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If you’re a fan of RPG gamebooks you should do yourself a favour and pick up copies of the new editions of the Fabled Lands series.

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Given the recent disturbing news that the Australian Federal Government plans to proceed with forcing ISPs to implement mandatory content filtering, it’s good to see that at least it’s not all bad news. It is currently being considered (again) as to whether the Australian National Classification Scheme should be changed to include an R18+ rating, which would mean certain games wouldn’t be banned simply for being part of that classification. You can find a feedback form here, which I strongly urge everyone to do and voice your support for rating parity with other media.

Intrigued by a post I found on Alexander Dickson’s blog, I had a go at the Zend PHP 5 Certification Self Test. I scored an average 5/8, which is apparently enough to be told “It looks like you are ready to take the Zend PHP Certification exam.” Will I do it? Perhaps – it’s not that expensive – but does anyone really care about certifications? After the Magento Certification I’m in no hurry to do another one!

I discovered Shazam in the Ovi Store list of recommended apps. This is something iPhone users have had for a while but has had only limited availability for Symbian devices. Curious, I decided to try it out.

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Always the bibliophile, I recently threw down some cash for a a few books, which I hope are really investments. So far they seem to have been good purchases! I’ll list them and write a bit about why they make for good reads.

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Earlier tonight I completed – and passed – the Magento Certification Test, thus becoming a certified Magento developer. I must say the test was not nearly as easy as I thought it would be. The questions are multiple choice but use checkboxes rather than radio buttons. Quite a few of the questions were either obscure, had an ambiguous question or answers or relied entirely on terminology which I wouldn’t consider to be standard in any way. Thankfully, it appears that if you have spent an unreasonable amount of time working on Magento code, as I have, then passing is not impossible. I’d be interested to know what other people thought of it!