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Word for Mac!

It's Microsoft Word for the Mac! Oh no it's not, it's Word from Office 12.. my mistake, sorry..

posted @ Thursday, September 29, 2005 8:38 PM | Feedback (0)

Caring for your introvert

Caring for your introvert is an interesting article which explains some of the ways which introverts are often misinterpreted by extroverts. It's an interesting read for introverts and extroverts alike.

posted @ Thursday, September 29, 2005 11:48 AM | Feedback (0)

'Smooth on come-down'

The "Herald writer" who wrote "this article" seems to have an obsession with putting "things" inside "quotation marks". I get the feeling they think it makes their article "more readable", whereas it's actually "fucking annoying". It's very sad that the newspaper considers this stuff frontpage news - celebrities want to get high you know, just like well over 50% (*) of all other "mainstream" New Zealanders do. Leave Ellis alone and focus on something worthy of being "news". * Actual statistic may not be true or even close to the real figure of New Zealanders who currently consume or who have previously...

posted @ Wednesday, September 28, 2005 3:41 PM | Feedback (3)

For the record

I did some Domino development today. I kind of enjoyed it, and it came out looking nice. I think that's worthy of mentioning as it hasn't happened in ages.

posted @ Tuesday, September 27, 2005 11:13 PM | Feedback (3)

The FBI's handy tips for Wireless Security

This article discusses some techniques the FBI use to break into WEP networks. Everyone talks about how easy WEP is to break into, and by and large that seems pretty true as long as you're a linux person and happen to own a Wireless card which is compatiable with the WEP tools. If not, you're out of luck. At the end of the article the FBI give out a few tips on securing your wireless network, and this is along them: 5) Turn off the WLAN when not in use - A $5 lamp timer from your local hardware store is...

posted @ Monday, September 26, 2005 10:09 PM | Feedback (0)

New Notes shows IBM 'is serious'

There are more than 120 new features in Lotus Domino version 7.0. They include visual indicators to help users organise and manage their inbox by highlighting high priority messages, as well as differentiating between group emails and messages targeted for specific users. New memory functions that will automatically save and return to open documents and applications upon shut down and restart and expanded instant messaging and presence technology are also included. Apparently IBM is Serious. Well that's good to know. However the Computerworld article does make me wonder what the hell qualifies for a feature around there. A lot of...

posted @ Monday, September 26, 2005 11:29 AM | Feedback (0)

Flipper the firing dolphin let loose by Katrina

This is like a bad scene from a poor remake of a William Gibson short story, Look out Ice-T, it's Jones! He can crack the ice dude, or whatever..

posted @ Monday, September 26, 2005 9:33 AM | Feedback (0)

Warcraft Plague Runs Amok

Warcraft Plague Runs Amok As Jeremy would say, "lol, like, lol, slash chicken!"

posted @ Sunday, September 25, 2005 10:38 PM | Feedback (0)

SWG: Trials of Obi Wan

For anyone considering pre ordering, here are the pre ordering item rewards.

posted @ Sunday, September 25, 2005 4:05 PM | Feedback (0)

It's the truth

Five cannibals get appointed as programmers in an IT company. During their induction the boss says: "You're all part of our team now. You can earn good money here, and you can go to the company canteen for something to eat. So don't trouble the other employees." The cannibals promise not to trouble the other employees. Four weeks later the boss returns and says: "You're all working very hard, and I'm very satisfied with all of you. One of our cleaners has disappeared however. Do any of you know what happened to her?" The cannibals disavow all knowledge of the...

posted @ Sunday, September 25, 2005 4:01 PM | Feedback (0)

A couple of useful links for the novice ASP Developer

ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2 Starter Kits for Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition Beta 2 - which includes "Personal Web Site Starter Kit", "Club Site Starter Kit" and "Time Tracker Starter Kit" Building a Web Site with ASP.NET 2.0 to Navigate Your Music Library - you should be able to figure out what this is about by reading the title. via Sonic Tags: ASP.NET

posted @ Friday, September 23, 2005 7:52 AM | Feedback (1)

The Herald has "Premium" content?

The Herald has gone premium and the people are not happy. Several grumpy readers have contacted me about the New Zealand Herald's introduction yesterday of its new content policies. Opinion pieces are now "premium content" and to read them online you'll need to pay: $3 a day or $99 a year. So the Herald is trying to charge for premium content. Good luck. People have been talking about ways to make "micro charges" for websites work for a hell of a long time, but the general public has always been resistant. In some cases I think it might be easier to start a service...

posted @ Thursday, September 22, 2005 11:50 AM | Feedback (0)

Dungeons and Dragons Online - some snippets of info

The game uses the standard D&D level progression system for the most part – experience points, leading to level advancements, new feats, spells and other abilities. However, Core D&D stops at level 20 before you get into epic level content. This works well in the pen and paper environment, given the pacing and time between levels. However, MMORPG players are used to a greater number of milestones in developing their characters, and we wanted to be sure that expectation was served as well. Using four ranks per level allows us to add these milestones within the Core Rules’ system. While a...

posted @ Monday, September 19, 2005 10:39 PM | Feedback (0)

FFXI 360

I could have made that title easier to read, but I like how utterly meaningless it'll look to the uninitiated. That sort of thing makes me smile, and if by talking about smiling I need to condesend to the level of some graduate writing their CV and randomly bolding/underlining information about themselves which they somehow deem to be important, then so be it. Anyway, this trailer is a preview of the Xbox 360 version of FFXI online, due to be released wheneverthehell Microsoft feel like it. Looks pretty nice. From recently playing the game I have to say it's pretty impressive...

posted @ Monday, September 19, 2005 10:04 PM | Feedback (0)

The Windows Media Player toolbar

Nice idea, poor execution. Whatever method it uses to create the toolbar is pretty brutal - it sort of pauses as it thinks about it, and when it finally sorts itself out the entire taskbar sort of "grows" a few extra pixels in height. It's also kind of annoyingly awkward to position it, but I can't see an easy way around that. I still find it amazing that not many of these applications have duplicated Winamp's approach - ie, the option to run in the tasktray only, if required. It sounds silly, but thats one of the main reasons why I...

posted @ Monday, September 19, 2005 9:02 PM | Feedback (0)

Could it be...

That this site and all the other sites hosted at the same address are possibly the worst Domino websites ever? Well, maybe not ever, but given that he's churning out new sites as we speak they look pretty bad for "new" websites. There's this troubling little piece of pro-Domino rant included on the about page of the main site (or at least I think it's the main site, it's kind of hard to tell with all those framesets, broken links, and the best yet - broken links trying to open in a new window!): Each of the major areas of the site...

posted @ Monday, September 19, 2005 8:45 PM | Feedback (0)

Notes says "Only Text can be pasted into this kind of field!"

Well shit, why don't you CONVERT it for me then? I get this all the time when pasting stuff I've copied from somewhere like Firefox/Insert your preferred browser here into a Text field in a document. Surely converting it for me can't be that hard. It'd save me pasting single lines into the start/run box, or multiple lines into Notepad. Ickle old Notepad can do this for me without thinking hard about it, surely an application with a 401mb installation footprint can handle it?

posted @ Monday, September 19, 2005 7:14 PM | Feedback (0)

Multiboxing EverQuest: One Player, Many Characters

This article on "Multiboxing" is pretty much about what the title says it's about. A guy with no life trying pretty hard to play with all 6 of his characters at the same time in Everquest. Hey fuckstick, this is why SINGLE PLAYER GAMES WERE INVENTED! Yeah, sure, I had a few play sessions in DAoC where I borrowed my friends Healer account to reduce my downtime while I soloed, and in SWG I had an alt Doctor for buffs, as well as another alt for Dancer/Musician buffs (sorry post CU people, those things won't make sense to you), AND, I...

posted @ Monday, September 19, 2005 7:13 PM | Feedback (0)

Fable: The Lost Chapters

The original Fable was a pretty good Xbox game, but originally it was meant to be a lot more than they released. They had plans to make it something of an MMO, and one with some pretty ambitious features compared to other MMOs which were out at the time. So when I saw an ad for Fable: The Lost Chapters I'd kind of hoped they were planning to give it another go, and put back some of the things they'd been forced to take out - but it seems not, this seems like a simple XBox -> PC conversion,...

posted @ Sunday, September 18, 2005 5:21 PM | Feedback (0)

For all you multiple monitor users

My last column's discussion about multiple monitors resulted in a torrent of email from users who were already using multiple monitors, had just started using multiple monitors and had questions, or had been on the fence about the idea and were now planning to move ahead. Of the people that were already using multiple monitors, more than 80 percent wrote to tell me about their personal experiences and to recommend a software tool that made using more than one monitor even more rewarding. The tool is Realtime Soft's UltraMon ( http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=13C92:24CDA ). With all those recommendations, I felt I had...

posted @ Saturday, September 17, 2005 3:15 PM | Feedback (0)

Old Chinese Proverb

I hear and I forget I see and I remember I do and I understand

posted @ Saturday, September 17, 2005 2:06 PM | Feedback (0)

Would you want this job title?

Title:           Root Cause Analysis Analyst Location:        Auckland Advertiser:      Lateral Profiles Ltd Date Posted:     14 Sep 2005 Description:     Looking for Sherlock Holmes! I mean really.. a Root Cause Analysis Analyst. I think I'd rather have Senior Sanitation Engineering Specialist on my business card.

posted @ Thursday, September 15, 2005 12:34 PM | Feedback (0)

Dingo stole me ashes

Maybe the dingo stole your ashes?

posted @ Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:24 PM | Feedback (1)

Day of Suffering

Damn they were a great band. Brutal as hell. That is all.

posted @ Monday, September 12, 2005 4:35 PM | Feedback (0)


A few interesting things about some of the upcoming Apple devices, found on vowe.net. First, a useful piece of info for anyone considering a Motorola ROKR: The phone includes a removable 512MB Flash memory chip (found under the battery in the back of the phone). This chip will hold up to 100 tracks but the number of songs it holds isn’t dependant strictly on the size of the chip (though it obviously can’t contain more than 512MB of data). Rather, the 100 track limitation is part of a DRM scheme that prevents the phone from playing more than 100 tracks. iTunes 5 keeps...

posted @ Friday, September 9, 2005 10:11 AM | Feedback (0)

Are you threatening me?

I need teepee! For my bunghole!

posted @ Thursday, September 8, 2005 1:00 PM | Feedback (0)

Icons to add to your web developers toolbox

I often have a need for little icons. Sometimes I'll just borrow some of the icons Domino uses, but it's often hard to find something suitable for what I'm doing. Enter teh intarmaweb: Silk Icons “Silk” is a smooth, open icon set, containing over 300 16-by-16 pixel icons in strokably-soft PNG format. Containing a large variety of icons, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And all for a low low price of $0.00. You can't say fairer than that.   Mini Icons “Mini” is a set of 144 GIF icons available for free use for any purpose.

posted @ Thursday, September 8, 2005 12:25 PM | Feedback (1)

iPod Nano - it's upgrade time again!

It's the iPod pencil! 2gb of music in a pencil! Or not, it's the new iPod nano standing next to a pencil - my bad.   Take everything you love about iPod and shrink it. Now shrink it again. With 2GB (500 songs) and 4GB (1,000 songs) models starting at $199, the pencil-thin iPod nano packs the entire iPod experience into an impossibly small design. So small, it will take your music places you never dreamed of. [EDIT[ - I just read that the headphone jack for the nano is on the BOTTOM of the device. Whats the logic there? Tags: iPod

posted @ Thursday, September 8, 2005 9:36 AM | Feedback (3)

It took many days to write this technote

Availability of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 7 and Extended products GA files. Well, that clears that up then.

posted @ Wednesday, September 7, 2005 1:11 PM | Feedback (0)

Build your own billboard

Russell Brown likes the current front runner - personally, I think this one is pretty accurate.

posted @ Wednesday, September 7, 2005 11:46 AM | Feedback (0)

To the guy who defaced the Holmes billboard

There's a huge billboard I walk past twice a day, and it has Paul Holmes and his cohorts on it. Someone has managed to get up there and scrawl a little message on his chin - it's impressively done, as it's at least 12-15 feet up there, so it would have taken a lot of effort. However they've let themselves down a bit. If they're reading this, it's "You're a fucktard" not "Your a fucktard"! With graffiti, spelling and grammar very rarely contribute anything of worth to 'the message', but in this case, I think it does.

posted @ Wednesday, September 7, 2005 9:17 AM | Feedback (0)

But what does it all mean?

Some of the IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 7 and Extended Products GA files have been temporarily removed from the download site in order to correct a problem with the distribution site. They will be back online soon (within a couple of days). Those who have downloaded the ND7 GA product already should download and install the restored files, once they are available, in order to ensure they've received a properly distributed product. A notice will be posted in this forum when the download files are back online. We apologize for this inconvenience.

posted @ Tuesday, September 6, 2005 9:17 AM | Feedback (0)

Don't ask, just click.

Click Me

posted @ Tuesday, September 6, 2005 8:14 AM | Feedback (6)

Notes/Domino 7 Australasian launch dates

Listed here. The agenda looks something like this ( may vary from city to city ): Registration & Refreshments Keynote: Dominate Your Collaborative Business Challenges Lotus Domino 7 Server & Administration Client Update Morning Tea WebSphere Portal within IBM Lotus Notes/Domino Environments Appplication Development using Lotus Domino and IBM Workplace Tools Closing Address Close

posted @ Monday, September 5, 2005 12:31 PM | Feedback (0)

Winamp 5.1 Released

Get it here. From the version history, changes in 5.1: * New: CodingTechnologies AACPlus encoder! Awesome at low bitrates too! * New: Grand Prize Winner of the Internet Surround Music Project! KAJE - Hey Buddy (featuring Afrika Bambaataa) * New: SHOUTcast Wire - A Media RSS Browser and Subscription Service * New: Predixis Smart Playlist Generator (Mix your tracks based on what they sound like!) * New: AOL Radio featuring (((XM))) Free Sampler! * New: CD Ripping now available at 8x in free version! * New: Microsoft WMA encoder * New: Over 200 new Milkdrop presets! * Update: in_vorbis now returns bitrate in getextendedfileinfo * Fixed: WMA stuttery playback * Fixed: out_ds copy...

posted @ Monday, September 5, 2005 9:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Some thoughts on Eclipse/Java vs VS.NET

Some thoughts on Eclipse/Java vs VS.NET - not from me, from Andrew Pollack. Despite being in a pretty positive headspace about .NET (and specifically ASP.NET using C#) at the moment, I'd definately agree with some of his comments - specifically those about the autogenerated code (which has caught me out quite a few times because I'm simply not used to it), and about documentation. The Notes/Domino help files have always been some of the best I've used for any application. Especially the Domino designer ones, because there are so many of those "Example" code snippets which are so frequently 90% bang...

posted @ Saturday, September 3, 2005 11:38 PM | Feedback (0)

Worlds Smallest MP3 player

Currently the worlds smallest MP3 Player. It’s slightly less than 1 square It has an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display It has FM Radio, FM Recording, and Voice Recording It supports MP3, WMA and protected WMA (DRM)

posted @ Friday, September 2, 2005 4:06 PM | Feedback (0)


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