Monthly Archives: November 2007

Bourne Shell Server Pages

Utterly wrong, but amusing.

Bourne Shell Server Pages are ordinary ASCII text files, with the special extension .shit, which denotes “Shell-Interpreted Template.” The result of invoking the page compiler on a .shit file, is, naturally, a shell script. (It occurred to me that this file extension might seem objectionable to some, but since it quite accurately—if unintentionally—conveyed my sentiments toward Web technology in general, I decided that it should be left unchanged.)

Scratchcard withdrawn due to withering levels of ignorance

This is hilarious:

Tina Farrell, from Levenshulme, called Camelot after failing to win with several cards.

The 23-year-old, who said she had left school without a maths GCSE, said: “On one of my cards it said I had to find temperatures lower than -8. The numbers I uncovered were -6 and -7 so I thought I had won, and so did the woman in the shop. But when she scanned the card the machine said I hadn’t.

The best bit however comes next:

“I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher – not lower – than -8 but I’m not having it.”

Tina for president, I say.

Friday Link-o-Rama

A short one this month, I didn’t have the time!

Deadly finger!

Crazy laws

It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

I will do my best…

Light emitting wallpaper

Comedy drunk sketch

Wedgie proof pants

A niche market…

Toddler flintstones car

Saddest cube contest

SurveillanceSaver

SurveillanceSaver is awesome:

SurveillanceSaver is an OS X screensaver that shows live images of over 600 network surveillance cameras worldwide. a haunting live soap opera.

Linux visitor numbers

After writing about how Ashley Highfield (BBC Head of Technology) claimed that only 400-600 out of 17.1 million users of bbc.co.uk run Linux I started to wonder what the proportion of visitors to my own jokes site were using Linux. Here are screengrabs taken from my google analytics account:

OS table

Nearly 94% use windows, 5% use Mac. OK, that matches Ashley’s claims. But wait, 0.9% of my sites visitors use Linux. That is significantly more than the 0.00003% that Ashley Highfield claimed use bbc.co.uk. If we use that 0.9% figure against the 17.1 million visitors he claims visit bbc.co.uk the number of Linux users would be closer to 154,000.

Where the hell did he get his numbers from?

Just for fun, here are the browser versions. Good to see Firefox doing so well:

Browsers table

400-600 out of 17.1 million users of bbc.co.uk run Linux

Bollocks. Either Ashley Highfield (BBC Head of Technology) has someone particularly stupid interpreting the stats for the site, or he is trying too hard to justify the BBC’s recent use of Microsoft client only technology.

Sign the petition to let the BBC know you use Linux. Found at PerfDave.

Edited to add: I estimate they have closer to 154,000 Linux users.

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