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Dan O’Bannon ( admin posted on December 22nd, 2009 )

Dan died a few days ago.

Here’s to him :-

2009-12-22 20.05.31

You never heard of him?

Search for “Dark Star” or “Alien”.

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Just about sums it up ( admin posted on September 20th, 2009 )

Operating system summary

song chart memes
see more Funny Graphs

Thanks Graphjam.

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Error Message ( admin posted on September 11th, 2009 )

Vista Successful Error message

Vista Successful Error message

As created by Henry, using Gimp.

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Bet the loser wins ( admin posted on July 13th, 2009 )

Picture the scene :- you are watching heat after heat of racing, you are bored, but you need to stay awake. Guessing who will be the winner of each heat is too obvious, how about guessing who is going to come last?

Note that this works best when there are loads of short heats, with a few competitors in each heat, as is typical with track sprinting, swimming galas, etc.

Here are the rules :-

Each person spectating picks a loser as the competitors approach the start – you are not allowed to review any performance stats, only judge on what you see. Perhaps lane 4 looks more nervous than the rest?, perhaps lane 2 looks too professional with proper kit?, judge what you see, make your choice. The race starts, you follow the action with as much interest as all the other spectators, but for slightly different reasons. But no one will know!

Points are awarded as follows :-

Your choice loses the heat – you get 1 point.
If none of your group chooses the loser, the slowest one wins a point.
If your choice is disqualified, you get 2 points.
If your choice fails to finish i.e. a real loser, you get 3 points.

This is more fun than it sounds, as long as you don’t tell those around you (who may be related to those taking part!)

If you feel brave, put some money on it.

Your next competition meet will pass a lot quicker.

Please note I didn’t invent this game, their identity will remain secret for the moment.

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ODF ( admin posted on May 13th, 2009 )

As a user of OpenOffice I was interested in the rumbling argument regarding interoperability between office suites, and MS attempts to screw it up every chance they get. Those who are still forced to use MS Office may like to use the Sun ODF  plug-in available for free here. Apparently this one works.

Those struggling to get to grips with a new office suite can find help here.

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What recession ? ( admin posted on April 1st, 2009 )

Some companies are still spending :-

Perhaps the deal was a good one.

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Low Frequency Thinking ( admin posted on March 24th, 2009 )

Is my phrase of the day. I heard it on the radio this morning in the context of thinking deeply and carefully. But thats not what I think it means. The best examples I can think of are:-

“Alan had mastered the art of low frequency thinking early in his life – he was thick”.

“John took the opportunity during double maths to do a spot of low frequency thinking – he fell asleep”.

Should be added to the list of words frowned upon by the LGA

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Another new computer ( admin posted on March 24th, 2009 )

Got a netbook recently (not for me to use though). HP 2133. Seen in Comet, but £10 less from Dixons online, delivered. (How stupid are they?).

Runs SLED10. Got the updates to work, then promptly lost all wireless. A week later it is fixed taking advice from the online forum of openSuSE. HP were useless – rang them a few times but they kept asking me what happens when you run IE. Very nice people but obviously lived a long way away and did not have a clue what I was talking about. It’s their own OS!!! Told me to ring Novell. Which I did, but politely pointed back to HP.  The fix I found is now in the forums.


Here are the links (partly for my ref.):-

Wireless now working, dodgy hub permitting.

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250 Years ( admin posted on February 7th, 2009 )

Of a meal in a glass.

Guinness is 250 years old this year (1759 – 2009).

guinness label

Happy Birthday.

(p.s. thanks to Henry for spotting that. He has to wait another 5 years before he can taste it!).

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New phone ( admin posted on January 23rd, 2009 )

Wow. Just got a new phone, google g1, currently exclusive in the uk to t-mobile. Just because I can, I did a wi-fi scan last night on the way home. In less than 2 miles, through a small rural town, I found 92 wireless routers. 11 of them were open. The saved kml file brings them all up on google earth in seconds. What fun you could have!

p.s. posted from the phone.

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