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Archive for August, 2004

Development methodologies

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 10:51 pm

Software development methodologies – talking about them, criticizing them, and perhaps even using them – are all the rage. (If this is not the case in your friends’ circle, perhaps one of us have the wrong friends? 🙂 ) For example, the waterfall method is (rightly) considered old-fashioned and ineffective, but where do you go […]

New FireFox plugin

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 11:53 pm

Update 13 Nov 2004: Now supports FireFox v1.0! When browsing the web, I sometimes come across a phrase or a word that I don’t really know. Normally, I just ignore it and move on – but it would be nice to be able to quickly look up the definition of the word. Enter the Define […]

Copy protection schemes

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 11:52 am

Almost every piece of software implements some form of copy protection, presumably intended to ensure that people do not pirate the software that they use. What actually tends to happen is that real customers get hassled with complicated password and key-checking schemes that do not work, and that people who would not buy the software […]

Prices in the UK

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 8:05 pm

Why is it that the UK is so over-priced on virtually everything? Yes, there is 17.5% VAT (sales tax), but other places have both higher tax rates and lower prices. Then there is the issue of space: the population density in the UK is high and shop floor space is at a premium. Still, you’d […]

Choosing a wireless ADSL router

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allan @ 2:32 pm

Two good online retailers have a nice selection of wireless ADSL routers: * DSL warehouse * Broadbandbuyer Both ADSL Guide and Broadband stuff have reviews of many of these, which should make choosing one a relatively simple matter – certainly easier than choosing an ISP… For example, the NetGear DG834G router seems like a fine […]

Choosing a broadband provider

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allan @ 2:19 pm

Choosing a broadband provider for home use in the UK is not trivial, particularly if you want reasonable flexibility in bandwidth and connect a few PCs. Many providers allow just a single computer to be connected, or have low transfer limits of 1-2GB per month, which is easily used up when transferring photos, music or […]

Net annoyances

Filed under: Front Page — Allan @ 3:15 am

One of the things that bother me about the net is that so much of it is US-centric, particularly commercial stuff. Imagine for a moment that you live somewhere else and want to buy something – the internet does not make it easy as it might sound. In my view,

Multi-blog plugin caveat

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allan @ 12:53 am

Now that mertner.com has been running for a few days, I have found a potential issue (and a workaround) when running multiple blogs using the mechanism I outlined when the site first went up. Changing index.php or other standard files When a new plugin is installed,