Quick wins

At work I have a laptop running Windows 7 and every lunchtime, as I lunch away from my desk, I lock the machine. Except what I should do is pause iTunes, set my IM status to Away, and then lock it but I forget to do all that most days and just bash Windows+L. However, I’ve found two small, free, applications that will now allow me to do all that with one mouse gesture, specifically it will pause iTunes, set my IM status to Away/Idle, mute the laptop speakers and turn off the screen. Hot Corners handles the mouse gesture (and allows you set to other actions), and MonitorES handles the media player, IM and screen actions. Simple and effective. …

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Good Morning, Mr. Phelps

Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it. I need an alarm clock. To remind me to go to bed. No, seriously. Midnight creeps up on me, sneaks past and drags 1am with it all too often. It must stop. However, being a … geek/nerd/dork/saddo … I would like a nice solution to this problem. Namely a little software based (Windows) alarm clock that: Minimises to the system tray – yes I know there are applications that will do this but that means running ANOTHER application just to run an alarm clock! Displays a custom popup message – if it happens to support different messages per day then fine, but no biggie if it doesn’t. Does not require a …

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Lunching with the diva

Of the pixel variety. Always good to meet a fellow blogger, and as we’ve “known” each other for several years (before she was a diva in fact) it was extra special to spend a pleasant lunch in the company of pixeldiva herself. We chatted about all sorts, as us eclectic bloggers are known to do, and my lunch hour (and a half) came to a close all to quickly. One topic we did discuss was you lot. Not ALL of you, obviously, but the core group of bloggers that I’ve been visiting for years, commenting, and emailing (with the occasional IM thrown in for good measure, you do have my MSN details, don’t you?) and, as I stated as we …

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Looking back

Being a good writer, a good communicator, is a skill. Being able to form sentences and paragraphs, structure a topic so it flows well and makes sense are not the only skills required to being a good writer. Neither are good grammar or spelling, although they are generally the first things people notice and so, whether you like it or not, they can reflect on what you are trying to say. No, being a good writer is finding a voice, a resonance with your audience. It’s something few blogs manage well, with even the most popular blogs being popular largely for their content than they way it’s written. Of course you can’t separate the content from the writing, but each …

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Not this but that

I had thought of 23 different things to post here by 8.30am this morning. I’ve forgotten each one. Instead I’ll give you a transcript (a small snippet) of a discussion I’ve just had on IM (the names have been changed to protect the innocent – I’ve ALWAYS wanted to say that… hmmmm what ever happened to M.A.R.R.S.??): Donalda Bint: Am learning to drive, learning the drums and am trying to treach myself turkishGordon: tell me, how do you play the drums AND steer at the same time?turkish drum driving is a sought after skillLOLso why Turkish?whim is a terrible thingblown by the winds of whimin the direction of turkeywhim. not only a great word but something everyone should give into …

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Yawn…Working at home, which is just as well as I feel bleuch. Surprisingly not hungover bleuch, but ‘fighting off a cold’ bleuch. How many Vitamin C pills are you allowed to pop in a day? Ohh and huge, embarassed, apologies to everyone who I was in contact with last night. Be it a comment left on your site, an email, an IM or… ehhh something else… I would like to point out that I was quite happily tipsy and didn’t mean any offence. Well I might have meant offence but as I can’t recall who I conversed with I can’t be sure that I didn’t mean to offend. Capisce?

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RandomnessNorthern Hemisphere news: Tomorrow morning (or more accurately the middle of the night) you can witness what experts think will be the most spectacular meteor shower for the next three decades. Advice on where to look is included: “Look up towards an unobstructed part of the sky”. Anyone who looks down, or stands under a tree whilst looking up will see nothing. In home news I’ve started wearing my glasses to watch the TV. I’m officially on a downhill slope (this is coupled with my still ailing ankle which is taking forever to heal..). Not sure if I’ve mentioned this site before, you can view the ‘Playmate of the Month’ for your birthday. The reason I mention it now is …

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