Web Site Testing with MaxQ

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MAXQ is a web proxy with recording and replay features. It is designed to capture and replay tests. They are quite keen that one understands the terms of use of target sites since many prohibit automated access and these days it would seem defend themselves against it.  This article documents how to run MaxQ and make tests, but not how to successfully run them. (If that’s why you’ve come here, look elsewhere but if you have answers please comment here. ) Continue reading “Web Site Testing with MaxQ”

Banking Regulation Reform

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I was pushed to look at some of the Banking Regulation reform performed by the last government. My focus was to look at the Vickers aka Independent Commission on Banking and the legislative response. The key proposal is practical measures to protect domestic savings from foreign risk by de-merging or separating the retail and investment banking arms of the large banks. The next stage in this article would be to collect comments/link around the adequacy or otherwise of the timetable for adoption and the politics behind it. The Banking Reform Act was passed in 2013. Continue reading “Banking Regulation Reform”

Converting dates to strings using Python

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While working on converting ello.json to rss, I needed to convert the date formats, I needed to do it in Python and found the following code worked, using strptime and strfmtime. I had to augment the date string with the name of the day of the week attribute, so felt it had to via a date data type. (This is an important part of the requirement, since otherwise string manipulation would have been enough.) Finding exampes was hard, so I hope it helps, Continue reading “Converting dates to strings using Python”

Labour’s Leadership Election Timetable

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Last Month, Harriet Harman writes,

As well as mounting a strong opposition to the Tories and understanding the lessons from our election defeat, we need to get on and elect a new Leader and Deputy Leader.

The NEC met this afternoon to decide on the timetable for the leadership election, ….

This leadership election will be run under the new rules we agreed last year: a broad and inclusive contest with one person, one vote. Continue reading “Labour’s Leadership Election Timetable”

London Labour’s Mayoral Candidate Selection

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The Labour Party is undertaking a process to choose a candidate to run for Mayor of London. This process is in four parts,

  1. Application Stage – now complete
  2. Nomination Stage – closes 10th June
  3. Selection Panel Stage – currently advertised as complete  on 13th June
  4. Voting – starts 12th August, finishes Noon 12th September

The misleadingly named Nomination stage is (to be) performed by members at all members meetings and by affiliated organisations according to their own rules. Candidates need five nominations to be considered in the Selection Panel stage, there are 72 Labour Party membership organisations in London, together with at least 13 trade unions plus the socialist societies, five is not a high threshold.

The Selection panel stage will be closed and opaque, and has previously caused some controversy, but its one of the reasons that the nomination stage takes place to allow a visible indication of support; perhaps they’ve learnt from the European Parliamentary selection.  (The panel consists of 6 members and may have been chosen by lottery.)

Voting will be done by all London members, affiliate members and registered supporters, will be conducted using a secret postal ballot (or on-line). There are no “colleges” so each vote is of equal worth. This is the “One Member, One Vote” closed primary promised when Labour’s Special Conference adopted the recommendations and rule changes of the Collins Review. You can join, or become a registered supporter by going to  the Labour’s Party’s join us page. Affiliated membership is via your trade union or an affiliated socialist society.

SPARQL on WordPress

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For various reasons I needed to look at SPARQL again. What’s the easiest way to put it up?, Here! I’ve installed LH Tools and have a SPARQL endpoint and query panel installed. It’s currently here, but I reserve the right to integrate it into my look and feel, I’d like to put up a page. The site has an rdf feed which is what it uses as the query target, need to check if the link record its there. (it’s not, so do I put the code into header.php, or do I have to get inside the plugin code?) Continue reading “SPARQL on WordPress”

Zhjaeve Unveiled

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In the early parts of Act III of NWN2, Zhjaeve seems to be pretty necessary. However, the game software as delivered doesn’t implement armour for her in-game avatar; a mod has been built that this to happen, the default is not. This post records my notes on the mod which also removes her face veil. Also since she’s the only Cleric offered as an NPC, she’s pretty useful, although the ‘coming to’ of otherwise dead party members, and the lack of restriction on ‘resting’ reduces the necessity of the Cleric and it’s the free Heals and combat cure wounds that establishes her utility. The forgotten realms wiki has an article on her here… Her stats are discussed here… at nwn2 wikia where they note that her strength makes her a poor 2nd line fighter. Continue reading “Zhjaeve Unveiled”

VLOOKUP vs INDEX ( MATCH)

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How awesome is this! Excel =INDEX, is a matrix retrieve i.e. =INDEX(array, row, col) retrieves an entry from the two dimensional array. If we combine this with MATCH which returns a row number we can use these functions instead of =VLOOKUP, its allegedly faster too. MATCH operates on a column or linguistically a list. Continue reading “VLOOKUP vs INDEX ( MATCH)”

notify-send

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While installing docker, I decided I needed to write some notifications to ensure the configuration works. See Docker. I started with a TCL/TK script, which these days looks a bit old school, and writing the packer was (& remains) difficult. Virtualbox reports its status on Ubuntu via a very pretty interface, prettier than Apple script anyway, so I thought I’d have a lock. Continue reading “notify-send”

My little mail server

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What a pile of poo! I have access to four smtp servers and they all have limits on the distribution list size! (They are all about the same size of 100). Google will allow 2000 per list but only if you use one of their clients. Let’s try and bring up an SMTP server, connect it to DNS, and then send them myself. Sounds like a job for AWS. Continue reading “My little mail server”