Luton Estate Agents

Mike Willis are a bunch of cowboys. We used them to rent a flat for us. I have never dealt with a firm that lied through thier teeth as much as these guys. Here is a list of some of their failings:
1. Failure to pass on money from the tenant on more than one occasion
3. Failure to carry out spot checks on the property as agreed.
4. Failure to advise us that there was a problem with the washing machine for over 4 weeks.
5. Failure to arrange an electrician to complete works on the property.
Do not use Mike Willis for anything, they are by far the most unprofessional firm we have ever dealt with.

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Vanishing software

I recently came across this article.
Making that vital development decision
please don’t go off and read it. I was looking forward to reading it until I read the first paragraph.

I believe that within five years, all software development will be based on one of two virtual-machine technologies: Sun’s J2EE, which is based on its JVM (Java Virtual Machine), and Microsoft’s .NET Framework, which is based on the CLR (Common Language Runtime).

I made the interesting parts bold.
This article was written in “Jun 13, 2002”. What this means is that in a couple of weeks time 80% of all development work on the planet will cease. No more work will be carried out on Linux, Windows, macintosh, not to mention more than 80% of all dynamic websites.
After reading that sentence I was unable to continue. Anyone who believes something like that or expects me to is hardly qualified to make a rational judgement about J2EE or .NET.

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Debian and ymessenger

If you get a dependency problem with ymessenger on debian ie.
debian:~# dpkg -i /home/harry/ymessenger_1.0.4_1_i386.deb
Selecting previously deselected package ymessenger.
(Reading database … 156541 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking ymessenger (from …/ymessenger_1.0.4_1_i386.deb) …
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of ymessenger:
ymessenger depends on xlibs (>> 3.3.6); however:
Package xlibs is not installed.
dpkg: error processing ymessenger (–install):
dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
ymessenger
Convert the rpm to a deb package using alien as follows
alien -c /home/harry/rh9.ymessenger-1.0.4-1.i386.rpm
then
dpkg -i ymessenger_1.0.4-2_i386.deb

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