The Commonwealth Bank lost 10 years of banking records

As reported on BuzzFeed, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia lost backup tapes holding ten years (2004-2014) of banking records for up to 12 million customers. If you’re a customer of the Commonwealth Bank, and haven’t already been turned off by the stories coming out of the Royal Commission, then you should take this as the last straw and change banks. Make sure you tell them why.

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Continuous Deployment isn’t always the right thing…

So for my first #BlogADayMay, I’m doing a rant I’ve had saved up for a while. Continuous Deployment, which is one of the new shiny hawtness going around, isn’t always the right thing.

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Blog-A-Day May

It has been literally years since I’ve blogged on anything resembling a regular basis. This hit me recently when I renewed my WordPress subscription, and then again today when I renewed my DNS domain. I’m just not blogging enough โ€“ even for myself, and I’m the primary audience. So – I’m going to post every day in May. A #BlogADayMay.

As usual, I’m blogging for myself. If other people find my rambling ruminations regarding reality interesting, or even of benefit, that’s great, but it’s a bonus, not the goal. The topics for this month will be wide and varied. Posts will range from short to long, because I don’t have an internal editor, and will write until I run out of things to say or time to say it in. Once May is over, I may continue, or I may go back to my irregular posting.

You have been warned.

Using shorter UUIDs

UUIDs make great identifiers – ones that are, for most practical purposes, unique, easy to generate, and hard to guess. The only problem is that they areย long – 256 bits, but with a textual representation that’s 36 characters. So what if they were shorter?

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ExtJS’s Grid Clipboard plugin is borked by design

I’ve been meaning to write this for nearly a year, but I held off hoping things would change with the next release. They didn’t, so I’m writing this: the Clipboard plugin for the Ext.grid.Panel class – which provides cut-and-paste support for the enhanced table widget – is borked by design. It does stupid things, and Sencha says it should do the stupid things. In this post I share what these things are, and how I’ve overriden the default behaviour to do something hopefully less stupid. Warning: this is a rant.

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Upgrading to ExtJS 6.2

Sencha recently announced the general availability of ExtJS 6.2. People who regularly read my posts (hi, to all three of you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ will be aware that I’ve been working with the ExtJS library for a number of years now, while building a suite of apps of some not inconsiderable size1. It’s probably not the largest ExtJS app in the world, but it’s up there. And when you work on an application for a number of years, you’ll need to upgrade its framework from time to time.

Every time I’ve done this, the process has been a bit different. This time, it’s different in a good way – it was easy.

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