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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 – …

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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.

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0, 1, 8, 144 (EN)

While surfing the Internet I recently found an interesting (although completely incomprehensible) proof of a conjecture stating that 0, 1, 8 and 144 are the only perfect squares in the famous Fibonacci sequence. For greenhorns: Fibonacci sequence starts with 0 followed by 1, then each subsequent terms is a sum …

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Dates clusterfuck: MSSQL vs Excel

Dates are usually the most error-prone element of various computer systems. There are so many different date formats, standards and representations. On top of this there are different calendars, too. Overall one could probably get a PhD on the topic without even scratching the surface of it.

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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 …

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WordPress: conditional widgets

Have you ever pondered over how to make a WordPress widget (in)visible only on certain pages, or categories, or just on the home page etc? If you haven’t then don’t. It is pretty much boring. However, if you are losing your sleep over widgets conditionality (is this even a word?), …

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Sh*t happens

  As Confucius used to say, shit happens. He was a smart lad so there is no point not to believe him. Shit that happens to happen is usually a bad shit. More or less. Ocasionally you discover that some of the bad shit happens only to unravel a surprisingly …

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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 …

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„I’m lazy, not stupid”

This is what my fellow colleague used to say when someone was trying to explain Things to him. Being lazy is actually a good thing. It’s just that some people mix laziness with sloppiness which creates a negative perception of the former.

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A short story about (in)consistency

Few years ago I made a small purchase for my blog: a WordPress menu plug-in called UberMenu. A really nice, fully featured, with all the necessary bells and whistles menu replacing the dull and boring thing you get from WordPress by default.

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A Third Variable

If you still remember my recent post on moving my hosting onto a brand new, shining VPS server (from an old, equally shining one) then I feel deeply sorry for you.

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Memcached and W3TC

If you ever wondered why, despite all your efforts and Goole-jistsu, you still couldn’t get W3TC to detect your local memcached install, well. You haven’t googled enough 😉

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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 …

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Yop Poll – do not upgrade to 5.0!

If you are reading this post, chances are you are either one of my three returning visitors (although there is a possibility that some – or even all – of those three, died of boredom) or you recently tried to update the Yop Poll WordPress plugin from version 4.9.1 to …

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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?

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Back to roots

Somewhen in June 2010 I got my very first smartphone. It was a Samsung Galaxy S. OK, to be completely honest, I used to use one or two Windows Mobile based phones since around 2006 but let’s face the truth: Android is to Windows Mobile as is a Tyranosaurus Rex …

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