Wave goodbye to your cash?

With Visa payWave, you simply wave your Visa card in front of a secure reader, and you’re on your way. Most of the time, a signature is not required for purchases under $25, plus, you retain control of the card during the transaction, which reduces the risk of fraud.

Visa USA | Personal | Visa payWave

Engadget mentioned the rolling out of Visa’s payWave with a giveaway at a San Francisco Giants’ game to get people interested in their new ‘convenient’ payment device. RFID is all very well for a lot of applications like library books or security tags in stores, but for your VISA card? So let me get this right, for low value transactions, a signature is not required? And all you need to do is be close to the reader?
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Is ploughing like software development?

“Software is still a young endeavor. At the birth of agriculture the excitement must have been similar, with the same sense of enormous potential.”—Joe Berkovitz

Adobe – Flex Developer Center

I agree with people who say “code is poetry” to illustrate the fact that there are elegant ways of proving software solutions to problems.
I’m just not quite sure I can see the analogy that Joe Berkovitz describes. Were there agriculture geeks who stood next to a field after Digging some dirt over for planting potatoes, listening to birds twittering, were thinking “Wow, think what Soil 2.0 could be like?”
I think not.

Episerver and Page Languages

We’ve been doing some work recently using EpiServer, extending it to fit our needs, to support our new website look which is one of many new features coming soon. Having website content in more than one language reflects the international coverage that Esendex has.

We ran into a bug today which initially wasn’t easy to spot where adding a Page Language to an existing page was causing EpiServer to hang as it entered an endless loop of calls to a stored procedure called ‘netPropertySearchStringMeta’.

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A little SugarOS on your Plesk?

There are many quirks which are picked up by using a website management package like Plesk. My remote Linux server has this installed by default on it, and it does simplify a lot of basic operations. It does become difficult when standard Linux / Apache information doesn’t help because Plesk rearranges things into its own way of doing things.
This has been improved in the latest version installed ( version 8 ) as the virtual hosts directory is finally under the /var/www/ directory more like a standard Apache setup.

I’ve been wanting to trial the open-source customer relationship management software, SugarOS. I kept finding a block at Install Wizard Step 2 where it did a system check and failed at accessing the PHP Session directory.
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