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Telly: English TV still smacks American tellys bum

  • Posted on: 20 February 2014
  • By: NickLitten

So, I emigrated over here to the New World (as my redcoat forebears used to call it) five years ago. During this time I've been lucky enough to travel all over America, driven coast to coast twice, lived in various States and met many wonderful people. The weather is fantastic and life is good... I wouldn't consider moving back to Blighty. Nope. Life over here is better but, I do miss British Telly. :(

American TV just doesn't have the... oh I don't know what to call it... the 'je ne sais quoi'

I enjoy watching Sci-fi, sit-coms and any other gripping drama that makes me say "just one more episode before bedtime"

So, in a mission to record what's good out there I've decided to blog about series as I watch them, and as I find them. For other ex-colonials, I will include magnet links to the Torrents.

Nuff said.

For an ever growing list of decent/funny/gripping/weird TV series (or seasons as my colonial friends call them) just click here http://nicklitten.com/tags/telly

 

 

 

Upgrade Drupal 6 to 7 - Part3 Migrate ubercart from Drupal6 to Drupal 7 in simple steps

  • Posted on: 17 January 2015
  • By: NickLitten
drupal is druapl is drooopulululuu

(follow on article from http://www.nicklitten.com/blog/upgrade-drupal-6-7-part2-setup-drupal-7-w...)

Lets review what we have done: We have cleaned up the old Drupal 6 website to make it as minimal, clean and fully functional as possible. It's just housekeeping and a good thing. We have installed an empty Drupal 7 content management system in a new webserver (or in our case a subdomain of the original server) and we have installed the ubercart and migrate modules to the new Drupal 7 site.

#3 - Migrate from Dupal 6-7 in easy steps

So, we are ready to get it done.

Turn on Ubercart and setup the basic store info and prepare the PRODUCT content type (so that we have a content type to import into)

Turn on Migrate modules:

enable migrate modules

and as this the third blog for the day, I think it's time to stop typing and record a screen-cast of the import actually working.

Fingers crossed and lets do this:

Upgrade Drupal 6 to 7 - Part2 Setup Drupal 7 website empty and ready to receive

  • Posted on: 17 January 2015
  • By: NickLitten
lets do some drupal tweaking

(follow on article from http://www.nicklitten.com/blog/upgrade-drupal-6-7-part1-using-migrate-an...)

We are not focussed on a running an upgrde here, instead we are going to create a clean Drupal7 website and import (or migrate) the contect into it.

#2 - Setup a Drupal 7 installation for a Drupal6 upgrade

So, we have the original Drupal6 website now running in a clean state, with old crap purged and unnecessary modules uninstalled and deleted. You mileage may vary but my websites look something like this:

drum website in drupal6

and the new install of Drupal 7 -- I set this up in a subdomain on the new server. It uses it's own database, is seperated into a drupal7.drumstheword.com subdomain and is just good old plain vanilla Drupal 7:

Upgrade Drupal 6 to 7 - Part1 Using MIGRATE and UBERCART

  • Posted on: 17 January 2015
  • By: NickLitten
upgrading drupal is simple if you follow the right steps

Las month my cousin, drumming demi-god Rob Litten asked me to help him upgrade his website. He has been running a very succesful online drumming sensation called Drums The Word for a few years now. It's a Drupal 6 eCommerce website running Ubercart focussed on selling digital products -- downloadable videos and drum lessons.

We played with Wordpress for a while but he didnt like various things about the WP user Interface, we discussed Drupal 8 but it's still in Beta and didnt think it was the right solution to this business critical eccomece website (not yet anyway) so Drupal 7 was selected, ubercart7 was chosen and it's time to migrate from Drupal6 upto the much nicer (imho) Droop7.

#1 - Tidy up your old Drupal6 configuration as much as possible.

This is really a pretty straightforward and obvious process: we dont want to migrate a crappy, messy drupal 6 installation into a new shiney drupal7 one do we?

Anyway - Lets walk through a live example and I will do a screen-cast on youtube recording the actual migration bit. First of all, lets talk about the old Drupal 6 website. To get it tidy lets just do this:

Katy Perry tweeted my youtube video

  • Posted on: 16 January 2015
  • By: NickLitten
Katy Perry is beautiful bird thats for sure

Katy Perry... PHWOAR!   ;)

This antipodean beauty is working on her performance for the American Superbowl half-time show on February 1st 2015. How does she get inspiration? Well, it looks like she browses around Youtube looking for interesting dance videos, because she has tweeted that she watched one of *my* youtube videos :0

oooh a brush with super-stardom and I've gone all flustered and weak kneed like a tweenage girl. 

The dance video itself is something I discovered a few years ago and found it beautifully weird, slightly disturbing and definitely thought provoking. It's a performance recorded by Sadlers Wells theatre and it's called "bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS - a Ballet in two acts". But thats the wrong name it should have been called "sEXY sPIDERdaleks and a SCarY BLOKe on a skateBOARD"   

#‎JeSuisCharlie‬ - I stand with Charlie Hebdo

  • Posted on: 7 January 2015
  • By: NickLitten
freedom of expression

get a grip!

Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack. Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30710883

Clearly, only the worst people alive could commit such terrible acts. If these terrorists are driven by religious fanatacism then I hope they burn in whatever hell their fevered minds imagine.

These masked men killed twelve people in cold blood, because the news paper they worked for published a cartoon that the masked me didnt like. Just think about how insane that sentence is?!

I would like to see every newspaper, every website, from every country publishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons in solidarity against this terrible act of terrorism. Normalize the notion that other human beings are allowed to have different beliefs. Normalize the notion that other human beings are allowed to disagree with you and make jokes about it.

What is a webservice and how does it work on an AS400, iSeries or IBM i Server?

  • Posted on: 1 January 2015
  • By: NickLitten
provide a web service not consume a web service

Here is a question frequently asked in IBM i programming forums:

How do I write (an IBM-i program) RPG, to talk to the internet and receive or send parms to a website or webservice? For example, how can I receive an order number and return the order line informatoin in XML?

Sounds kind of complicated, doesnt it?

Actually, its not :)

Luckily for us, this is an area where the bods at IBM have implemented a really cool server on our beloved IBM I operating system that makes this process so simple, it's really quite astounding. All we have to do is write a program that does the business logic (for example, receive an order number parameter, read the order line details and return those parameters back). Then we can simply use the IWS* (Integrated Web Server) to share that information with the world wide web.

Jibbers Crabst - convert to Crustaceanity

  • Posted on: 25 December 2014
  • By: NickLitten
All praise the holy Jibbers

praise jibbersThe oatmeal is one of my favourite online distractions.

Matt Inman, the author of the aforementioned comic brilliance, recently gave a speach at BAHFest West 2014 where he presented an alternate theory on the origin of the universe, and related his belief in the cosmic deity that created all things. Praise Jibbers.

NOTE: I am a probable aetheist, definite agnostic and openly secular human being. However, seeing this proof of his Holy Crustaceanity has drawn me back in to the lands of relgious dogma.

:)

Writing RPG program code using SEU getting error - "The keyword is not recognized; keyword is ignored"

  • Posted on: 11 December 2014
  • By: NickLitten
RPG Handler supported by SEU

Why doesnt SEU let me enter the HANDLER keyword to my F-SPECS in RPG?

Because, SEU is a code editing program that was designed decades ago (it sounds *really* old if you say it like that) and isn't aware of any of the newer RPGLE operation codes.

Source Entry Utility error with new 7.1 RPG code

You have two basic solutions:

Uber - an alternative taxi cab service is ubergood

  • Posted on: 12 November 2014
  • By: NickLitten
honda element breakdown

So, my trusty old work horse (Herman the Honda) starter motor has been failing for a few months now, I've known it was on the way out but have been hoping that it would make it past christmas. Sadly, on Sunday (bloody Sunday!) it finally gave up and expired. I quickly procured a new starter and had to wait for a mobile mechanic to come and fit it on Monday morning, after a failed attempt at some home mechanics myself. This is a separate story involving an old programmers sudden realization that modern car engines are a world away from the Mk1 Ford Escorts that he used to tinker with in his teenage years  :)

Anyway I digress...

So, Monday morning I still had to get Nate (#1 Son) to school so we opted to use the most excellent UBER app on my android. As an alternative to calling a cab, it is simply the best service I've used in recent years ever! Your phone finds your location, asks you where to go, gives you a quote and if you accept it shows your drivers name, his photo, the car he is driving his exact location and you can track him arriving at your house in real time. Once he picks you (or your passenger up) you can then track the car during its trip:

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