Category Archives: General

I grew up in Middlesbrough, a small town in the North East of England. It’s one of those ‘salt of the earth’ towns. To outsiders it doesn’t appear to have much going for it. But in general the people are brilliant and they have a pride in the area that you don’t find in many of the more affluent areas of the UK. Teesside in 1900 Like many industrial parts of the UK, it’s been in decline since the 60s, as successive governments have stood by and watch it’s industries die. Teesside was built on steel, shipbuilding, and petrochemicals, and had a rich industrial heritage for example steel from Teesside has been used in construction throughout the world. (Sydney Harbour Bridge is built with Teesside steel and even the new Wembley Arch is Teesside steel). Wembley Arch Today a critical blow has been struck against the area. Corus ‘mothballed’ their steel…

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Apparently Stephen Fry is having problems with Vista in a rather public fashion. When I installed Vista as a Boot camp installation I was so relieved to see it, it was almost pleasant, but I can understand Fry’s annoyance. You see Microsoft have a secret weapon to make us University staff enjoy the Vista, their awful ordering process. In October Microsoft released Vista under it’s ‘Ultimate Steal‘ programme. This provides University staff and students with incredibly cheap software. Since I have a Mac Pro with 10GB of memory, I was getting sick of XP (32bit) only seeing 2GBs so decided to ‘upgrade’ my Boot Camp partition to Vista 64bit Ultimate – all for the princely sum of £40. Unfortunately, what Microsoft didn’t advertise was ordering through their online system (provided by Digital River) would be the single worst web experience I’ve had since I started using the web pre-Netscape 1.0! This is…

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I’m setting up this new domain and I’m having to setup my own domains and since Media Temple don’t handle .co.uk’s, I couldn’t set them up when I purchased the server space. So while I was waiting for a dns change to be propagated from a UK registration service. I wanted to test that I had configured the server correctly for the new urls and discovered a remarkably useful ‘hosts’ file in both Windows and OSX that allows you to override your dns server and redirect urls to ip addresses. Remarkably useful and I don’t know why I wasn’t aware of them. On Windows there’s a file called ‘hosts’ in  c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts You can edit the file using a text editor and add in your testing servers url and the ip address to direct the browser to. e.g. 127.0.0.1       mywebsite.com OSX also has a ‘hosts’ file in /etc/hosts…

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Welcome to my new blog. Through this blog I’m going to document the many trials and tribulations of being a Domino-based web developer.  I work for the Learning Technology Development Unit at the University of Hertfordshire developing their on-line Domino based learning environment, StudyNet.  With so many good blogs on this subject already available, why another one? Well, to be honest, I’ve been all too happy to consume the expertise provided by other bloggers so I thought it was about time to I add my thoughts and hopefully they’ll be of help to new developers getting started with Domino

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