Blogging your documentation

March 13, 2007

Some time ago I had an extensive contract doing FileMaker development work and I looked around for a way to easily keep notes (that were going to be useful to someone else!) on the work I was doing.

For a long time the answer was text files – very fast to update, search and very free flowing. However I wanted more, so I tried some blogging tools … finally settling on blosxom. This tool won because it stored the blog entries in plain text files – nicely future proofing the documentation in case blosxom wasn’t available/functional/wanted or whatever else.

Now I’m looking to do the whole thing over again on a different project and this time I want to use blojsom. Not least because Apple are now rolling blojsom into OS X Server, also because it seems to have a sizeable community behind it and partially because it is something new.

So – the stumbling block has always been getting Tomcat up and running on OS X. Today I’ve dug up some links to help – specifically MacSophia seems to have been here before, and pointed on further to mamamusings for some specific guidance.

Much mortgage news

March 13, 2007

Check it out – our mortgage industry is growing up. If we can just avoid the sub-prime disaster going on in the US at the moment 🙂

Also interesting is that Warren Buffet in his latest letter to shareholders mentions that he’s on the hunt for real estate agency businesses at the moment.

Adelaide Bank’s interest-free mortgage

Adelaide Bank has launched a mortgage product that lets borrowers buy a [sic] 20 per cent of home without having to make interest payments.

Fancy an interest-free loan to buy a house?

But when I heard about ‘shared-equity mortgage’, no such fears invaded my senses. All I could think was, ‘that’s interesting’, ‘good idea’ and ‘can’t-wait-to-see-if-and-when-it-will-ever-happen’. […]Yesterday […] Rismark and RP Data announced the launch of new property price indices and a residential property derivatives trading market.

Adelaide Bank has created a website just for the mortgage called at

The indices by RP Data are only available for pay, of course – what do you think this is? A marketplace where participants can see the data?

In his book Irrational Exuberance, Robert Schiller wrote about the potential beneficial uses of a derivatives market in residential property. Imagine you buy a house in Sydney – you could then use derivates over say Melbourne property to provide a kind of insurance against a drastic fall in your property. Naturally it would be possible to trade these derivatives in a more reckless manner, but nobody would do that, would they? Hmm.