Monday, June 13, 2005

Nokia Cellphone

I recently upgraded my cellphone from a Nokia 6610 to a 6230. This is my fourth Nokia so you could say I like them. In general the interface of the phone is consistant, if not intuitive. There are shortcuts for stuff you do a lot- mostly I have found them by accident or talking to others who have found them by accident but they are there (yes I could read the manual :) On the hardware side they are rugged and durable- I'm 6'2" and I have dropped my Nokia's many times onto hard surfaces and never had one break as a result.

My biggest gripe? Data transfer- I want the phone storage area to appear as a normal USB drive when I plug it in to the computer, just like my camera does. None of this proprietry interface stuff. I've paid for the phone, it's my data let me have it. The two most important things I want off the phone are any photo's I've taken and my address book but the calendar and messages need to be accessible as well. I want the address book in an open text format, I don't care which one just as long as it is published. The calendar should probably be in Ical format and messages in plain text. No additional software required, and it will work on every OS with USB support so I can plug it into my Linux box at home or my Wintendo laptop. Do that and the phone becomes way more useful and more multifunctional- I could even leave my USB thumb drive at home.

Nokia are you listening? If another phone manufacturer implements this first you will lose a loyal customer.

Cc'd to Nokia support :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Spiderman 2

I saw Spiderman 2 last night. It could have been a risky move but I read the list of mistakes before I saw the movie, I still only managed to spot one of the mistakes listed though. Maybe I am just not very observant but I suspect the people who spot these errors need to take a chill out pill and lay back and enjoy life a bit more, it is a movie after all, it's supposed to be entertaining not real or true.

I remember reading Spiderman comics as a kid and enjoying them but I wasn't what you would call a fan, I just read them when I could get them, so I can't offer any in depth comparisons to the comics. I did enjoy the movie and if you are planning on skipping it because you think it fits into the "just another brainless action movie" category you might want to reconsider because it isn't. In an increasingly narcissistic society it asks you to think about personal responsibility and role models, where are our hero's? It continues the love story from Spiderman and the themes of growing up and finding your place in the world. You get all of that and a well told action adventure story, the action footage of Spiderman is superbly done.

Kirsten Dunst if you are reading this (haha) I lurve you.

Reset MySQL Password

I installed MediaWiki on a server at work yesterday. The web install is pretty straight forward, even I could get it right.

One thing I learnt was how to reset the root password on an MySQL database when it is not known-

1. stop MySQL (init.d/mysql stop)

2. Restart mysqld with the --skip-grant-tables option (I just added that argument to the init.d script and removed it after).

3. Connect to the mysqld server:
# mysql -u root mysql

4. At the mysql prompt:
mysql> UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD('newpasswd')
WHERE User='root';
mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;

5. Stop mysqld and restart it normally.

6. test!
# mysql -u root -p

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Non Proliferation

Politicians often talk about "non-proliferation" it caught my eye again here. When they say non-proliferation they want you to think "abolishment", "dis-arming", "making the world safe". However proliferation actually means to spread at a rapid rate. So when the politicians say non-proliferation the substance is more like "you can't have them but we're keeping ours". For a nation with a stockpile of life threatening weapons there is no cost for jumping on the non-proliferation bandwagon; they maintain their power base by keeping their weapons and stopping others from having them and they get to look good too! (at least if no-one is listening properly). If the politicians really want to make the world safe then start dis-arming, no-one needs nuclear weapons.