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Month: February 2004

29th of February…

29th of February…

So… anybody wanting to, erm, well, pop that question then? …anybody? <silence> It’s a leap year – so you’re allowed 😉

My head seems to have evacuated all that high pressure custard, but my chest seems to have got itself annoyed in the process, so I can breathe now but I have an annoying tickly cough that generally gives me a headache. Grr.

Went to Highbury yesterday to see Arsenal v Charlton – thanks Kary 🙂 2-0 by 5 past 3, but then an edgy second half and it finished 2-1. Di Canio is amusing with his oh-so-italian exclamations…. and dives… and stuff.

Oh, do you like the box? Thanks to the Gimp Tutorial which got me started. I’ve put a couple of wallpapers in the gallery… whaddya think? Too corporate? I’m thinking about a similar thing but bigger with Blender… just as soon as I figure out what the hell I’m doing 😀

Blindingly obvious

Blindingly obvious

The Department for Transport has recently published the results of a year-long survey into the use of privately owned vans. They came up with the following nuggets of information:

81% of trips take place on weekdays. You don’t say! That’s pretty amazing considering that an astronomical 71% of days are weekdays!
Peak periods are between 8am-9am, and 4pm-5pm. Commonly referred to as ‘the rush hour’ then?
At weekends, during the period from 8am to 6pm around 10% of vans are on the road. Yawn… bored yet?

I’m just glad my tax pounds are being put to good use… So what’s next? A survey to tell us that most people on the road between 8am-9am are on their way to work? How about one to find out what colour the sky is? Or whether cold potatoes are hot or not? People need to know these things!

(The report’s on the DfT website, if you’re interested… )

Who? What’s your name? Speak up boy!

Who? What’s your name? Speak up boy!

Just back from seeing the Lostprophets play in Brixton. They’re not bad, you know – front man is good with the crowd and Fake Sound Of Progress rocked suitably.

Unexpected bonus of the evening, though, was seeing an unknown band who, for reasons best known to themselves, seemed to want to remain unknown. They kept doing that annoying ‘band-on-a-stage’ thing of saying ‘Yeah! we’re <garbled-mumbling-instead-of-name>!’. Never mind – we eventually found out their name by looking at one of the posters outside – they were Avenged Sevenfold, and they can best be described as a well drilled Metallica / Maiden tribute band with original material. I like. They have samples on their site 🙂

(They are from the US of A, which may explain why their site says they were playing in ‘Brixington UK’ tonight – hehe)

Can you see your web server?

Can you see your web server?

Here I am trying to get open source software accepted at work – it’s good, it’s viable, it does the job… yadda yadda yadda… and what are the OSS folks talking about? The existance or non-existance of goats cheese, that’s what. You’re not helping! 🙂

Opte.org Internet MapOpte.org caught my eye today whilst I was surfing through ThinkGeek. It’s a ‘little’ project to map the Internet’s topology, and it produces quite nice images. So nice, in fact, that I have taken one of them and made it – albeit slightly modified – my new desktop wallpaper. My modded version is in the gallery.

It’s Saturday night and I have a sore throat and a head that feels full of stuff. I have just been beaten – some would say thrashed – at Minesweeper Flags over MSN. Concert tomorrow night in Brixton. Anyone know a place to park?

Oh and congratulations to Mary for finally beating Minesweeper’s expert level – does the obsession end now? 🙂

F-f-f-friday!

F-f-f-friday!

Oh thank crunchie for that…

Friday has arrived like a reluctant cat that has been hiding under the spare bed for the last week, and has just suddenly decided to come out and pester you for food. I am full of cold (I know I was warned…) and thanks to a ridiculously early start on Wednesday I am completely shattered…

Today I have been playing with Informatica PowerAnalyzer [sic] at work, which is interesting enough, and I have just noticed that a comment I posted on Slashdot has been moderated up – woohoo!

Comment amusements

Comment amusements

First things first, Happy Birthday to my Dad!

Thanks go to Adam for pointing out a kuro5hin post about the leaked Windows source. A chuckle indeed, and it’s nice to see that the guys at Microsoft have the same kinds of issues as everyone else.

Of course, by ‘everyone else’, I mean ‘me’ 🙂

As this is a techy entry, I may as well go the whole hog. I have recently been playing with OO stuff in PHP, and now I understand the syntax, I am becoming a bit of a fan. I’ve also been looking at Smarty, a PHP templating engine. It seems that armed with these two things you can do true MVC programming in PHP. And that is A Good Thing™.

…and all who sail in her!

…and all who sail in her!

Hello! And welcome to the official new face of fretnoise.com. Yep, after a bit of tinkering, I am now adopting this blog doobrie as my bonafide, honest to goodness, real home page. And, in even more shocking news, I have made my old gallery fit into the new style.

(Judicious use of an extra MT index template and a nifty php ‘include’ made it so, tech-fans)

Please let me know if I’ve left anything too ugly, or if anything doesn’t work like it should.

Lies, damn lies and Microsoft…

Lies, damn lies and Microsoft…

So, Microsoft has misplaced some source code. Not that I’m suddenly an open source zealot or anything, but that did make me smile. In particular, the bit of the article that says:

“Hackers with the code could exploit the operating system and access machines running Windows.”

Yes, yes they could… I think there’s a nice conspiracy theory in the making here though. Keep looking for a joint statement from Microsoft and SCO saying they believe some of the leaked MS source code is evident in the Linux kernel 😉 You heard it here first…

(Ok ok – I’m late with the news again… Slashdot thread)

Penguin…

Penguin…

Positiveness seems to have returned today, which is ‘A Good Thingâ„¢’, and no mistake.

I have been particularly geeky the last couple of nights, mainly playing around with my new Linux Desktop. Well, penguin guys, you seem to have done a good job – *applause. It seems even iPod syncing is possible, although I may give it a while before I try that particular hurdle.

A couple of new projects presented themselves today – always good for a laugh. We’ll see how they pan out.

Carpet Removal

Carpet Removal

Well, it seems I am to be removed from the project I was looking forward to getting stuck in to, and moved on to another which doesn’t grab my attention or, dare I say it, excite me so much. Ho hum – “that’s life“, I guess…

Seems a few people are having to do stuff they’d rather not at work just at the moment. Saying things like “you have to take the rough with the smooth” doesn’t help a bit, and I don’t actually think it’s true. Things will get better though, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

Anyway – the afternoon commences, I have loose ends to tie up.