Switching Vista?

I love apples. Crunchy, sweet and delicious. I love Apples too. Whilst not crunchy or sweet they certainly, usually, look delicious and to all extents and purposes I’m certain that, if I were to buy an Apple Mac computer, it would do everything I need it to do and it may even be easier to do certain things. I have considered, like others, switching to the “Apple camp”. I’ve been impressed by iTunes and the iPods, and with firsthand experience of an iBook or two, but there is so much more to the decision than that. Apple thinks there are ten reasons you should switch but I’m not convinced.

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Google Cache

Peter recently fell foul of some Blogger shenanigans and managed to lose a post that had already been published. Seems to be happening to quite a few people, so I thought I’d post the “secret” I used to help him out in the hope that someone else finds it useful. Now this is very time dependent so may not always work and you most certainly shouldn’t rely on this method of recovering posts so, with that caveat in place, I’ll reveal the simple sorcery I used. Basically it’s called Google Cache. Every time the Google “bots” find a post not only do they index it for use by the search engine, they also create a ‘temporary copy’ of your page… …

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Friday This and That

I watch BBC News in the morning and I’m getting increasingly annoyed by the “plug an upcoming BBC show” section. This morning it was about school reports as, apparently (I wasn’t really paying that much attention) the BBC will be a broadcasting a programme about this tonight. So, instead of catching up on world events and, you know, news, instead I got to sit through random excerpts from peoples school reports, emailed in by viewers, including the HILARIOUS revelation that one report card stated the pupil “didn’t excel at geography” and, guess what… go on guess… bet you can’t… yes, that’s right, they are now a geography teacher. WOW! I wish there was some way to convey just how far …

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Don't stop complaining

The immediacy of the internet still catches me off-guard, as does my tendency to generalise at too high a level. With those thoughts in mind, I’ll start out by saying that Podz is correct when he responds to my “Stop your complaining” post with his own well stated post “Do not stop complaining“. I’ve commented on what he had to say on his site, but want to expand a little on this theme. I’ve said it before, and no doubt I’ll say it again (I’m nothing if not repetitive) but life isn’t black and white. My post was, like Podz’s, a direct and immediate reaction. I posted it without fore-thought, and with little regard for how it may be read, …

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Getting a grip

Whisper it … I seem to be managing to keep quite a good work/play balance at the moment. Day-job wise, we have an end of March deadline at work to hit and it’s gonna be tight (but do-able). Side-job wise I’m throwing together a design for the POTW site, waiting to hear back from someone after handing over some final draft templates for another website (a local school)*, and I need to speak to someone else about an excellent, if somewhat large and scary, project that will take up a good couple of months of my time**. Not forgetting the responses to the recent Scottish Blogs/BritBlog announcement which Mark and I are currently chewing over and on which I’ll update …

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Stop your complaining

Visited our friend Susan yesterday. She’s been off work since late January and will be back under the knife in a week or so. She’s had a couple of operations in the past couple of years, and for a while she was getting better. The specialists aren’t entirely sure how to fix her so the surgery will be exploratory with the understanding that if they see something they can fix they’ll do it, but if they can’t find anything then.. well that’s all they can do for her. It’s hard to see such a bright and fun young woman suffering so much pain. On the way home I started pondering my own life in comparison to others (yes, I know, …

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Printing woes

My google-fu is failing me, next stop is Ask Mefi but I thought I’d give you lot the chance to impress… We have a Lexmark Z55 printer, came with the PC and has served us well for our meagre printing needs. Until now, of course, as Louise needs it to print some inserts for some wedding invites she’s working on. Thought: Why is it that things only fail when you REALLY need them to work? Now, when trying to print (anything) the printer will happily turn itself on and spool the document into the print queue but after that it fails to do anything. Just sits there, brooding, like we called it a bad name… which we have but only …

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20 Tracks Meme

Blame Armin, even if he has the cheek to ‘tag’ people despite avoiding most of the questions himself! Put a bit of effort in man! 1. A track from your early childhood Save All Your Kisses For Me by Brotherhood of Man. They wore dungarees. I wore dungarees, although mine were a homage to Oor Wullie. And yes, I knew the dance. Rumour has it I still knew it years later when it came on at a ‘disco’… lies I tell you! 2. A track that you associate with your first love Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns ‘N’ Roses. Because it’s either that or something by Roxette… ick. I’ve mentioned this before. 3. A track that reminds you of …

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Desert Island Time Limit

Pick eight significant songs to take to your desert island, but you only have two days to come up with them, said Rob. 1. Angel by Massive Attack The pounding bassline grabs you by throat whilst Horace Andy’s gentle falsetto sings of the unrequited love of a dark menace. My desert island will have a very loud sound system and immersing myself in this growling, heaving, throbbing track will provide both aggressive relief and calming breaths. It’s the paradox that this track offers that makes it a compulsive, repeat, listen for me. 2. The Other Side by David Gray This one is all about the lyrics. Soft piano chords introduce a sad song, minor keys mirror the hope of a …

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Discussing Design

Sometimes I start writing a post with no idea where it will head. What follows is a bit of a meandering waffle… Recently I asked for some suggestions for content (which I duly ignored, sorry about that). The still-blogless Donalda suggested: Every so often you do a “here is what my site looked like in the past and here’s what it looks like now” thing, but with the last few changes you haven’t. I quite like those as I like to see where the design idea is headed. A discussion of DESIGN of blogs might mean a few folk not making the evil, evil mistakes that lots of neophytes do – not discussed in your talk, but very helpful, the …

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