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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
1:39 pm
Humphrey Lyttelton died. On friday, so I'm behind the times.

I don't think there is any-one who could come close to replacing him on "I'm sorry I haven't a clue".
Wiki tells me he was also something in the jazz world, but thats not really my sphere.

Current Mood: sad
Friday, April 25th, 2008
2:28 pm
1:12 pm
Eye Test

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
3:09 pm
I love ebay. It's great for killing the odd few minutes and the occasional working day.

I've just seen that searching for "crack whores" actually brings back results.
Sadly "crack and whores" brings back no results :(

Current Mood: bored
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
4:30 pm
I am a fickle user.
Netvibes has been down for less than 12 hours and I've now switched everything that was on it to igoogle. I also had some stuff on there from when I first set up the page...

In todays lists (the HowTo list) I found this : http://www.wikihow.com/Think-Before-Speaking
Nothing particularly new, strange or unusual here ... but I can think of a few paople that often fail on "thinking with brain, not with mouth", so I thought it could be usful to link to
2:43 pm
My netvibes page is down. this means I'm feeling a little out of contact.  I still have igoogle, bu tI'm less used to this, so I'm still doign a cycle of checking 5 email accounts every half hour. FB status updates aren't accessible to me :(

ION : Our bed has finally left our living room, and returned to the bedroom (the obvious place for it). There was a few moments while it was in transit between the two where I thought we'd got it lodged in the hallway, which reminded me of dirk Gentley's holistic detective Agency ... but sadly we got if shifted before too long.
I guess this means our painting is drawing to a close. So now we just need to do something with the carpets, and throw out a HUGE amount of stuff, and then we can start talking to estate agents.
(I was really quite enjoying the bed in the middle of our living room - it meant there was less space for *stuff*, but sprawling was much easier, and the bed was more accessible for *other stuff*)
Friday, April 18th, 2008
12:35 pm
There's a cow programming language, described here:


Sadly it does not actually allow you to program cows :(
Thursday, April 17th, 2008
1:22 pm
chocolate Vs Security
I was a little interested in this : Women Love Chocolate more than Password Security

OK, the sample was small, but it does mirror lots of similer studies into the same thing. Can ANY-ONE think of ANY reason why so many more women would hand out their passwords than men (Any-one pointing at the chocolate gets a slap)?
it was 10% men to 45% women - fairly one sided ... although it doesn't say if they questioned similer numbers of men and women. It also doesn't mention that all the people that responded are taken from a set that's prepared to talk to market research bods outside a train station...

Normally I'd dismiss this kind of thing as bad / misleading / marketing statistics ...
But then I started thiniking - I know quite a lot of women who are quite happy to give their PIN out to people and only a couple of men that do the same. Friends and lovers generally, not Joe Public, but still.
I give my PIN to no-one. NO-ONE. And I know quite a lot of other people that do the same (almost entirely men).

Is there a reason for this?
Am I using selective memory to support a theory, and "forgetting" counter examples?

All I can think of is : "!women tend to be more trusting than men" ... which I don't believe at all and want to dismiss ... which I'll do as soon as I come up with another theory.
(alternative is to dismiss any link between gender and password security, and right the survey off as marketing trash)

A coupel of things I thought of while reading, that escaped my memory while writing : The market researchers had no way of knowing if the passwords they were being given form their gifts were genuine, so maybe the question really is "how quickly do people think to lie in order to get goodies".

Also : Maybe the socail engineering techniques used by the market researchers to get this infomation was targetted more at women than men (patterns to pursuade men would be different than patterns used to pursuade women).
The gender of the people asking the questions should also be considered
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
8:18 am
XP SP3 - Part2
So, not wanting to experiment with servicepack 3 on my home machien I decided to try running it on something a bit less important - my work PC
I installed it at about 4p.m. yesterday. By 5p.m. I was forced to admit that it really wasn't going to power on again.
No BSOD, it just kept cycling through startup and the rebooting.
All the usual steps were taken ... up until 5:30 when I left.

So now my first task of the day is rebuilding my own PC. This does not make me happy

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
3:24 pm
Win XP servicepack 3 is being pushed out soon (please ntoe : 2 years late), probably in the next week or so...
I'm scared. Our comapny is blocking it, as a precaution. I'm debating doing the same for my home PC.
OK, it's not "mission critical" and SP3 shouldn't do anything untoward.

I'm not running any particularly strange bits of software, or anything thats likely to be afected and is fully patched and updated... but these SP's always do little things that are unexpected. I've reloaded XP twice (on different machines) within the last month and I'd really rather not go through this again.

I guess if I keep putting off the desicion for a short while longer it will all be irrelevent as the update will install itself while I dither.

Has any-one already downloaded SP3?
Has it caused any problems?
HAve you experienced the supposed 50% increase in performance?

If any-one wants to block this update: message me, I'll send you the tool.
If any-one has Vista and is having the same worries about V-SP1 .... sorry, you're on your own.
12:58 pm
Some-one told me something dangerous a while ago, and I thought I'd share

On Wiki Alt+Shift+x = random page (!)

Wasting time just got even easier.
Monday, April 14th, 2008
1:32 pm
bad friends
It seems my flist has let me down.

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip are playing tonight and not one of you buggers thought to tell me about it

Some googling tells me it's in London, Camden,  starting 7pm, so I wouldn't be able to make it anyway (If it were Reading I'd so be there).

I know a few people that read this are fans, and Camden isn't a million miles from any of you (even Corvus), so I thought people may want to go - And Yes, I will be jealous.

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
11:45 am
Lawsuit: Woman can't be president
This amused me.

The amusement will end very quickly if this actually gets any-where.
I had to check several times to see if this was published on April 1st, or
was pulled from The Onion or something similer
11:32 am
Any-one who come to me and reports the problem of "I don't know my user
name" as "My machine isn't turning on" deserves to be shot.
If they let me walk from one end of our building to the other to investigate
this "non - working machine" then they deserve to be shot inthe kneecaps.

Yes I'm pissed off.
At just about everything.
All these people swarming around me asking questions and not listening to
the answers are not improving my mood.
Please send sympathy for both myself and those forced to come into contact
with me today.
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
3:34 pm

1. Where is your cell phone? Pocket
2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend? confusing
3. Your hair? tabby
4. Your mother? guilt
5. Your father? proud
6. Your favorite item? Varies
7. Your dream last night? unmemorable
8. Your favorite drink? LiquidCaffine
9. Your dream car? Flying
10. The room you are in? Office
11. Your ex? distant
12. Your fear?
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? stable
14. Who did you hang out with last night? Kristen
15. What you're not? Certain
19. The last thing you did? download
20. What are you wearing? socks
22. Your favorite book? many
23. The last thing you ate? sandwich
24. Your life? comedy
25. Your mood? bored
26. Your friends? loved
27. What are you thinking about right now? virii
28. Your car? Dead
29. What are you doing at the moment? procrastinating
30. Your summer? undecided
31. Your relationship status? complicated
32. What is on your tv? dust
33. When is the last time you laughed? today
34. Last time you cried? Hexy
35. School? Always


(I'm pretty poor at these - I like being a little more verbose than it allows. Further explanation to any of them given on request. Or not. But you're welcome to ask)
Monday, March 31st, 2008
7:25 pm
XP Build
I've just finished installing updates on my old PC, which has now been sold.
OK,I still need to  put some more memory in (which is in the flat somewhere ... but where?), put in a new CD-W (as the existing one seems to have died during its time on top of the fridge) and call the new owner (who's phone is not currently accepting incoming calls) and get her around here with transport (neither of us have a car)

It's Finished and Sold I tell you!

From hitting the power button to loading the google home page takes 46 seconds. Including typing a password and telling the browser to start.
Can any-one beat that, without tweeking?

Current Mood: cold
Friday, March 28th, 2008
3:12 pm
Musical Warfare
The worst thing to come out the last weekend was this : less than 3

The real problem with this is by finding it to cure the ear-worm it left me with I stumbled across this
I think (and I can't believe I'm going to admit this) that I may actually like it.
I blame Denny :-/

Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, March 21st, 2008
1:17 pm
Running around shoting people had to be postponed last nihgt.

A surprise 12-person poker game happened. The chance to see some friends and walk away with £45 was to tempting to resist. This meant I didn't start gaming until some time past 3. I played until about 6 - I love how the internat always has SOME-ONE awake to play with. The late night is all good though, as it means staying up and bouncing until dawn tomorrow is now looking like a much eaiser task.

ION : Saturday the 29 is looking busy. Unfeasibly busy. :(
So far there is a birthday  and an egagement party, AND I've just had an SMS from my dad saying he wants to talk to me about the 29th as well. This does not bode well.

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, March 20th, 2008
5:41 pm
I was hoping to spend tonight being painted. Unfortunately my on-call painter is moveing house (and therefore busy) and my live-in painter is out for the night.

So my new plan is to spend most of the night drinking RockStar energy drinks and playing FT2.
Right now I'm watching Derren Browns "The System". His interesting use of language (and the flipping a coin to land 10 heads) has kinda given the game away for me. Still, it's very well produced and thought out (and there are some things that I have NO CLUE how he's doing) so it's stil enjoyable.

Later I will be in game. Here

Tomorrow I may try to find an auxillery painter, then clubbing will start my weekend of doom.
I have next week off.

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
7:30 pm
    I'm most unimpressed. Today the vending machine at work gave me diet coke when Iasked for The Real Thing. :(
My levels of disappointment and disgust (high anyway from having to get coke rather than pepsi) sky rocketed when I actually tasted it. And it hurt my tummy. Apparently there is more to the stuff than of caffeine

On the same note : Tesco have rebranded / renamed the breakfast cereal I've been eating for the last 4 years as Health Food. I'm tempted to switch to something cardboard and sugar-covered, just to spite them.

Edited as I can't spell. Is this really news to any-one?

Current Mood: annoyed
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