Just a quick note to announce some improvements to my popular Secure Password Generator
Improved layout and strength indication – you can even enter an existing password to check it’s strength.
Like many people I bought the tickets an age ago – around December last year, and so the night arrived and we were not disappointed. Having seen Robbie Williams in 2006 @ MK Bowl (see old review) he did have a lot to live up to as that was a great concert. And I always go on record by saying I will not usually listen to him at home or anything, but his live performances have always been great. Continue reading0
I’ve always liked Hugh Laurie from the days of Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, House (of course) and his occasional foray into film.
It’s not often you do get to see people like Hugh, and so, when tickets to see him with the Copper Bottom Band were announced I had to get some.
He did take a while to come on-stage and did blame nerves when he finally cam on, but when he started he couldn’t stop… We were treated to two encores and the audience was still asking for more, and I think he would have done if allowed!
He and his music was/is infectious and indeed we carried on listening on the drive home!
Hugh’s singing itself is pretty decent, but it was the strong vocals, and exceptional band to back him up that really made the whole thing shine.
Laurie is clearly an accomplished pianist but the piano never took centre stage and for the majority of the show he let the talents of his fellow musicians on the trombone, saxophone, guitars and drums lead the way.
In between the music he interacted with the crowd with comic banter – almost as if we were in a pub somewhere, and even treated the crowd to a tango.0
I’ve always liked watching Bill Bailey on TV, mainly for the musical humour as well as briefly watching him on QI etc. and obviously Blacks Books.
So it was for my birthday that I was presented with tickets to see him on the 15th June 2013 at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
Being honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from the comedy part of it. Continue reading0
The set was amazing, before a single guitar had been strummed it was looking like it would be an amazing Bon Jovi show!
After an amazing 3 hour set we were not disappointed.
Opening with That’s What the Water Made Me (a track from the new album What About Now) instead of one of their stable old classics. It was clear not all were yet familiar but it was a bold decision non-the-less. This was followed by a slightly more well known song – You give Love a Bad Name… and as soon as the opening chords were played the stadium became alive.0
Programming would be a bit useless without being able to evaluate conditions using if/end and switch statements. If/Else statements is obviously a great tool, but they aren’t optimal (or necessary) in all situations. And so I introduce you to … PHP Shorthand If Notation or the Ternary Operator.
Ternary operator takes the form “(condition) ? (true return value) : (false return value)” to shorten your if/else structures.
Our Hawaiian Cruise (and visit to Los Angeles) on board the Golden Princess Cruise November-December 2011.
During this trip we visited the Hawaiian Islands and spent a few nights in Los Angeles on the way back.
OK, it’s taken me over a year to finish writing this up – keep not finding time to do it! I will add some photos in the next few days.
Having booked tickets a lifetime ago (or felt like it), the day finally came.
We were in the queue around 10/10:30PM and so we were about the first people in… so picnic rug in hand set up fort middle center just 2 or 3 rows from the front of the pleb partition. while the queues for entrance stretch through Hyde Park on a glorious day unlike the damp start to the weekend. But we did visit the Park while The Killers were on, crowd was nowhere near as big as Saturday but nonetheless sounded like a good show from what I heard under my tree from the rain. And ‘wet’ our appetite for Jon Bon Jovi on the Saturday…0
Over time, the websites I have been involved in have became more and more complex (and indeed carry more and more traffic).
And so the ever increasing need to optimise and increase the performance of your website (or web-application) becomes more crucial.
As you will appreciate this is a HUGE subject, so I aim to simply put you on the path to devising a better architecture and design. But I will attempt to introduce some ideas to assist…0
OK, a simple thing I know. But one that always occurs.
When using shared hosting (or even your own dedicated servers), those managing those servers do their utmost to make them secure. Among many things this usually includes turning off ‘display_errors’ in the php.ini file.
However, when you’re trying to develop things it is usefull to display errors and warnings, but if ‘display_errors’ is off, you will be scratching your head wondering what’s going on and whats going wrong!
Having had the HTC for over a week now, I am beginning to get to grips with how to get he most out of it… especially when it comes to battery life.