason and had an idea I’m sure is not original. Start up a new Homeopathy business selling a new “Super Homepathic” cure all. Advertise the liquid as having the memory of all known substances which cause human ailment. Sell 20ml bottles of distilled water for $50 a pop.
May 11, 2008
99 Designs looks like a great site. Clear purpose, good design very well executed. I like to think, whilst much simpler, Booko has a similar, clear objective. “Does one thing very well.” is the result I’m looking for, which I think 99 Designs has accomplished.
May 7, 2008
Before my current job, my last crack at using MS Windows as a desktop was in 2000. It lasted about 6 months before I decided Linux made a better desktop. Back then I was using Windows 2000. I didn’t have any particular gripe with it – just didn’t really get along with it. I found it to be reasonably stable – at least as stable as a Mac of that era but less stable than Linux. I used Linux until November 2005 when I moved back to Mac. The change was dramatic: when I left, I was running Mac OS 9 and I came back to Mac OS 10.4 – a modern Unix based OS which, after years on Linux, felt like a good mix of Unix and lickable buttons.
May 3, 2008
I was contacted by a chap from The Nile to let me know that they not only have an Affiliate program I could join, but they have an API to access their site! I’ve spent the last couple of days adding the affiliate links. You’ll see that several stores now appear to link to clixGalore – but fear not, the links will still get you to the page you’re after.
- Apr 28, 2008 Satin Rulez
- Apr 27, 2008 Sam Harris Videos
Apr 26, 2008
Forest clearing machines
These are some pretty cool machines. The first one is a Valmet ( a Finnish brand ) shows an attachment for clearing trees – seems like a really effective piece of hardware. The second clip shows a machine I think was invented in Finland, then bought by John Deer. It shows a very similar machine but has replaced the tracks with 6 legs. Apparently legs don’t rip the soil up as much, meaning forests recover faster.
Apr 25, 2008
Another in my series of fighting windmills. This is an email I sent to Origin. Didn’t get a reply.
- Apr 25, 2008 Fragment Caching is go
Apr 8, 2008
I’ve updated Booko’s cart feature. You now get a link to Amazon ( com or co.uk ) which will prompt you to add multiple items to your Amazon cart and set me as the Associate. Should make buying a bunch of items way easier. Now I just need to figure out how to do the same thing with Fishpond.
Apr 2, 2008
Another child of the truly Faithful dies.
Title says it all. Read the sad details here. Like the previous post about this except the parents are being charged. It’s amazing that Faith is seen as a positive trait for people to have. “I don’t need evidence, I’ve got Faith!”. Resolving conflict when one side has “Faith” is difficult or impossible because they don’t care about rational argument. That’s the point of faith – belief with out proof. Or more cynically, belief despite the mountains of evidence to the contrary.
Apr 2, 2008
Why are book prices in Australia higher than US & UK?
Interesting article about book prices in Australia. Basically, we’re being screwed over by the Brits.
Mar 29, 2008
Differences between the US and the UK
Interesting survey by the Economist on various topics. One section shows that 80% of Americans believe in god, but when it comes to who should get a tax break, 35% believe the middle-income families deserve it compared to 20% for the poor. Compare this with 40% believe in god in the UK and 40% of people believing the poor should get the tax cuts. Seems that being devout has little correlation to being charitable or having concern for those less well off.
- Mar 27, 2008 Police: Girl Dies After Parents Pray for Healing Instead of Seeking Medical Help
- Mar 19, 2008 Electric Religion
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
Well, my first attempt at a shopping cart was pretty naf. There was no feedback to tell you that something was happening when adding or removing books from your cart, and every book added was listed individually.
Mar 16, 2008
Return to Dark Castle released!
Well, they’ve finally finished. I was sure this was always going to be vapourware, but it looks like they’ve kept their word. I’ve had a play of the demo and it’s very reminiscent of the original. I’m not sure if that’s kind of cool and retro, or lazy. Regardless, the demo was fun and I’m pretty tempted to shell out the $33.83 AUD it costs to relive my childhood. You can find the game here along with a demo version.
Mar 13, 2008
Well, I’ve added another feature. You can now add books to a cart, which will calculate the price to buy all books in your cart at the various online book stores, including calculating shipping.
Mar 3, 2008
Letter to SBS
I’m in an emailing mode lately.
Mar 2, 2008
I started playing around with OpenID today. It’s a solid concept – single set of credentials for signing on to multiple sites. This means that for a site that is a Relying party (ie – the place you want to login to), you can enter your OpenID URL and hit “Login” – you’ll be redirected to your OpenID Provider, where you’ll be asked if you trust the original site. Depending on the provider, you’ll be asked to trust Once, Forever or Never
Feb 26, 2008
Letter to a polly
Sent an Email to Jenny Macklin – I wonder if I’ll get a reply?
Feb 26, 2008
Do Not Call Register
Not sure why I didn’t sign up for this ages ago!
- Feb 25, 2008 Dkam... Boils... with RAGE!
Feb 18, 2008
Big Booko updates
I’ve just finished the biggest update to Booko since it went live. I never liked the fact that you had to wait for all the results to be found before displaying prices. Having each shop get updated was problematic as the end result wasn’t sorted by price. So I found a way to provide feedback while book sites are being searched and having the result sorted by price.
Feb 14, 2008
Well, it’s been a while, but it looks like someone (Tim you’re the only person who looks at cooking books) found a bug. Searching for a book which has an ISBN which is only available via Fishpond and not Amazon, means that you could find the book, but that it didn’t have a title, author or image. Well, I’ve fixed that now.
Feb 5, 2008
It’s hard to not be impressed by this guy. I find it annoying that I care what happens in the US elections, but it affects us so strongly, and this guy says so much that makes sense.
Feb 5, 2008
Classic Mac Game may be returning?!
Man I loved this game when I was a kid.
Feb 5, 2008
Religion in decline?
Looks like fewer people are wasting their lives in servitude to their religious beliefs. Sure, some of you are going to say that’s a bit harsh, but really. It’s the 21st century, enough already.
Feb 5, 2008
Upgrading the HD in a MacBook Pro.
From : http://www.tuaw.com/2008/02/04/found-footage-macbook-pro-hdd-replacement/
Jan 23, 2008
Found this clip on a Wired blog. Pretty cool.
Jan 23, 2008
Ever feel you need a bit of help disco dancing? Here’s a clip from the 70s to help you out. This guy’s dancing school is still running! It’s the most famous dance school in Finland.
Jan 17, 2008
ted.com is interesting
I love the idea of TED. “Ideas worth spreading”. Clips of the talks or presentations are available. They seem to be between 5 – 20 minutes long. They vary quite a bit in topics from how ants organise their nests to how we can defeat ageing.
Jan 17, 2008
Amazon's customer service rules
I ordered a box set of DVDs for mum for Christmas. When I ordered them the site told me that it should be delivered before December 24th – but as this was an international delivery, the estimate jumped up to December 28th. I don’t remember if this new delivery date was shown to me before I paid for the DVDs, but it was certainly there after payment. Well, that was a little disappointing, but not completely unreasonable.
Jan 15, 2008
Great interview with the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party.
Jan 9, 2008
Family Values under attack!
Apparently, family values are being threatened!
Jan 6, 2008
My new toy
Well, not that new. Got it just before Christmas.
Jan 4, 2008
Pope calls kettle black
From the Daily Mail :
Dec 28, 2007
Sunset Christmas Eve.
Dec 25, 2007
With Riina’s family being in Finland and us not, Christmas will be in Nangiloc this year. Normally this means it’ll be a hot, dry Midwinter Solstice, but the drive from Melbourne to Charlton was enhanced with constant rain. ( I like driving in the rain – probably puts me in a minority I suspect ) About an hour before we got to Charlton ( the halfway point ), the rain really started coming down. Visibility was less than 100 meters and cars were pulling over to wait it out. At one point, cars with their headlights on would disappear until the wipers cleared some rain.
Then, suddenly, it stopped, and the sky cleared. There was debris all over the road from where water had flooded across bringing sticks, dirt and leaves. The road was completely covered in water in places.
Dec 11, 2007
Testing with Watir
Watir ( “Web Application Testing in Ruby” – pronounced water ) is a sweet little system used to automate browsers for the purposes of testing your site. Unfortunately, it’s for IE on Windows. Despite being odd in that most Ruby software is Linux or MacOS it’s also frustrating because I don’t use Windows. Luckily the Tubes have granted us two alternatives, SafariWatir and FireWatir. They achieve browser automation in very different ways.
Dec 5, 2007
Booko gets new search engine.
I’ve updated Booko to have a default new search engine: fishpond.com.au. Thanks to Tim Evans for finding bugs in it immediately.
Dec 5, 2007
Finland Finland Finland, the place I'd love to be
The latest PISA results are out. Extensively quoting:
Dec 5, 2007
Our new Government
The Rudd team isn’t all bad apparently – along with getting on board Kyoto, religion will hopefully have a smaller role in our new government:
Dec 2, 2007
Reuters and the The Age report that the Infallible head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict says that atheism is responsible for injustice and cruelty. Lenin and Marx are mentioned in reference to atrocities committed in the name of Marxism.
Nov 30, 2007
A Microsoft webserver
Nov 27, 2007
Bad-Ass computer shit
An old favourite. my new filing technique is unstoppable
Nov 12, 2007
Bookie becomes.... Booko
The domain name bookie.com.au was taken, so I figured I’d carry on the tradition of naming the product like it was a person whose name was Book…. Booko. So you can now find the cheapest place to buy books at booko.com.au.
- Nov 8, 2007 Beatbox Cooking
Nov 4, 2007
One Last Sunday Ruby/Mac OS X tidbit
Looks like Ruby in Leopard has been give the Official treatment, with the latest stable version of Ruby ( plus important patches ) included with the base install. The latest RubyGem is included along with a bunch of useful gems like Rails, Mongrel, Hpricot and Capistrano.
Nov 4, 2007
My First Ruby Patch
Seems like Sunday is my blog day. Yesterday I submitted a patch for Ruby’s Open-URI module. It’s a tiny, 2 line patch, which could probably be written better, but it works and scratches an itch of mine. I think this is the first patch I’ve submitted to a software project. Hopefully it won’t languish like another patch to the same module.
Nov 4, 2007
Time Machine Rules
Apple is often accused, especially by my hardcore linux mates, of committing the fatal sin of treating the user like an idiot, of reducing the options, or making things simpler than they should be. I’m pretty ambivalent about these claims. A simple example of this is iTunes and it’s desire to manage the on disk layout of your music. I know, some people want to do this themselves, but really, I’ve got better things to do.
Nov 4, 2007
Operations as a competitive advantage
I love reading articles like these, mostly because they deal with issues that I see almost every day in my day job. Adding a new server to your deployment should be as simple as doing a base install and then pointing your configuration management system at it. The hard work should be done once, defining services, their configuration and their relationships.
Oct 27, 2007
Threading the Bookie
Bookie currently checks prices at 9 shops. When you view a new book or refresh the pricing, it checks each of those shops in sequence. A nice little optimisation is to check the shops in parallel. Threading in rails appears to be pretty straight forward – provided you clean up before the request-response cycle is complete.
- Oct 20, 2007 Rent or Buy?
Oct 18, 2007
Keith's in the Age!
Check it – Keith made the Age. In Nangiloc, it’s on page 4 – but I didn’t find it in the edition we’ve got at work.
Oct 13, 2007
Another Shop for Bookie
I’ve updated Bookie by adding another online Australian retailer, Fishpond. They seem to have good pricing on some books, and as a big plus, they have an Affiliate program which I’ve signed up for. I’ll get a cut on any books purchased via Fishpond, Amazon UK & Amazon US.
Oct 11, 2007
Lots of you have been noticing that “Bookie” craps out pretty frequently – turns out it’s due to SQLite3:
Oct 5, 2007
Chemical Brothers - The Salmon Dance
Such a cool song.
Oct 3, 2007
Watching the telly
We’re going to have some interesting ways to watch telly in the next few years. Video content is popping up everywhere now – the iPhone, Sony PS2, iPod Touch and iPod Video are pushing slowing into the mainstream – watching TV on the train on the way to work is not unusual now, and much more practical than whipping out your laptop. MythTV, Windows Media Centre and TiVO are growing slowly, bringing timeshifting into the mainstream. AppleTV brings ( or will bring ) shopping for TV shows and movies to the Telly.
Oct 3, 2007
Only in America? As if.
I seem to be posting quite a bit about religion lately. I don’t think it’s on purpose, it’s just that there seems to be lots of stuff to write about. For those of you who don’t know, Gardasil, is a drug which provides vaccination for the human papillomavirus. The virus is responsible for a large percentage of cervical cancer cases and can also be responsible for genital warts, so it’s eradication is important and highly desirable. Some time ago we heard on the telly, that whack-job Americans were refusing to allow their daughters to be vaccinated because, apparently, they fear their daughters were more likely to become sexually active if they were immune to the human papillomavirus.
Sep 30, 2007
Catholic church committing genocide in Africa?
The BBC ( [among](http://www.globalhealthreporting.org/article.asp?DR_ID=47838) [others) is reporting that the head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique, reportedly widely respected throughout the country, believes that condoms not only don’t work as a method to stop transmission of AIDS, but are actually infected with the virus as part of a plot by European manufactures to destroy Africa. Abstinence for the unmarried, and fidelity for the married is the only way to stop the infection, according to the country’s head of the Catholic Church.](http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL2635007320070926?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&rpc=22&sp=true)
- Sep 28, 2007 Darwin & Big Explosions
Sep 25, 2007
George W. Bush says Saddam killed the Mandelas
What a joke.
Sep 24, 2007
Couple of small updates to Bookie, the most interesting of which was to filter the “Recent Searches” list to exclude filthy words. Timo was both the cause of the problem and suggested the solution. Thanks. I think ;-)
Sep 24, 2007
So, I wrote a website to compare the prices of books sold in Australia, with the prices on Amazon.com. It took me a while to build and I’ve been quietly telling my friends about it. It’s here. I recently bought 6 books on Amazon. One of the books, I didn’t check on Bookie. You guessed it, it turns out it would have been cheaper to walk into Readings, Collins, Angus & Robertson or Dymocks and buy it here. The name of the book?
- Sep 8, 2007 I've missed XKCD
Aug 14, 2007
Last bookie Change for some time
OK – I’ve made the last change to Bookie for a while. The search form is now available on both pages – meaning navigation is a no brainer. I’ve also moved the site officially to a VPS.
Aug 12, 2007
Just because it's funny
Browsing around I came across this page – I ‘ve seen it before but I thought I’d link to it for your pleasure. It’s the Anonymous Atheist Complaint Box.
Aug 8, 2007
New hosting for Bookie coming
It’ll be time soon to move to a real host. My single 1GHz CPU with 750MB of RAM was a good starting point, put it’s really not up to snuff. And by real of course I mean a VPS host. Which is new hotness. Real hosts are old and busted.
Aug 6, 2007
Delivery info available in Tool-Tips
MouseOver on the delivery rate will now give you a Tool-Tip containing delivery information for that shop. Makes it easy to see now that while some shops are expensive, they may offer multiple deliveries for a flat rate.
Aug 1, 2007
Top ten unix shell commands
Saw this meme on Ben’s Blog
Jul 31, 2007
New Shop for Bookie
I’ve added your favourite bookstore and mine, Readings.
Jul 28, 2007
Some more functional changes to Bookie this weekend. The major change has been that the pricing information is now retrieved once the page has loaded, with a spinning icon to show that work is being done. Should probably find a larger animation, or one that says “Loading Pricing Info…” with some animated dots. Or something. This should provide much better user feed back that something is happening.
Jul 22, 2007
More Bookie bug fixes
Couple of changes to Bookie recently:
- Jul 18, 2007 Interview with author of Puppet
Jul 14, 2007
Sam Harris Speech
An enjoyable speech given by Sam Harris can be found here. Sam follows his speech up with short Q&A session. The subject is familiar to those of you who’ve read his latest book, Letter to a Christian Nation. If you find Dawkins too aggressive, you may find Sam Harris to be more your style. It’s difficult to describe the differences in their approaches, you could perhaps sum it up as Dawkins appealing to your intellectual side, whilst Harris is after your understanding.
Jul 7, 2007
Australian Book Prices & Scratching an Itch
Sometimes we pay more for stuff in Australia. It’s a small market and we’re a first world country with a high standard of living. But sometimes, this premium seems totally unjustified such as when comparing prices we pay for Books , to prices in the US or even the UK – a country with a higher cost of living. It’s often cheaper to buy a book from Amazon in the US or UK and have it shipped here, than drop into your local bookstore.
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