[16 Aug 2015 | Comments Off on It’s time to go live | 553 views]
It’s time to go live

I realised recently that this blog has been running for almost five years, and has accumulated over sixty posts. That’s not many posts by most standards (about one a month — pathetic, really, and not evenly), but actually a hell of a lot more than I expected to post. I was surprised by this realisation.
Therefore I figure it’s time to make this site live. Yes, although this blog has existed for a few months short of half a decade, it has not actually been available on the Web until now. …

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[23 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on “Shedule” versus “Skedule” | 56 views]

Having been challenged about this yet again recently and still not having much more to offer than the stunning revelation than that the English language is full of exceptions to rules — because, really, it’s not a surprise or a big deal to me that different people in or from different parts of the world pronounce things differently — I decided to do some research.
The tired old comparison is to the word “school”. “Why don’t you pronounce it ‘shool’?” goes the typical witty refrain. Really? That’s your best argument for …

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[21 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on HeidiSQL and MySQL: Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘127.0.0.1’ (10061) | 58 views]
HeidiSQL and MySQL: Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘127.0.0.1’ (10061)

I installed XAMPP and HeidiSQL (the latter running under Wine) on my local Xubuntu 14.04 (LTS) system sometime in the last year or two. I’d used both before when I used to use Windows, and have had no problem using HeidiSQL to connect to external MySQL servers. However, I have had no success connecting to my local installation of MySQL. Not having time to deal with the issue (what seemingly inexplicable computer issue is ever resolved in a matter of minutes?!) I just left it and used phpMyAdmin that comes …

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[7 Jan 2016 | Comments Off on Charlie Hebdo se souvenait | 311 views]
Charlie Hebdo se souvenait

It’s one year on (from 7 January 2015), and I’m remembering the attack on the offices of, and the cold-blooded murder of members of the staff at, Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Also of note is the concurrent murder of the protection officers that were detailed to protect certain Charlie Hebdo staff members after a previous terror attack in 2011 and two bystanders, as well as others who were murdered — another police officer and shoppers at a grocery store in Porte de Vincennes (a suburb of Paris) — in associated …

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[17 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on Happy birthday Sandra! | 365 views]
Happy birthday Sandra!

16 November 2015 17:09 PST
Dear Sandra,
You would have been 57 today. Happy birthday!
Love, Craig

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[16 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on Android issues | 370 views]
Android issues

As I’ve alluded to before, my disappointment with the Android operating system created by Google is mighty. However, it reached a new low last week.
Suddenly I kept being presented with “Unfortunately, Google+ has stopped” errors that prevented me from doing anything until I tapped either “Report” or “OK”. I tapped “OK” the first few times, but then I thought, “Well, maybe I should be a good user and report this problem.” At first my reports were polite, but after being presented with this error every few seconds, sometimes one on …