MacServ deployed

The initial version of my latest project, MacServ, has just been deployed.

MacServ is intended to model the work-flow at Mac-Sys and to replace the existing paperwork.

Deployment was scheduled for close-of-play yesterday and I thought I was home clear: I’d uploaded the scripts, configured the database and at a quick glance things appeared to be working. I was getting ready to leave the office and hit the gym only for one of the staff to discover that one of the apps controllers wasn’t operational…

I cranked up the debug level of the framework and it looked like a conflict between the version of PHP in use with the hosting provider and that which I’m running on my development machine. A few minutes fiddling with the .htaccess this morning got the problem resolved and we put the system through its paces.

I now have my latest list of required tweaks and from here on in it’s going to be an endless process of reworking, enhancement and bug-fixing.

Future plans include: tweaking Gcal.app to provide a custom browser for the app; integration with GSX and offering the system as a commercial product to other Mac service providers.

I feel a bit strange, having people use the fruits of my labour, but I am relieved to have brought MacServ to its current stage of development. Even if I’m pretty much sick of the sight of it by now ;)

Nerves of chocolate

My brother got married at the weekend and as part of the preparations we had to transport the wedding cake from my uncle’s bakery to Lusty Beg island, where the reception was held: a distance of 10.6 miles, according to Google.

Due to the size and weight of the cake it was decided that I would hold it on my lap while my brother drove, here’s an action shot:

Tim's wedding cake

At every twist and turn in the road my nerves were jangled and by the end of the journey Tim had sweat stains under his arms. The aroma coming from the cake had my taste buds watering in anticipation.

Forget crisps, sweets, pizza and all other junk foods: chocolate is the one thing that I feel is worth abandoning a strict, clean diet for ;) My brother Tim is also a huge chocolate fan and hence decided against a traditional fruit cake.

It tasted as good as it looks, compliments go out to my uncle Leslie!