Now in yummy caramel flavour!

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Be 3133t for $100 

Ah, some network admins out to make a quick buck.
Now you can DoS your neighbours and friends with ease.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Now you see me - now you don't 

Networks, who'd have 'em? When they work there are a technological miracle, when they won't they are a mystery. Last night I went offline for no apparent reason. After spending an hour troubleshooting I isloated the problem to the router. All well and good but no obvious fix to my dilemma. So, today I phoned technical of the hardware manufacturer, to be told that the router had gone bad. Yes, I could have told you that an hour ago, dummy!

So then I tried directly connecting one of the PCs through the modem. It wasn't going to play ball, wouldn't even give me an IP address. So I left it and went and did something else for 40mins or so, when I came back to the PCs low and behold, they were connected again, weak signal but connected none the less.

You know, after all that, I still don't know what happened. The router still isn't working properly, so at least I get a replacement out of it. Let's hope the next one is more stable.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Hunt Chain 

Have you ever played the "Hunt Chain"?.
Stay with me here....
The concept goes something like this.

It works in four phases.

Phase 1

You start off spending a few days/weeks/months thinking about things you can't place and thinking "Umm.. I wonder where so and so is", but not actually bothering to look for them very hard because they're not that important.

Phase 2
You need to find something really badly so you go looking for it, instead of finding it you find everything that you were thinking about during phase 1.

Phase 3
You give up looking for the item you really needed in phase 2 and by this time you desparately need another item, so you hunt for it and guess what? You can't find it, but you do find that thing you thought you had lost during phase 2.

Phase 4
Repeat phases 1 thu 3 ad nauseum.

1.Time spent to find item during phase 3 is proportional to importance. i.e. the more important the item is, the longer it will take to find.

2.You won't find the item in phase 3 until you start from phase 1 again.

I played the hunt chain today. It wasn't amusing, but then, it never is.
*Sigh* Some days I think the universe is having a laugh at my expense.


I just tried to search for something and got this:

"503 Server error:
The service you requested is not available at this time.
Service error -27."

It can't cope without Google, what am I going to do? O.O


Sunday, July 25, 2004

Who stole my weekend? 

Can't believe it's Monday again already. What happened to my weekend? Did someone swipe it while my back was turned?

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Trials and Tribulations 

The saga with the company website took another twist this week. About a week ago I heard that another department were making their own plans to bring the web management in house. I realised that if I wanted to heard, I had to act straight away. So I started looking intently into CSS, to see if it was easy to tighten the code by using it. It still seems to be a language with as many problems as solutions, but still worth looking into.
I also spent two nights doing mock-ups and a proposal. On Thursday I submitted it. Early signs are promising, but now we sit and play the waiting game. I'm not a work now for a couple of weeks but our current web contract finishes any day, so things could get interesting next week.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Toilet Humour 

Written on tank next to handle:
Please wiggle Handel
Written below it:
If I do, will it wiggle Bach?
Don't beam me up Scottie, I'm having a sh.......
Mike was here.
And below it:
No I wasn't.
Boy this gum sure is chewy!
(Next to condom machine)
Please do not throw cigarette butts in the urinal.
They get all wet and soggy and then they are hard to light.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Legend of the Dragon Kings 

My collection arrived today! Sadly it does not have the English opening and closing themes, but a quick search on google and I found them in MP3 format. I'd love to know who they are by though as the quality could be better. I used to have the series on VHS. It was the only complete anime I owned, after I moved however I lost the videos and I was gutted. Now the series is available on DVD (although only region1). Personally I think it's a great little story and the dragons are beautiful.

The names of the brothers are quite significant as well. I only found this out recently. Please correct me if my translation is a bit out, but they roughly translate from eldest to youngest as follows:

The begining
The next
The end
The future

Monday, July 12, 2004

You've got to be kidding????? 

We called one of our technical helpdesks today to get a replacement screw as the one fitted in one of the brand new laptops was fitted with one the wrong size.

Get this..... 10 days to replace!
Is it April 1st already?

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Mindless amusement 

Been introduced to the delights of online manipulation today. Hours of fun dreaming up new slogans and adding them to pictures. Here's just a couple:

The crazy Japanese world of kao-ani 

The Japanese equivalent of smilies. It's huge, lots of bouncing, animated, unclassified animals with cute expressions and blushes!

Check out a few of the sites here:

Crash IE in 11 bytes 

Umm... wonder if this ever got sorted?

Old Skool 

Dug out an old music tape this week. Been listening to "Jack to the Sound of the Underground" and "Humanoid (Snowman Mix)". I'd forgotten how good a deep and dirty baseline like that sounded!

Friday, July 09, 2004

Couple had sex on stage at rock festival 

A Norwegian couple face court action after they stripped off and had sex on stage during a rock concert. Tommy Hol Ellingsen, 28, and his girlfriend Leona Johansson, 21, say they did it to help save the rain forest. Police fined the couple £850 each but they are refusing to pay and now face a full court case.

Ellingsen and Johansson are members of an organisation called F*** for Forest which is dedicated to having sex in public to save the environment. Their latest stunt came in the middle of a concert by Kristopher Schau and his band Cumshots at the Quart music festival in Norway.

After the couple walked on stage, Ellingsen asked the audience: "How far are you willing to go to save the world?" He and Johansson then took off their clothes and began their enthusiastic performance as the band carried on playing around them.

The couple previously raised about £10,000 by having sponsored sex in public but couldn't find an organisation prepared to take the money.

Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness 

The Angry Amoeba

SMS RSI anyone? 

A Singaporean student looks to have smashed the world record for high speed text messaging. Kimberly Yeo, 23, managed to send a 160-character SMS message in just 43.24 seconds. It knocked more than 20 seconds off the official record of 67 seconds held by Briton James Trusler.

Guinness are still waiting to verify the new record set at a competition run by Singapore telephone company, SingTel.

Would-be record breakers all have to send the same message to ensure a level playing field.
It reads: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."

Competitors are not allowed to use spelling aids or a predictive text programme on their phone. Ms Yeo, a business administration student who sends thousands of messages a month and won £8,000 in cash and other prizes, said she had been extremely nervous before the event.

I bet she's deadly with a Nintendo!

For some people, reality is a real challenge! 

A man in China ended up in hospital after he tried to use his umbrella as a makeshift parachute.
The man, from Chonqing, western China, is believed to have suffered two broken legs.

He told police he jumped out of the window because he thought his microwave oven was about to explode.
He had thought that the umbrella would enable him to land safely - like Mary Poppins in the Disney children's film.

All's well that ends well 

You know, I had a good feeling about today. I had been sitting at my desk for an hour when the boss' assistant yet again consults me about the website, (that's the company one - not mine!). I appear to be the only one in the building that seems to have the faintest idea about how websites work and what's involved. Anyway, the issue about paying fees to the host for updating a few lines on the website is raised again. The problem being was that the company never took out a maintenance contract, thinking they'd only have to update a few pages and leave everything else intact. They should have known better, we're an evolving company, nothing stands still, job specs are fluid, people move around the place all the time. Since joining myself, I've done marketing, office management, HR, box shifting, technical engineering and IT helpdesk, and my case isn't unique. As the company changes, so do we.

Anyway, I digress....
The discussion moved on to bringing the control of the website in house and the possible implications of that. I explained that I would be more than happy to look after the site, but it wasn't possible at the moment because of my workload. At this point I decided it was time to talk to my boss and explain the flurry of emails before it got out of hand. We sat down and had a little chat and I explained that I'd love to do it, but realised it wasn't an option at this time. To my surprise she agreed with me and said bringing it in house would be far more cost effective and would discuss it with her boss. I have to say the whole thing has got me very excited about work again. We will wait and see what transpires over the next couple of weeks. Watch this space!

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Stuck for words 

You won't be any more... here's the "Cliche Finder."Just type in a word and it will find all cliches containing that word!

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Dumb Fur Bells 

Trying to do one-arm curls with an affectionate cat around is an experience in itself. The only way I could stop him from head-butting the dumb bell was to use the other hand to fuss him. I swear the fur grows between the ears!

Saturday, July 03, 2004

World Weird Web #1 

Sometimes you happen upon websites that you really wished you hadn't found.
Here's the first of possibly many
Say hello to "Zentai Woman"

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, this is a person, dressed up in a full body stocking!
The complete gallery is at Zentai Woman
You clicked, didn't you?