92% of statistics are wrong... if you believe them at face value. Its bad enough that people love quoting statistics with no justification (there is none for the 92% - I made it up) but it really bugs me when the statistics state the obvious but mislead.
A recent article in our Courier Mail restated the oft quoted "Your more likely to have a car accident close to home" and got me onto my soap box...
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2009 11:24
Simple reminders using a bash script
I often get engrossed in work and forget things like picking the kids up from the bus stop. There are loads of utilitiesthat provide reminders but they all involve opening an application or editing a file. By the time I've made time to do that I've often forgotten what I'm supposed to be reminding myself about.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 11:57
Is Forex trading astrology for geeks?
Forex derivatives are an exciting prospect for anyone interested in making money. That includes me.
Spring cleaning your computer
Computer desktops can get pretty much like real desktops except that they are much harder to tidy up. With the computer, its not just the desktop, its the hard drive and often the program files themselves that all clamour for a spring clean.
The best way to spring clean a computer is to reformat its drive and reinstall its operating system. This can be a scary prospect but its not as hard, or as dangerous as it sounds.
Sending personal emails to groups of people
If you have a group of people you regularly email, for example the local football team members or a group of friends there are many ways you can email them as a group.
Here are some of the methods and their pros and cons.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2009 16:06
Renumbering an "ordering" field in mysql
Sometimes you have a field used to order the presentation of rows to users. This might be to sequence tasks or (as used in Joomla) to decide the presentation order of articles.
As you use the field you can end up with odd numbers and, ideally you want a nice separated sequence so you can move or insert new tasks easily. To do that you need to be able to renumber the sequence, preserving the original ordering.