Friday, 22 June 2012

Web Browser Version Against Date

I had a theory that the browser version had less to do with development and more to do with competitiveness. So I created a graph for my fellow Netizens:
graph of browser version against datetime

and uploaded it to

I think that the periods where the lines are roughly parallel the browsers are competing, or put another way, it is possible to see which browsers each are looking to compete against from the similarity of rate of increase.

So 2005 Opera reacts to the new fox-on-the-block. Then 2011 Firefox starts to try and hunt down its market share, (that Google Chrome as taken a large byte out of.)

Meanwhile IE lumbers on regardless.

Created using a perl script to process the data and the R Language (littler) to create the SVG.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Ctrl+h toggles hidden files in nautilus

Ctrl+h  toggles hidden files in the nautilus file browser.

[ Any file that has a . (full-stop/period) as the first character is hidden by default in most file lists under Linux. ]

Thank you:

Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Bring Take Mistake

The problem with learning is that once you understand something, (less vs fewer) then it can either aggravate you when others fall foul of this trap or give you some sense of superiority. Beyond your own emotional reaction there is the question of your response, (write a blog entry, shout ALL IN CAPS, smile smugly to yourself.) I would suggest that you practise not responding and only indicating it to those that have already asked for your help, (or are formally your students.)
  That said, as reference here is my explanation on "bring vs take".

Here the character Lenard says, "bring you home", when he should have said, "take you home."

An other example can be found: here (not to be confused with the great John Green's correct use of bring here).

It feels to me that the bring-take mistake is on the rise faster than the less-fewer mistake, (of which more people seem to be aware.)

So split your infinitives; Use a preposition to end your sentences with; but avoid the bring-take mistake!
(and don't tell anyone in particular until they ask for a correction.)

Thursday, 14 June 2012

TOra "No available connection provider"

debian/ubuntu TOra database manager says: "No available connection provider" can be fixed on the command line with:

sudo apt-get install libqt4-sql-mysql libqt4-sql-psql libqt4-sql-sqlite libqt4-sql-odbc libqt4-sql-tds

(you can pick and chose just the ones that you need for your database.)

About this blog

Sort of a test blog... until it isn't