Zend Framework has functionality to send messages to the Firebug console (via Firefox’s FirePHP addon), but if you’re not using the ZF front controller, the API is a bit of a pain. Besides your instance of Zend_Log, you must keep track of a few additional objects just to manually flush the headers after all your logging calls. Since I knew the old FirePHP class didn’t need this follow-up step, I figured I could just flush the headers after each send.
The result is FireLog. On the FireLog instance, calls to methods like log(), info(), warn(), etc. are proxied to an internal Zend_Log instance, while the methods send(), group(), and groupEnd() are proxied to the static methods on Zend_Wildfire_Plugin_FirePhp. In both cases the headers are set immediately using some simple ZF subclassing.
The singer of one of my favorite bands passed away.
It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9am this morning in hospital. She died from complications with pneumonia after battling the illness for two weeks in intensive care.
Our thoughts go out to James, Martin, her friends and her family and we request that the public respect their wishes for privacy at this time.
This is an untimely tragic loss and we will miss Trish dearly – a unique voice, an extraordinary talent and a beautiful human being. Rest in Peace. [Warp records]
The pic on the right is from The Berrics’ “New Year’s Dae” video. The skating is amazing—well worth a dollar—and the site’s registration and checkout was painless, but the rest has been a disappointment:
- There’s no way to download this “downloadable part,” as it’s advertised. You must install an Adobe Air application, which downloads the video.
- There was nothing in the checkout process to let me know I needed to install Air first. The only link to “download instructions” (who would think they need to read this?) was on the “add to cart” page. Once most people have checked out they’ll have to run to Google what an .air file is.
- The app isn’t digitally signed, so the publisher reads “unknown” and it asks for “unrestricted” access to my system. Does not inspire trust.
- You can only watch the video via the app! So no fancy controls you might want while, say, watching a skateboarding part.
- Considering I downloaded 150MB for a 5 minute video, the quality is astoundingly bad. See the horizontal lines in the screenshot? They’re a constant distraction and it all looks even worse at full screen. Every video on the The Berrics site looks better than this. Like most Rodney and Daewon parts, the filming is just not exciting, but it’s forgivable.
- Since I downloaded it on my wife’s PC last night, the download link in my account is already “expired”, so I can’t install it on mine.
The pic is actually from a copy I found immediately on Vimeo, highlighting the absurdity of this level of copy control. Lesson: Only paying customers have to deal with DRM nonsense.
Update: 5 days later, the video no longer plays.
[More nostalgia: Copied from an e-mail I sent Oct 18, 2000.]
[Hey, only 11 years late. Found this rummaging through some old files. With the title “Tour diary – achingly detailed version”, you know it’s gonna be riveting.]