Robert Hampton

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28th October 2006


I upgraded to Firefox 2.0 recently. Short review: Internet Explorer 7 had almost caught up, but with 2.0, Firefox is now back in the lead again.

I spent the afternoon tinkering with MadMaze, to try and overcome my main niggle with it; namely that, in this day and age, no piece of software, no matter how dreadful, should be running in Mode 9. (320×256 graphics resolution! 16 colours!)

Messing around in BBC BASIC is still, after all these years, quite good fun. I’d like to get back into hobbyist programming, even though RISC OS, the platform on which I cut my teeth (requiring many hours of expensive dental surgery), seems to be in decline. Ho-hum.

Anyway, WordPress 2.0.5 has just been released, so I need to go and install it, hopefully without breaking anything in the process.

6 Responses
  1. Comment by Seb
    28th October 2006 at 7:15 pm

    So will we ever see a PC conversion of MadMaze?

    God, I remember wasting far too many hours on that at school… it kicked Push’s arse, anyway!

  2. Comment by Robert
    28th October 2006 at 8:31 pm

    Buy me a copy of this and I’ll think about it! 😉

    I remember Push. Aquamania was always my favourite, though. One time, I actually found the web site of the person who wrote all those little games. I was tempted to e-mail him and ask if he still had a copy, but never did in the end.

  3. Comment by JamesH
    2nd November 2006 at 2:51 pm

    His name was Thomas Newcomb, I think. He seemed a nice enough chap.

    If you’re installing wordpress, is that the windows only version? I seem to recall it has a little less fiddling with MySQL, but any advice on setting that up would be neato. Unless you’re not setting up a wordpress server in your house…

  4. Comment by Robert
    3rd November 2006 at 12:05 am

    No, I’m pleased to report that RHMeUK is safely hosted by professional web hosting people on their professional server in the professional town of Folkestone, Kent.

    That said, WordPress was very easy to set up (on my host’s Unix server) — download from, upload to my webspace, set up a new MySQL database for WP to use, edit a couple of config files, and then run the WP install script. All worked fine straight out of the virtual box.

    The WordPress Codex has some info about installation on Windows servers.

  5. Comment by jamesH
    4th November 2006 at 4:24 pm

    I started to set it up on FreeBSD one time, but the only information I could find about what you’re ‘meant’ to do for MySQL was “set up a MySQL database”. Although it suddenly strikes me that I didn’t try hard enough to find the information.

    An actual search on google would have helped, it seems. Oh the things we overlook.

  6. Comment by Robert
    4th November 2006 at 11:25 pm

    As far as I remember (it’s been a while since I set up WordPress for the first time), it was a case of create an empty database, tell WP where it is (via the text configuration file) and run the install script.