Started My Pension

Pensions; Not exciting to most people, but you ignore them at your peril. I started mine this week as my work offered to match my contributions up to 3%of my salary. I was holding off untill I was out of debt, but their contribution means its daft »

Bluff as an adjective

Someone in work called me bluff today, I did not know it was an adjective. Here is the definition, do you think it is apt? good-naturedly direct, blunt, or frank; heartily outspoken: eg: a big, bluff, generous man. »

The Ode Less Travelled

I was in Borders the other day, killing time before the Yorkshire and Humber Python User Group’s first meeting, and I picked up Stephen Fry’s “The Ode Less Travelled”. If you don’t know it, it is a guide to poetry with exercises to encourage you to write »

Why I love ZFS

No silent data corruption because of a checksum on each block, copy on write means no fsck EVER (it does not even have one), no RAID5 write hole, add disks to the pool on the fly, put volumes there as well as filesystems and export them via iSCSI or NFS »

Mind Bending Stuff

I am just getting my head around this (pdf) comment on the problem at the last ICFP Programming Contest , anyone who likes puzzles, compilers and reverse engineering should take a look, I am amazed by how rich this problem was. The ICFP do not specify »