Posted in General on 11/29/2006 11:56 pm by scotty
The graphic says it all.
SYDNEY is being emptied of computer experts, manufacturing workers and real estate agents, Bureau of Statistics figures show.
The city has lost 16,000 computer professionals since it hosted the Olympics in 2000 – a quarter of the industry workforce.
The Sydney Morning Herald article can be found here.
There is a write-up at Brainbox.com.au.
Posted in Technical on 11/28/2006 12:52 pm by scotty
I have had intermittent screen alignment problems with my phone (an i-mate K-Jam).
For no apparent reason, the screen alignment settings are changed – meaning I need to fumble with the keyboard to navigate, or use the stylus and try and guess the alignment offset – and get increasingly frustrated in the process. Resetting the alignment was even more frustrating – there seemed to be a problem with the top right had side of the screen, tapping on the target would not set the alignment.
This is a common problem, and one solution is suggested here.
This is the post referenced in the link above-
Thought I’d let you know of a easy way to fix your screen allignment problems in just 10 seconds.
My Vario 2 was fine for around 6 weeks before it started going out of allignment. It got progressively worse and recently it would need redoing 10 – 15 times a day.
So, how did i fix it. Simple, with a business card. Here’s how. Take the business card (preferably a thin one with sharp corners. Insert it under the edge of the screen and run it along all four edges. As you do this you’ll feel the bond of the gasket breaking. Thats it. I did this 5 days ago and have had no issues since.
Posted in Technical on 11/25/2006 11:47 am by scotty
It’s not surprise that some organisations are considered arrogant and out of touch. Case in point in this error message that is displayed in a business web application I use (the bold and red colour is not my emphasis)-
Please Note: Internet Explorer 7 is not yet compatible with [Product Name]. Please do not update your web browser until further notice.
Based on this response, the following should happen -
Everyone who updated to IE7 should contact the organisation to apologise for running the gun, and immediately uninstall IE7.
- This organisation should have gone to the top – contacted Microsoft to order them to put the IE7 updates on hold, and better yet deploy an automatic uninstall script to all who have installed IE7 – until their product is compatible with IE7.
A more appropriate message could have been (and in green because it’s a soothing colour ) –
Please Note: Internet Explorer 7 is not yet compatible with [Product Name]. We apologise for any inconvenience. If you would like to receive instant notification when [Product Name] is available for Internet Explorer 7 please click here*.
(* Click here would take the user to a page to enter an email address – in order to receive an email notification. It’s not an expensive effort – wouldn’t be more than a day’s programming effort to design, develop, test and deploy – and an hour at the most to send the emails when the IE7 compatibility work is done.)
Internet Explorer 7 is part of the standard Windows Update – so it’s inevitable that there is going to be widespread adoption. You would think they should have been testing their application with Internet Explorer 7 earlier (the first beta was released in July 2005).
PS Before I can be accused of breathtaking hypocrisy – yes we have already tested Shelter Buddy and Invoice Place using IE7
Posted in General on 11/21/2006 10:27 pm by scotty
Awesome game of touch footy tonight – because we won! The score was 5-2 (to my recollection). Amazingly we didn’t go to sleep in the first minutes of the second half (which we have a bad habit of doing) – in fact we managed to score a try within 60 seconds! Our bad habit is snoozing on the field and letting in a few tries in the second half, which is usually due us not talking on the field.
Here’s a pic of the happy team. The photo doesn’t do justice to the glee on our faces!
Posted in General on 11/13/2006 01:06 pm by scotty
David – a fellow
nerd tech brother – his had first solo flight last weekend! Read about it
This is David in the cockpit of a Cessna 152 -
Posted in Technical on 11/12/2006 12:43 pm by scotty
I was having (major) grief installing Dada mail, but when trying to access the CGI program (i.e. http://SERVERNAME/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi) a 500 server was reported, and ‘Premature end of script headers:’ was reported in the Apache server_error file.
I had carefully followed the excellent and detailed installation instructions, and downloaded the source file directly on the server using wget.
It turns out the problem was because the file and group ownership was set to root (I have a dedicated server).
To fix this I changed the file and group ownership of the /cgi-bin/dada and /cgi-bin/dada/DADA folders and /cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi file to the cpanel user.
So if the ‘Premature end of script headers:’ error is reported when installing Dada mail, and you have followed the installation instructions to a tee, file and group ownership could be the cause of a 500 error.