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Well, I’ve got to go for my first ever blood test next week.. Bricking it – I don’t even know my own blood type… They need 3 vials as well, testing for Thyroid and Wheat Intolerances.
NB: If this fails to work first time – simply Ctrl+F5 to reload (in Chromium-based browsers). It’s a feature of Chrome which protects against cross-site scripting exploits. I have added a work around for now. If this fails to work, follow this link and simply ENJOY! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDtBzaRV738
I thought I’d give an update on the current status of my latest project. In another post, I had said that I was going to build the application in Rails (a Ruby Gem), but after trying it out, I simply couldn’t get my head around how complex the system was. Yes, Ruby has hyper fast processing, but development is far from that. Therefore, I have gone to the old faithful, PHP. Though now, the entire code base is object-orientated, with custom and modified stock classes that provide everything I need it to do. The only limitation to the speed is the current bandwidth of my Internet connection. I have never had any problems with PHP when it comes to speed, it just gets a little memory hungry from time to time, but with the right processing and application type, you can keep memory down to a minimum and speeds as fast as humanly possible. So, where does this leave us now? Currently, I have a template set up (which may change slightly from time to time based on what I need from it) which utilises the Twitter Bootstrap JS engine. Isn’t this lazy? No. It’s efficiency. Instead of creating my custom libraries for displaying buttons, menu’s, forms and more, I can use an open-source licensed alternative that does everything I need. I must say, I am genuinely impressed with how easy it is to use. There are a couple of features which I would like to see, such as better AJAX support in “Typeaheads” and nicer icon support (multiple sizes) – but I think they have these in for future releases anyway. At the moment, I am working on the advanced registration system which I am hoping to have finished in the next 24 hours which will allow me to move on to the logins and the client systems. Then once the client systems are in place, I can move on to building front-end systems such as profiles, blogs, forums and “The Library”. But, this is an ongoing development which will take many months to complete (purely because of University – and once I am out of University and graduated, development will increase 10-fold!)
I have been following a blog post on another website (behind login restrictions) that discussed whether the death penalty should be reintroduced. This made me think about it quite a bit. I mean, I’ve had mixed views about it for a long time but have never really sat down and thought about the benefits and consequences of reintroducing it. My views on the death penalty are mixed; why should we punish a person by death for a crime they have committed – eye for an eye? But why should they be held in a life of relative luxury (3 meals a day, water, warmth, activities, wages) when a considerable amount of the population of the country can’t live like that. I will always have mixed views about the death penalty, because morally, I cannot come to a conclusion. I feel that people who commit serious crimes should be punished severely, but I’m not sure whether punishment by death is always the answer. When I thought about this, a few questions popped into my head: Who decides whether a person should be punished by death – would the decision of one judge be acceptable, or should it be by a panel of peers and senior judges? Who decides how severe a crime needs to be before they are considered for punishment by death? How long should the appeals period be? Because everyone knows that within time, evidence can come to light that could lead to their acquittal – but this is too late if they’re dead! If you were a high-ranking senior judge working high-profile cases, would you be comfortable sentencing a murderer to death – knowing that their death is “your responsibility”? As callous as I can be, I certainly couldn’t sentence anyone to death! The poster of this blog on the website I follow made a statement that mentioned about the costs involved keeping a prisoner behind bars for a year, stating: It costs approximately £35,000 a year for each prisoner to be kept in jail. That’s £1,050,000 for a 30 year sentence. Yes, prison might be an expensive asset within the government, but surely executing someone would cost a lot more than this? First of all you have to have expensive court cases, keep them secure until the date of execution, have medically trained and experienced technicians on site, have consultants on site, build specialist “execution chambers”, and more. It’s clear ...
I’ve decided to give my blog a little bit of a revamp. Picked an awesome new theme, and have decided to post a little bit more often as well. Good night for now, and I’ll try and post at some point in the next couple of days!
Remember the days when you used to post something in Facebook, and it used to go straight to the top of someone’s news feed? Remember the days when your friends posts went straight to the top of your feed, and you didn’t have to argue with the settings? I most certainly do. So why am I blogging? Well, I was a little bit disturbed at one of the latest developments on Facebook the other day. We now have the ability to “Promote” our posts in order to increase the chance of it making it to someone’s news feed. I first noticed this last night, and I thought why would people with civilian profiles want to promote their posts and “force” them into their friends news feeds? When I tried it out last night, I thought I’d have a look at the price and the different options associated… £0.88. 88 pence to force your post to the top of someone’s news feed. When I ran it again to get the images for this post… £3.47. How did I get two different prices for posts that were extremely similar in price? The only thing I can think of is that the cost depends on what time the update is posted, the number of friends currently browsing Facebook, and how much the Facebook stocks have fallen since… A lot of Page Administrators have noticed this as well, that in order for a post to make it’s full reach (of say, 100,000 likes) they either have to promote the post (and pay) or rely on the follower to add them to an interest list, and let’s be honest, how many people are going to create an interest list just for a couple of pages they follow? I understand that Facebook is a “for profit” platform who needs money to survive, but seriously; asking people to pay for other people to see their posts? Isn’t this a little to far now Facebook? I know every one of your users has a value, and that you want to get the most money you can, but isn’t this a bit desperate? What happened to having a button that said “Recent Posts”, and it actually showed the posts in chronological order without having to faff about trying to see which of your friends posts’ is now missing because of your over-zealous mechanics for sorting posts?
Okay, so Facebook decided to give me a little option above my status box to participate in a survey for Facebook. So, being me, I thought I’d have a go, see what’s in store… Page 1 – Facebook Experience and News This is a relatively important page when producing a survey, asking users to take part in providing feedback for the service you provide. Page 2 – Ethnicity and Education Level This is pretty normal stuff to ask when doing a survey, as it builds up a background of your demographics… but I guess this is getting a little bit creepy, considering they have a lot of this information already! Page 3 – Year of Birth and Household Income Why the hell do they need to know someone’s household income? It’s not like it’s changing an experience of how you interact with Facebook, is it? Why they need to know when I was born is beyond me, because that information already exists on my Facebook Profile… (Before you state it, I know it’s anonymous…. but is it?) Page 4 – US Political Background What? I’m not even bloody American! Why on earth do they insist on providing an English citizen with some crappy American-based survey? It’s not like I care who’s president, or who’s licking who’s ass to get to the top… Page 5 – More US Presidential Tripe! Apparently, November is a long time away – NOT REALLY – it’s like 3 months… it’s a quarter of a year. It’s not that far… Wait. Didn’t they already ask which direction I swing for in the previous page? So why do they need to ask if I am conservative or liberal again? Page 6 – YAY! A Quiz! Let’s take a survey, and turn it into a quiz… I wonder what the topic is… ‘MURICA! I don’t care who the Vice President is, or about their immigration laws, or the current state of their economy… IT’S AMERICA, NOT ENGLAND! Page 7 – MITT ROMNEY (Who?) Who the hell is Mitt Romney? Why are they asking a BRITISH CITIZEN about this ‘MURICAN dude? Page 8 – Getting bored now… Why? I just answered for the hell of it here. I think they might have guessed that I’m not ‘Murican in the slightest! Page 9 – You are getting very sleepy… DEPORT ALL THE ILLEGALS! Do I care? Not really! Page 10 – OBAMA IS MUSLIM? ...
Well, it’s time to begin embarking for a new journey into web development. I have been using PHP for a very long time now, and I think that it’s time I switched to a new Language. Ruby is the language of choice, specifically Ruby on Rails. Rails is a “gem” which allows applications to be run as websites, while providing the almost explosive speed and power of Ruby. This will be a very steep learning curve, but hey! I guess we got new things to learn all the time!
No doubt everyone has heard that Apple has been busy in the courts again, taking one of it’s competitors to the cleaners for apparent copyright theft. What are they supposed to have stolen, let’s have a closer look: Rounded Corners – Apple seem to have the impression that no Smart Phone may have rounded corners. Why? Nobody is certain, but it seems that Apple have patented this “rounded corner” concept, which if you ask me is on part with patenting the wheel! Application Icons – Apple seem to have patented the concept of having icons on a screen that you press with your finger to load… Anyone found to be using these concepts is infringing the intellectual property rights and patents of Apple Inc… Every smart phone (even Blackberry) uses this concept of clicking an icon on your screen to launch an application. Apple took Samsung to court in a very high-profile law suit which resulted in Samsung being fined over 1 Billion USD in damages. What? Apple IS the richest company in the world… why the hell do they need more money? As well as this fine, Apple has demanded that a number of phones be taken off the shelf in the United States. But this isn’t it… Apple are taking Samsung to court again over the Galaxy range, namely the S3 because it infringes patents. Apple might be one of the best companies in the world, but taking anyone to court who even as much as modifies an idea of theirs, hacks it and makes it into their own is a bit too much. Here’s my theory on why Apple are doing it: Apple have boomed for years, with the release of iPhones, iPads and iPods, Macbooks and more, they have been at the forefront of the technology ladder. But, what have Apple revolutionised in the past couple of years? They have made their screens clearer, and refined their operating systems and dubbed their products “the best one yet”. Apple need to completely reinvent their products in order to appeal to more people. I personally dislike the iPhone 4 because it is bulky. I feel it’s hard to hold properly, where HTC and Samsung actually mould their cases to fit into your hand easier. Apple are scared of losing money. They won’t risk having any form of competition on the market simply because they can’t admit that the competition exists. ...