Hail The Ale linked to me earlier on today and it's the first time that I've visited a beer blog. I'm surprised that it hadn't occurred to me to look for beer blogs. As I was so impressed with Hail The Ale I thought I would see what else is out there. Here's a list of some that I have found.
A guide on how to blog using a notebook, prefereably a Moleskine. The guide includes how to include comments, links (internal and external), categories and metadata. An interesting idea but aren't blogging tools supposed to take away the hassle of hand coding entries and organising them? Wouldn't you spend more time adding all the extra information rather than actually making entries?
A fit at the age of three turned Daniel Tammet into a genius. It left him with virtually no disability but "rewired" his brain to give him computer-like mental powers. Daniel can now:
Can recite England's Kings and Queens in exact order from 1066 to today and name every country and its capital.
He remembers the face of every person he has ever met.
Lists every US President and how long he served.
Always knows what's in his bank account - to the exact penny.
Recalls the position of 26 chess pieces placed randomly on a board in just five minutes.
Taught himself Finnish, Spanish, Lithuanian, Esperanto, Romanian, Russian and Arabic - and created two of his own languages called Lapsi and Uusisuom.
Leanrt Icelandic in 15 hours
According to the spammer, who's unapologetic about spamming and says that "it's nothing personal", actually blames bloggers for the spam comments that appear on their blogs.
"It could be argued that a website owner is actually inviting content to their site when they allow comments"
Last Friday I posted about how I was starting to hate using Firefox. A few people commented with tips on how to cure the problems that I was experiencing. Initially I though that things had improved but I was wrong. I still hate Firefox. I suppose that's being a little harsh and whilst I love all the extensions available and like how I don't have spyware installing without my knowledge but when plain ol' browsing becomes a chore you start to consider whether this browser's for you.
One of the problems that I was suffering from was continual "Document contains no data" dialog boxes. One commenter suggested that I make a change in about:config to suppress these dialog boxes. It worked, but instead of getting dialog boxes, I now get an entire page telling me the same thing. She sent me a link this morning to a post on the Mozillazine forum but it was 10 pages long and contained many different ideas on what the problem could be and an array of solutions to solve it.
I don't want this. I don't want to have to trawl through pages and pages of possible solutions to the problem. Ultimately I don't want the problem but if I do get the problem I want a simple solution to it. Whilst IE has it's problems, at least it allows you to browse web sites.
Which 'IE based' browser is the best? I tried Avant browser and was impressed although I didn't like the tabs on the bottom of the screen. One thing that I noticed was that it used a lot less memory than Firefox. I always have a ton of tabs open (sometimes as many as 30 or more) and Avant was using about 55MB of memory. Last night, Firefox was using 245MB of memory! Whilst I don't usually see Firefox using this much memory, it does regularly use in excess of 100MB.
First there were comment spams, now there are trackback spams. Despite the weird stuff that I post on my blog, I am not interested in bestiality porn.
I hate how I am powerless to stop people (or machines) from posting trackback spams. When you are receiving a one a minute to different posts it's difficult to block all the IP addresses being used. I feel powerless.
Update: Thanks to TypePad for doing a grand job in quickly deleting all the spam trackbacks that I received.
icWales: Welsh are the worst for 'parking rage'
The street I live in is very small so the people there almost have their own designated spaces with a few extra ones spare for those with two cars. It's funny watching some residents doing the 'car shuffle' in order to maintain their spaces. As one car leaves, the other car is quickly moved into place to prevent anyone from stealing it.
My Net connection at home is playing up at the moment. Apparently it's something to do with the 'sound-to-noise' ratio on the line. Basically, it means that the connection is extremely slow or just not responsive at all. Until it is fixed (I've been told 24-48 hours) I will have to blog using the uni connection. Of course, this will have to be between working on my assignment but as I am weak when it comes to stopping doing things so don't expect too much of a disruption.
Apologies for the lack of updates today but I have spent the majority of today (about 6 hours!) trying to fix my parents computer. The problem was kind of my fault so I should really complain.
I merged two partitions together which resulted in Windows XP moving from D: to C: (it was installed on D: as C: used to be a Win98 partition). Like most things that I do, I jumped in head first into the task without doing much planning. If I had planned ahead I would probably have realised that whilst Win98 no longer exists, Windows XP was booting from the C:. This meant that when I finished deleting and merging the partitions, when it cam to booting the system, the PC didn't know where to find Windows XP.
Whilst it was a very stressful 6 hours (my mother has got a ton of stuff that is not backed up), as with all computer problems, I end up learning a few new things, such as using the fixboot command in the Windows XP Recovery Console to rebuild the partition table.
A video of Steve Jobs unveiling the Macintosh back in 1984. I wanted to post it yesterday but the link I had wasn't working. It's fun to watch the crowd go wild when they see some scrolling text! Here's a bit of info from Milk and Cookies
Renowned Mac user Scott Knaster kept this Betamax video tape for 21 years, and German media agency TextLab has unearthed this only surviving video tape of the launch in 1984.
I hate to say it, but I'm starting to hate Firefox. I used to love it and used to try and convert everyone I spoke to but lately the browser has become so slow and unresponsive I've actually gone back to using IE. The problem I was having was when I would open a new tab or even just navigate to a different site, the borwser would become unresponsive for a minute or two. When I first installed Firfox 1.0, I didn't have this problem. It seems to have manifested itself within the last few weeks.
Up until tonight I thought that the problem was just isolated to my machine but my parents have been experiencing the same problem on their machine. As both computers are used for different purposes and have different software installed I can't think of a reason why I would be having this problem.
Before I switch completely back to IE, does anyone have any suggestions on what to do?
Update: I've reinstalled Firefox and things seem to be running ok. Another problem that I've been having for a while is "Document contains no data" dialog boxes. Does anyone know how to stop them from appearing?
Update 2: Thanks to Jess for the info on how to get rid of those annoying messages. To get rid of them type about:config in the address bar and set 'browser.xul.error_pages.enabled' to true.
Thanks to my readers I can now stick with Firefox!
Channel 5 have come under fire for the way in which it has advertised CSI:NY which starts on the channel next month. The channel sent a bogus dossier to viewers claiming they were being stalked by a serial killer.
About 100 people complained to the station about the advert for a crime show, which claimed people with their surname were being picked off.
I would have loved to have received it but I can understand how some people would get confused by it.
Amazon have brought the Yellow Pages to life by taking millions of images of business in selected cities. You use the new version just like the old one by typing in a query phrase and an address but with this version you can actually see a picture of the business and then call the business from the web site. Not only can you see the business but you can also virtually walk along the street that it's located in! Here's how they did it.