Social Lending

June 22nd, 2011

I have recently been looking at various social lending websites. The idea is that individual lenders lend money to individual borrowers via the social lending website, rather than via the banks. The result is that the lender receive a higher rate of return while the borrower pays a lower rate of interest.

For the sake of this exercise I have opened a lending account on four of the social lending websites to see how they compare:
Funding Circle
Zopa
Ratesetter

processing open office .ods files in perl

May 26th, 2011

Have just spent the last couple of days trying to process a spreadsheet file created in openoffice using perl. The problem I had was deciding which CPAN module to use. A choice of one which did everything I wanted would have been ideal. Unfortunately I had the overwhelming choice of hundreds.

I finally settled for ODF::lpOD

Thanks to the following pages that pointed me in the right direction:
how-to.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_read_OpenOffice_OpenDocument_spreadsheets_in_Perl

search.cpan.org/dist/ODF-lpOD/lpOD/Tutorial.pod#Individual_cell_access,_read_and_update

search.cpan.org/~jmgdoc/ODF-lpOD-1.114/lpOD/Table.pod

PHP Upgrade for 5.3

May 10th, 2011

Busy updating websites so they work in PHP 5.3
a somewhat boring task:
change each MySQL login password so it is stored in the new format
and update any depreciated code:
replace split with preg_split
replace ereg with preg_match
and wait for them to come to term!
Or postpone the problem till PHP 6 by ignoring all depreciated warnings:
error_reporting(E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE & ~E_DEPRECATED);
and do the job properly later…

Links:
PHP 5.3 depreciated functions
error-reporting

Census – Students to be exterminated

March 28th, 2011

According to the census form – if you are a student and have any part time or casual employment you will not be classified as a student but instead as a part time or casual employee with a very low salary.
I am still trying to work out if this is ‘conspiracy’ or ‘cock-up’?

Census Form

March 28th, 2011

Just finished filling in my census form, spent hours trying to work out the correct answer to enter into the box labeled “This Question left Blank Intentionally”.

Possible Answers:
YES – but then the box is not blank intentionally or otherwise.
NO – as the box is not blank.
TRUE – would reflect on the intention of the form designer,
UNTRUE – as the box is not blank but the intention was TRUE
FALSE – correct as far as the blankness of the box is concerned
DONT KNOW – can’t figure out what the question means, let alone the intention of the questioner.
PASS – maybe the best answer – this is the one I settled on.

any other possible answers interpretations – please comment below…