Archive for March, 2005

Student drops Rooney punch claim

March 30th, 2005 No comments

What a bloody surprise.

It was always going to be some stupid arsed story made up a jealous Evertonian, who was after a bit of cash. He didn’t exactly make it hard to work out what he was up to either. 16 hours after the incident, he went to The Sun newspaper, he then went to the Police.

These kind of people make my blood boil. Get over it, it’s a sport, a game, not life or death. Grow up.

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This is ridiculous

March 29th, 2005 No comments

Have a look at this.

That RJ45 connector, it’s not just a connector. That’s the computer that’s running it too.

Yes, a proper computer. It runs Linux.

This is just insane….

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If I Was A Rich Girl

March 29th, 2005 No comments

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na

I would have the audascity to sing that I wasn’t

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na Na, na, na….

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March 28th, 2005 No comments

No, no, no, no, no!

Stupid bloody birds!

I managed to get another today (actually, I don’t think I did, but bear with me). Again, I was driving to rowing, and a bird flew across the road in front of my car, appeared to get caught up in the air flow around the car and got flung up, over the bonnet, up the windscreen, and probably shot into orbit somehow. I didn’t actually hit the bird this time, but it must have come pretty close. I looked in the rear-view mirror, and couldn’t see it so I’m not sure what happened.

Worse still, I have to drive through a fairly major town to get to the reservoir where I row, and I saw two pigeons pecking something in the road (in my lane). I drive up to them, thinking that they will move, but no. They keep pecking, but then they see the big silver movey thing (i.e. my car) and panic, but the don’t fly away. Oh no, that would be too easy. Instead, they start running along the road. It was only when I shouted “Get out the bloody way!” that they actually moved.

There’s a severe problem with this thing at the minute, and I appear to be the only person who has spotted it.

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MythTV Box Done (Again)

March 27th, 2005 No comments

OK, the other day, I receive even more donated PC parts (including another hard disk – this time only 3.2GB but big enough to shoe-horn Linux and MythTV onto, and leave the 10GB disk for recorded videos), so I did a complete reinstall of MythTV – this time missing out the step to trying to load the correct module settings for my bttv based card (which last time knackered everything up).

I had some major pain-in-the-arse stuff trying to get the channels loaded, but eventually I managed it.

Unfortunately, the spec of the PC is way too low to be able to watch live TV on it (because of the ring-buffer based hard disk recording for pausing playback etc), but it should be OK to record programs. I did schedule one recording, which it did, but it’s got no sound when I play it back (I know now that there was no sound recorded), which is a problem that I will have to overcome before the box becomes of any use at all.

I’m also trying to set up port forwarding on my home router so that I can access the program recording from outside my network (e.g. from work, or from my mobile phone), but so far I’m not having much luck!

On another note, I thought “Hang on a minute, I could probably write a application for Windows to be able to schedule recordings from my PC. Yes, I know about MythWeb, but still….”. Anyway, just to make sure that I wasn’t treading on anyone’s toes, I googled, and found “WinMyth” which lets you schedule programmes and also view recorded programmes. I have to say though, after I installed it, I couldn’t get it to run because it appeared to bail out with a .Net run time error (it looks like it is trying to reference a Null pointer – doh!). (Also seen here)

OK, I’ve now installed MythWeb on my router as well, to ensure that I can access my box from the outside. If you try this approach though, you should really look at this post on the User forums, but also this reply. Also bear in mind that you backend will need to have the IP address that it listens on changed as well – more information on this page under the first “General” heading (and be sure to read the note underneath as well!)
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Clocks Moving Forward

March 27th, 2005 No comments

I’m probably not the only person having problems with this today. I think I’ve probably updated all of my watches, and my alarm clock, but I can never be quite sure. And then there is the clock in the car!

Anyway, I think this guy has got the right idea. Instead of moving time forward 1 hour, spend 23 days moving the clocks back 1 hour at a time! Brilliant.

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More Suicidal Birds

March 25th, 2005 1 comment

It’s happened again.

On my way to rowing this morning, a bird flew into the side of my car as I drove along, because it was chasing its mate that had flown right in front of my car (but fortunately I missed that one). I assume that the bird that hit the car died pretty much instantly (it made a good thump noise).

So that’s two now, within the space of a couple of months.

And then it almost happened on the way home as well. Thinking about it, I almost got a pheasent the other day on the way home from work which decided to run towards (instead of away from) my car as I drove passed it. It then took off narrowly missing my car, and the car that was coming the other way.

Jesus, may be somebody should invent some form of aviary prozac.

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What About Finish?

March 23rd, 2005 1 comment

O2 are taking Liquid Telecom to court for using bubbles and the colour blue in an advert.

Surely then, Finish dishwasher tablets use these devices too. Are they sueing them? Or is this just a way to get anti-competitive on their asses without dropping prices?

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March 23rd, 2005 No comments

I saw a brilliant programme on BBC 1 last night called “Skint”, it basically followed a small group of people who were existing almost hand to mouth, and who frequently had to “pawn” property to be able to survive.

It amazed me how much of a problem this can be, with some people pleased to receive £10 from a pawn brokers.

One man I could really sympathise with, he was called Vernon and had a ten year old son. As a job, he sold the Big Issue on the streets of Bristol (it was either there, or Birmingham – he had a very brummy accent). But he didn’t waste his money, he had found the cheapest place to buy food from (and it wasn’t a supermarket), and looked after his son in the best way he could – he knows that his son wants to be a footballer, so spent some well needed extra pence on some grapes for his son so that he was eating enough fruit and so that he has healthy.

What really make me respect him, was that fact that he was earning his money (any way he could), and even stated that “he didn’t want to become a dole junky”.

Bit of an eye-opener that programme. Well worth a watch next week.

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Petrol Powered Blender

March 22nd, 2005 No comments

Ooooohhhhh, yeah!

This looks like I brilliant idea. Instead of electrically powered, it has a small petrol engine from an industrial grass strimmer attached to the base.

That thing is going to make some excellent smoothees.

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