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I travelled from Paris to Amsterdam this week... (for a business conference).
I took the Thalys speed train. They offer WiFi on board... supposedly via satellite with fallback to multilink 3G when necessary. The reality is it works only 50% of the time. It especially doesn't work every time the train is stopped in a station with a roof. It's almost a joke. They claim offering internet access at hight speed is a technical challenge... yeah well... I almost believed that until I set up my iPhone for tethering and got a better connection through my phone than through the train's WiFi. It costs some data fees, but on the other hand, I don't have to go through the annoying WiFi login screens.
I then stayed at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam (I didn't really chose it, it just happened to the the "official" hotel for the conference). I could list tons of reasons why this hotel doesn't deserve its 5 stars. One of them is they offer 2 star WiFi connection they still call "HiSpeed" and charge an extra 12 ?/day for. Annoying log in screens, over and over and over again, on every device, every hour... and then it would stop working at random times. Here again I reverted to 3G tethering.
The only time when WiFi actually worked fine was in the Amsterdam Centraalstation lounge, where I waited for my train on the way back. Good old WEP/WPA password and you're in, full speed! That were my only 30 minutes of high speed internet during the whole trip.
Globally I'm pretty disappointed. During my previous trip to switzerland I actually found decent WiFi almost everywhere...
I so can't wait for the time when mobile operators will be able to join together and offer a global worldwide data plan, so we can just stay on our 3G/4G and stop having to hunt down for WiFi networks and passwords and suffer awful login screens filled with ads all the time.
Also, why can't Orange, who has presence in God knows how many European countries do this for Europe right now?
For some reason, nobody seems to acknowledge there is a bug with
flush() in PHP 5.4.
In any previous version of PHP, you could just do:
and the PHP output buffer would be sent to Apache which would in turn send it to your web browser.
We are not talking about any side effects due to compression or charset sniffing here. We are talking about: flush() was working just fine.
And then compes PHP 5.4 and it doesn't work any more. And you revert to PHP 5.3 and it works again. PHP 5.4, broken again. And you can reproduce that to infinity but still, nobody wants to acknowledge it.
So we had to find a workaround. Here it is: just replace your flush() calls with a custom call like flush54() defined like this:
This will restore the initial behaviour...
If you have several servers to maintain like I do, at some point you’ll want to know how old exactly an installation of Debian (or another flavor or Linux) has gotten since you last wiped it clean…
So how do you check the install date?
I found the easiest way was to simply check the date of the lost+found folder. This folder is created at installation time and basically never removed after that. So I just go with:
ls -l /home/
and look at the date for lost+found .
That sounds awesome, but it’s not true. It’s actually pretty much a lie! :( – You can take some advantage of the Retina display, but definitely not full advantage.
All you can do is set Windows to believe it is running with a 2880 x 1800 pixels display. And that is indeed the physical pixel resolution of a Macbook Pro Retina display…
But, in NO CIRCUMSTANCE can you actually map each pixel from the 2880 x 1800 virtual machine to a physical pixel of the actual screen.
What you get instead, is blurry scaling all the waty down!
On the first screenshot below (click to zoom) you will see how 2880 x 1800 is scaled down (and BLURRED down) to 1440 x 900 if you keep you Mac runnign with the default setting of “Best for retian display".
On the second screenshot below you will se how 2880 x 1800 is scaled down (and still blurred down) to 1920 x 1200 if you change your mac display settings to the highest scaled resolution. This solution makes your windows look a tiny little bit better but it also makes your mac apps look less sharp (because they are now scaled too! Remember, you are no longer running in “Best for Retina display” mode!)
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