Economical mumbo-jumbo

Whilst browsing the Internet I recently ran into an interesting (and probably totally unreallistic) idea: universities should be free from charge for all students. Their (i.e. universities') income should be funded exclusively off a tax charged unconditionally from all alumni for the first years after they graduate. This would - in theory - lead to … Continue reading Economical mumbo-jumbo

Next prime date

Dates in Ireland are usually written as DD MMM YYYY i.e. 5 Sep 2016 or 12 Jan 2000 and so on. However, from database perspective (which is my personal favourite) I like storing date values as integers of YYYYMMDD i.e. 20160905 or 20000112 etc. Of course are going to disagree on the above approach and … Continue reading Next prime date

UTF != UTF

I have recently faced a very annoying issue with one of the ETL processes. Very annoying issues are often easily resolvable in simple ways[citation needed] and thankfully this was one of them. However, before I managed to solve it, I wasted a whole bunch of otherwise perfectly usable minutes which is something I always loathe. … Continue reading UTF != UTF

apt

I'm not a fan of any particular OS. Horses for courses. Certain operating systems are tailored for certain tasks, period. For the end user, Windows seems to be the optimal choice. I know. It's sometimes clunky, a bit unstable and so on. It is certainly not the best possible OS in the world but let's … Continue reading apt

Bloody Thursday

So, you think you know what "boring" means? You think you've watched some three hours of Parliament discussions about legal ways of composting farms' waste, and you got bored? Well, you haven't seen anything yet. The site you have just reached is the most dull, boring and useless part of the Internet. It is the … Continue reading Bloody Thursday

Big G Down Again

Gmail went down for about half an hour this afternoon. This is a second disruption of the service in the last two weeks. I am starting to wonder whether I should move my email to another provider. Any hints? Thoughts?