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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Subliminals [WK112] 

  1. I’m waiting::for you
  2. Speak::slowly
  3. Roger...::Out
  4. Knock knock::Who's there?
  5. Hybrid::System
  6. Can’t believe my eyes::Don't look!
  7. Hooked::on classics
  8. Pontificate::about the bush
  9. Slime::Green
  10. Unwelcome::Visitor
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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Website stats meets "The Sims" 

How cute is this?!?

Realtime website statistics shown graphically either as a town or a city.
Visitors are represented as people, search engines as vehicles and your web pages are the buildings!
The software isn't free, but you have to agree it's rather cool.

Saturday, March 26, 2005


The eagerly anticipated return of the BBC drama "Doctor Who" begins tonight. Leading stars Christopher Eccleston and singer-turned-actress Billie "because we want to" Piper, star as the ageless timelord and his companion, as they travel through time and space in the age old Doctor Who tradition, beating off alien baddies and defending the Earth from annihilation and oppression.

The series gained some additional press earlier in the month when a copy of the first episode managed to find it's way onto the internet, although sources at the BBC quickly quashed speculation when they annouced that it was a rough cut and not the final copy going out on air.

The invasion begins tonight at 7pm.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Now you see it... 

Here's a great optical illusion that you can have a go at yourself. Take one digital camera, a laptop (or monitor, if you're feeling adventurous) and the result? Voila! The transparent desktop!
I thought I'd have a try. Here's my attempt..

The inspiration.

It's not as easy as it looks, think you can you do better?
If so, please leave me a link in the comments, or send your creations here and I'll upload them to the gallery - thanks and good luck!


Documented proof that no one checks this guy's card when he pays for things.
The pages document how far he goes. Getting ever more surreal as he gets ever more daring.
You'll be amazed at what he got away with!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Windows being helpful 

As always, erronous error messages......
Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
(C) Copyright 1985-2000 Microsoft Corp.

C:>tracert /?
Unable to resolve target system name /?.

C:>help tracert
This command is not supported by the help utility. Try "tracert /?".


Subliminals [WK111] 

  1. Stink::Smell
  2. Renewal::Notice
  3. I remember::the day
  4. Loneliness::Solitude
  5. Ooooh::Ahhhh, just a little bit!
  6. For real::Genuine
  7. Titanium::Metal
  8. Get down::and dirty
  9. Rupture::Spleen
  10. Dramatic::Entrance
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It's official - I think like a bloke 

Confirming only what I have suspected all along! :)

Try it yourself, it takes about 10 minutes.

Monday, March 21, 2005

I must have one of these! 

Now, how cool is this............?

A laptop - desktop hard drive cloning kit! Surely a "must have" for any self-respecting geek!
Found here while searching for laptop hard drives for a customer and for less than a packet of fags, you can't really go wrong now, can you?

MSN Mobile Messenger 

I 'signed up' for and had a try of Microsoft's MSN Messenger SMS service on Saturday and whilst the concept is pretty radical and theoretically sound, I'm sorry to say that the service, in practice leaves much to be desired. The instructions for setting up the service are reasonably straight forward and you can be ready to go in minutes. However, once you've done that, you quickly realise that it is less than perfect.

The problem becomes apparent when you actually try to use it. You instruct the service with a series of SMS commands. For example, to log in from your mobile and retrieve a contact list, you send "CL" to the number you've been given. If it bothers to reply, you will be given the first eight contacts in your list and to send a message to them, you preceed your message with their number.

All well and good, you might think, but I've had limited success getting replies from the server and contacts I have tested it with say they never get messages from me. I'm finding it very "hit and miss". Then there's the FAQs and technical support pages, they're basically just the instructions re-written - doesn't help an awful lot! LOL.

Don't get me wrong, I'm "hats off" to Microsoft and Verizon Wireless for putting the technology together, but I feel it's far from ready.

I'd be interested to hear experiences from others who have tried this service.


Friday, March 18, 2005

Something guarenteed to mess with your head! 

A little bit of DHTML and javascript for you.

Still alive 

Yes folks, I'm still here, but nothing much to report recently because things have been... well, kinda slow of late. Work has been quiet and so has the network, I suppose I can't complain.

The weather has been nutty the past couple of days, real "T-shirt" weather. Kinda odd considering only a couple of weeks ago we had snow, if you can call it snow, it was a pretty abysmal show this time around.

I'm gearing up for a trip to Tennessee in the not too distant future, so I should have something to write about soon, until then I'll have to keep on trawling the internet for odd and interesting sites to share with you!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

CLI Blogging? 

Now how's this for a radically different blog? Ok it won't appeal to everyone, but it will amuse some of my geekier friends. This is taking blogger hacking to the extreme, but I've got to say I'm in awe of the results.

Popular blogs win top awards at Bloggies 

Noteable winners

My Boyfriend is a twat
Won an award for "Best European Blog"

Won 4 awards: "Best American Blog", "Best Tagline of a Weblog, "Most Humorous Weblog" and "Best Writing of a Weblog"

Got 2 awards: "Best Group Weblog" and "Weblog of the Year"

All well-deserved, go check them out!

Linux: Resources for "Building Your Own Live CD" 

Here's an interesting article. Not surprising really that it is aimed at Debian as most of the live CDs on the market are based on the Debian distro.

"Building Your Own Live CD"

Link courtesy of CSL

Sunday, March 13, 2005


The new IRC network Illumichat, is shaping up nicely. We now have JavaChat via the website, which means anyone with an internet connection can now join. Also, if you know the name of your room you can generate a link to copy onto your webiste, so your friends can meet you there, which is a pretty neat feature. You just stick your room name in the box and the rest is done for you.

We're already coming close to the 100 user mark and we're not even a month old! I'm amazed at the speed this net has grown, but in a good way. It's exciting times at the moment.

The begining

Subliminals [WK110] 

  1. Shape up::Dance
  2. New Orleans::Jazz
  3. In the bedroom::Pillows
  4. All the time::Eternal
  5. Philosophy::Wisdom
  6. Tyler::Moore
  7. Disturbed::Sleep
  8. French kiss::Lil' Louis Song
  9. Solidify::Dense
  10. Furtive::Secret
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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Take my advice 

Thought I would share my latest "find" on the internet.
Found whilst "Googling" for a keyboard problem.

Spied at: "Joel on software"

Monday, March 07, 2005

Subliminals [WK109] 

  1. Usher::Wedding
  2. Cherish::Love
  3. Mistreat::Abuse
  4. Forum::Bulleting Board
  5. Systematic::Approach
  6. Warning::Signs
  7. Wash::Label
  8. I wish::Upon a star
  9. Candles::In the Wind
  10. Metallic::Hammerite
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Friday, March 04, 2005

You're next Linus! 

Knighthood for Microsoft's Gates

It doesn't know weather to..... 

OK, in a matter of hours we've gone from heavy snow fall to torrential rain, thunder and lightning.
What is wrong with this weather???


Now *that's* what I call "snow" 

Finally, decent snowfall this morning. There's barely a centimeter, but at least it's settling properly and not a half-hearted "dusting".

I don't know what it is, but I find falling snow so magical. I think, for me, I reminds me a ski holiday I had and of a night-time decent down a mountain in Italy holding a burning torch aloft. We don't really see proper snow in this country any more.

I also remember, as a child going to the local park and having sledging races with the local kids in a hand-made sled, so big you could lie down on it. Coming home will fingers so numb and cold that there was a risk of frostbite from sticking your blue, icy fingers too close to the gas fire to keep you warm.

Sadly, since the beginning of this week, I have been deprived of a window to the outside world, so I'll just have to enjoy watching what I can this morning. With any luck it will be snowing again when I leave. I'm even prepared to endure the scary drive to work and back in my automatic car with zero torque and traction control.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Let there be light! 

"And a new network was born,
and all who witnessed it looked upon it, smiled and saw it was good."

So.... we begin again, but we are already further down the line than previously. I think some hard lessons have been learnt, but we are stronger for it.
Illumichat was officially "born" out of the darkness two days ago and already she is growing up fast. We already have some 40 users onboard, which is pretty remarkable for any new network. Most of the hard work has been done, it's mostly down to aesthetics now.

If you want to come by and see us, point your client to*

*Until we have javaweb access set up, you'll only be able to connect to us with an IRC client like mIRC, xChat, irssi, or pIRCh.

If you like chatting with us, please show your support by copying** our link button and putting it on your website!

**Please copy images to your own web space, do not link to images on this site - thank you.