Moved to Subversion

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Being a small development house with a quite a lot of development done while I am in hotel rooms around the world, our code repository was under attack.

In the past we have used Sourcesafe as our code repository but since having lots of fun with remote checkouts it was getting frustrating, a couple of weeks we had yet another corruption in the sourcesafe repository. This was enough to motivate me to trial a project using subversion.

So whats the verdict, simply put its great. It works simply and we can all work together simply since subversion is targeting the opensource community its actually aimed at a world spread development team. The merging of XML files is interesting but this has been explained to me because I should change the merging tool, which I am currently looking at.

If your using sourcesafe I would definately recommend taking a look at Subversion and TortoiseSVN


Unwired to Vodafone 3G

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I have been using Unwired service for a while as I needed broadband but because I rent I didnt want to lock into a contract with a provider in case I had to move. Unwired was a good solution although speeds were not always optimal and it only works in Sydney and Melbourne. Since I do a lot of travelling the idea of paying $20 a night for broadband in a hotel was driving me insane.

When vodafone announced it was offering its 3G service of 5G for $39 dollars I was sold and said goodbye to unwired. Unwired had the annoying and usual deal of that you can not schedule a cancellation of service you have to call on the day. This I find really annoying you have paid for a service to a certain date and to put a bit of code in place to say dont renew and cancel the service on renewal would be very simple.

So a month in how is it going ? The vodafone drivers are a tad unstable on vista although I havent tried on XP  and find sometimes after a hibernate it cant find the hardware, I would like my internet connection to be up and running asap when I have started my computer but I have found I need to do a few restarts every now and again which is annoying.

I have used my service in Melbourne, Brisbane, and several spots in Sydney including all the airports and all very happy with the coverage and speeds … a friend has next G and he has had less service in the same spots while we were sitting together … nothing makes a geek more happy than having better internet access then the guy next to him.