Blog posts

    Drupal turns 17

    Submitted by Unifex on Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:19

    Just over 10 years ago I settled on a single content management system as the thing that I would use as the core of my development work.  At the time Drupal 4.6 was the bleeding edge and it was... okay.  It was the best of a fairly rough bunch. In fairness though, that opinion is from my current position with 20:20 hindsight.

    Seventeen years ago today Dries released Drupal 1.0 under an open source licence and things have only gotten better since then.


    It's not a "Swiss Report"

    Submitted by Unifex on Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:06

    The Letter to the Editor from Felix Gurtner[1] that challenges the nature and representation of the "Swiss Report" was commonly linked to via the PDF on the Swiss Medical Weekly site. This PDF has been removed and is now returning a 404.

    I've located the actual Letter to the Editor on the Swiss Medical Weekly website though. If you reference this often you'll want to update your bookmarks to this; 

    CCN PIN ship registry and the Parcel Tracker

    Submitted by Unifex on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 22:45

    The Colonia Citizens Network have started a ship registry. The basic idea is that you register your CMDR, get a PIN, add your factions 2 character code (or IP if you are an Independent Pilot) and glue them together with a hyphen or single letter to represent your main activity. This becomes your Ship ID.

    My year off is near its end

    Submitted by Unifex on Wed, 11/29/2017 - 22:02

    Last year was bad. Losing Julian was one of the final straws. I pretty much checked out of everything for the year. Token activity on social media, barely looked at any code, no projects for friends, charity or pay. For the most part I let my inner misanthrope win and have had very little social contact at all.

    I'm finding that I don't mind it either and I suspect this will continue for a bit longer.

    Homeopathy raises funds proportional to the evidence for it

    Submitted by Unifex on Tue, 01/24/2017 - 08:07
    In a world where a tiny vinyl toy can raise $6,465,690 in funds I find it just a little reassuring that someone UC Berkeley’s alumni magazine described as “a leading homeopath” and a prime mover and spokesperson for homeopathy in the United States today is able to raise so little interest from the homeopathy community and industry.

    Colonia, via the Bubble

    Submitted by Unifex on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:34

    So, I'm back in the Bubble. Uncle Ed has been retrofitted for hauling and I have 255 units of Galactic Travel Guides on board.

    Thanks to CMDR Frank Zetta and CMDR CombatSpace for taking on loading duties.  Much appreciated. It'd have been a very long load time without your help.

    Tomorrow I'll be pointing my nose towards Colonia and heading out into the black.

    The Formidine Rift and Browncoats in Colonia

    Submitted by Unifex on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 06:02

    I've made it to the Formidine Rift location at Eafots LZ-H b10-0 and found an unofficial comms beacon. Scanning it doesn't reveal any extra information though. I've not finished scanning the entire system yet. Hopefully there's more to find.

    Supercruising to the Crab Pulsar

    Submitted by Unifex on Sat, 01/14/2017 - 14:22

    I'm currently in Crab Sector IH-V C2-4 and I've just finished surface scanning everything out here within the Crab Nebula and was going to head to the Crab Pulsar next to supercharge the FSD. I went to sort out some other targets for the 3303 tour and lost myself in the Galaxy Map for a few hours. I dropped out of the Galaxy Map and saw I was now 0.54Ly from the system I was in. I've decided to see if I can supercruise to the Crab Pulsar.

    Elite Dangerous on a Raspberry Pi?

    Submitted by Unifex on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 07:14

    I've been thinking about this for a while now. Elite Dangerous is a really nice graphical front end on top of the background simulation. The specs required to run the game are reasonable by today's standards but there's no good reason that they couldn't be much, much lighter.

    Elite, in 1984, was a 3D wireframe game running on a procedurally generated galaxy and it ran on a tiny fraction of the resources we have available today. I'm seeing no good reason that it couldn't still do that.