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New Phone!

We decided that it was time to get new phones as the old ones were a bit long in the tooth, kept running out of battery and so on. So we ordered a couple of Nokia 6610i from carphone warehouse. A bargain at £50, too. I also picked up a data cable, which is invaluable.

The phone is very, very nice compared to what I was using before, even though the model is over a year old now. But the screen is bright and clear, and the text is very legible. The UI is standard Nokia, which I find to be far more usable than anything else I’ve seen (Motorola in particular I find to be uniquely awful at UI design). But the most useful feature to me took me by surprise—the FM radio.

Now I can listen to the radio on my commute in to work in the morning. It’s fantastic! Not something I’d ever really thought about much, but having it there makes you suddenly realise how useful it is.

The only downfall so far has been that sending a picture message to the other phone instead produced an SMS with a link to a website where the picture could be viewed. Not really right. And the t-mobile website isn’t exactly helpful on the matter. I’ll ask in the shop on Monday instead.

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Blog Outage, Blame PHP

My blog hasn’t been up and running for the last 24 hours or so. This is because I foolishly decided to upgrade to PHP5. After playing “guess which extensions wordpress-pg needs,” I then got served up a lovely blank page.

But what’s really annoying is that there was no indication at all of anything going wrong in the error log. Or on the browser. Just nothingness. After inserting lots and lots of debug “echo” statements (thankfully I know enough PHP to do that), I eventually tracked the point of stoppage down to a call to pg_fetch_object(). Close inspection of the manual revealed that it had changed how it was called between version 4 and 5. Great backwards compatibility, guys! Removing the last parameter enabled me to get going again though. I just wish I had been able to see an error.