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Friday, January 14th, 2011
12:56 am
Fucking hell, forgot about this place!

Erm, hello everybody!
Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
12:56 am
Just cleaned the bathroom, and fucking hell, what a nice combination, Detol's IDsenfectant, Terps, incense, toilet duck, TCP, vegan organic washing up liquid, and lashings of thick bleach make!

No necessarily good to breathed too much in a confined space, mind.
Monday, April 9th, 2007
3:01 am
Sunday, April 1st, 2007
1:17 pm
GLASTONBURY - Online ticket booking - accidental regional bias?
This is pure speculation on my part here, but I have a feeling that there may have been some, I expect completely accidental, bias towards those people living in and around London, in that they may have had a much better chance in obtaining tickets.

Up here in Manc, we went a good hour and 45 minutes without the See Tickets page even loading-up, whilst friends of mine reported success almost straight away in London. My ISP is NTL who, like a lot of ISPs, have a transparent web proxy, which is based locally. Hearing this, I tried changing my browser's web-proxy settings to a server based in the SE. The first one I tried, a Luton cache, regularly displayed the "page busy, try again later" page, whilst my local cache was still displaying nothing, and the first time I tried a cache based in Poplar, I got straight through, and got my tickets.

I wonder, therefore, if connections from much closer to See Tickets servers had a much better chance of succeeding than those from far away? And whether some proxies were much better at connecting than others? (I imagine proxy time-out settings, and connection capacities would have an effect too, with some being better than others)

It will be interesting to see, therefore, if parts of the country have had far more ticket-sales than others.

Also, interesting to see that this year's registration included a mechanism that gave users a perfect connection once they had managed to successfully connect to the first page. Everybody I have spoken to experienced the same thing, once they were in, there were no more server-speed problems. Presumably this was a deliberate trick, employed so as to avoid duplicate bookings due to the final confirmation page, or intermediate pages going down. It also had the side-effect of allowing users to do subsequent bookings for their friends, with no problems after having already made one successful booking from one computer.

I wonder how this worked.

[x-posted to glastonbury (Comment) ]
Wednesday, March 7th, 2007
11:05 pm
Glastonbury Quandary
I can't decide whether to attempt to buy a Glastonbury Festival ticket, or commit now to working the festival instead, thus guaranteeing that I get to go.

The two times I went to the festival in the past, I wasn't successful in obtaining tickets. In 2004 I was lucky enough to hear about a largely unannounced second sale from a friend who had read it on the NME website, and got tickets that way, and in 2005 I saw a notice for ddevents a few weeks after I slept in the day tickets went on sale.

I had a very good experience with ddevents, and would happily work for them a second time. I'd also feel a little bit bad committing to work for them now and then buying a ticket and canceling. If I leave it until after tickets go on sale I may risk them running out of places, especially as demand for work places is likely to shoot up at that point.

Ideally I would like to go without having to work, although working does add another element to the festival - the sense of being a part of it all, and meeting interesting people you otherwise wouldn't see - and getting an extra day out of it. It certainly isn't that bad a thing at all. Additionally I have at least two good friends who are really interested in working for the sake of saving £150 each.

Definitely a tough one.
8:03 pm
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007
7:32 pm
Bloody Myspace
Why, whenever I log into myspace, does it always come up with "you must be logged in to do that" and prompts me with the log-in box a second time?
6:37 am
What kind of extremist are you?
Your Result: Rational Person

You consider these questions obvious straw men, designed to distract people from a meaningful investigation of facts and a serious discussion of relevant political issues. How boring.

Left-Wing Extremist
Moderate Extremist
Right-Wing Extremist
What kind of extremist are you?
Make a Quiz
Thursday, March 1st, 2007
9:43 pm
any idea where one might find a repository of decent web page background tiles. A google search returns a gaggle of horrific tack :(
Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
6:04 am
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
8:29 pm
Monday, January 15th, 2007
4:47 am
Saturday, January 13th, 2007
9:15 am
this is a very silly time to bee going to bed
Sunday, December 31st, 2006
3:46 am
Open call for advice - Synths
For a while now, I have been wanting to purchase a keyboard synth. And I want to buy a reasonably decent one. My problem is, I don't really know much about them, and I wondered if anybody out there in Livejournalland might know anything about this field to be able to offer any anecdotal advice and/or useful sources of information on 'tinternet so to speak.

I am a Piano player and I want to diversify. The problem is, I don't have an enormous amount of experience of syths other than some pretty basic all-purpose keyboards, most of which aren't proper synths anyway.

My price range is about 200-350 pounds and I'm looking for something that can produce something fairly diverse, but also has fairly reasonable piano and organ sounds, but also has the ability to customise and manipulate sounds. Key velocity would also be nice, if it could fit within my price range, and it needs to be portable. A bit of a shopping list, and quite a lot given I'm not too sure on where to begin. I want to make sure I spend my money wisely, but my learning curve cannot really begin until I've really got one to play around with myself.

Happy New Years to you all anyway, hope it's a good'un

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
2:37 am
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
5:56 pm
Should I join the Labour Party?
I am becoming increasingly tempted to join the Labour Party, so that (providing Blair can hang on another six months) I can vote for this man. Is it worth it?
Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
3:13 am
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
8:02 pm
Killing tasks in Windows 2000
I'm coding in perl for a CGI script, and occasionally I've made a few school boy errors causing infinite loops, as you do. Now when you have an infinite loop in perl, perl.exe ends up taking all the available CPU run time, the problem being I can't find a way to kill perl.exe other than doing a reboot. Apache starts perl, but I can't kill it, even when I run task manager as administrator. Any ideas, or is Windows just incredibly ghey?
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
8:39 pm
I want to install linux on the machine we use as a router. I've already been running a live cd to do the job, but I want my own install, therefore can anybody suggest a good distribution?

I'm after; easy installation (esp wrt formatting the hd etc.), easy recognition of my realtek ethernet adapters, and dhcp, dns, nats, and ideally samba, all built in.
Monday, July 3rd, 2006
7:25 pm
Mac Text Editors
I'm currently working on a project that will involve a lot of coding on a mac with OS X. Can anybody recommend me a good text editor for this platform. Preferably one that has language syntax colouring (for Perl, HTML and CGI) and one with a regular expression search/replace feature would also be nice. Something like Windows Textpad.

I've never used a texted on a mac before, so I really don't know where to start.
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