if you're like me, you are sometimes forgetting how to do your padding and margins in shorthand format.. You know instead of
You want to do something more like
padding: 10px 4px 20px 10px;
I had an interesting problem arise today at work. We have a moodle course which when backed up is almost 4gb in size. So I downloaded it to add to a new moodle test site I'm working on. It appeared to upload fine at first and then crashed. I tried a number of different ways to get this course into a new one, Restore into a new course, import from a blank course and none of them worked. So I began to look around the web to see if it was something I was doing.
This term I am working on a new reporting engine for our college's VLE which is Moodle. As part of this I am delving deep into the sql structure to create new reports and options for management so that they can get an overview of what it is being used for.
I love my mac! Really, for 10 years I was a die hard PC user and tech guy. I took a load of microsoft exams and qualifications. But then I bought an iPhone; well queued up for 3 hours in the centre of London to buy an iPhone. When I got home with it, I instantly fell in love with it and how it worked. It seems that Apple have just realised that people want to get in and just do things without having to click on a million popups asking if you are sure...
When I'm not working at my computer, I like to play boardgames to relax. Not your run-of-the-mill stuff like Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit, although between myself and wifey we have about a dozen different version of those two games. No, I'm talking about immersive so called designer games. Games such as Agricola, where the goal is to build the best farm you can using your family; or Carcassone where you have to build yourself the largest city and road network to win. What these games have in common is that they require you to think a lot more than rolling a dice and moving that many spaces. I can't remember what happened in a single game of Monopoly that I have ever played, but I do remember that last year I played a game of Carcassone with Sarah and i took one of her meeple hostage so I could finish building my large city and steal 200 points off her. Or that game of Dominion when I played just the right combination of cards to get 50 points in one game turn to grab victory out of the jaws of defeat.
I love Twitter. There i said it. Twitter has a number of benefits over Instant Messenger and Email. Firstly, twitter is immediate, which has it over email but unlike Instant Messenger hundreds of people can see them at any time if they follow you. People use it for as many different reasons and uses as there are computers. Me, I use it as a method to share best practice and useful link and information with colleagues and people who share the same interests as me.
I know, let me say sorry. I kind of forgot to use my blog for sooo long. I've been on twitter and facebook almost constantly but I've not really been thinking about blogging. But now I have found that I've got a lot more to share and say that will fit in 140 characters or that my friends want to hear about in their facebook stream.
Over the last few weeks I've been cleaning out my server - getting rid of out of date software, upgrading other application which I needed, one of these was mySQL. It was time for me to upgrade to version 5. So off I went to download the latest version and then run the upgrade. The one problem? I forgot to backup my databases.
This is the outcome of that mistake. My Blog has been wiped off the face of the planet. So over the next few weeks I'm going to be trying to get all my posts and documents back online.