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by IntelMole
Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amusing/lame error messages
Replies: 49
Views: 4825

Re: Amusing/lame error messages

screen's error messages drive me nuts:
Suddenly the dungeon collapses! You die...


Thanks, I only had all my work from this morning set up at the time. Your funny reference to an old game contains nothing to help me diagnose what went wrong.
by IntelMole
Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Favourite hammers
Replies: 8
Views: 2359

Re: Favourite hammers

Oh man, there's a guy at work I sometimes ask for a hand with the odd task.

He is usually convinced that the answer is perl. Sometimes he is right.

Usually I give up and write it in half the time in python - another of my hammers :-D
by IntelMole
Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Favourite hammers
Replies: 8
Views: 2359

Favourite hammers

As in "... everything looks like a nail" If you're anything like me, you have a couple of programming tools you use more often than most, or try to use over some other solution, because they're just that awesome. Some linux-based ones to start you off: Since I spend a fair amount of time w...
by IntelMole
Tue May 11, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DRM rears its ugly head in Avatar Blu-Ray
Replies: 330
Views: 8075

Re: DRM rears its ugly head in Avatar Blu-Ray

I'm sorry, TV is too shallow for you, but Avatar is a worthy purchase? Really? For what it's worth,I enjoyed it as a complete departure from reality (though frankly the last half hour brought me crashing back to Earth). Then again, I used to think Swordfish was the best thing since sliced bread, so...
by IntelMole
Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: "Advanced level" programming text
Replies: 14
Views: 3121

Re: "Advanced level" programming text

Just read about 50 pages of "The art of UNIX programming", that seems like a very decent book to read once every couple of months :-) As I was reading the mantras in the first chapter, I kept thinking about good and bad designs I'd done, much in the same way I did when I started reading De...
by IntelMole
Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: "Advanced level" programming text
Replies: 14
Views: 3121

Re: "Advanced level" programming text

C Programming Language Think that may have been the first programming book I ever bought. I recall it as a stunning trip through how a computer "does stuff". Even now when I program for days in C#, I think in terms of pointers at some level. if your reaction to C++ is "damn, that's a...
by IntelMole
Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: "Advanced level" programming text
Replies: 14
Views: 3121

"Advanced level" programming text

Hi all, long time no see :-) So I've been working at a company for 2 years now, doing all kinds of programming in the following: - SQL Server queries - Functional programming - APL-inspired functional language (not sure I can be more specific than that) - C# - Some C++ (Damn but that's a complicated...
by IntelMole
Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 1995773

Re: dymt reloaded

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
I've never broken a bone in my body, knock on wood.


I've had one broken for me, does that count?

My sister did it when i was three, upper right forearm. Still have a notch or a nobble or something where it never healed right - therefore I can't throw stuff for love nor money.
by IntelMole
Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 1995773

Re: dymt reloaded

So the only real hope I have left on this one is some kind of overflow error? We're at 13k posts atm. What are the chances that they used an unsigned 16-bit int to store that one? In which case we'd be a third of the way there!

If they used an unsigned 32-bit int ... Get typing huh?
by IntelMole
Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 1995773

Re: dymt reloaded

I remember the posts in question.

I was hoping for a dymt revolutions at some point. Which by analogy would be the worst thread.
by IntelMole
Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 1995773

Re: dymt reloaded

My brother's broken at least 2 ribs, bones in both feet, left wrist and the last two fingers on his right hand, all at different times. He says the healing process is worse than the breaking so I don't think it's abnormal. And no, I don't know how he breaks so much. Perhaps he is too xxxtreme? Inci...
by IntelMole
Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: oh ffffffff....izzlesticks
Replies: 3
Views: 1070

Re: oh ffffffff....izzlesticks

Youtube video of drive powering up.

From the sounds of dead hard drives I found on Wikipedia, it sounds like the drive motor is knackered (which is why it seems to almost spin up a couple of times there). The read/write head is probably useless now though also :-D
by IntelMole
Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: oh ffffffff....izzlesticks
Replies: 3
Views: 1070

Re: oh ffffffff....izzlesticks

I am normally so careful about ensuring it is off before moving it. I was tired this time, stayed an hour late at work on Friday and just wanted to get to parents house by that point. Now doing a post mortem on hard drive :D Edit: Based on this page , I suspect my drive heads are knackered. I was ho...
by IntelMole
Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: oh ffffffff....izzlesticks
Replies: 3
Views: 1070

oh ffffffff....izzlesticks

So Friday was a bad day. Went back to my parents and got stuck in the traffic from two completely separate traffic accidents. 120 motorway miles in 4 1/2 hours. Before all of that excitement though, I went and packed a bag of stuff to take home. Including my external hard drive. Which is it really h...
by IntelMole
Sun Feb 01, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Women are insane
Replies: 369
Views: 16145

Re: Women are insane

I have two older sisters, no brothers. Growing up like that gives you a lot of ... patience.
by IntelMole
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So who's been on these forums longer than I have?
Replies: 78
Views: 1456

Re: So who's been on these forums longer than I have?

*Checks the date on my account*

D'oh.
by IntelMole
Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:27 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..
Replies: 85
Views: 3273

Re: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..

do it do it do it :-D
by IntelMole
Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..
Replies: 85
Views: 3273

Re: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..

But I am miles away and doing CSS. Video :-D
by IntelMole
Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:13 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..
Replies: 85
Views: 3273

Re: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..

Of you using the phone.
by IntelMole
Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..
Replies: 85
Views: 3273

Re: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..

I demand youtube evidence.

So that when my contract ends in five months, I know what I'll be buying :-D
by IntelMole
Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..
Replies: 85
Views: 3273

Re: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..

In terms of network, if you do a lot of texting, you might want to look at Orange's Dolphin plan. Texts all month + either 500 or 750 (IIRC) anytime any network minutes, depending on how much you wish to spend per month. This would of course preclude you from choosing the G1 "google phone"...
by IntelMole
Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..
Replies: 85
Views: 3273

Re: I have no idea what to look for in a mobile..

It was like when I went shopping with intelmole/darren the other month, in pcworld and this game store. If he was standing beside me, NO ONE talks to us, the second I wandered off they flock around me I'd just like to say this story is absolutely true. The one time I was away from her, I had wander...
by IntelMole
Sat Sep 27, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: What Google Chrome Needs
Replies: 29
Views: 1294

Re: What Google Chrome Needs

Then there's Firefox. I personally love the way that Google Chrome is laid out. I rather have my tabs at the upper part, almost like Opera but Opera is a junk web browser. Chrome gives me the most out of a web page on my laptop out of every browser. I'm hooked. I like the tabs there too. In actual ...
by IntelMole
Sat Sep 27, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Virtual Machines on Windows
Replies: 45
Views: 1989

Re: Virtual Machines on Windows

Thanks for all the replies guys. A decent cross section here. I'll probably have a proper look at getting virtualisation going when I have ten seconds to myself :lol:
by IntelMole
Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Things That Annoy...
Replies: 94
Views: 2524

Re: Things That Annoy...

As long as they don't touch you, consider it fine and ... generally considerate of those behind. That's the most worrying part. Typically these people pull right up to you and stop dead from 15mph about two metres away from you. It's incredibly distracting to watch in your rear-view mirror, not to ...
by IntelMole
Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: What Google Chrome Needs
Replies: 29
Views: 1294

Re: What Google Chrome Needs

I have been giving Chrome a chance but what I find weird is that after I installed it my HD starts going nuts. (thrashing about, the sound is like that of a defrag) I thought this funny so I installed it at work, same thing. Now the funny thing is on both PC's it does this a few times a day.....Wha...
by IntelMole
Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Virtual Machines on Windows
Replies: 45
Views: 1989

Virtual Machines on Windows

OK, so I'd really like to play with a few different operating systems here and there. I've always been partial to a bit of linux, and I'm giving serious consideration to setting up a distro purely for hacking some open source stuff together in my spare time (I'm still fairly green at this programmin...
by IntelMole
Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 1995773

Re: dymt reloaded

more the citric acid it contains then the dishwashing soap! Decided worst thing abotu student budgeting is having to buy cheap watery wine! The worst thing about student budgeting is having to buy cheap horrible vodka. One of my coursemates brought round some pretty nasty stuff once and some cheap ...
by IntelMole
Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Things That Annoy...
Replies: 94
Views: 2524

Re: Things That Annoy...

So I've been driving for just short of two months now, and here's the ones I can't stand. There may be a theme. People who know you're about to pull in again after overtaking on a motorway, so they tailgate you to within an inch of your rear bumper, because they're too damn stupid to hold the correc...
by IntelMole
Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Storing Images in a Database
Replies: 16
Views: 1652

Re: Storing Images in a Database

After reading that for a bit, I have come to the conclusion that Large Objects are not how I would store the image data. I need to work with the image as a whole, and the manual makes it sound like it will stream the data and break it down into chunks, which in turn each take their own row. The ima...