My review of Martha Quest by Doris Lessing now online
I’ve just spent about an hour trying to set up WAP on my Nokia 6210. I eventually found the right settings (no thanks to the One2One website) and I include them below for fellow searchers:
|Data Call type:||ISDN|
|Data call speed:||9600|
|Idle time out:||120|
I’ve had this book almost since it came out in hardback in 1994 soon after it had won the Whitbread First Novel award but never got around to reading it. I picked it off the shelf this morning and an hour and a half later I’d finished it.
It is a really beautiful, compelling book. The story concerns a 100-year-old slave on a Virginian plantation in the early 19th Century and his relationship with the plantation owmer, the overseer and his own dynasty of slaves. I won’t say any more as the plot is revealed cleverly and with real poise through the length of the novel.
D’Aguiar was originally a poet and that grasp of language serves him well throughout the novel. The characters might be accused of being archetypes but I think instead I would say that the book uses simplicity to great effect. Recommended.
My review of The Trial by Franz Kafka now online
(From comments by xQx, carm$y$)
telnet [your mail server] [port – usually 110 for POP3]
Once you’re in:
STAT gives you number of messages and total size
LIST gives you a list of your messages
RETR [message number] to read a message
HEAD [message number] [bytes] (I couldn’t get this to work on BT’s mailserver but I assume it gives you the first part of a message)
DELE [message number] deletes the message permanently
And when you’re done:
You can also send email via telnet
I’ve written Idiot’s Guide to Unit Testing in which I am the idiot! It documents (briefly) my travails trying to get Unit Testing along the lines of JUnit working in my ASP/VBScript development.
New book review at http://bluebones.net/books/default.asp?review_id=6
Cooper Temple Clause lyrics from ‘See This Through and Leave’ album added (copied from sleeve notes of limited edition double CD)