I wish more people were aware of problems like this: Error found on Internet!
June 25, 2010
May 20, 2010
The English language is full of irregular verbs, for example:
I am hypothesising about possible explanations
You are guessing
He’s talking rubbish
Addendum: The point, of course, is that your interpretation of an individual’s words may be critically affected by who the individual is. The use of the expresssion “English irregular verb” to describe this phenomenon was current around the time that I was at University.
May 15, 2010
There was a news item in the UK last week about a man in Chideock, Dorset who staged a protest about the volume of heavy traffic that has to come through the village where he lives.
A pedestrian crossing has recently been installed on the road, using traffic-light control. So one morning he decided to cross the road, and then come back again, non-stop, for an hour. Each time he got across the road he pressed the crossing control button to come back. A few vehicles got through on the green light each time, but after just one hour he had caused a four mile tailback of traffic.
Let this be a lesson to Oracle DBAs and developers – even a small job, if repeated very frequently, can create havoc with your system.
April 12, 2010
Browsing around the internet recently I came across this result:
“During February, 2010, jonathanlewis.wordpress.com was positioned by Compete.com as the 33 most visited website in the United States. In order to be ranked in traffic in number 33, jonathanlewis.wordpress.com had 25,165,482 visits.”
Pretty impressive, isn’t it.
On the other hand, WordPress tells me that I got just 45,000 visits in Feb – so which one do I want to believe ? And how did the other one get a result that was so far out ?
March 19, 2010
I’ve been a bit busy over the last few days and haven’t had much time to do any new postings or catch up with comments; but I’ve just got a few moments to let you know about a client I visited a few weeks ago who didn’t give me the usual “nothing’s changed” story.
“We’ve only changed two things,” he said, “the hardware and the software.”***
Mind you, I wasn’t sure whether the change in the network infrastructure should have counted as a third thing.
*** I think he’d read the earlier blog item.
February 16, 2010
How legends are born: http://www.simple-talk.com/content/article.aspx?article=931
But it won’t always work: http://blogs.sun.com/brendan/entry/unusual_disk_latency
January 1, 2010
September 4, 2009
Who says that the scientific method can’t be applied to real-world problems ?
Update – in keeping with the recent “Friday night is quiz night” pattern, here’s a quiz on the same topic. Apologies to any who feel excluded for cultural or gender reasons:
September 26, 2008
There are a few expressions in the industry that irritate me – not necessarily for good reason but simply because they sound like the extremes of pretentiousness and marketing put together. (Pretentious, moi !)
March 20, 2008
January 2, 2007
This may not translate well because of the colloquialisms, but it seems appropriate for the current time of year (early January) in the UK.
You may have noticed that I spend quite a lot of my time explaining why something is a bad idea and should be treated with caution. Occasionally this has resulted in complaints that I keep pouring cold water on everything. The best response to this comment is one I first heard many years ago:
“Cold water is the natural result of hot air meeting thin ice”.