Thursday, February 24
BTW, I shall be issuing the 'Blog of the month' award on the 28th, so if you haven't submitted your blog for nomination, you'd best get it in quickly. Dont forget, if you don't win this months award, you can always enter for next months.
Monday, February 21
Sunday, February 20
30 minutes later the update is installed and the dialogue box informs me that I have to restart the PC, I click 'Restart now' and hey presto! ... the fecking PC goes into an eternal loop of restarting as soon as Windows has loaded. After spending hours trying to rectify the problem I finally give in and do a complete re-install of XP, which takes another 8hrs (having to install drivers, apps and all the other crap).
Now one of my qualities is 'persistence', so off I go to windows update and proceed to download SP1 and all the other critical crap. Many hours later i'm downloading the last of the batch, when... you guessed it, the download hangs-up again. Eventually I get the last of the updates and I'm presented with the 'Restart now' dialogue box, hesitantly I click the mouse and ....and everything works fine.
The moral of this story:
If at first you dont succeed, don't expect to know why.
Saturday, February 19
sessiontimebomb 162 days
SessionTimeBomb ???? What the heck is that all about ?
I decided that I trusted Microsoft about as much as I trust Tony Blaire, so I promptly uninstalled Antispyware (Beta). I shall wait until the Final release before I re-install the beastie (Microsoft have apparently decided that they will not charge for the full version when it eventually gets released)
Friday, February 18
To do this you simply left-click to cause the Penguin to dive, then left-click again to swing the bat (it all hangs on your timing).
http://alec.at.tut.by/penguin.swf (requires the Flash Plug-in)
Let me know what your personal best score is.
Tuesday, February 15
I'd take a dictionary and starting at the letter 'A', I would find a word that I considered pretty obscure, then enter it into the search engine. I would then go to the first page that showed in the results.
Working through the dictionary alphabetically, I'd find a second word and enter it into the search engine. I'd then go to the second page that showed in the results, and so on. In this way I would spend hours trekking around the Internet, discovering websites that covered a wide variety of subject matter. Little by little I would build upon my bookmarks and slowly increase my vast knowledge of useless facts.
Of course, back in the nineties the threat of spyware, adware and virus's was not what it is today. So if you want to play the search engine game, then I suggest you arm yourself with an arsenal of anti-threatware utilities first. Incidentally there are many good free sources of anti-threatware available for download, here is a list of links to some of the better ones that I have discovered.
AVG Antivirus (free edition)
Trend Housecall (free online scan)
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta (free edition)
Lavasoft Ad-Ware SE Personal (free edition)
Spybot Spyware Remover (free edition)
Zonealarm (free edition)
Sygate Personal (free edition)
Security Fixes from Gibson Research Corporation
DCOMbobulator (closes the DCOM's remote exploit in Windows XP)
Xpdite (Replaces an unsafe file in Windows XP)
ShootTheMessenger (prevents the Windows Messenger Service exploit)
Unplug n Pray (closes the Universal Plug and Play Service in Windows)
Gibson Research Corporation homepage
Enjoy your searching.
Monday, February 14
Since then, this day (14th of Feb) has been considered as the day of Cupid, the mischievous son of Venus -the Roman Goddess of Love. Lovers through the ages have taken this day as their own - a day to celebrate the finest human emotion.
The reason for celebration is ageless, but it was much later that a great lover gave the day his name. The eternal lover that gave us the famous word 'Valentine' and originated the tradition of writing love letters on this day, is believed to be Bishop Valentine. He was a priest in Rome when, the city was ruled by 'Claudius the Cruel'. Inspite of the fact that Claudius had forbidden Christian conversions and Christian marriages, the Bishop refused to surrender to Roman Gods and carried on his religious duties in secret. He was imprisoned for disobedience, but even in prison he converted the convicts. While he was in prison, the jailer's daughter became his friend and was loyal to him through his ordeal. When Claudius came to know that imprisonment had not broken his enduring Christian spirit, the bishop was executed. However, on the day of his death Valentine wrote a note to his friend, 'the jailer's daughter' and signed it - 'From Your Valentine'. This great man who died for his beliefs, for his enduring love of the Christian God, was chosen as the patron Saint of lovers. 14th February has since been celebrated as Valentine's Day.
Romantic souls all over the world have preferred to focus on the romantic twist of this tale, the story of the man who united lovers in the holy bond of marriage; a man who loved his jailer's daughter and started the tradition of writing love notes.
There are many other stories as to the origin of Valentine's day, but this particular one is regarded as the most credible.
Anyway, I wish you all a happy Valentine's Day.
Saturday, February 12
- Do you have Service Pack 1 installed ?
- Do you have Service Pack 2 installed ?
- If you're using Service Pack 2, have you had any problems with it ?
- Do you have the latest security updates ?
- If you have the latest security updates has installing them caused any problems ?
Feedback would be appreciated, thank you.
Friday, February 11
The Gartner report said Firefox's growth, so far, was "unsustainable" as many of the features that had made it popular were primarily aimed at individual users not businesses.
Gartner said the most likely scenario in the future is that Internet Explorer will co-exist with Firefox on PC's as companies install Firefox as a back-up browser and to make sure they do not miss out on future features.
Another probable factor in Firefox failing to severely dent Internet Explorer's base in the commercial sector is the increasing number of worms and viruses now targeting Firefox and other browser alternatives to Internet Explorer.
(full article here)
Thursday, February 10
Amanda Monti, 24, flew into a rage when Geoffrey Jones, 37, rejected her advances at the end of a house party, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
She pulled off his left testicle and tried to swallow it, before spitting it out. A friend handed it back to Mr Jones saying: "That's yours."
Monti admitted wounding and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
In a statement read to the court, Mr Jones said: "Amanda attacked me in an unprovoked manner and the attack has ruined my life."
(Taken from the BBC News website)
Wednesday, February 9
Serence KlipFolio is an information awareness and notification application for Windows that saves you time and effort by intelligently monitoring remote data sources--like weather, stocks, Hotmail, news, RSS feeds and even auctions--right on your desktop.
This little application is a great resource to have on hand. I use it for keeping me up-to-date on my fave blogs, the weather, quotes of the day, tech news and various other informational sources.
The klips are readily available from the Klipfarm and I've even published my own klip so that you wonderful bloggers can have updates to The Daily Blog right on your desktop (hehe).
Take a look at Klipfolio here , it's completely free and has no Spyware or Adware attached.
I couldn't help noticing that the list is typed out in HUGE print, yet the note at the top of the page that vindicates some of those on the list (me for one) is in tiny print.
I'd like to point out that when the Judge originally passed his judgement on my blog, It was only my second day of blogging and I was using a standard Blogger Template to which I'd made a few alterations, I have to admit - It was a tad hideous ROFL.
I haven't done any HTML coding for years and I'm completely new to Cascading Style Sheets, so come-on guys, be a bit more forgiving. Personally, I think my blog looks better than the standard Blogger Templates (feel free to agree).
Well, one day mum came in from shopping to find Fred crawling across the livingroom floor whimpering 'Help me! Help me!'. It turned out that a cat had gained access to the house (through a window that mum had left partially open) . Fred died in mums hands minutes after she picked him from the floor, which broke mums heart.
I used to complain about Fred's incessant chatter, but the nature of his demise left me feeling a little guilty.
Now to come up with a way to make 'blip comments' ...what the heck is a blip comment ? Well it's like a superfast way of leaving a comment within your alloted 30 second stay.
Dare I ask for feedback ?
Tuesday, February 8
The man was rushed to hospital after the incident at Leigh Social Club in Caerphilly, South Wales.
A Gwent Police spokeswoman said: "We received a call from the ambulance service at approximately 9pm on the 5th to inform us of a situation at the Leigh Social Club in which a man had indeed severed his own testicles."
She said the man was taken to Heath Hospital but could not confirm his condition.
It was reported that the man told his friends: "If Wales win I'll cut my own balls off."
After the 11-9 victory in the Six Nations clash, the man is reported to have gone outside and severed his testicles before bringing them back into the club to show fellow drinkers.
A local was reported as saying that the man was on medication and should not have been drinking.
Sunday, February 6
Blog of the Day seems to have struck-up a good formula, no need to struggle for something to write about, just post an article on the latest entry for .... you guessed it, the blog of the day.
Although I find the layout to be that of a standard Blogger(TM) template, Blog of the day serves to provide a growing list of other blogs of interest.
My blog (The Daily Blog) has earned a spot there and will be posted on the 11th Feb, so what are you waiting for ? Slide on over there and take a look for yourself. While you are there you can submit your blog for the chance of a spot. Don't forget to bookmark it, as I think you'll find it a blog worthy of return visits.
If you want an invite all you have to do is find the code and follow the instructions that accompany it.
For any of you that aren't sure what Gmail is all about, just click on the title of this post and you'll be taken to the 'About Gmail' webpage.
Get scouring, these invites go like hotcakes.
Saturday, February 5
If you feel like idling some time away, then take a wander over there and indulge yourselves.
WARNING: The above link contains content that may be unsuitable for those who suffer from Epiletic Seizures
Thursday, February 3
Winners of the award will have their blog linked on my 'Blog Of the Month' Spot,as well as receiving the coveted award to display on their blog.
To find out how to nominate your blog and to be in with the chance of winning, click on the banner above, or on the title of this post.
What are you waiting for ? Get nominated NOW.
Wednesday, February 2
It is my right to use whichever browser and/or OS that I choose, as it is their right to use whichever they choose.
If you wish to be persuaded by the current Anti-Microsoft movement, then at least go the whole nine yards and stop using Windows XP/ME/98/NT/95 etc, after all you could at least show commitment to the cause.
A point of note, it is because I use Internet Explorer that I am aware of its vulnerabilities and am therefore diligent in my measures against them. Can the same be said for those that use Firefox and other Mozilla browsers? After all, you do realise that to date there have been 55 exploits identified in these browsers, which enable hackers to gain access to your system without detection. It seems to me that people are installing Firefox under the false pretence that they are now safe (admittedly these exploits are being addressed).
One last point, the claim to security that has been made concerning Firefox is actually issuing a challenge for hackers to find its exploits.
Juan Pastrano, 49, was hanging up the pan, above, after washing it when he spotted the image.
Juan, of Prairie Lea, Texas, said: "I'm a religious man and it looks like the image of Christ to me."
He has sealed the pan in a plastic bag while deciding whether to sell it.
Tuesday, February 1
Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is a security technology that helps protect Internet Exporer users from spyware and other potentially harmful software.
Spyware is auto-detected and you have the choice to 'Allow, Block or Permanently Remove' the offending software. This helps reduce negative effects caused by spyware, including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information.
Continuous protection improves Internet browsing safety by preventing more than 50 ways that spyware can enter your PC. Participants in the worldwide SpyNet community play a key role in determining which suspicious programs are classified as spyware. Microsoft researchers quickly develop methods to counteract these threats, and updates can be automatically or manually downloaded to your PC so you stay up to date.
For those of you who are still using Internet Explorer (IE), I highly recommend that you go download this FREE application from Microsoft now (get it HERE). You will be invited to Authenticate your OS (Operating System), the choice to do so is yours and refusal will not prevent you from downloading Microsoft Windows Antispyware (Beta).
I have visited a number of Blogs that have tried to install Trojans and Spyware on my PC, but Microsoft Windows Antispyware (Beta) Alerted me to the threat (which I would otherwise have known nothing about) and prevented my system from being circumvented.
Surf in safety, get yourself protected.
Monday, January 31
And one more thing WE KNOW ABOUT BLOODY BLOGAZOO so write about something else.
Ok gripe over, time to get back to surfing those blogs (via those nameless traffic generators LOL).
Sunday, January 30
Turn the clock back almost 30yrs and you will find me standing in the pouring rain at the edge of a very busy Motorway (that's a Freeway to my American readers) hitching a ride, I was about to resign myself to dying of hyperthermia at the roadside when a blue car pulled up and the rear door swung open.
Well, I couldnt get into the car fast enough and was soon beginning to enjoy the feeling that was returning to my body when I suddenly became aware that the car was travelling a little too fast (especially considering the wet road conditions), I asked the driver if he could slow down a little, but seemingly oblivious to my request he starts to tell me how crap his life has suddenly become...
He say's "until recently I was a successful business man, everything was going really great for me. My marriage was good, we were happy, then one day I'm taking a client out for lunch when one thing leads to another and we end up sleeping together. Now, I had until then been completely faithful to my wife and as a result of the guilt that I felt, I decided never to cheat on her again..and never tell her of the incident....fine, you might think, but little did I know that this girl had kindly invected me with sythilis, which in turn I passed on to the wife. Needless to say, the marriage was the first thing to go, followed by the house, the business and now the bastards want to repossess the car...so I dont give a shit if i die driving it."
To cut a long story short, I went into a panick and screamed at the man to pull over and let me out of the car ...after about a mile, he slams on the brakes ..slides across three lanes of traffic and hits the barrier on the nearside lane .
How the heck we survived I dont know ..Define providence ?...maybe, but I'd rather devine providence would have stepped in sooner and prevented me from entering the car in the first place.
So, the blue streak that passed me today may not have been in a hurry to get home after all, he may have picked up a hitcher and was telling them how crap his life was.
Saturday, January 29
A warning to anyone who is thinking of joining one (or all) of the above traffic generators ... They are seriously addictive.
Anyone who has passed by my blog in the previous two weeks would have noticed the changes that I've been making to the overall look. I experimented on various designs and colour-schemes, before settling on this Black and White look. I decided on this as I found it easy on the eye -- hoping someone will stay longer than the obligatory 30 seconds to appreciate the benefits on the Iris -- feel free to leave comments and suggestions (constructive critism only hehehe).
Well time to go surf those blogs and clock-up those credits. Oh one last thing, I don't know if the guys from Blogexplosion happened across my little pic in the previous post 'How Apt', but I've won two 25 credit mystery prizes since posting it ...Hehe.
Friday, January 28
I have been asking myself this question a lot of late. Once this question has been offered up to the conscious mind, it presents other questions,
Does my life impact the lives of those who know me?
Does my life impact those who don't know me ?
Is the impact my life has on others negative or positive ?
Am I getting all that I could be from my life ?
When my life expires, will my grave mean anything to anyone?
Then the biggie ---- Does it matter?
When you ask 'why am I here?' what questions arise in your mind?
Wednesday, January 26
So I immediately contact customer services and ask for a replacement modem (as I refuse to replace the Mobo just for it to be damaged again...i've already lost 2 mobo's to this sucker)...Well after being passed between Customer Services and Tech Support for well over 2hrs, I finally get told that they take no responsibility for the damage and that there is no action they can take.
Well how about this for action NTL (name of Service Provider) ....WORK YOUR SERVICE UP YOUR ARSE ....That action will cost you the loss of my £1200+ per annum custom.
Tuesday, January 25
That said, I think blogger is otherwise a good service and easy to work with (especially for an ole fart like me, that has forgotten more than he remembers about HTML etc).
Monday, January 24
Don't get me wrong, I agree that Sadaam and Bin-Laden had to be dealt with and removed, but this has been achieved, so pull our troops out and bring about the democracy that they are supposed to have won for Iraq.
Sunday, January 23
I've added a new link to the blog 'Trace Me?' - click on it to see how traceable you are.
I dont know about you, but I find it rather disturbing that anyone (in the know) can find out exactly where you are. I think our ISP's should do more to protect our Online Identity (obviously still making it accessable to the authorities, but not to Joe Public).
What's your opinion ?
Saturday, January 22
Still, all seems well now, so it's back to the other blog and on with the show :)
Friday, January 21
Thursday, January 20
wallet dry and for what ? - for a second-rate service, that's what.
I've been trying to surf the net all day, I actually had stuff that I
wanted to download and a few things I was studying, but my connection
is crawling so bad ..It feels like a return to dialup (stuff that) .
I've been trying to contact the Tech Support (what a joke, tech ? they
wouldnt know their RAM from their ROM), you know how it is...you
finally get through only to be put in the Auto-Queue and subjected to
the most heinous noise (they call it music) for what seems like
forever...then when a human (haha) answers you find you can hardly
understand a word they say --- yep NTL have sold out to India -- now
dont get me wrong, I have nothing against Indians or any other race
for that matter, but come on TEACH EM TO SPEAK FECKING ENGLISH.
OK ..After an hour trying to communicate my problem to the TECH-HEAD,
I still find that my net surfing is almost at a standstill.
Do I get a reduction in charges when I get a reduction in service ..YEAH RIGHT.
Not only do I have to pay the same rate for a degraded service, but
...YEP YOU GUESSED IT ....I also get stung for the over-priced call to
OK whinge over ..now let's see if this actually POSTS...HEHE
Then people who wish to see the state of my mind through pictures will be able to visit Photo-blog and leave their comments there.
Ok now some feedback ....should I bother with Photo-Blog ???
Leave comments on this post.
Wednesday, January 19
By Lee Pitts June 2001
I swear an oath on my honor as a hypocrite that...
I will cuss cows but eat beef, blast miners but wear jewelry and drive a car but condemn oil companies.
I don't want trees cut for ...." (Click link to read the rest)
the less blog-addicted) I have developed a rapidly growing addiction
to all things blog. I've been clicking through the 'Next Blog' button
for the past two days ... I must say it's scarey to see so many
like-minded people in the world (are we all so desperate for
Oh well back to the blogsphere ..I have a new pet to feed (blog-a-dik-shun).
You can even add smileys to the message. Whats more the TagBoard will Auto-Refresh to you can chat live (almost).
I've also added a GuestBook, so feel free to sign it and leave feedback.
I dont know, the things I do for you people :)
Monday, January 17
There are those who do and there are those who do not...
I unfortunately belong to the 'I do but cannot' category...
I have been given the knowledge of choice
yet am limited by my lack of capability...
and thus I become one of the cursed...
doomed...until things change.
Sunday, January 16
I've managed to gloss things up a little with the addition of a clock and a streaming video feed.
I havent touched HTML for an age, so I am pleased with the results (after hours of trial and error)
And now I feel I have earned the right to sleep, so it's off to bed for me.
I've not slept for the past 48hrs due to the neighbours deciding to rebuild the interior of their house (banging and clanging 12hrs a day for the past week), still I dont sleep well at the best of times so at least it gives me reason to sit here typing to my blogg.
My thought for the day:-
If a cups usefulness is in its emptiness, does that mean a full cup
is therefore useless?
- Technical Problems
- Sorry for the Pageload Delay
- Where do you want to go today ? (anywhere but Wind...
- Session Time Bomb
- Warning - This is highly addictive
- Searching for Entertainment
- Valentine's Day
- The Irony
- Windows XP Updates Questionaire
- Firms warned to approach Firefox migration with ca...
- Remember You're a One-Ball
- KlipFolio - The Smartest Way to Stay Informed
- I've Been Judged (again)
- Mynah Matters
- Flash Cards
- Rugby fan cut off his own testicles
- Blog of the Day
- Gmail Invites - Up for grabs
- Dell-ighted Customers
- Optical Illusions
- The Daily Blog -- BLOG OF THE MONTH AWARD
- I'll Use Whatever I Choose
- Out Of The Frying Pan ?
- Safer Surfing For Internet Explorer Users
- Politics, Religion and Bloody Traffic Generators
- Deja Blue
- Two Weeks in the Blogosphere
- How Apt
- One question leads to another?
- Last Straw
- Blogger Blues
- Just my opinion
- The Face of Evolution
- When I was your age
- Big Brother is Watching You
- Yay I'm Back
- They say it's the browser
- Picture to post
- Hypocritic Oath
- GuestBook and Tagboard
- Freudian typos
- Reduced-carb Spuds
- The Curse
- Bells and Whistles
- First Post
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