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Archives for: January 2012

3D Spirals

January 31st, 2012
You know how I love my optical illusions so here is a nice one from Mozilla. When I saw it first I just saw a mess of concentric circles. Now whenever I look at it, I can only see the 3D shape.… more »

Active Spring transaction synchronization or active JTA

January 30th, 2012
During Spring development I got this exception, but there was almost no reference to what caused it. So after a lot of searching I found out the cause and thought I'd blog it for others struggling with the same problem. more »

Direct and indirect discourse

January 27th, 2012
The last couple of lessons have centred around dialogue. We had also been discussing how the descriptive text surrounding the dialogue can change everything. I tried to create the same scenario with the same characters but couldn’t quite manage… more »

Writing can change the world

January 25th, 2012
This phrase was thought up by Stephen Fry. He enlisted the help of the engraver Graham Short to write it on the side of a fountain pen which would be auctioned in aid of English Pen the body that represents imprisoned writers around the world: Waggle… more »

Creating a MySQL user under Plesk

January 24th, 2012
Plesk has a comprehensive web interface but every now and again you just want to get at the nuts and bolts or you have loads to do. This article shows us how to create a database, add a user and set up their permissions. I've always found MySQL's per… more »