My Dinky Dell Latitude: A Memorial

I dropped my dinky Dell Latitude X300 a couple of weeks ago. The whole thing just locked up hard, and wouldn’t recover from a reboot. I ended up claiming for it on my home insurance. The insurance folks got back to me and said it was unrepairable, and they’ve offered me £400 in vouchers for […]

YouTube Hasn't Been "Hacked"

YouTube is currently off the air. Several people are citing a blog post describing the issue as being the victim of DNS poisoning. However, this simply ain’t the case. YouTube hasn’t had their DNS hijacked; Yelvington describes a wildcard match in the whois tool which let’s you see not only but other records […]

Sky Auto Standby and How to Switch It Off

Sky, in their infinite wisdom, have rolled out an update to Sky+ boxes to put them into standby mode automatically if they aren’t “used” (Sky’s term is “no activity”, i.e. pushing a button on the remote) for two hours between 11pm and 4am. This is all in the name of saving electricity, lowering carbon footprints, […]

A PC Pro Wishlist

Yes, I’m in Rant mode again; just sent this to PC Pro magazine: To: neuro@well.comSubject: Wishlist Hi PC Pro Letters, I was pretty disgusted to note the completely haphazard manner in which David Fearon researched and documented Ubuntu Linux’s “downsides” in your “Who’s Killing Windows?” feature (p122, issue 156). He references the relatively complex […]

Everybody Gets Everything He Wants

Willard: I’m here a week now. Waiting for a mission. Getting softer; every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around, the walls moved in a little tighter. Kurtz: I watched a snail crawl along the edge of […]


I like to blog, but I’ve been remiss in posting. So what better time than the end of the year to post what I’ve been up to. Three tomatoes are walking down the street: a poppa tomato, a momma tomato, and a little baby tomato. Baby tomato starts lagging behind. Poppa tomato gets angry, goes […]

ADSL Badness; Unrelated Amusements

My ADSL connection is currently tres latent due to some Cisco badness on BT’s part. If you’re trying to call me on Skype or my VoIP number, it’ll either sound like I’m the Moon, or it won’t connect. You may also find my site a tad slow too until it’s sorted out. Still, in other […]

Microsoft and Novell == MAN Love?

After Microsoft and Novell‘s announcement that they are to start collaboration on tighter integration between Windows and (admittedly SuSE) Linux, there has been a lot of bollocks kicking around from people squealing “this will be bad“, “this will be really bad“, “oh no, it’s the end of the world as we know it“, and so […]

More BBC Tomfoolery

Looks like my fun with BBCi URLs isn’t solitary, as has been discovered regarding BBC iCan URLs, a reasonably major service the beeb have been pimping promoting … Yoz has set up a wiki to document site hiccups (what’s a wiki? I’m glad you asked … here’s the answer).

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