MySQL’s utf8 is broken
MySQL really made a mess here. What they are calling
utf8 really isn’t. Hidden away in the MySQL manual we can read this:
“The character set named utf8 uses a maximum of three bytes per character and contains only BMP characters.”
Loosely translated: MySQL utf8 is broken. Don’t use it.
When I tried to install the Openshift Client Tools all seemed well until I tried to run
C:/Ruby22-x64/lib/ruby/2.2.0/rubygems/core_ext/kernel_require.rb:54:in `require': cannot load such file -- dl/import (LoadError)
from C:/Ruby22-x64/lib/ruby/2.2.0/rubygems/core_ext/kernel_require.rb:54:in `require'
from C:/Ruby22-x64/lib/ruby/gems/2.2.0/gems/net-ssh-2.9.2/lib/net/ssh/authentication/pageant.rb:1:in `'
In a previous blog post I complained that Microsoft is allowing deceptive adds (the kind that drives our grandparents crazy) in Skype. This seems strange as one would expect Microsoft to protect it’s good name.
However it seems Microsoft could still do worse. So they didn’t give up and changed the Skype installer to install bloatware. And Yes, MSN and Bing plugins are just that, bloatware. My Skype told me that there was an update so I ran it and look what the Setup screen is showing me:
Yes that’s right. To enable or disable two options I get half of a checkbox. Thank you guys! It seems I’m not the only one that noticed this as there is a slew of threads on this on the Skype community forums. Here is just a sample, there are many, many pages of threads about this issue:
Microsoft, Skype is your platform. You are the one who decides which adds get to be shown…
So why oh why do you allow deceptive and abusive adds like the one in this sreenshot?
These adds are tricking people into believing there Windows computer has problems that aren’t really there. These adds are bad for the reputation of Windows. That other companies don’t care about this I understand, but I would have expected Microsoft itself to be more protective of it’s own good name.
Please stop allowing adds like these!
SEE ALSO: Oracle turns Java into malware!
It’s been a while since I last posted here. That’s because I’ve been very, very busy. I joined a startup company mid december and things have been very hectic.
The company is named Brautschloss (which is German for ‘Bride Palace’) and we are organizing a bridal fair where bridal stores can purchase the dresses for in their store from the various brands.
Breaking the 50,000 view barrier with just my own ramblings. Wow.
Who would have thought?
Thanks to you all for reading my blog.
And thank you VERY MUCH for commenting!
On now to 100,000!!
There are a maximum of 4 bytes in a single UTF-8 encoded unicode character.
And this is how the encoding scheme works in a nutshell.
|Bits of code point
||First code point
||Last code point
||Bytes in sequence
Source: Wikipedia (also confusingly showing 6 possible bytes when truly 4 is the maximum)
Wait, I heard there could be 6?
You heard wrong.