The moon

I got a telescope for Christmas 2012 which is pretty cool. The telescope has a 102mm objective diameter and a focal length of 1100mm, with a maximum magnification of 400x. Christmas happened to fall on a full moon and clear night so I was able to test it out without having to wait much.

The moon

This photo was taken with my phone, just holding the camera lense upto the telescope eye piece. Its rath…

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Moving from SVN to Git

I needed to convert a repository from SVN to GIT a while ago and created a little script to help move everything over. It works on standard SVN repositories so if you have one that is configured in a different manor to the default it may not work as expected.

Always make a backup, or better yet run this script on a copy of the repository. Use git svn to clone the repository, then run the scrip…

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CakePHP 2.x running on Cherokee webserver

Its no secret that Apache is bloated, or that there are many decent replacements. Cherokee is one of them and a good one at that. I have been running Cherokee for a couple of years now without any issues, for both personal and client applications. One of the things that drew me to Cherokee was the GUI admin interface. GUI's may not be to every ones taste, but it beats sifting through config files…

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Missing tests - getting everything tested

Unit tests are not often the first thing on someone’s mind when it comes to coding, unless you are in the small group of developers that have become accustomed to writing tests before writing any code. Thanks to the current project I'm busy with I have joined this group.

Due to a few (lame) reasons, unit testing has never been a high priority on Infinitas. In all the wisdom of hindsight unit t…

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Moving EC2 instances across regions on Amazon Web Services (AWS)

the moveWe started using Amazon AWS at work for hosting and I landed up being the server admin. I've been stuck in terminal for more than 3 weeks and not touched a line of code (apart from turning debug on after this move to make sure the cache was cleared) and one awesome bash backup script.

After building a monster development box on AWS to host git (new application), SVN (old application), gitweb, …

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Custom view class - Zend, CakePHP, Symfony and Kohana

There are a lot of sites out there that benchmark frameworks. Every time there is a new benchmark, there is a huge outcry from the loosing sides followers. To date there has not been anything that I know of that has not been bias or meaningful, as the person doing the benchmarking does not know each of the frameworks and its normally a 'hello world' application which is completely pointless as I …

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