Dead man's blog

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2007-07-17 03:43

While I was on my the toilet seat just now contemplating my latest toilet paper origami masterpiece, an odd thought crept into my brain out of nowhere... I wondered what percentage of blogs/journals etc. on sites like blogspot would belong to dead people in, say, 20 years time. I suspect that while the medium and feature-set will evolve, the basic concept and practice of having a blog will still stick around. How about in 50 years time? There'd be millions of dead people blogs still available on the ever-eternal (mmm tautology) innernet.

E-mail etiquette and best practices, aka, how not to be a complete fracking n00b

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2007-07-17 03:05

I was about to educate a co-worker on some of the better practices to follow while communicating on the Internet, and being the generous chap that I am, decided to share these invaluable nuggets of my infinite wisdom with you lot. So, here goes:

  1. Format: Never send e-mails in HTML format. Always use plain-text only.
  2. Subject: Always use a descriptive subject line. Subject lines such as "Hi" and "Please help" will get your behind flamed.

Removing trailing whitespace in Eclipse

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2007-06-24 17:30

I suck at regex. But the fact that Eclipse leaves trailing whitespace everywhere is pretty fucking annoying. Although, this will apparently be solved in 3.3, that's still a month or so away (IIRC). Anyways, while I normally just use a   $ regex search (whitespace switches don't like working in Eclipse's find dialog) to repeatedly weed out the bastards, today, I came across a more robust expression. Here goes:

Find: [\t ]+(?:(\n)|$)

SotD: Ayreon - Valley Of The Queens

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2007-06-18 19:26

Today's Song Of The Day is Ayreon's Valley of the Queens, a breathtakingly beautiful vocal-centric piece. A quiet song, its beauty lies in the harmonies provided by the wonderful Anneke van Giersbergen coupled with the poignant lyrics which paint a moving picture (I'm a sucker for all things fantasy after all). I'm seriously hooked onto Ayreon at the moment.

The lyrics follow:

My journey's over,
I'm standing on the edge,
And close my eyes
To this world of lies.

Eclipse + Subversion : RA layer request failed + could not read status line errors

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2007-06-12 20:17

Server: Apache 2.0.52 + SVN 1.4.3 + mod_dav_svn enabled. Most repositories also use a bunch of post commit hooks to automate tasks.
Client: Eclipse 3.2.2 + stock subclipse callisto install.

Error message:

commit -m "commit message." files
RA layer request failed
svn: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: PROPFIND request failed on '/repo/path/!svn/vcc/default'
svn: PROPFIND of '/repo/path/!svn/vcc/default': Could not read status line: connection was closed by server. (http://example.com)

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '[', expecting T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM in ...

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2007-06-04 02:23

So, what do you make of the error message in the title? I ran into this while coding in PHP and thought that I must've installed a dodgy version of PHP or might have been h4xx0r3d. But a quick google revealed that PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM represents the :: operator in Hebrew.

Crazy dudes.

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