2004/03

Welcome

Welcome to rho.org.uk, a little web site maintained by Rob Hague (see below). There's a variety of stuff here - poke around and see what you find.

Rob Hague

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NaNoWriMo As mentioned above, this site is written and maintained by Rob Hague, an expert at talking about himself in the third person. Rob's homepage can be found here.

In 2002, he tried (and succeeded) to write a novel in a month. At some point he'll take the logo off the front page. But not yet.

Software

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I occasionally write things that might be of some use to other people (and isn't owned by some huge corporation or other). Some of this can be found here.

Mac OS X Odds & Sods

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I've had an Apple iBook for a while now, an have generally been very pleased with it. I've created a virtual dumping ground for my musings about Mac OS X here.

Links

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This page is a collection of links to useful/interesting/fun stuff that I've come across.

You may have arrived here by mistake; if you're an opera fan, try roh.org.uk. If you're looking for Reproductive Health Outlook, they're here.

ImMDB

I also collaborate with Ben Chalmers to produce the Imaginary Movie Database, a site dedicated to those films that other sources seem to miss. We've not updated in a while, but we'll start again Real Soon Now. Honest.

About This Site and Whatnot

This site is basically a homepage for Rob Hague (webmaster@rho.org.uk). I'm happy to receive comments about the site, but please don't send advertising material, ways to Make $$$ Now, or Your CV.

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Mon, 29 Mar 2004

SilverService 0.1 Released

SilverService is a little application that I had the idea for a year ago, and I got round to writing a couple of weeks ago. I've tidied it up, and written a ReadMe file, and now I'm foisting it on the world under the GPL. I chose that particular licence because this is something that a) I'd like to keep working on, and the GPL might offer a little bit of leverage when getting permission from a future employer, and b) it's something that could easily be embraced and extended as a shareware or commercial app should someone feel like it, unless of course it's copylefted.

I'm starting the versioning at 0 because there are still some things I want to add before I'll consider it to be complete. One is the ability to manage bigger scripts (as opposed to just one-liners), and the other is some sort of plugin or extension system.

I'd be very interested to hear any comments you have about the software; mail me.

Wed, 10 Mar 2004

RAM - Cureall or Panacea?

I've just installed the 512MB SODIMM that I bought with my birthday money (thanks, guys) into the iBook, and the difference is, well, even better than I was expecting. Applications launch faster, waking from sleep is near instantaneous, switching between applications is no longer accompanied by five or ten seconds of the spinning beachball, the sun is shining a little brighter, and the shooting pains in my wrists are gone. Is extra RAM the solution to all of the world's ills? I think it just might be.

(I may be exaggerating a tiny bit, but the difference really is remarkable. Not that the iBook was particularly bad to start off with, but now running four or five applications at once is that bit smoother.)

Tue, 09 Mar 2004

"Best Technical Documentation Ever"

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Ben has pointed me at Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby, which he quite correctly describes as the best technical documentation ever. Read it and you'll see why. Scarily, it's also got me (re)interested in Ruby - its full, pouting lips and SmallTalk-like use of anonymous blocks is threatening to tempt me away from the housecoat / slippers / significant whitespace cosiness of Python. It's probably a temporary infatuation, but you never know...

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