How to copy-paste multiple variables between SSIS packages.
About the Redis caching engine.
What happens when the same word means two different things in two languages.
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
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
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 of two preceding terms: 0, … Continue reading 0, 1, 8, 144 (EN)
A little bird told me that car insurance prices are going up again this year - both in Ireland and in other EU countries. It is slightly against the common sense; the usual logic used to be: "No claims? We'll reward you with a lower premium next year!". Not anymore, unfortunately. For some totally incomprehensible … Continue reading Reflected-sound-of-underground-spirits, again
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. Today I am going to focus on two … Continue reading Dates clusterfuck: MSSQL vs Excel
I faced an interesting task recently. For each file sent over via the ftp channel I was supposed to generate an empty *.OK file and send it over immediately after the main file transfer was completed. This allows the receiving party to process the file on their side with minimum delays. Let's say we … Continue reading How to create an empty file in Windows cmd shell
It is very important to keep your software updated. Forget to upgrade your apache to the latest version and you're screwed. Forget to install recent security patches and you're pwned. And so on. So, when I logged on to my VPS this morning and saw a big message saying that "...blahblahblah new version of Ubuntu … Continue reading Xenial Xerxus and WordPress – upgrading your VPS
I have recently faced a very annoying issue with one of the ETL processes. Very annoying issues are often easily resolvable in simple ways 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
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?), you will be able to … Continue reading WordPress: conditional widgets
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 good shit later on which … Continue reading Sh*t happens
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
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. Need examples? Here we go! I work with computers so here goes a … Continue reading „I’m lazy, not stupid”
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. And it was working perfectly fine with the theme I was using at … Continue reading A short story about (in)consistency
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. The entry was dull and boring like an opening session of the legislature on import / export regulations of reaper binders. And also useful … Continue reading A Third Variable
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 😉 The hat trick is to swap 127.0.0.1 for localhost in /etc/memcached.conf: # Specify which IP address to listen on. The default is to listen on all IP … Continue reading Memcached and W3TC
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
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 5.0, you lost all your … Continue reading Yop Poll – do not upgrade to 5.0!
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?