I realise that 2 months have now passed since I last posted anything here. Unlike when I was posting every day, I've had plenty of ideas of things I want to write about. What I have not had is the energy or patience to sit down and write anything.
As I was writing my last post, my home server had started to die. An intermittent fault had developed that got worse over time. While none of my data was lost, I did have a lot of downtime until I built a new one. Unfortunately this meant that I could …
Towards the tail end of last year I spent a number of days considering how I spend my time and asking if I am truly getting value for it. For example, I don't spend time watching the news or any other TV shows. I do go to a gym class …
I was recently shared a blog post by someone who was celebrating a streak of posting every day for 11 years. This is an impressive feat. My own attempt at posting daily has had several occasions where I have failed (six days so far this year). How does he think …
On this day, one year ago, I started posting (almost) daily. In the last year I have published 358 posts, so clearly I didn't manage to publish every day. Prior to this past year, my posts have been very irregular and infrequent.
I have failed to post for the past few days. This has been mostly because our house has been full of a stomach bug for over a fortnight and eventually you run out of energy and inspiration when each day is the same.
Today I have added a search option to this site.
I hadn't bothered before because I has always assumed Google 1 would be able to search the site better than a built in search.
However in early December, I noticed that not every post was getting indexed, so searches could …
I noticed after posting last night that I now have 300 posts or articles on this site.
While the oldest posts were written in August 2006, it would be unfair to say that this has been a continuous blog stretching 12 years.
About half the posts have been made in …
It looks like most of the Falkirk area has been taken offline last night at about 7pm.
Grangemouth refinery was out, along with lots of ATMs and fuel stations but most
importantly, my house and therefore home server was taken out.
On Friday evening, I changed the script that I use to update the site.
The new script is much more efficient and faster,
however it caused the RSS feed to be modified in such a way that my feed reader
thought that every article was a new article and reimported …
Last night when I got home, we ended up doing the evening routine in a different order and we swapped over who did the various tasks.
As a result, I completely forgot about writing and publishing a post.
Annoyingly I have been …
I knew that the certificate of my home server was about to expire.
It looks like I have somehow managed to corrupt most of my apt repository.
I get lots of errors and I think it has gotten confused over which version of python is getting used.
This site no longer used jQuery1.
I only noticed that I was using jQuery after I ran some benchmarking tests on the site.
The site did well in enough but jQuery contributed a significant amount of the load time.
After digging around, the only place that I found jQuery …
If you are following using an RSS feed or look back at the dates published articles, you will notice that historically I have managed short bursts of relativity frequent blog posts, followed by long periods of silence.
Recently I have started trying to post something, anything, daily.
At work, I have been asked to help look into why a web based tool has been having performance issues.
I am on the team as an outside person without any direct involvement with the project so far.
The suspicion is that it is a server configuration issue however those …