Monthly Archives: January 2008

Hot and bothered

I’ve just spent the last few hours assembling and part-filling another 5 Benno units from Ikea to go with the 5 I’ve already got, and I’m now hot and knackerd.

They’re already half full and I’ve no room to get any more, I’d better try and cut down on my DVD habit.

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Making Firefox 3 look less stupid

The worst bit about the forthcoming Firefox 3 is the new functionality of the address bar. The new richlist format gives far too much preference to the title of the page rather than the URL, and just looks ugly.

Fear not, help is at hand.

Type "about:config" into the address bar, find the browser.urlbar.richResults boolean entry, and set it to "false". Restart Firefox and all is back to normal.

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Burn baby burn

Slightly belatedly I celebrated Burns Night tonight with a plate of haggis, mash and leeks, washed down with a generous glass of Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Perfect.

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Happy 50th Birthday

Happy birthday to LEGO, which will be 50 years old at 13:58 today.

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Fire, I’ll take you to learn

Friday night saw the first part of our biennial trip to the local fire station so that the scouts can do their fire safety badge. It also gave me a chance to play with another new toy, a Sigma 28/1.8 lens. If I’d known that I’d need a new laptop, I wouldn’t have bought the lens, but such is life. On the 30D, the 28mm lens works out at the equivalent of 45mm which is pretty much a “normal” lens.


Whilst we were there, they did a demonstration of what happens if you put water onto a chip pan fire which was very impressive and slightly scary, they didn’t take much persuading to repeat the demonstration a few more times.

Chip pan fire 17

More photos.

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Another new toy

My 30-month old Fujitsu laptop has been getting progressively worse and worse. It overheats if you use it too much, and the touchpad seems to be developing dementia. After it crashed 3 times in 10 minutes yesterday morning whilst I was trying to work from home I gave up and ordered a replacement.

I’m now the owner of a new Lenovo 3000 N200 which seems very nice so far. The keyboard is the best I’ve ever used on a laptop although the bottom-left CTRL key is in the wrong place which is irritating, and the rest of it seems nice and sturdy. After a couple of hours work I’ve updated the software, added the various bits I need, and removed most of the cruft that comes pre-installed. All it needs now is another 2GB of memory.

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Citylink deliver nothing

138564 1 week 24/7 free Technical Support

Consignment Number: no items dispatched
This order will be delivered by CityLink

At least they can’t lose it.

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How to alienate your customers

If you visit and pick Mozilla Store from the middle of the front page, you get presented with a message saying

You have accessed the site incorrectly to go to the International Store Click Here

How have I accessed it incorrectly? I clicked on the link you provided on your website. If you know I’ve accessed it incorrectly, why not redirect me to the proper page rather than just sitting there telling me that I’ve got it wrong?

Useless fuckwits.

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Shoot ‘Em Up

Ace fun, if a little bit John Woo-ish. Think Hard Boiled with added comedy.

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Back problems

My back has been bad now since before christmas, and I finally got fed up with it. After a trip to see the doctor I now have a prescription for different painkillers, and a referral to the hospital to get my back x-rayed. Time will tell if either make a difference in the long run.

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Two weeks running?

Why do couriers seem so adverse to knocking on the neigbours doors?

18 Jan 2008 09:42 Yate 1 Unable to deliver, calling card left

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Ti 456

That actually looks quite nice.

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New geeky toys.

After deliberating over it for several years, I’ve finally replaced the aging PC behind the TV with an Apple Airport Express for listening to music through the amp. Despite using a slightly non-standard configuration, I’m not actually using the wireless part, it only took 10 minutes to set up and seems to be working perfectly.

Oddly enough, the cheapest place to get them at the moment is PC World.

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Did they really think it was serious?

The Daily Mash – QUEEN SHOWED ME HER SWASTIKA TATTOO, CLAIMS BURRELL subsequently turns up on Tattooblog. Did they miss the satire?

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Not dead yet

I seem to have survived this bout of norovirus slightly better than the last time. I think I need a more comfortable toilet seat though.

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Oh no, not again.

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I guess I’m going to Bristol then

10:25 Friday, January 11, 2008 Delivery point closed (Carded)

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It’s on a van

06:37 Friday, January 11, 2008 Goods loaded onto a van

Will they leave it with a neighbour, or will I have to get up tomorrow morning to drive to Bristol? Can you cope with the excitement?

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Courierwatch Continues

Well, there’s nothing else to write about so you’ll have to make do with this.

17:14 Thursday, January 10, 2008 On route to delivery branch

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I just ordered some audio tweaking bits from a company up north partly because they were cheap, but mainly because they said they used DHL for deliveries, and the DHL depot is just round the corner.

Within 45 minutes of placing the order it’d already been dispatched which is great, execept they’ve sent it out with City Link which almost certainly means a trip into Bristol to collect it. Fuckwits.

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Back in the office

My back is still bad, but staying at home was driving me crazy. I think daytime television is a conspiracy to force people back to work. At least my laptop didn’t keep dying yesterday, I think it was the threat of replacement that might have scared it into some sort of stability.

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I’m working from home today because my back is playing up. Normally this isn’t too much of a problem, however my laptop has already died three times this morning which is somewhat frustrating.

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A mud bath’s my way of getting clean

Bath vs Gloucester tonight was a horrendous mud bath of a match. Bath were by far the stronger team, something that wasn’t well reflected in their 10-5 victory.

The BBC have got a far better match review than I’d ever come up with. The 5 pints of Butcombe Gold might have something to do with that though.

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NYE – The Aftermath

Last night was spent in the pub round the corner with various friends.

The Royal Oak

Despite feeling crap for most of the night, I came to life a bit around 00:30 and enjoyed myself immensely. Much beer was quaffed, disgusting combinations of sprirts were drunk as punishment during drinking games, and bad dancing was exhibited by all.

Cards and a drink of pure evil

I think we eventually staggered out about 3am and headed home.

More photos.

I feel the need for a Sigma 30/1.4 lens now, or maybe a 5D.

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Happy New Year

It’s now 2008, did I manage to stay awake until midnight or not?

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