Archives May 2004

Standard test fixture specifying database records? (Frustrating writing these things ad hoc all the time)

Trying to be a good little Agile/Extreme programmer, I've been writing a test suite as I work on the ping scanner. The "Virtual Plant" stuff is nice for modelling the whole network-level plant, that is, it makes the SNMP queries all seem to find modems and that kind of useful thing, but it doesn't help ...

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Newest Sasser worm a greater danger (Why do we report things this way)

I've been pondering this idea for a while now. The language used by the mainstream media tends to glorify conflict and encourage "newsworthy" negative actions (by heaping attention on the perpetrators). Death tolls are reported as if they were game scores, trojan horse programs are given "zippy" names and compared like race horses.

Paid for my Bruce Trail membership (Procrastination ends...)

Finally sat down to put in my Bruce Trail club membership fee this morning. Apparently in 10 days I'll get "something", and I'll hopefully get a schedule at the same time. Shiva suggested that we (excluding her) possibly do a hike during June and then go for another in July. I may ask Mel and/or ...

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Sly horse trader that I am (Little side deal to make everyone happy...)

When JoAnne was over yesterday we made a deal to swap my scanner (which I only use once every 4 or 5 months) for her digital camera (which she doesn't really like compared to her "classic" camera). JoAnne was forced to buy the camera (when she really wanted a scanner) in order to get a ...

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Back from the party (Now to sleep)

Party was fun. Jenny (Irish lass I know) discovered that Roger (one of Simon's friends) went to the same schools (grade and high) in a tiny little town in BC as had she and her sisters. Conversations were wide-ranging, though not so exhaustive or deep as to fire me up for the evening... I seem ...

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Simon's party tomorrow (After rebuilding JoAnne's machine...)

Simon is a neat chap I met at PyGTA and UU, rather fun to talk to all-in-all. He runs a little company, has a couple of neat technologies he's trying to market, and is rather active politically. He shares my love of throwing parties, so tomorrow I get to go out of the house ...

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Proper capitalisation of uncle and aunt (A question I couldn't answer on Twisted channel)

I belive that you only capitalise these things when you are using them as a title, that is "Uncle Jack said something", but "my uncle, Jack, said something".

However, what about when it's used as an adjective? That is "my uncle Jack said" which reads very differently than "my Uncle Jack said". The first has ...

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Rosey visit yesterday (Noah too!)

Rosey dropped in yesterday to feed all of my addictions (coffee, pudding, iced tea mix and puppies) and be fed some leftover curry. Turns out she hasn't started the new job yet, it's something like a week and a couple of days away still. She's working weekends with a friend's mother to help set up ...

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