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23 Oct 2009

ABAP Objects

I've just completed my SAP ABAP Object course today. Very interesting technology. SAP's ABAP technology may be obsolete, proprietary and slow but it does work in it's given space. The object bolt on is a bit Heath-Robinson, but that's not to say that the object model in C++ or Perl is a bit of a hack either.

My instructor for the course has his own web site, it's very different from the world of SAP: The Naked Gene Juggler (safe for work)...

14 Oct 2009

Arora and Chrome

Now and then I do some web development work. I therefore play around with various web browsers to see how the render different pages, and see how fast or slow then run.

I used Netscape from the early betas through to version 4 when it became an obsolete and buggy monster. I then spent a lot of time using Opera until the Mozilla Gecko browsers became stable and useable, when I switched to Firefox (in it's many names). I've mostly used Firefox ever since. Even though it's always better than IE (which is slow and buggy) I've started to find Firefox too slow for general browsing.

For the past month or so I've been using the Arora Browser. It's based on the same KHTML/WebKit rendering engine that Konqeror and Safari use but uses a light weight Qt front end. I've found it much faster than Firefox on the same box and even faster than Konqeror.

Today I tried Google's Chrome. Like Arora it's based on KHTML/WebKit but uses an (ugly - in my opinion) GTK front end rather than Qt/KDE. Web pages seem fast, the more complex ones are faster than Arora and therefore everything else. The less complex the page the less the speed advantage over Arora. So far no crashes, but without an AdBlocker I don't think it will get that much use...

09 Oct 2009


The UK is a real techno laggard. I'm ashamed of how backwards we are in the UK. We have poor domestic broadband, terrible IT education and dire open-source adoption. Our own government seems hell bent of spending more money than anyone else on failed closed source IT projects and seems unable to adopt open source and save billions: Open Source and the Fear of Failure.

Meanwhile our neighbours across the Channel seem to be running away with technology. They have good domestic broadband provision and several high profile open source projects driven from central government. So far they have saved a fortune and not had the same dismal failures that the UK has been plagued with: FR: "Almost entire public sector is using open source'.

What has happened to British inventiveness and forging the future in the white heat of technology? I suppose we've swapped it all for buying our way out of depression with borrowed money...

05 Oct 2009

Low Carbon...

I've volunteered to give a talk to my local community on lowering ones carbon footprint. It's timed to coincide with the media activity from the United Nations Climate Change Conference this December.

I'll be basing the talk on Chris Goodall's most excellent book "How to live a Low Carbon Life". I'll be distilling it down to the most practical bits, especially those that can be applied as part of the 10:10 project.

It's going to be a tall order, to fit it all in, the facts and figures, the advice and ideas, such that it's informative and accurate without being too dry and academic or too wooly and vague.

04 Oct 2009


Went to see two films this week. Like busses you wait for ages then two turn up at once...

The first film was "Creation", a biographical look at Charles Darwin's life before the publication of "Origin". I always knew he suffered from poor health, was devastated by the death of his daughter and had serious problems with religious faith, but this film sets him as a seriously tortured genius. If it's still on at a cinema near you, then watch it, and you'll get an understanding of probably the greatest scientist England ever produced and genesis of the greatest break through in biology ever.

The second film was entirely different. It's "Julie & Julia" the comedy drama based on the life of food writer and cook Julia Child and the blogger Julie Powell. You get two biographies in one in this film. It's very funny and easy to watch, if it's still on at a cinema watch it.