Richard Howells' Blog
Author: RichardHowells Created: 11 March 2008
Notes about the interesting (my definition) bits I discover in my programming. Plus, of course, the occasional tar pit.

I'm working in Edinburgh this week and it's the Edinburgh Festival time. Definitely .

Laura is up here too, ready for next term.  We were planning to go to see Paul Merton's improvisation show, but we only had one ticket.  I'd got the last one when tried to book for both of us.  We hoped we might be able to get a press return.

We couldn’t get a press ticket at the box office, she tried calling in a favour from someone who was working in the venue, but no joy.  So I was just keeping her company in the queue.  A venue worker went past collecting ticket stubs – “I’m just standing here – couldn’t get a ticket.”  Five minutes later she was back – "There’s a guy farther back in the queue with a spare ticket."  He sold it me for a tenner but I'd have given him £15. Whoo-hoo.  I don’t think Laura stopped laughing for a whole hour – it was *that* good.  I'd seen them before, but hey - it's improvisation. ...
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I've been away this week and using the local bus.  Mostly it's worked pretty well.

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Having a great time at IBM this week.

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I get calls to my mobile from these numbers.  The phone only ever rings once.  Even that ring is truncated as if the call is disconnected as soon as it possibly can be.

As it's clearly not a real person there I never call back.  I figure if a real person really wanted to talk to me then they would let the phone ring out.  Heck they might even leave a message.

So - more interesting - does anyone know who these people are?  Leave a comment if you have any ideas?  Double leave a comment if you know how to stop them!

I sold an item on eBay and it didn't arrive.  Fair enough it did get caught up in the industrial action back then.  But still they lost it. 

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Went to NextGen Southampton last night to hear Mike Taulty of Microsoft speak on the Entity Framework.  Good talk. Nice folk down there.  Recommended.

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I use Keith Brown's essential Password Minder.  With what that guy knows about security and good practises I am convinced.

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OK - it's entirely selfish - but new material on my site shows up far sooner on MS Live search ( than it does on Google - if it ever shows up on Google. 

Now I can face the truth that I am an Internet minnow, but it's not much fun being treated as beneath contempt.

Can it really be right that the manufacturer can disclaim responsibility for a fault after just 90 days?

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I've been in London this week running a training course for Learning Tree.  I need some entertainment on those trips and on Wednesday I went down to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for the comedy evening. 

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