Archives for: April 2008

ORA-06575: Package or function X is in an invalid state

04/30/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Programming
If you go throw a function into Oracle, and it's wrong, e.g. CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION Banana IS -- Oops, no return! BEGIN RETURN SUBSTUR('Banana',2,5); -- Oops, misspelled! END; You will get no warnings about this in most tools until it comes… more »

Extension on Netfile deadline

04/30/08 | by Adam | Categories: Canadian
Anyone who's a little slow filing their taxes -- or putting it off to the last minute -- has found that Revenue Canada's Netfile system has been unusable for the last few days. Fortunately the filing deadline has been extended for a few days, although… more »

Oil versus Tar

04/30/08 | by Adam | Categories: Canadian
While working on a site up in Fort McMurray a few weeks back, I referred to the awful brewed coffee in the office as "tar sands sludge." I was then politely, but quite clearly, corrected. It is in fact "oil sands sludge" as only dirty hippies and… more »

Wired's Field Guide To Geeks

04/29/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
So, which one are you? more »

Bluetooth A2DP audio on a dedicated MP3 player

04/28/08 | by Adam | Categories: iPhone
Yes, Apple, it is possible. Now go fix your iPods and iPhone so they meet current standards. more »

Stein's "Just An Opinion" On Science

04/27/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion, Science
From a more recent episode of the "Why do people laugh at creationists?" series, Stein is shown being interviewed by Paul Crouch, Jr. on Trinity Broadcasting Network. The episode is here. Now, a lot of this particular episode is not all that… more »

"iPod Tax" resurfaces in UK

04/27/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
There's not much I can add to the article writer's comment: But only if they pay for it a second time round. The MBG's proposal is essentially a way to help the music industry get paid twice for the same thing: first for the CD and once again, by way of… more »

"Lost Canadian" law passes

04/26/08 | by Adam | Categories: Canadian
This is good: the bill to restore citizenship to Canadians who "lost" it due to poorly thought-out act has passed into law. more »

Satan Loves Low Cholesterol

04/26/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion
Someone reposted a Kent Hovind video about the dangers of evolution. There was one slide that just caught my eye, because it was sitting in the freeze frame, ostensibly showing the evil population control that will be foisted upon us all: Reduce birth… more »

Another take on the alarm clock radio

04/25/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
The Register Rebel DJ has a write up in the Intempo, an FM-based alarm clock with an interesting twist: it automatically records music and strips out the commercials and DJs allowing one to listen to the important bit. more »

Young Me Now Me

04/24/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
This is an interesting concept from Ze Frank: recreating pictures of one's youth as an adult then posting the results side by side. (Via Kottke) more »

][GS Laptop

04/23/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly
I don't normally bother linking to case mods, even when they're rather cool, mostly because, well, they're just case mods. This though, this is cool. I always wanted a ][gs but they weren't really available where I was living at the time. more »

Expelled! Race-Baiting Hooks A Few

04/22/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion
Ah, Expelled! We knew it was going to be a propaganda-laden train-wreck from the start, despite repeated protests that because we hadn't even seen the movie, we were missing the point, or what have you. Well, it's an intellectual farce, and there are… more »

Expiry dates on gift cards to be banned in BC

04/22/08 | by Adam | Categories: Canadian
This may well be the first and last time you hear me say something nice about the BC Liberals, but good for them on making it illegal to expire prepaid gift cards. Regardless of whether one feels that gift cards are a bad idea to start with (and there… more »

"Still Alive"

04/21/08 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube
Funny little music video about the Amiga by Eric Schwartz. (Via Nodwick) more »

Cats and computer desks

04/20/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, Calgary
Periodically you see a gizmo that initially leaves you thinking "Well, that's daft" but a few minutes later it becomes "Hmmmm....". Get off my keyboard, Pumpkin. Please. (Via PopGadget) more »

Net Neutrality and Virgin Media

04/19/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Another UK sourced story, this time from BoingBoing. Apparently Virgin Media, one of the major ISPs in the UK, is clearly stating that they wish to be bribed in order to give preferential treatment to websites. No, I misspoke; Virgin will actually… more »

String To Time In C#

04/18/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Programming
If you are trying to get a time into a DateTime from a string, it's relatively easy: DateTime dt = DateTime.Parse(inputText,CultureInfo.CurrentCulture, DateTimeStyles.NoCurrentDateDefault); The NoCurrentDateDefault is pretty important. Otherwise,… more »

iPhone moves another step closer to killing the Palm Tungsten

04/18/08 | by Adam | Categories: iPhone, PalmT3
While the Apple iPhone is getting close to being able to replace my beloved Palm Tungsten T3, there are two primary issues that still make it an inappropriate choice for me. more »

Stephen has a blog

04/17/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Stephen Vermeulen, author of ExpressPaint and VBBS/IceBBS for the Amiga with miscellaneous other low-key software development projects since, has finally got around to blogifying his homebrew website. Following a fragment-based posting design, he's… more »

Tech support follies

04/16/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Recently Microsoft ran a pretty good promotion: buy their current version of Microsoft Office for OSX and get the new one free when it's released. So, I bit, and bought the old version and dutifully sent in the form with the original UPC barcode and… more »

Rechargable batteries aren't created equal

04/15/08 | by Adam | Categories: Calgary
Most people know that NiCd, NiMH and LIon rechargables all have different properties. What's not so apparent is that even within a particular technology, there's a lot of variety beyond the nominal mAh rating, especially when dealing with batteries… more »

Final Death of an Iconic Restaurant

04/14/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Restaurants, Thoughts
The Westin's iconic, classy Owl's Nest restaurant, after morphing into the "O. N. Grill", which I did not have the chance to visit, has finally packed it in. What do we have there instead? A Keg. I do not like fancy restaurants, by and by, but the… more »

It's so quiet

04/14/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
One of the nicer features about the newer electric hybrids is that they're quiet. So, in the name of safety, what do you think the next step should be? Yup. Make the cars generate digitized engine noises over external loudspeakers so pedestrians can… more »

Wired on industrial control systems security

04/13/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Given the industry I work in and specific familiarity with the system in question, this article from Wired on system security and response is fascinating. The headline is a trifle "Chicken Little" but the content is good. (The somewhat generic text… more »

Penn & Teller do bees

04/12/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
Penn & Teller do some odd stuff, but this one is particularly strange even for them. Keep an eye out for the camera man in the hazmat suit... (Via BoingBoing) more »

Why, oh why?

04/11/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
The other night my computer rebooted due to an update from Microsoft. This was a bit annoying as I'd left some test cases up running overnight. I'm still unclear on why there is no option to automatically download an update without installing it under… more »

Keyboard PC

04/10/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Calgary
Self-contained PCs built into a keyboard have been going around for a while and, to be honest, I've never understood the appeal. While the description of "Amiga-like" is fair, given the design of the A500/A600/A1200, these are just under-powered PCs in… more »

What's a bit of confusion between friends?

04/09/08 | by Adam | Categories: Music
What's a bit of confusion between friends?
While looking to exchange a worn vinyl record with a newer CD, I encountered an unexpected problem. The album I wanted to replace, "Hooked On Swing", actually had several Amazon entries, each of which showed entirely different track listings. more »

A fine headline

04/08/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
Who knew that a hedgehog could be classified as a dangerous weapon? (Via Antigone) more »

To Catch A Thief

04/07/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Kottke has a nice round up of people using technology to catch thieves in the act. more »

Country And Western Science

04/06/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music, YouTube
This probably isn't appropriate for Dena's students. This, on the other hand, probably is. more »

Lightening up aircraft

04/05/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
What do airlines do when their annual fuel bills double? For one thing, they put their planes on a diet. more »

Litter Box Dessert

04/04/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
From one of the commenters: i made one of these at a family reunion about 18 months ago. kids loved it, adults were seriously grossed out and segregated this dessert from the others. Yeah. (Via BoingBoing) more »

The Red Army Chorus sings "Sweet Home Alabama"

04/03/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
Another gem from YouTube... (Via BoingBoing) more »

Oversize Big Wheel trike

04/02/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly
The first time I saw the picture of the archetypal child's trike at the top of this Gizmodo page, I didn't get it. It took a moment before the scale sunk in... (Via Gizmodo and UberReview) more »

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04/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly, Canadian, Games, Calgary
No April Fools today*. more »