Posted at 5:44pm on Monday, February 27th, 2006 by Andy
I’ve just installed Sunbird (Mozilla’s calendar app). It’s currently at 0.3 Alpha 1, which rather put me off, but it’s so far proven to be very stable and is very nicely put together. Definitely worth a look if you want an iCal client for Windows.
Posted at 5:23pm on Monday, February 27th, 2006 by Andy
Hmm. A rather specialist interest site this one, but if like me you can’t get your Jade Tree to flower however hard you try (and I’ve been trying for the last 15 years!) this site might help you with growing Jade Trees and their relatives. Or it might not. Mine still don’t flower. I think they’re broken.
Posted at 1:17pm on Monday, February 27th, 2006 by Andy
TechCrunch is rapidly moving up my list of must read sites… Today they have an exclusive on the new Google payments system, a direct shot across ebay’s bows.
Intriguing. Google Base was to me an odd offering; allowing users to take and make payments makes it make a lot more sense, but there’s a lot of ground to be made up if they are to catch ebay. Also interesting that this is not directly about ‘organising the world’s information’, but *is* directly about tackling the biggest c2c market available and digging directly into yet another mega-brand’s territory and revenue stream.
Posted at 10:37am on Sunday, February 26th, 2006 by Andy
…really is starting to bear all the hallmarks of a slow motion train crash. Yesterday, on top of everything else, it was announced that Trescothick is going home. So. We’re without Trescothick, Collingwood and Giles, and Vaughan, Pietersen, (Simon) Jones and Udal are nursing injuries or sickness and may well not play.
On top of that it looks like we’re going to ask Freddie to captain the side. I really hope not. He’s averaged 8 with the bat since his arrival in India. Asking him to bowl the hard overs, improve with the bat and captain? No chance. Making him captain on top of everything else will ruin his chances of having any kind of tour.
Suddenly we’re looking very weak again. 50% of the side are new faces, and a good few of whom are only there, sad to say, because of a of lack of depth in selection possibilities, not because they would honestly be vying for a place in the side if the first choice eleven were fit. Let us hope upon hope that a good English summer brings some fitness to the players and some depth to our choices before the Ashes.
Posted at 10:20am on Sunday, February 26th, 2006 by Andy
…for gravity. I never held with all that nonsense they taught me at school.
Posted at 8:16pm on Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 by Andy
Posted at 3:04pm on Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 by Andy
Over at TechCrunch there’s a fascinating preview of FlySpy, a rather neat application that allows you to better understand and manage the airline’s rather murky capacity management processes – meaning you can find the cheapest day, time and destination for your intended journey in one place, rather than ludicrous numbers of round trips between websites and brokers. Very nice.
What interested me more though was the frequent reference in the comments to “the same service already existing in Europe”. Apparently Sky Scanner does the same thing…
Sad to say it doesn’t. Not only does it not do what FlySpy claims to do, it does the little it does do extraordinarily slowly and with absolutely no thought to UI or usability. Poo. Which is a shame, because I can see FlySpy being very US-centric for a while yet (and I was looking for cheap tickets to Oslo as well).
Posted at 9:34pm on Monday, February 20th, 2006 by Andy
So. I think I’m decided on the architecture for the new incarnations of offmessage… Rather than go barrelling in with another half arsed solution (this may look beautiful on the outside – natch – but it’s vile and unmaintainable on the inside) I thought I’d do a little research this time and try and treat it like a proper project.
Then there’s the database, for which I’m going with sqlite until I absolutely have to use something else. Doug‘s been doing some performance testing and found that even with 200 simultaneous users in a turbogears application sqlite gives PostgreSQL a run for it’s money, so i see little point in over complicating things this time around.
Finally, I’ve been looking at WYSIWYG editors. One of the things that I’ve come to feel is absolutely necessary recently is an editor. I have to type all the HTML in by hand at the moment and for something as basic as this it’s fine, but the minute your content becomes less structured and more varied or, God forbid, your users become less technical, a plain
textarea just isn’t enough…
There are 3 out there at the moment that all seem to have some mindshare: Kupu, FCKeditor and TinyMCE. While I see Kupu every day (it ships with Plone) I’m actually not that fond of it’s implementation, and the integration seems unecessarily complex. FCKeditor started out more promisingly, until I tried to actually implement it in a framework that they hadn’t already and it rapidly started to prove very hard. So. TinyMCE it is. It took me all of 10 minutes to get it working, and the rest of my time has been spent improving my implementation, rather than struggling with integration with my own code.
Please feel free to treat this like a book club and learn along with me
Posted at 9:07am on Monday, February 20th, 2006 by Andy
Crikey. So. An awful lot is going on all of a sudden (or so it appears):
Looks like a) Zope 3 is suddenly looking very very good (rather than simply very good, as it was), and b) Plone is looking to use Zope 3′s concepts sooner than perhaps imagined. That learning curve never gets any shallower, does it?