The Joys of AMP on WinXP SP2

So what’s AMP?

Apache, MySQL & PHP.

Why so joyous? Because it’s soooooo easy to upgrade them that even a kid could do it!
I’ll leave the decision of whether or not their is a hint of sarcasm in that statement up to you ;)

Honestly…. I don’t care what anyone says… it’s not all gravy. I spent the best part of ten hours upgrading today. I won’t go into the details because you probably won’t bother reading it anyway. But, if you are a web developer and are having problems installing Apache, MySQL & PHP on Windows XP SP2 feel free to give me a shout. I’ll try my best to help you out.

At least now I can get back to coding :D

Oh by the way, the versions I upgraded to are Apache 2.0.52, MySQL 4.0.22 and PHP5.0.2

Robots set to get homely by 2007

According to a United Nations survey robots are set to get homely by 2007.

“By the end of 2007, 4.1 million robots will be doing jobs in homes, says the report by the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the International Federation of Robotics.”

Personally, I can’t see this happening. According to a World Robotics report there are currently 607,000 robots in use in the home. So they’re set to increase by approximately 675% in just over 3 years? That’s a pretty big increase don’t you think?

The idea of having robots to do the vacuuming, mowing the lawn and washing the windows is very appealing, but unless the price of the robot is roughly the same as the price of a normal vacuum cleaner or lawn mower, I can’t see your average Joe shelling out for the novelty of being able to say “I have a robot to do my vacuuming!”, can you?

Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal

An absolutely fantastic result for Manchester United!

I am a huge Manchester United fan, so as you can imagine I was absolutely delighted with this result. Beating our biggest rivals (note it’s not Liverpool anymore) is always nice, but stopping Arsenal’s unbeaten run added to my delight :)

Some say that the penalty should not have been given, but Ashley Cole brought Ronaldo down in the area later on in the game, which to me looked like a definite penalty. So it was balanced out in the end.

I’m surprised that there wasn’t a repeat performance of last season’s handbags from the Arsenal players, but I guess they learnt from their mistakes ;)

Where do United go from here? Read Sir Alex Ferguson’s views.

Onwards and upwards I say – along the premiership table ;)

Swearing Makes You Impotent

Swearing makes you impotent: official | The Register

If this is true then chances are, putting together this blog has had more of effect on me than the odd loss of hair :)

As crazy as the story sounds though, I have to admit that some of the women that live in the inner city who regularly use profanity (and smoke and drink lager, but let’s not get carried away), do have that masculine touch to them.

Not in their sense of dress, but in their attitude. You only have to walk around the centre of the city and give a strange look to one of them to get a response something along the lines of “What you looking at?” or “I’ll bleedin’ burst ya!”.

Anyway… personally I think everyone should try and use profanity as little as often.

P.S I wonder if WordPress has a bad word filter for the comments! I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough :)

Alternative Connections?

Just after uploading the new style for this blog, I went to go about my daily routine of checking the forums I frequent for new posts, reading my email, and what not only to find that my broadband (DSL) connection was caput.

You’d think that I’d have another connection setup to fall back on. Guess what? I didn’t!

At the moment I’m on a free three month broadband trial. Because the trail was with the same company that provided me with my previous internet connection, I was required to cancel the account I had with them and start a new one. Ridiculous I know!

So… being the nice guy I am, I cancelled the account while signing up for the trial. I never thought about the possibility of my brand spanking new (faster) internet connection failing on me. How naive was I?

Suffice to say, as soon as my internet connection was back up and running I headed straight for the next best ISP and downloaded their internet connection setup software. I don’t plan on making the same mistake twice!

So, as a word of caution to all you internet junkies…. make sure you have a backup connection setup, just in case.