raoul's blog

openpm.org: open source project management

I've just committed the first few snippets of code to subversion for yet another open source project. This time it's a project management app that I'm modeling after Basecamp from 37signals and activeCollab from a51 development.

Use the <HOME> and <END> keys please?

Dear Apple and Mac OS X application developers,

Please, please, please, please, pretty please!! When you write an application for Mac OS X, make the <HOME> and <END> keys do their job! Firefox devs especially! I'm tired of writing up a post or something similar, wanting to go back to the beginning of the line, pressing <Apple>+<LEFT>, and going back a page in my browser, effectively throwing away my post!

Is it really that hard? After all, *some* applications get it right!

Kind regards,


Vodacom are too busy experiencing problems to service my request

All too often recently I have surfed to either vodacom.co.za or vodacom4me.co.za and had one of the following two problems:

  • I can log in, but if I click on any of the links, I get the error message in the title of this post.
  • I get the mobile interface, the one I would get if I were surfing from my phone (only on vodacom4me.co.za).

Now the first one is ok, they're feeling a little overloaded, which can happen from time to time. However, it's becoming more and more frequent these days. And therefore more and more annoying.

openlp.org 1.0 released!

Yay! We've finally released openlp.org 1.0. It's been a long time in coming (about 18 months on my cards), and I'm really glad we've finally made it.

Let's give ADSL another go...

Right. So Hannah and I are moving to a new place. It's actually just down the road from us, which is nice. However, now the big question is, "Can we get ADSL?"

At our current house, we long ago gave up on getting ADSL. After numerous phone calls and complaints, Telkom told me no less than 3 different reasons as to why I could not get ADSL. The worst part of that was that all 3 of their reasons were absolutely bogus.

openlp.org 1.0 release coming up soon.

openlp.org is coming up for the version 1.0 release. Finally. After about 2 years of development, we've finally reached a point where we reckon it is stable and bug-free enough to be released.

Rant: PHP5 is NOT object orientated AT ALL

I've finally had enough of PHP and its pathetic attempt at Object Orientation.

I've been trying my hand at writing an application framework. Yes, I know there are dozens out there, but I wanted to try my hand at it, and I had a specific project in mind to use it for. But in writing this framework, I've come up against PHP5's flawed implementation of OOP, and I have no idea how to get around it.

Worse Than Failure: Only on Windows?

Many people know the site Worse Than Failure where you can find stories on really stupid developers and techies. Often it's a combination between laughing, and hitting oneself on the head because you're so overcome by the stupidity of the developer(s) in question.

Microsoft: IE is more secure because it is patched less often.

According to Microsoft's Security Strategy Director Jeff Jones, in his latest report, Microsoft Internet Explorer is a more secure browser because it is patched less often, and you aren't forced to upgrade to a new version immediately.

Moving To Drupal

I've used Wordpress on odd occassions, and been semi-impressed with it on all occassions. Recently I have been using Drupal for a variety of things. I used it when I had to put together a sort of a community site for work, and then again when Hannah and I started our blog, I used Drupal again, because I wanted the ability to expand it to more than a blog (and I'm oh so thankful now that I *did* choose the Drupal route, now that we have our wedding photos up there).