Looking Ahead to PHP 6

This is my look at what’s planned for the forthcoming revision to the PHP language. Removal of Deprecated Features PHP 6 includes a lot of tidying up, removing features of the language that have caused annoyance, confusion and security headaches. Although these changes are too numerous to list here, and the list will probably change […]

Chicken & Chorizo Pasta

Ingredients 2 skinless chicken breast fillets 100g Spanish chorizo sausage, chopped 150g dried penne or similar dried pasta 1 red pepper 1 yellow pepper 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped small handful parsley, chopped 2 tsp paprika 1 tbsp olive oil Method Chop each pepper into 4—6 sections, discarding the stalks and seeds. Grill the chopped […]

Seaford Trip

It was a sunny day today, so we took the train to nearby Seaford. The pictures are, clockwise from the largest photo, and with links to larger images: Seaford Head View towards Newhaven Seagulls on Seaford beach Crouch Gardens

Social Spam

I've recently started receiving the occasional piece of junk mail from friends and colleages who have e-mail accounts at some of the larger webmail services (Hotmail, GMail, etc). The messages genuinely seem to come from their accounts, with proper message headers indicating that they were really sent via the webmail service, and sent to everyone […]

Fennel, Sausage and Bean Casserole

This recipe is ideally made with plain pork sausages, or pork & leek. Try to avoid overly seasoned sausages. If peeling the tomatoes is too much bother, using half a tin of tomatoes would probably work fine. Ingredients 4 Sausages 2 × 440g tins of cannellini beans, drained ¼—¾ bulb of fennel 4 medium tomatoes […]

CSS to HTML Compiler

I’ve searched around the ‘Net for something like this before, but without success, so decided to write my own. The basic idea is this: there are certain circumstances in which you need to write some styled HTML without access to the document’s header. For example, when composing HTML-formatted e-mails, which may be displayed in a […]

Ham vs Bacon vs Pork

Many people are unsure of the difference between pork, bacon and ham. Pork is, quite obviously, the meat taken from a pig. But where do bacon and ham come in? Mrs Beeton’s Everyday Cooking supplies the answer: Bacon is obtained from a side of pork from which the head and feet have been removed. The […]

Gnocchi all’Amatriciana al Forno

This is a very easy Italian-style meal of my own creation, combining gnocchi with a simplified sugo all'amatriciana. If you prefer, macaroni or another small, cut pasta could be used in place of gnocchi. Ingredients 500g pack of gnocchi 400g tin of tomatoes 6 rashers of pancetta, or 4 rashers of unsmoked streaky bacon 1 […]

Privacy

Els despairs about some high-profile privacy and data protection gaffs in 2007 and asks can we still get some privacy in 2008?. Her use of the word “get” rather than “retain” is very telling — it’s not just a matter of retaining our current level of privacy, but of trying to claw back what we’ve […]