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Friday, June 30th, 2006
9:12 pm
I've bloody gone and lost my wallet, haven't I? :(

Current Mood: Pissed Off
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
3:20 pm
"They will murder somebody if they are let out on the street."
I'm sure they will - even if they were completely law abiding citizens when they went in.
Monday, June 19th, 2006
5:59 pm
Myspace.com
Well, I've succumbed.

My myspace can be found at www.myspace.com/beelzebobbins.

I haven't really done anything with it yet, I'll make it look prettier and do all my info stuff shortly. In saying that, I haven't updated my Livejournal userinfo in a good while either, so I might as well do that at the same time.

Now I wonder if there's any clever way that I could link my MySpace blog with Livejournal, using clever things like RSS?
2:58 pm
Myspace.com
Is a pile of shit.

Why must all my friends insist on using it as their blog/community of choice. :-(
Sunday, June 18th, 2006
3:52 pm
Compass
Cross-posted with ukpolitics

What do people here think of Compass? For those that don't know of it (and I strongly recommend reading the publications section of the website) it is a left-wing think-tank supported by many of those on the left of the Labour party, though generally critical of the New Labour government in general, and Blair in particular, it has its roots strongly within the Labour party movement.

It's official line doesn't exactly advocate out-and-out Tony Benn style socialism, but significantly, it is critical of untamed capitalism and individualism, use of markets for their own sake, and unbalanced wealth distribution. It is especially critical of the US social, economic and defence policies and the small government, free market attitudes advocated by the WTO and World Bank in developing countries. After a lengthy consultation with its members, going on now, it plans to release a manifesto at the end of this summer, but already noteworthy members have published some small essays laying out some very interesting ideas on matters such as reform of the UN and its roles on humanitarian aid, international security and multilateral, a move away from means tested benefit and the notion of the citizen's income; it also talks of land value taxation and a critique of the Education act white paper. It is also very keen to mark its beliefs next to the Swedish social democratic model, citing the nation's governance, socially and economically, as an inspirational success story that ties in very closely with its beliefs and objectives.

The body has been getting an awful lot of press lately, and seems to be presenting itself as a significant and cohesive voice of the Labour Party's left with a will to move forward and act. Both the Blair and Brown camps are also taking it somewhat seriously and appear to perceive it as a threat to their own agenda.

It is a very promising development in left wing politics, and something I will be following very closely.

(Comment on this in ukpolitics)

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
5:11 pm
MySpace
Who here has a MySpace, then? I've been coerced by several people into creating my own, it seems.
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
2:25 am
Probably a very stupid question, and one I really ought to know anyway
Our network currently operates using a hub with a dedicated computer acting as NAT router (currently Wink ICS, but I aim to change this to Linux*). The Windows ICS DHCP server allocates the IP addresses etc. to all the other computers automatically, as it does, thus giving the computers the means to communicate with eachother (via TCP/IP and with the Internet through TCP/IP via NAT)

Now I aim to upgrade the hub to a switch so as to improve performance (the hub's 10 Meg, the switch will be 100) given that a switch is a switch, will it operate in exactly the same way? I ask this because a hub simply broadcasts whereas a switch, well, switches and as such will I need to gaff around with things such as MAC addresses so that the switch knows where to switch things to or will it do it all automatically thus functioning in exactly the same way as the hub? In other words, can I just plug all the computers and the router computer to the hub, and get nice Internet everywhere?

I presume the answer is yes I can, but I just thought I'd ask before I pay £30 for a switch.

* Windows 2 seems to be a bit shit at times, hence the change. I'm going to use this Live CD before attempting the jollies of my own Own install.
Thursday, April 20th, 2006
7:02 pm
Just had a bit of a rant on ukpolitics, here. Might be of interest to some.
Monday, April 17th, 2006
5:53 pm
A friend of mine has a Swedish language computer running XP Home Edition which I am trying to make dual lingual in terms of the user interface.

I have ascertained the following:

You cannot change the language of the UI in XP Home Edition
You cannot change the language of the UI in a non English version of XP/2000
There aren't any third party work-arounds.

If anybody here knows anything on the subject and can correct or confirm the above, it would be great to hear from you. It would also be interesting to know whether XP Pro or 2000 Pro can be upgraded for multilingual support with just a windows update, or this facility needs to be added on install.
Saturday, April 15th, 2006
8:16 pm
Manchester Passion
So since when did Robbie Williams come from Manchester?

Two fucking Williams song! Jesus would have been appalled, I tell you!
Tuesday, March 14th, 2006
8:08 pm
Isaac Hayes to leave South Park
I must say, I never had him down as a Scientologist

link
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
4:03 am
Thursday, January 26th, 2006
4:53 pm
Utterly, utterly awful.
http://media.guardian.co.uk/radio/story/0,,1693184,00.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/reports/misc/uktheme_20052401.shtml

If this happens, it will be an enormous loss to British Society, to the BBC and the final nail in the coffin to the lost art of traditional broadcast continuity.

Sombody asked on a mailing list which I subscribe to what the point of the Radio 4 UK Theme was!

Here is what I saidCollapse )

Does anybody else on my livejournal feel as passionately as me about this?
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
4:01 pm
Some of you might find this interesting.
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
2:10 am
Head 2 Head
Head 2 Head is a programme aired every Sunday on BBC News 24 which I am a great fan of. A handful of media columnists debate three or four of the issues of the day, generally in a very civil manner and invariably raising very interesting points. My favourite pairing, Steve Richards of the Independent and Ann Leslie of the Daily Mail were both on todays programme of which I caught the last ten minutes.

I tuned into a debate on the morality of search engine operators allowing government intelligent agencies information concerning what a particular person searches for. The interesting thing being, that Ms. Leslie was arguing the case against such powers existing and making a general case in favour of civil rights whilst Mr. Richards was making the case for allowing such powers, arguing that they were more important than any civil liberty.

I just thought I would register my general amazement that prominent members of the Independent and the Daily Mail are taking the exact opposite stances you would expect them to take.

Did anybody else catch the programme?
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
9:02 pm
SPAM
I have been quite lucky over the years, to have always had a very minimal amount of unsolicited email arrive in my inbox, often less than one or two items a week.

I prided myself on being careful who I gave my address to, using different addresses on my domain name for more risky purposes. Other than the time my domain got hijacked by a bot for sending junkmail (which I rectified by blocking all but one address) I have never really had any big problems, until the last couple of weeks.

It was therefore incredibly shocking to discover that the spam-mail I have been receiving is posted to nowhere other than "livejournal@ducksex.freeserve.co.uk" an address known only to me, LiveJournal, and those who read my LiveJournal userinfo page, which is supposedly spam-bot-proof.

Has anybody else received unsolicited mail which they believe was sent by somebody who obtained their address from livejournal?

EDIT: Even stranger, it seems that I haven't used "livejournal@ducksex.freeserve.co.uk" for quite a while. Where on earth have they got it from, then?
Friday, January 13th, 2006
2:55 am
Monday, December 5th, 2005
1:00 pm
I have got around to ordering my bonusprint envelopes today, hopefully it won't be too long until I get my Glastonbury photographs developed - yey!

In other news, I rang Sky up over the fact the two remote controls they've sent me haven't arrived - they've sent a third with no qualms, though wouldn't commit to sending via recorded delivery.

I also rang the Royal Mail to complain about being shit, and the fact my housemates have also had mail not arrived and found mail left on the front step. I also told them that I confronted our postman - which I did - who admitted to leaving post on the front step without ringing the doorbell. It was only a centralised call centre, but they seemed to take my complaint seriously and pass it on to the relevant manager.

Lets see if it does any good.

Hmm. Given the problems we've had with the postman, perhaps it's not the best idea to get my photographs developed by Bonusprint.
Friday, December 2nd, 2005
12:34 am
I've heard of some good acronyms in my time, but this latest one certainly takes the biscuit:

An authority set up by the European Union to help reform and improve the Palestinian police is called the EU Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support or "EU Copps"

brilliant!

story
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
4:08 pm
Technical question
Does anybody know of client-server software (freeware preferably) which can be used to view and interact with a windows desktop on a remote computer? I've seen it done on X Windows, so I presume there must be windows equivalents.
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