Nice bed & breakfast near Cardiff

This weekend I had a real pleasure to stay in absolutely pleasant bad and breakfast near Cardiff – Pantre Tai Farm. I knew that the place will be good from my first talk with Mr George one the phone, when he told me how to get there – “Do you have sat nav? This bloody thing will get you to the middle of forest, you definitely don’t want to go there”.

Pantre Ta Farm is quite big, it has six bedrooms. The room we got was rather spacey, with walk-in wardrobe and roof windows. For me, living in life polluted areas, seeing sky in the night was real pleasure. Internet connection was fast and reliable. The only thing I can complain for was TV – 14 inch lcd hanging high on the wall – you want to take binoculars to use it comfortably ;)

The really strong point of this place was the breakfast. Freshly cooked by Mr George it was really delicious, one of the best I ever had (I wish I asked how he prepared mushrooms…). But not only the food was great, Mr George sat with us and started to talk with us. He suggested some places we should visit, we talked about Wales and why it is so hard to move to Wales when you’re not Welsh yourself.

If you want to stay near Cardiff or Newport, I highly recommend Pantre Tai Farm.


3G is rubbish

Some time ago I’ve started dreaming about three year long travel around Europe. My current position let’s me work from home, Caravans are cheaper than houses, so I thought I could travel on weekends and work during weekneds from any place without even letting my customer know where I roamed. I imagined how great will be to spend winter in Italy or Portugal and summer in Norway!

When holiday time finally came, I took laptop and a 3G Huawei USB dongle from O2 which I keep in case of my home broadband failure. I’ve connected it during our first stopover in small hotel near  Newcastle, bought access and went on line. It was somewhat slow for first minute or so and then the connection felt down to GPRS. It was going up to 3G, then back to GPRS. Memories of 14.4 came back, it took me an hour to find a B&B for next stay.

Next night we stayed in beautiful capital of Highlands – Inverness. I decided to share my joy on facebook, I’ve opened my laptop. Green led on modem was showing there were no 3G signal, but EDGE was available with signal strength 4 on 5 . But connecting was basically all it could do – with losses at 80% I had to gave up.

Our last destination was a nice B&B near Portree on Isle of Skye. There was no point checking if the connection will work – mobiles shown no coverage at all.

It seems my dream has to wait unless I’m ready to live in a caravan somewhere near London. Or London. Or maybe London…


goto introduced in PHP 5.3

I’ve been reviewing list of changes in PHP 5.3 and one thing captured my attention – for some reason they decided to add “goto” in PHP. I won’t even bother to look for rationale after that decision, I can bet it looked like:

– should we add goto support in PHP?

– no, it’s bad!

– yes, it’s useful when you don’t abuse it!

– if you can’t code without goto, you’re pathetic caricature of programmer

– real programmers KNOW how to use goto properly

And so on for 5000 posts…

At least they added some small advice from xkcd on their goto manual page