UPDATE: Sorry but this was written ages ago and the weather parser has stopped working now. I thought about keeping the code posted here but there is no point as it’s so outdated and there are so many newer methods to parse weather nowadays.
I’ve packaged up the InterceptVector parser and related files into a tar file and you can download it from the software section. There are some examples in there as well to help people get started. Hope whoever uses it likes it, let me know what you think.
Nice article on NewsForge today about the difficulties of being a web developer in Africa. Makes me really wonder about the things I take for granted everyday, such as electricity. Load-shedding, a practice used to save electricity is used often and usually without notice. Adding to the problem is the egotistic attitudes of programmers, who won’t work for anyone not looking like Bill Gates
Here’s a nice excerpt:
After writing yet another program, you just get fed up. I mean, what happened to all those bonuses that you were promised? Why aren’t you riding in a nice flashy car like all the managers? In fact, how come the managers have so many nice cars and you are so poor? I thought I was doing good work!!!
I don’t plan to live my life earning less than $300 a month.
[You hear a little voice in your head ...]
Welcome to the real world, buddy!! Let me explain things to you, you simply have to understand. You’re a big fish in a small pond. There’s not enough water to go round, so sorry if you are feeling a little uncomfortable. After a few more years, your body will get used to it and you will become a small fish, much more comfortable you know …