10/02/2010

TTFE-L Review (Season and Match)



This blog is probably the most anticipated blog I’ve written so far, I know for a fact two different people are waiting to read my thoughts, ideally this would have been 3 separate blogs but I’ve already fallen behind so I’ll combine my thoughts and rants into one.
TTFE v F.C.F.C
I’d been looking forward to this game with high hopes of some retribution. The squad had looked promising but both David Huckle and James Carling withdrew and left us with only 6 players. We held our own for most of the first half and from recollection had only conceded 1 goal. Sadly we paid a heavy price by losing Pete who took a mighty tumble into the side boards. Pete valiantly tried to make a come back in the second half but was unable to run or fully commit to the tackle and we conceded a further 2 goals during this period. With time slowly ebbing away F.C.F.C where able to easily hold onto the ball and demonstrated some good movement and passing ability. I think in an effort to save some face and at least take something away from the game we committed more to getting forward to try and grab at least a single goal. We were punished by a further 2 goals which where very nicely taken. Ultimately a disappointing game a fact further compounded by the lost of another key player.
Season Review
It was a season which saw us looking and feeling like real relegation candidates to the highs of two very good back to back wins and talk of promotion. Talk of promotion was held mostly as jests but when I think back on the season I think we are a game or two off pace. Getting Carling back will take pressure off David Huckle which will hopefully open up his game. I do have to wonder though if we cannot regularly get a full squad of 7 (including both David and James) how we will fair? The division this season should be more open than it was last season with the inclusion of two more teams.
TTFE v Grange Punishers
This team is quickly becoming TTFE’s nemesis. I toughly enjoyed the game and was really in the thick of the action. Again TTFE could only muster 6 players with David Huckle, James Carling and Peter Jenkins all being out. We kept the game very close in the first half and repeated the theme of last weeks game by going 1 nil down. Grange Punishers goal was peppered with shots and their keeper pulled off some good saves to deny all of TTFE anything. Dale’s shooting first half was very woeful but Dale must have changed his boots for the second half and was unleashing some ferocious long range shots. In usual style Grange Punishers looked to be losing their heads with mini arguments breaking out all over the pitch and a TTFE equalizer looked imminent and would have probably signalled the beginning of a come back. With most of the team pushing for that equalizing goal I found I was often left alone and isolated and ultimately Grange scored a second, heads dropped and hearts sank, this was not to be TTFE’s day.  I personally can take some responsibility by squandering a glorious opportunity to score, having read the situation and intercepted their goal keepers roll out I had only him to beat, yet I managed to hit the ball straight at him for most of the match I had failed to connect sweetly with the ball and scuffed the majority of my shots.
I am grateful for Joe bring along a ringer by the name of Dean, I think the score line would have been worse without him, but his ill discipline (most likely through the lack of game time with TTFE) cost us. We lost 5 nil, but I left the game thinking we should have could have and would have won. The sooner we get Pete, David and James back the better, I fear we will struggle to score goals without them, that’s two 5 nil defeats on the bounce, I know I’m personally all out of ideas.
On a lighter note I now have a pair of moulded football boots and am looking forward to giving as good as I get.

09/02/2010

PHP is_dir/opendir on UNC under IIS

Been really banging my head against a wall on this problem and last night I finally solved it. I have been trying to open a Windows network share by providing is_dir with a UNC. I got this working under Apache but I couldn’t get it up and running under IIS6.

The solution is really simple;

1. Right click the virtual directory that houses the script running is_dir
2.
Select ‘Properties’
3.
Click the ‘Directory Security’ tab
4.
Under ‘Authentication and access control’ click ‘Edit’
5.
Make sure ‘Enable anonymous access’ is selected
6. Change the user name and password to a user that has access to the network share

For step 6 above I created a dedicated ‘web user’ that I have given only access to the share I wanted, in theory I think you should be able to use the IUSR_machinename user, but I couldn’t get it to work and as part of my process of elimination creating a ‘web user’ resolved the problem.

As the share I was testing the above setup with resided on a system running F-Secure I had to disable F-Secure so that the web server could access the share, I was quite surprised by this.

BlackBerry OS 5.0 Update – Solution

Rogers have officially released version 5.0.0.351 which is great news. You can download it from the BlackBerry Website

I’ve installed it on my BlackBerry and can confirm that the playlist issue I have been experiencing has been resolved, and at this present moment in time I have found no other bugs. I have also noted that a new theme has been added (Not sure if this is a specific Rogers theme or if it came with OS 5.0 and I never noticed)

If you nagivate to Options and then Theme you will be able to change the Layout from ‘Zen’ (The default) to ‘Today’ This will give you an overview of latest events on your device (much like the default view on Windows Mobile)

If you cannot get the Rogers update to install you’ll need to delete Vendor.xml and run the BlackBerry desktop updater again. You can find Vendor.xml in ‘C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader\’

Addressing the lack of updates

Distinct lack of updates on all fronts at Drop50.com at the moment. For some reason my work load has just exploded. Our shipping department is operated by two girls who operate the dispatching software. One of the girls is off with a long term illness (unknown as I don’t care and am not ‘Pete Enough’ [Nosey] to find out what’s wrong with her) so anyway they’ve been using a series of temp’s for the last few weeks, the latest temp actually got offered a permanent job elsewhere so she left last week so we had a brand new temp on Monday; now the other girl who works in the department has taken some leave as her daughter has just given birth. So Monday morning the only people who can actually dispatch orders from the warehouse are my college and myself, that very nicely wrote off the whole of Monday for both of us, we trained up another member of staff also so we now have a tiny bit of cover should anything go wrong in future.

I’ve got a list of jobs (mainly basic tasks) that I need to get done. I mainly made the list so I could just show it to people who are pestering “have you done xyz yet?” O2 are pissing me off at the moment, I made a big case about how much better the customer service will be than BT, yet I’ve spoken to their sales department 7 times in total, each time to be told that the woman who is dealing with my account / order will phone me back in 2 minutes as of this moment ... she hasn’t called back since Monday last week

I started writing this Blog on Monday, it’s now Thursday and I’ve managed to cross a few items off my list. Batteries from the US have arrived although that was a palaver, the website I use to order them is based in the US, I’ve used the site twice before and had no problems, this time for some unknown reason it rejected the company credit card. To get around the problem I had Doug order them for me and then ship them across (would have worked out cheaper on postage) they arrived today and we had to pay £15 duty which was a really big ‘deal’ as reception hadn’t be informed of this very very important delivery... like I knew before hand the package would get stopped by customs.

It’s now actually Tuesday (the following week) and I’m adding to this same Blog post, I mean it seems only right to have one big badass blog post? I had a pleasant evening on Friday at Joe and Jenny’s engagement party, I’d been looking forward to it all day, I don’t often get partake in TTFE related events but sometimes it just feels right to make the effort, I also just don’t like the events that people organise and that’s not a criticism on them or their organisation skills it’s just that I’d rather just ‘go to a pub’ than commit to something like ‘pub golf’ what also puts me off is the number of ‘randoms’ that get invited to these events, I know that it’s done due to the lack of interest from TTFE members but it puts me off.