Arise Erebus

Arise Erebus

Remember how I said I’d never build another PC. Well, I lied. This may well be the last one though 😉 Hopefully. I need to build a new server, as running everything on the laptop is getting out of hand, and I’ve started to experience some kernel panics in the last month or so – not a good sign 🙁 Other than purchasing a new mid-tower case, I’m using parts I already have to look after the environment (just kidding – I’m broke!) I reckon it will take a few days, and it’s a project I’m attacking while the Mrs…

MySQL + utf-8 = A drama filled weekend

MySQL + utf-8 = A drama filled weekend

Exciting stuff for a Saturday, eh? The boss has been cracking the whip so have to put in some extra hours wherever I can If you’re working on the weekend you actually want it to be something interesting! There were a few things on the docket left over from the week – As I mentioned in a recent post, if you haven’t stumbled across utf-8 already, you soon will. I’ve come across two issues recently whereby chars weren’t rendering correctly an I needed to look under the hood. The more you delve into CS the greater the likelihood that you…

Debugging in WordPress

Debugging in WordPress

While working through a recent utf8 issue, I realised that I can’t stumble around in the dark anymore when it comes to debugging. Since I left the Window$ world I’ve been sans debugger and poorly written code has just cost me wasted time. Here’s what I’ve settled on using going forward. Your requirements may vary. WordPress debug settings and logging When the crap hits the fan, the first thing that you need is a log file. Without some type of an error message you are nowhere, believe me. I’m currently playing around with Papertrail as traversing mulitple files within the…

Chatuchak Weekend Markets

Chatuchak Weekend Markets

Firstly I need to school y’all a little on the local lingo. In Thai language CH becomes a J sound so it’s pronounced Jat-u-jak markets. (Thai จตุจักร) But everyone knows it as JJ Markets, or as is more common, simply as JJ. i.e. Let’s go to JJ this weekend. It’s a Bangkok institution and every Top 10 Things to See and Do in Bangkok will have it right up there – that I can guarantee you! Easiest way to get there is using the MRT to Kamphaengphet station and then take Exit 2, which delivers you right into the heart…

Oils ain’t Oils

How was your week bitchez? Flat out here and boy do I hate coding CSS. Knocked out a great piece on ASX pot stocks for the boss today but you’ll have to wait a few days to read that one – in the meantime enjoy this tune. Continuing on with my classic Aussie rock theme, this time I give a hat tip to the Oils. Not Beds are Burning for mine, but I find this tune haunting. No vid, listen to the dulcet tones of Garrett, close your eyes and drift off to sleep. BTW – what a fucking monster…

Stop the press – The NewsWidget

Stop the press – The NewsWidget

UPDATE: I should post something on why you need to get money upfront for freelance based projects. (aka Technologists make lousy business people). Sigh. Live and learn. Another interesting project. I was first approached about this back in November ’16 but wasn’t able to give the it the focus that it deserved due to time constraints. It was interesting to revisit this with fresh eyes and I think a better solution has emerged given the passage of time. In any case, thanks for your patience, James. The Brief The brief was to create a widget that would publish a list…

Spy v Spy

This gem has popped up! The old man used to manage the Sundowner hotel @ Punchbowl when I was a teenager. Great classic Aussie rock from the 80’s. IMHO the tune stands the test of time – take a listen, bitchez, and judge for yourself.

cURL up and die

cURL up and die

It definitely ticks the interesting box. Cut some code to post messages to one of our Slack channels from the webserver. I finally had an excuse to use cURL for something useful. But it’s cold and flu season here in Bangkok and both the Mrs and I seem to have come down with dose of the lurgi /ˈlɜː(ɹ)ɡi/ (Popularised by Spike Milligan). Hence this appropriately titled piece. First things first Had a few problems getting cURL going. After messing around with some info from Stack Exchange and working through the Slack API guides, when I tried running curl I was…

Chinatown @ CNY

Chinatown @ CNY

新年快乐 Happy Chinese New Year to all of you out there. I’m a Rooster1! An earth Rooster to be exact. I’ll let you do the math. This should be a good year for me – I’m due, that’s for sure! We saw in the new year by hitting a few temples on 28.01.17 in the Chinatown district of Bangkok with my good mate Ron in tow. It would give us both a chance to test out our new cameras – He recently upgraded to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 and I purchased his old DMC-TZ70. I still think he’s the better…

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