Archive for May, 2005

PEAR Cache_Lite

I’ve just been looking over one of the pear caching packages: Cache_Lite. It’s too late to start playing with it properly, but it looks like a very cool package - especially with the wrapper around PHP’s output buffering features. This should make it really nice and easy to integrate with BritBlog, so I’m hoping to see some good performance improvements once I start caching the directory pages with this…

There is another PEAR cache package (Cache), but the documentation isn’t as clear as Cache_Lite’s. It really annoys me that some people can spend such a lot of time working on great software (and this other package looks really well featured), only to write rubbish documentation (if they write any at all).

The weekend so far…

I’ve had a good weekend so far. I went up to Cambridge on Friday after work to catch up with Jim et al. It took about 2 1/2 hours as the M25 was pooched.

I woke up on Saturday with a mildly sore head, but this soon cleared up, which was just as well. I’m best man at a wedding in July, and I’ve been trying to find a decent suit to wear at it for ages. I looked in loads of shops and couldn’t really find anything, so I ended up going to Ede & Ravenscroft where I spent rather more than I was planning on. Still, the suit should be OK, and I’m hoping it will fit me properly…

Then we went off for a pub lunch and on to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Apart from the beginnings of hay fever, we had a very pleasant walk around the gardens, and, as usual, I took lots and lots of photos!


After that we went off to the beer festival on Jesus Green. This was a bit of a disappointment as there wasn’t really enough staff serving beer. I know they all did the best they could, but when it takes 20 minutes to get served it takes some of the fun out of the event.


As it was getting rather chilly, we ended up going to the pub for the evening. So no change there then!

On a totally different note, I’ve discovered the Mac Mini. These run OSX, which is basically Linux (Free BSD?), and they are very very sweet looking! I want one of those!

Following in the tradition…

… of nice beer, I’ve been having some Crow Valley Bitter (Cwmbran Brewery) this evening. It’s actually rather nice, and has followed the Pedigree I had with dinner in a pleasent pub in Little Bookham quite nicely. I think I should drink more beer. Coming home and working/catching up with email sucks. I need to live by a nice pub with decent beer, good value (and also nutritional, nice tasting) food, and good company. Why I am living on the outskirts of London, heaven only knows.

Fun Latin

Do you need to insult your workmates? Or perhaps you just need some handy latin phrase?

Help is at hand!


So much for the early night :-( Want an early start tomorrow too.

Been having some interesting beer: Gaoler’s Ale from the Alcazar Brewery. Got it in a selection of ‘fine english beers’ from Waitrose. It’s quite nice, but very strong - would be great in a nice pub with some nibbles and a good conversation :-)

Before this, I had some Ruddy Glow from J. W. Lees. It was a very different taste to this Gaoler’s Ale, but it was OK. I think I prefer the Gaoler’s Ale; it’s just a shame to be drinking it on my own :cry:

BritBlog flickr group

I’ve started a BritBlog flickr group. Don’t leave me there all on my own - get over there and join!

BritBlog To Do List - Request For Comments

I’ve finally put together a To Do list for BritBlog after seeing the Scottish Blogs one ages ago. It has ideas for new features and improvements to the site.

I’ve been promising the move to the new server for ages, and we’re nearly there! Once that’s done I’ll be doing a lot of work on BritBlog to get these new features incorporated. Gary has offered to help with the work, so I’m looking forward to working with him - we’re probably going to re-write it from scratch, so not a small task!

Anyway, now is the time for suggestions and ideas, so please either leave them as comments here, or contact me via the BritBlog contact form.

On a different note, why can’t Dr. Who be two hours long? Why do we have to wait a whole week for the next episode? It’s just not cricket!

Paid On Results?

I signed up for Paid On Results yesterday, to see if I can get BritBlog to generate any money…

The company just advertises British stuff, so it seems quite for the, and I’ve tried to choose adverts that should be interesting to our members.

It’s not made any money so far, but we’ll see what happens!

Anyway, it’s all free to join and simple to set up, so why not give it a try too?