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A Podcast for the Few

I have been listening to the software engineering radio podcast for a few months now it covers a number of topics on current software engineering trends and has interviews with different developers.

I enjoyed the recent episode on dynamic languages for static minds, which applies so well to me, although I still haven’t been converted to a dynamic language developer it has got me to re think my ideas on them.

Since I finished University over a year ago now I was missing the new ideas and methodologies that gets taught there but programs like this enable me to learn new ideas while working, ahh listening to music/podcasts while you work.

I recommend subscribing to this program which releases a new episode about every 10 days for all you SE’s out there.

wikidPad

For a while now I have been waiting for tomboy to be ported to windows because I am stuck in windows land for now because of my sound problem. However on the net it is always talked about having tomboy for Windows but no one has ever released anything that could be considered usable.

So I just started to search for a desktop wiki for windows and I came across wikidPad. It’s written in python using wxwidgets, it is uncompromisingly geeky. In that it is uses a wiki style markup and stores everything in text files, ahh the geekness. It has full regex search and incremental searching of pages. It exports to HTML for showing others.

So like Accountants use Excel for recording their thoughts and ideas I can now record in a wiki.

Other useful features is auto save and tags so you can always find what you were working on. I thoroughly recommend it for anyone who needs to record their ideas and loves not using the mouse, everything has keyboard shortcuts and it is a syntax based markup so no trying to find bold just type the syntax.

Junk eBay and Bank Accounts

Over the last week or so I have found out something that most people have probably known for a long time, eBay is great way to get rid of junk from you home. If you have stuff in your hows that you you don’t use any more, and I know we all do. That game that you clocked, CD that you have duplicate of etc.

But as I went through the whole process I realized that I really don’t want to give out bank details of my main bank account. So I went bank shopping, and as always I went straight for infochoice for banking. It’s a great way to go shopping for information without going to every banks page one by one.

I thought it would be pretty simple to find a bank that would not charge me any fees and allow me to transfer between that account and external banks via Internet banking without any fees. So just a place to let money get to from eBay.

But going through the Commonwealth, National, Westpac nothing they were all going to charge me fees for just having a bank account with them. Finally I found the ANZ Access Select account which was gave me the things I was after and even an access card for up to 6 purchases a month.

So if you are after a simple bank account to keep your privacy when handling money via on line auctions or simply the trading post I would recommend this account for you.

Firefox Tab Extensions

I have been using a advanced tab extension for Firefox lately which I have found very useful for tweaking the way Firefox uses tabs. You can find it here, screenshots are in japanese but you’ll get the idea. A fantastic extension for anyone who wants a bit more from their browser.

Firefox 0.9 released

Just a quick note that one of my favorite browsers, firefox, has just released another version, 0.9. It is by far the best browser available for windows and in which I do all my browsing here at work. So with a download footprint of just under 5mb who whouldn’t at least want to give it a shot, go on throw out that bloatware IE and just give it a go for a week, I’m sure you wont be disappointed.

Download here

And check out a review on madpenguin here it lists some of the new features to be found in this release.

And I added a nice little button to firefox too :).

aaNet price hike

It is a sad day today I logged my beloved aaNet Forums only to find that the cheapest adsl provider in Australia will nolonger be so cheap :(. Thankfully for me already being signed up I wont have any price increases but if anyone after July 31st when the new prices come in wont be so lucky.

To see the anoucement by Cat Carroll check here

So if your after a cheap no frills adsl provider for cheap make sure you sign up really soon.