Saturday, 16 February 2013

Zend View "Setting private or protected class members is not allowed"

Zend View, Partial and the dreaded "Setting private or protected class members is not allowed".

This error started showing on my website the other day and I couldn't figure out what it meant. Looking through the subversion logs, apt-get install logs and checking config file modifications showed this exception arrived seemingly autonomously. I couldn't figure out where it came from.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Using Amazon Mechanical Turk outside of the US

I've been looking at ways of using reputable crowdsourcing services from within the UK. There are a few around, however I've always wanted to use Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk). I first learned about MTurk when the company I work for was visited by the guys at Amazon Web Services (AWS), they discussed it as one of their many AWS offerings and had quite a funny story about a CEO of a company working as a Worker on MTurk while he exercised (don't ask how). My partner then started using it as a Worker just for fun when I realised I have a project which could do with some large scale collaborative effort.

MTurk doesn't allow Requesters (people with jobs) from outside of the US, I'm not sure of the reason why but this stopped me. I had not heard any good words about any other crowdsourcing platform so MTurk was for me, but how?