November 2007


Turns out the Republic of the Congo is not the same country as the Democratic Republic of the Congo… And some disturbing reports from the DRC :/.

Posted Thu 29 November 2007 00:06 (+1300)

Mapping news

An interesting day in mapping 2.0 today, with the beta release of the NZ National Broadband Map project, and Google Maps' upgrade to show terrain shading.

Posted Thu 29 November 2007 00:02 (+1300)

Wolves can fish!

Cool video, turns out wolves can fish for salmon, not unlike bears.

Posted Mon 26 November 2007 16:41 (+1300)

A visit to Telecom's Network Integration Lab

Today I went along to the first AGM for the IEEE New Zealand Central section. Our AGM was kindly hosted by Mike Brown of the Telecom Network Integration Lab here in Wellington, and he gave us a tour of the network testbed facilities (read: racks of toys) there.

Posted Thu 22 November 2007 23:00 (+1300)

JIT business in Bangkok

Youtube brings us this brill video of ‘just in time business processes’ in a Bangkok market with a train track running through the middle of it.

Posted Thu 22 November 2007 11:30 (+1300)

Rails testing miniseries part 4: Model testing

For most apps, this is where you get the biggest pay rate of bugs squashed to time spent. What to test, what not to test, and some inflammatory comments about stubbing out too much.

Posted Wed 21 November 2007 01:50 (+1300)

Avocado update

Breaking avocado news: if you put them in the fridge, they go all weird. Like, hard weird.

Posted Wed 21 November 2007 01:26 (+1300)

BBQs, fireworks, and kiwiana parties

It's been a busy couple of weeks – spring has hit and the BBQs are out – one at S&J's, one at Meg's Dads' place on Guy Fawkes (with excellent fireworks views), and finally a great Kiwiana-themed BBQ & party at Vicki & Si's.

Posted Wed 14 November 2007 22:30 (+1300)

Rails testing miniseries part 3: MVC testing

In MVC testing we test that each of parts of our application behave. Testing them separately makes our tests faster to write, faster to run, and reduces rework when we make changes to the app. Covers when to write the tests, and Test::Unit vs. RSpec.

Posted Mon 12 November 2007 01:41 (+1300)

Sarah & Tim's 30th birthday party

Catching up on life blogging… Late last month we had Sarah & Tim's 30th birthday party.

Posted Sun 11 November 2007 23:53 (+1300)

Rails testing miniseries part 2: What we want to test

Before we can get stuck into how to test each bit of our application, we need to be clear about what we need to cover.

Posted Sun 11 November 2007 17:23 (+1300)

Rails application testing, top to bottom

Intro to a mini-series of articles with advice and pointers on practical, pragmatic testing for Ruby on Rails applications, based on my recent WellRailed presentation on the subject.

Posted Sun 11 November 2007 15:36 (+1300)

Recent photos

Hong Kong at night, from Victoria Peak
An IFC monolith
Lucky Dessert neon
Hong Kong sign overload near Mong Kok
Sunset from Hong Kong Island
One of the stalls making Mong Kok overpoweringly smelly
Making the most of the land you've got
Cool arch up Nong Ping

About me

I'm a Wellington, New Zealand-based software consultant. In my spare time I enjoying cooking, traveling, geocaching, progressive house, and fixin stuff.

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