November 26th, 2003

I have written an easy to use – not over hyped – not over complicated windows tail application. Tail is a unix command that lists the end of files, using the -f command tail could be used to monitor a file as it was being written to. This tool is the same except it is written in C# .NET 1.1 and is in colour.


November 26th, 2003

Well we got back from Madrid and I’ve created a mini-website for the holiday with a little story and a couple of pictures. Visit the Madrid 2003 website.

November 24th, 2003

“quick question actaully. my computer crashed (it froze) and i booted it again. It froze again and now it won’t boot at all – any ideas what is might be???”

The person who sent this to me shall remain anonymous. This is the same as emailing your car mechanic and saying

“quick question actaully. my car stopped (it froze) and i started it again. It stopped again and now it won’t start at all – any ideas what is might be???”

I will be publishing and writing a story vis-a-vis my holiday to Madrid soon, stay tuned all 4 of you.

November 16th, 2003

I have a small piece of advice for anyone who cares. Don’t try and grill bread with the oven door closed, while using a computer and watching England vs. France rugby. Our toaster exploded in the morning , must have been a fuse, I thought back to the good old days at home when momma used to put bread ‘under the grill’ – so I thought I would do this. Initially I put the oven on the ‘grill’ setting and put the bread in. Came back to it five minutes later and it was still white. “Ahhh, I have to set the temperature” – so I cranked it up to 210degrees and went back to the Rugby and this very laptop. The oven is virtually directly behind me, so, turning around some 5 minutes later I see smoke billowing out of the it!! The initial panic meant I found myself opening the oven door and blowing on the flames, in the hope that they would go out. Then I remembered. Yesterday I was cooking burgers at about 800 degrees centigrade in a pan, and thought, if this pan decide to just turn into a flame thrower, I would have to reach over to that towel, dip it in the dirty washing up bowl and throw it over the pan. I copied these tactics for the rageing toast oven fire and the emergency was over.

So the moral of the story is – don’t try and toast bread in the oven when there’s too many distractions – leave momma to do it.

November 13th, 2003

To cut a long story short, say I wanted to get all the Car elements in /Ancillary/Cars, but I didn’t want to limit my XSLT to hardcoded Cars. I also might want to do it with all the /Ancillary/Vans in my XML document that I may have. Normally you would write –



However, because you do not want to hardcode Cars, you may want to get this from the value of an attribute or another element. To do this, first put the element/attribute value into a variable (in this example I have called it $type) the XSL below is the same as the XSL above, assuming the $type is set to Car. This process automates loads of information for me and means I can create as many types as I like, with as many ancillary items as I need without have to hard code information in my XSLT to get it.



‘Big up’ to Matt for help with this. Madrid in four days!!!!

November 9th, 2003

Actually I thought it was pretty good. Then again, I went into the cinema knowing it wasn’t going to be ground breaking and that I was to expect a Hollywood Block Buster spin-off from the amazingly brilliant original. It was definetly better than the second one, which I can’t even remember what it was about. On a reality perspective for the film, it’s not really the machines that are controlling the characters in the matrix, but the $$$$ they are getting for taking part in the film. I am glad they didn’t finish the film with the machines being destroyed, the clouds clearing and everything being ‘all right’ for the human race, although I don’t know if that’s because of the writers actually thought about the plot or if their minds were back onto the $$$$ and saw the opening for another Matrix sell-out spin-off.

November 5th, 2003
As you can see I appear to be having a bad hair day. I don’t know what happened. I didn’t do anything different last night, I actually think it looks pretty cool, I’m going to try and keep it like this but I don’t know if it will last.

Spider man update – The deputy chair of the Met. police have branded the guy as a ‘prat’ – which goes to show the intellectuality levels we have at the high end of British Policing.

Well its Madrid in twelve days I really can’t wait its going to be cool. I found out Picasso’s Geurnica picture is in Madrid, I really can’t wait to see it – I think it will be the cultural highlight of the holiday

November 2nd, 2003

There’s always something going on around where I live; if its not David Blaine living in a glass box, its ‘Spiderman’ climbing 180ft crane to demonstrate for fathers for justice. The crane stands over Tower Bridge road and so the bridge is closed to motorists until Wednesday, when he plans to come down. This has come as good news to the producers of Bridge Jones Diary II – as this morning I watched Renee Zellweger walking across Tower Bridge surrounded by a load of extras pretending to walk to work. In the movie, if you see a shot of Bridget walking across Tower Bridge and then looking to her left with an almost evil face, at this very moment she was looking at me – I couldn’t help but smile back – i probably wrecked the shot.

Also this weekend I had friends from Holland over, we had a great time – apart from the drunk man in Riverbar Cafe. London really is exhausting to walk around as a tourist!