Monthly Archives: July 2006

Best ‘site unavailable’ message ever

Seen on Fish4:

Thank you for coming to Fish4 this morning.

Unfortunately the fish4 website is unavailable due to the failure of a very expensive piece of Sun hardware (Sun 6900). A Sun engineer is at the data centre but didn’t think to bring the replacement part with him.

We hope the sun engineer will have repaired the hardware by 12pm, and will update this estimate if necessary as the work progresses.

Here is a screengrab of the error:


I have no idea how I did that

Well, I came top in Top the Table (a world cup prediction league)!

No-one is more surprised than me, I really know very little about football.

99 bottles of Ruby beer on the wall

A while back carl and I had a 99 bottles of beer on the wall one-liner competition in Ruby. I just found this in my home directory and so am claiming it as my entry:

def b(c)"#{c} bottle#{c>1?"s":""} of beer on the wall"end;99.downto(1){|x|$>0?x-1:99)}.


It weighs in at a hefty 206 characters and I know it is possible to get it smaller than this, but it is way too much of a time-sink for me to try.

New job

I got a new job! I started one and a half weeks ago with the Guardian Media Group in the Regional Digital department. The department is responsible for a lot of regional sites, such as Manchester Online.

The offices are on Deansgate in Manchester and are nicer than the offices I used to work in partly because they are more central so there is more to do and more places to eat lunch including Wagamama, which I predict is going to cost me a fortune!

Anyway, I am doing much more web-development stuff now as opposed to the totally back-end stuff I was doing at Netservices so I should enjoy it more. And I have a better computer and more money :)