October 6, 2014

Enjoying Mexican Cuisine

Huevos rancheros

I’m lucky enough to travel quite a bit for work and this week I’m in Mexico City. Since I knew that the jetlag would “destroy” me and render me completely useless, I flew out a couple of days early. So I’ve spent the weekend here in Mexico City seeing some of the sights, wandering the […]

September 26, 2014

Why I’m Glad We’re Not Venture Backed


Every few days the tech media gets all excited about some new startup. People clamour to get access to the new product, service or platform. Thousands of articles are written hailing it as the new “solution” for a “problem”. In many cases the solution is for a problem most of us didn’t even know we […]

September 14, 2014

Istanbul Colours and Flavours

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I spent a week in Istanbul, though I only really got to explore the city for two days. The city is fascinating. It’s also incredibly big, so unless you’re prepared to walk a lot you won’t get to see that much! I spent the Saturday and Sunday I was there exploring some of the sights […]

September 6, 2014

Respect The Cultural Rules


I’m currently spending a couple of days wandering around Istanbul. It’s a fascinating city where Islam and Christianity co-exist. But you have to respect Islamic rules when you want to visit their historic religious sites: Related Posts:Istanbul Colours and FlavoursIan Fleming + Orient Express

August 25, 2014

Vbulletin 4.22 – Another PHP 5.5 “Gotcha”


Following on from my issues with Zend loader.. So one of my sites, which runs VBulletin 4.22, stopped working after the upgrade at the weekend. I assumed I’d done something silly and the Apache error logs weren’t being particularly helpful: [Sat Aug 23 18:01:56.661206 2014] [authz_core:error] [pid 6523] [client xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:49939] AH01630: client denied by server […]

August 24, 2014

Zend Loader Not Available For PHP 5.5

Ubuntu Cola and a roll

Yesterday I finally got round to upgrading one of my servers to the latest Ubuntu LTS – 14.04 Trusty Tahr. There are a few “gotchas” with the upgrade that I might cover in a separate post, but the biggest one isn’t Ubuntu’s fault or PHP’s fault. Zend, for some odd reason, haven’t released a compatible […]

August 7, 2014

AIB Irony


AIB is one of Ireland’s largest banks. I use it for my personal banking, while the company also uses them for pretty much everything. I’ve had my issues with them in the past. Most recently their rather “nutty” handling of phone calls has really peeved me. You can read more about this here. Short version […]

August 3, 2014

Minimalist Planet of the Apes T-Shirt


With the latest instalment of the Planet of the Apes currently showing in cinemas this t-shirt could be quite popular. However it’s more related to the original 1968 movie (and its sequels) starring Charlton Heston More info here. Related Posts:No Related Posts

August 3, 2014

Carlow vs Los Angeles Weather


Over the last couple of weeks the weather here in Carlow has been uncharacteristically warm. However that all changed in the last couple of days. It’s been raining and drizzling for the last couple of days, which is rather annoying, as it’s a long weekend. I’m heading off to Los Angeles towards the end of […]

July 13, 2014

Even When I Try To Escape From Work ..

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This year I probably won’t take a “proper” holiday. I’m more likely to take a few short “semi-holidays” either alone or with friends or family. The first one of these breaks was to Lisbon. And it was meant to be a holiday .. but could I escape work? Well not entirely: Yes, that’s the .pt […]