by Simon Email


I'm very reluctant to use 3rd party software - often it can cause more problems than it solves.

However Torque looks very useful - it generates SQL and Java from and XML-based schema definition.

It uses Velocity templates to control the Java generation, so presumably you could tailor it to other languages??

Another nice feature is that it can read an existing database, generates an XML schema, and the associated Java code.

Great for legacy apps!


by Simon Email


This is a small village on a hill in Kent.

There's a nice churche in the centre at the top of the hill with some very old wooden carvings (c 15th century) of local notables on their tombs.

The atmosphere within the church is very calm - good for meditation.

Some photos:

The Church: The Church

Houses on the main street:

Houses on the main street

The Duck pond:

The Duck Pond

New Linux Server

by Simon Email

We finally settled on a server from Evesham - good customer service as usual, although the machine's fan is pretty noisy.

The machine we got had an Intel server mother board with "Serial ATA" boards.

This means that older versions of Linux don't support the board - so I had to grab the latest version of RedHat, now called "Fedora".

That installed okay.

Now I'm using the delightful "yum" utility to install everything.

Dell customer "care less"

by Simon Email

After waiting more days for feedback from Dell, we've cancelled the system order.

We ordered online from Evesham ( once again - got a better system cheaper.

They sent an email confirmation, and shortly after someone phoned us to make sure we were happy with what we ordered.

Dell are definitely doing things wrong...

Dell customer "care"

by Simon Email


We just ordered a system from Dell, and I was reminded of a previous bad experience.

Their website is great - you can configure and order your system online. The prices and specs aren't bad either.

*However* - once you've submitted your order you get an "Internet Reference" number. This is only shown on the screen and not emailed to you.

You cannot see the order status until this has been "entered into their order system". What kind of integration do they have in their own systems?

5 days later and the order has still not been entered on their system! Still no email response!

Any other online company we order from:

i) gives instant email response to an order
ii) converts and internet request into a "real" order immediately
iii) continues to give you feedback about the progress of your order

It's amazing to me that a successful, technology company like Dell - sure pioneers in so many ways - is so primitive in this part of their order fulfillment.

Last time we ordered a system we were so frustrated we cancelled it and got a system from Evesham Micros ( instead.

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