Monthly Archive: July 2012

HowTo: Comment out lines in a .htaccess file

The .htaccess file allows for directory-level configuration on Unix based web servers. You may use the .htaccess file on a website for authorisation and authentication, or for URL rewriting (changing mywebsite.com/fruit/bananas to mywebsite.com/fruit.php?fruit=bananas.) This feature allows the mechanics of your website to be hidden from the user and allows search engines to index your content more efficiently. As with most configuration files, it becomes necessary to comment out lines and add comments to assist with maintaining the file. To do this you need to add a hash (#) symbol at the start of each line. Simples!

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Hello World. This is London

On Friday night, along with a billion other people, I sat in front of the television to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Having been billed as the greatest show on earth and following hot on the heels of China four years ago it had to be something special. After the fiasco of G4S and the Korean flag cock-up, what we were presented with was a potted history of British culture with some a celebration of art, literature, film and music. In short, we didn’t disappoint. People scoffed when it was announced that Danny Boyle would be directing…
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I hate Lexmark… About as much as this cat!

I have never had a good relationship with Lexmark printers since the 3000 series from the late 90’s. Sadly they seem to have remembered this and are now determined to frustrate me on a daily basis. Today I needed to print a label onto a C5 envelope, so I tell it to pick the envelope up from the manual paper feeder, I position the envelope and hit the print button for it to say “Insert media in paper loader” !!!!!!!! There’s a bloody envelope here, pick the bloody thing up and print on it! No wait, “Error: Guide rails not…
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Nick’s Olympic Screw-up

For once we’re not talking about Nick Clegg, but Nick Buckles, the beleaguered chief executive of G4S, the security provider for London 2012. This week he went in front of Parliament to explain what had went wrong and committed a cardinal sin, he admitted his company was a failure. This is otherwise known as doing a Gerald Ratner; what he should have in fact done is said that there was no problem and that the security would be covert… Invisible security guards, thousands of them, no problems whatsoever! I jest of course, but it’s hard not to see the funny…
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A gadget for the bloody minded…

Do you find yourself arguing with electronics? Are you bloody minded and refuse to give up? Well perhaps this isn’t the gadget for you! Introducing the Useless Box from ThinkGeek. There’s not much else I can say, so watch the video and then tell me if you can think of anything less useful. My submission is any Apple device.

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On the issue of Lords Reform

On Tuesday night I sat watching the debate in the Commons on the Lords Reform bill with considerable interest. Sure, the debate itself wasn’t hugely interesting and for the most part it seemed like many MPs wanted to waste time and repeat the same points as everybody else had already done. At the end of the session the motion to send the bill for a second reading was sadly passed. I say sadly since this is an abominable idea, much like many others coming out of the Liberal Democrat party. It is bad for the country, it is bad for…
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How I spend my weekends…

Anybody that visits this site on a regular basis will notice that I have not been posting much lately. The reason for this, aside from my laziness is that I have been working on another project with my partner-in-crime – Mitul Patel. This time we have been doing some more work on his parents mini-supermarket. This time there I have taken a series of photos to show the saga. This photo was taken in July 2010, almost two years ago to the day. At this point I had only known Mitul for a couple of months and he asked me…
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Five years of Stupidity

In the first of the articles looking at what has happened in the five years that CallamMcMillan.com has been online, we look at the actions of stupidity. This has to be the easiest of the articles to write since actually, stupidity hasn’t changed at all. People were as stupid in 2007 as they are today. What has changed is the visibility that that stupidity has had. Once upon a time, the best way to see stupidity in action was to watch shows like You’ve been Framed where you would get to see sanitised home videos. Then the internet and especially…
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CallamMcMillan.com at Five

Well, after a frankly pathetic June where I managed to publish just one article through a combination of sheer laziness and being busy with other projects, I’m back! Which is a good thing as today is a special day. Today marks the fifth anniversary of CallamMcMillan.com being launched on July 3rd 2007. Through disk failures, coupled with an ad-hoc system of backups, there isn’t much left of early versions of the site to look at, not that they offered much, either in terms of design or content. One of the reasons for this is my hatred for pre-made web sites…
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