Today I was rudely reminded of how ridiculous telco pricing is. I’ve ranted on txt messaging before on my Twitter, but today I’m going to talk a little about data. I was recently on holiday up in Vancouver, BC. Unfortunately my GPS unit had not been preloaded with Canada maps, so in the interest of not getting lost, I elected to open a map once or twice on my smartphone. I knew that this would be charged as “roaming” data, and as a smart person I had done my research, and established that AT&T would be charging me the exorbitant price of… $0.
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MySQL backups causing problems

Lately I’ve been getting the occasional error from my WebFaction instance — alerting me that a running MySQL query had been shut down because it had been running for too long and was slowing the system. Here’s the offending SQL query: 1 SELECT /*!40001 SQL_NO_CACHE */ * FROM `phpbb_search_wordmatch` Very mysterious. The offending table is one relating to my phpBB instance. I did not have any further information at hand to work out what was going on, and so my first port of call in attempting to resolve the issue was to adjust my phpBB search settings.
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Facebook Connect observation

Here’s a bit of a dud write-up. Dud because the risks are minimal, as I realised when I started looking into cross-domain iframe DOM scraping… But potentially interesting reading for web developers nonetheless. If you have been browsing the internet lately, you have more than likely seen a Facebook Connect box. It looks like this: This particular screenshot is taken from Gameplanet Forums, but Facebook Connect makes it easy for any website developer to embed the panel into their website.
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Disillusioned with Facebook

Like more than 400 million other people on this planet, I belong to a little site called Facebook. I was what you might call an “early adopter”, at least in New Zealand. I joined when the site was only open to university/college students (requiring one to have a university email to register). I believe it had been running for a couple years before they added New Zealand universities to those eligible for registration.
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Rant on TelstraClear

I feel the need to document my frustrations with my ISP, and rant to noone in particular. My blog is a good place to do so. Here goes.
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Just moved into a new flat. It’s pretty great (and my new room is like 3 times the size of my old one), but it’s going to take a week for our ISP to transfer our connection to the new address. Which means I’m limited to going online at work, and I’m going a little bonkers not being able to go online at home. In other miscellaneous news, summer is wrapping up, which means that in about 3 months the ski season will be starting again — can’t wait!
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These are a few of our favourite things

Some of my favourite random websites from around the interwebnets: Exactly what they sound like Awkward Boners Awkward Family Photos F My Life Oddly Specific Texts From Last Night Unhappy Hipsters People I like Brian King David Thorne Patrick Melton Remi Gaillard The Oatmeal Wow, that list is sort of pitiful. More to be added when I remember them?

Pirates are customers too

If anything, the music industry should have more respect for file-sharers, as they are their most valuable consumers. They are ahead of the curve and actually leading the way for the future of digital music, buying more digital music than anyone else. It’s the music industry that has to change, not the other way around. TorrentFreak outlines how, once again, the music industry is overstating the piracy “threat”.

Surprise, surprise

I have no words.

Pet peeve of the day

Serious UrbanDictionary definitions that aren’t funny and are actually informative. dog-earing — to turn down the corner of a page, especially in a book. sometimes used to bookmark pages. Yawn. It totally defeats the purpose! forklifting — Forklifting is used to describe the pursuit of a fat chick by a desperate male. If one succeeds in bagging a tundra pig, he has been successful in forklifting. Forklifting is looked down upon so most men will try to hide their forklifting efforts.
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