Sam Wilson's Website

April 2022

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    I’m heading to Mt Lawley now for an OSM meetup: https://osmcal.org/event/1326/

    Feels a bit like I’ve forgotten something. Maybe it’s just that I’m looking forward to a coffee. Or the sunscreen-inside-mask smell is too strong.

    I’ve been posting on the fediverse a bit the last few days, in preference to my own site, because it feels like a pretty terrific system. It occured to me lastnight however that it’s totally possible to set up my site to be able to post directly from here. Just have to implement ActivityPub.

    I’m @samwilson@ausglam.space if anyone wants to know.

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    I’m confused at how I never knew that there’s no way to rename a database in MySQL. I guess there was, last time I tried to do it (with MySQL 5.1 in about 2009).

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    I used to enjoy the process of documenting my software development work. It was fun to slow down a bit, and write down each problem as it came up, and work through each till it was fixed. Now feels like there’s never enough time for that! Which is silly, for two reasons: mostly, of course there’s time! And also, slowing down and explaining to the world (or no-one, given the numbers of hits that my website website gets) what the issue is is a terrific way to debug and solve a problem. Rubber Duck Debugging, they call it (because it’s good to talk to a rubber duck in the bath; it’s a Sesame Street reference, I think).

    There’s probably something about learning new technologies that makes it more satisfying to document the process, as well. When learning something, I like to take lots of notes, and I almost always think I’ll come back and write them up properly and put them on my website… but I very rarely do so. It’s much better to put them online as they’re written, and to never increase the backlog of things to come back to.

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