So I have always loved phones and especially smart phones.

Starting with the T-Mobile MDA II, a G1 with cool keyboard but terrible memory problems, an e61 (the greatest phone ever made), an HTC Desire and an Samsung S3. However I find myself at the end of my current phone contract which prompts the what to do next questions.

The recent EE power-bar promotion is clear evidence to my mind that the fundamental battery life issue is as of yet unresolved and in fact is becoming so endemic that it is starting to impact revenue for providers, phones without battery power can’t spend money.

However due to the 24 month contract, almost universal now, that my phone was under I have had to adapt to the reality of a phone that required aggressive battery life conservation. As a consequence it turns out that I can generally cope with limited data connectivity. My iPad mini has taken up the slack using various public wifi networks and I find myself no longer needing the smart phone data capabilities.

There are however a few outstanding issues; two factor for Gmail and Facebook and getting to level 9 on Ingress.

While in the process of setting up a Dokuwiki install I came across a problem with generating clean URLs using Apache rewriting.

The installation comes with a default .htaccess which is,

RewriteEngine on
 
RewriteBase /dokuwiki
 
RewriteRule ^_media/(.*)              lib/exe/fetch.php?media=$1  [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^_detail/(.*)             lib/exe/detail.php?media=$1  [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^_export/([^/]+)/(.*)     doku.php?do=export_$1&id=$2  [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^$                        doku.php  [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}       !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}       !-d
RewriteRule (.*)                      doku.php?id=$1  [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^index.php$               doku.php

However on 1and1 shared hosting when serving Dokuwiki directly from the domain root directory I need the following change,

RewriteEngine on
 
RewriteBase /
 
RewriteRule ^_media/(.*)              lib/exe/fetch.php?media=$1  [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^_detail/(.*)             lib/exe/detail.php?media=$1  [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^_export/([^/]+)/(.*)     doku.php?do=export_$1&id=$2  [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^$                        doku.php  [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}       !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}       !-d
RewriteRule (.*)                      doku.php?id=$1  [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^index.php$               doku.php

While the moment I thought of this it became obvious the documentation within the file suggest this is an unlikely value to edit and also presents it elsewhere to the RewriteEngine so not as obvious as I thought it could be.

We have an election in the UK soon and here are my flippant questions to ask of the candidates;

Trident

Suggest a situation that would cause you to use Trident?

Housing

What circumstance in a persons life need to come about for it to be appropriate that they are homeless?

Employment

Would you prefer a land-mine sales person to go to work or quit and claim JSA?

Environment

What obligation do you feel we have to the planet?

Europe

What current situation do you feel that as a nation we could respond to better being outside of Europe?

Congrautlations to Leo Leporte and the TWIT team on their tenth anniversary of This Week in Tech.

From the 2015 Paris–Roubaix

Don’t be silly on your bike around trains folks.