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For memory testing I use the free memtest86 (

You can download either an Iso or floppy disk image and then boot from the cd or floppy to run it.

There is also memtest86+  ( which does the same thing.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sitepoint 24 Deals in 24 Days
« on: December 17, 2011, 02:35 AM »
I don't want to derail the thread but sitepoint books? seriously ? they top the chart when it comes to word salad books.

I don't agree - based on the one Sitepoint book that I have: CSS Anthology.

After evaluating PHPStorm/PyCharm/IntelliJ IDEA and Wingware IDEs I have now bought IntelliJ IDEA at 40% off. Although IntelliJ includes PHPStorm and PyCharm they are a little out of step, with the language specific IDEs being slightly ahead. So, for example, whilst Python remote debugging works in PyCharm it currently doesn't in ItelliJ IDEA with the PyCharm plug-in. There are several other minor differences as a result of PyCharm/PHPStorm being built with later releases of the core IntelliJ platform.

I really liked Wing IDE with it's major plus points for me being the debugger and Mako template support but in the end the multi language support and 40% discount won the day.

I think Renegade's suggestion of limiting it to Compliments and Recommendations is a good one.

I should have given this the title JetBrains IDEs up to 50% off until 30th April 2011.

IntelliJ have added support for Android development to IDEA (including the Community Edition). Whether or not this is an improvemnt over Eclipse/ADT I would not know.

Developer's Corner / Re: The Yii PHP Framework
« on: April 20, 2011, 06:06 AM »
We have been down the same road. I looked at CakePHP but went with CodeIgniter because I preferred less magic. I have spent some time with Drupal and am not quite as averse to it as you - but then I haven't tried to use the Forum module.

Recently I have looked at Python frameworks starting with Django which I initially quite liked but then felt it was too heavyweight for me but it does have a good admin feature for rapid CRUD. I then took a brief look at Pylons and Turbogears neither of which were to my taste: Pylons has gone into maintenance mode and Turbogears makes too many decisions for me.

I am currently looking at Pyramid which I am quite taken with - it strikes me as the Codeigniter of the Python world.

I will now add Yii to my list (which never gets any shorter).


IntelliJ IDEA 10  - 40% off personal licence
PyCharm 1.2 / PHPStorm 2  - 50% off personal licence
RubyMine 3 - 30% off personal licence

also YouTrack -  50% off any edition

I have been looking at PyCharm and PHPStorm so this offer has come at a good time for me.

I am looking to start some Java (Android) development and since the Java IDEA includes all the language plugins and is equivalent to PyCharm + PHPStorm + RubyMine + more all under the one roof I might consider the full IDEA with 40% off although the eventual upgrade cost will be more than upgrading just 2 of the language specific IDEs.

100% happiness value on winning a mug is an under estimate!

Many thanks.

Living Room / Re: Show us your desktop
« on: February 24, 2011, 11:29 AM »

I prefer the minimalist look.

If you want to be the complete polyglot programmer...
How easily can people here switch between languages/frameworks.

I find myself using C, C++, C#, PHP, Python, Javascript at different times. If I have been working in say C++ and then need to do some work in Python it takes me a while to switch out of C++ mode and get up to speed in Python mode.

Is this just a shortcoming that I have or do others have a similar difficulty quickly switching their focus?

Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS
« on: January 31, 2011, 02:10 AM »
Mouser said:-
Haven't found a better framework yet though (pylons looks interesting but a bit chaotic).
I originally intended to look at several of the Python offerings, creating a test site in each. I started with Django and was so taken with it I haven't moved on to any of the others. I really ought to stick to my original plan and to that end I am going to give Turbogears a test drive.

I am entirely happy with Lastpass after switching from Roboform a few weeks ago. It does everything I want and I actually prefer it to Roboform.

When I initially imported my Roboform data I had very long menus of sites and secure notes but since categorising them into groups I find the menus quick and easy to use.

Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS
« on: January 29, 2011, 11:19 AM »
I have used Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal and Django (not really a CMS) but don't claim to be an expert in any of them.

I have only used Wordpress for knocking up simple sites quickly and have found it great for that. I have not really explored the extensions.

I used Joomla because I wanted the Document Management module. I have never really felt comfortable with Joomla beneath the covers.

I have a little more experience with Drupal than Wordpress and Joomla and have created a few modules. It did take me a while to get my head round Drupal and I understand Mouser's reservations but once I got the hang of it (only after reading Pro Drupal Development) I quite liked it - that is until I started using Django.

Django was a revelation although more of a framework than a CMS. Much easier to use and understand than Drupal and coding is in Python rather than PHP. I find Django a joy to work with but don't yet know what issues I will find with deployment.

The only one of these that I have deployed in an MS environment is Joomla and that worked fine with the only issue getting single sign on to work.

Not being fully up to speed with Django, I recently went back to Drupal to set up a site using Ubercart and actually didn't find it too bad on revisiting it.

My choice would depend very much on what I was trying to acheive. If I wanted something quick and simple without much in the way of add-ons I would probably choose Wordpress. If I wanted something with more than out of the box functionality I would choose Drupal unless there was a specific module in Joomla that I needed that did not have a Drupal equivalent.

When I get up to speed with Django however I am sure it will become my preferred choice over Drupal.

Living Room / Re: Hosting in the UK
« on: January 29, 2011, 10:33 AM »
Wise choice!

You won't regret it.

Living Room / Re: Hosting in the UK
« on: January 26, 2011, 02:37 PM »
If you were able to relax your requirement for UK hosting then I can highly recommend Webfaction who are a UK company with servers located in US datacenters.

Their hosting is very flexible - you can build and install applications into your home directory if you want. It is the next best thing to a VPS.

Prior to being with Webfaction I was with United Hosting who are also very good and offer servers either in the US or the UK.

The only reason I moved was because I needed Latex which United Hosting were unable to provide but which Webfaction had installed. If they hadn't had it installed I could have installed my own copy - such is their flexibilty.

If you must have a UK server take a look at United Hosting otherwise look at Webfaction for the ultimate flexibility without going VPS. My experience is that both provide very reliable hosting with excellent support.

General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts?
« on: January 21, 2011, 03:58 PM »
I have Roboform 6 but have been using Lastpass for the past few weeks as a potential replacement since I don't intend to pay to upgrade toRoboform7.

I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised by Lastpass. The features I use most are Sites, Secure Notes and Generate Secure Password and each of these I find works just as well as in Roboform 6. One feature that I found very usefull in Roboform was the form filling but I am not sure yet how well this works in Lastpass. Regardless of the form filling capabilities I will stick to Lastpass and if I needed any of the Premium features I would gladly pay for them.

I wasn't totally comfortable with having my passwords stored remotely but then I have Roboform data on a laptop and on a USB stick both of which I could lose.

I haven't used Roboform since installing Lastpass and will shortly delete it.

Although I was 100% happy with Roboform 6 I took exception to having bought a 'lifetime' licence and then being told that I must pay to upgrade to Version 7.

I have been revisiting C++ after many years absence and wrote this Wake On Lan program as an exercise.

To install, just unzip the two files in the attached zip file to a location of your choice.

It is Windows only at the moment (I have tried it on XP and Windows 7) but I am working on a Linux version.

There is no help at the moment but all that is required is to enter the network broadcast adress eg and a MAC address in the format 00:50:8d:eb:4a:cf then click on Wake.

You can also save and reload host settings.

It works for me, I hope it works for you.


Developer's Corner / Re: source control systems: what's the best?
« on: January 07, 2008, 04:47 PM »
My vote goes to Subversion with TortoiseSVN.

You could take a look at VisualSVN ( if you are using Visual Studio.

General Software Discussion / Re: Dealing with spam
« on: January 06, 2008, 10:04 AM »
I was previously using Outlook and found its junk mail filtering pretty useless so I got Cloudmark for that. Since I already had the license I used it for Thunderbird. I will try the Thunderbird junk email filtering and see how it compares to Cloudmark and maybe I can save myself the license renewal.

Not too sure how much I like the greylisting idea. Interesting, but if it becomes widely used and effective, the spammers have an easy work around.

General Software Discussion / Dealing with spam
« on: January 06, 2008, 08:31 AM »
Having lurked here for a while it is time for me to emerge from the shadows and say hello, wish you all a Happy New Year and give my thanks to those who make this forum the great place that it is. (A few credits on the way to mouser).

Can I ask how people are dealing with Spam?

I have found Cloudmark ( a very effective solution on the desktop - see Tech Support Alert review  here

Cloudmark works fine for me on Thunderbird which I have just adopted in place of Outlook but I need to catch spam at my mail server for when I use the Roundcube client.

I have just set up Exim4+SpamAssassin on  Debian Etch  but a lot of spam is getting through on the default settings - I will need to spend some time finding out how to tweak it.

I would be interested in other peoples experience in dealing with Spam on the desktop and at the server.


Bob Scott

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