Virus Alert

MyDoom Virus starts to hit. “Post this on every message board you can find. Get the word out. If you have a friend or family member who does not understand how to operate an anti-virus, please check that they are updated and protected. If you know someone running anti-virus on an e-mail server, please tell them to turn off the bounce feature.“ I received this virus 8 times yesterday, 10 times last night, and … (just checking…) 5 times since 3 a.m. this morning. The best piece of advice is (and this is not new!): DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS FROM PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW!

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Re-reading

Finally getting the reading bug again. Does anyone else have the same on/off thing when it comes to reading? I’m either reading 2 or 3 books at the same time, completing them all in the space of a week or I don’t read a thing. Odd. Anyway, last night I finished Life, A Users Manual. It was a bit of a chore but quite rewarding. There is so much detail and description that it requires a fair amount of attention to get the most out of it but the reward is all the more complete for it. The underlying premise is the story of a building and it’s inhabitants over a generation. Throughout the book the inhabitants of each room …

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Techie advice

MySQL. How do you setup a new database? I know my host supports it, but that’s the limit of my knowledge. Rather than spend an evening aimlessly surfing I was kinda hoping someone out there would have some pointers/suggestions/offers of free help… Answers in the usual place please. [UPDATE: Found my hosts info on setting up PHP on MySQL, all is right with the world again. To those who have already commented, many thanks, I WILL be consulting you later on!]

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You must be joking

Last Thursday I suggested a collaborative joke, this is the outcome. I’ll let you decide it’s humour value (i.e. if it’s higher than zero…). A monkey, a dragon and a rat walk into a bar… The barman looks at the monkey and says…“I’ve seen plenty of rats in here but I’ve never seen one of those”…The dragon turns to the rat and says.. “that’s nothing mate, you should see the size of his….overdraft!” Hmmm. Thanks to Green Hamster, Penny Farthing, JH, Simon and Peter (in that order).

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Own up

OK who submitted my last post to blorgy.com? I’m flattered, thanks! Now, everyone else – get over there and vote for me! (it’s not about the content, it’s about winning!!! Muwahahahaaaa)

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Maxim

“It’s nice to be nice” I used to think that was yet another cloying sentiment, a snippet of the wisdom of ye olde worlde. I used to scoff at people who said it, I used to mock them. Now? Now I’m turning into one of them. I consider myself selfish, self-serving and occasionally rude. I do not really care what other people think of me. OK, that’s a lie, I do not really care what strangers think of me, and that allows me some ‘old grumpy man’ style freedoms. Take, for example, the journey home this evening. We took our seats on the train (a rare occurrence in itself), sitting next to the doorway that joins the carriages. Now I …

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Wimps

Apparently it will be getting quite cold in the UK over the coming week. Why it may get down to -10C or even, perish the thought, -15C!! What’s all the panic about? I guess the problem is the British ‘kinda nothing’ climate, anything that slightly deviates from the norm and it’s panic stations all round. You know what’s worse though… I’ve started posting about the frickin’ weather!

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Whaes like us?

Burns Night tonight. My Dad is the President of Dumbarton’s Burns Club (Association?). This year he has already sang at two Burns suppers, and has another eight to attend. Tomorrow night he travels to Dumfries to the Howff Club, which was formed in 1889. He told me a story this evening about the Globe Inn (where the club resides). About 40 years ago, the local window cleaner handed in his bill as usual, the owner decided to check it and noticed he was being charged to clean 24 windows. The owner was sure there were only 22, so he recounted them (from the inside) and confronted the window cleaner. The window cleaner was certain he cleaned 24 windows and took …

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WHOOOOOSSSHHHH

“Believe it or not, that is the sound of an invasion, yes, that is the sound created by…” (Sorry that track started playing just as I was typing this – can you name it? – now, where was I?) Ohh yes. That is the sound of your weekend as it zips past. Yesterday’s DIY orgasms produced a large load in the shape of a wardrobe (which I will NOT be taking on our trip to Everest, thank you Peter), and today as we are non-smokers we decided on a post-coital trip to IKEA (which is slightly masochistic, let’s be honest). This was rendered only slightly disturbing by the fact that we were meeting my Mum and Dad* there. We spent …

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Thank you Black & Decker

Armed only with my cordless screwdriver and a hammer, we tamed the beast that is an MFI “Tall Robe with 3 drawers”. We bought it about 5 years ago (somewhere in Aylesbury) and it has travelled from our flat in Aylesbury, to a flat in Watermead, to a flat in Bothwell, to our house in Hamilton. All that moving and only one little ding on a corner of one of the shelves. And tomorrow? Tomorrow we start training for Everest (the mountain, not the double glazing). Should be a doddle.

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