By July 11, 2006 Read More →

Chimp plays PacMan

This is one of the funniest things, a chimp playing PacMan. As a big fan of PacMan I think it’s time to challenge him to a competition. I think we should ban the coaching though!


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By July 6, 2006 Read More →

Sony Poos?

I might be a bit slow with this blog entry, it may not be that ‘new’ but having heard about it I just had to comment:

Surely Sony isn’t serious, it has to be that they are poking fun at Nintendo’s Wii but the word on the street it that Sony has trademarked the controller for the upcoming PS3, PooS!

Does this mean that kids are going round their friends houses to play with their Wii and PooS? Console manufacturers are just going Potty!


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By May 25, 2006 Read More →

Nintendo makes you Wii in the dark!

Just read this article over at Gizmodo.

Apparantly if you have halogen lights in your house you may not be able to use the Wii wireless remote control. According to sources at Nintendo this problem only affects your Wii if you are directly in a halogen beam.

Read more HERE


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By December 6, 2005 Read More →

Xbox 360 Overheats

My friend was lucky enough to be able to get hold of a new Xbox 360. I use the word ‘lucky’ quite loosely as after just about 20 minutes of continuous play the system freezes up and reboots as it get too hot. It doesn’t matter which of the six titles he owns that he is playing at the time, its happens over and over again.

Naturally he is going to be returning his console for replacement but is anyone else experiencing the same problem?


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By September 13, 2005 Read More →

Recall of Slim PS2 adapters

Sony is recalling 3.5m faulty power adapters which were sold with the black PlayStation 2 slimline version between August and December 2004.
It said the power adapter could overheat, causing damage or injury.

The free-standing adapters were sold for the special slimline version of the successful games console. Sony had 40 complaints in the US about them.

Sony said it would replace returned adapters for free. Two-thirds of the affected consoles were sold in Europe.

About 960,000 of the units were sold in the US, 210,000 in Asia and 60,000 in Japan, according to Sony.

More than 50,000 slimline PlayStation 2s were sold in the UK during its first week on sale in November.


(Source: BBC News)

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By September 3, 2005 Read More →

Galaxy Pictures?

I was watching a program on TV this morning about astro physics. In one part they were talking about the size of our galaxy and went on to say ‘Here is a photograph of our galaxy’. Surely it cant be a photograph, it must be a digital impression of what we think it looks like?

How do scientist know what it looks like? Voyager 1 is the farthest man made object but she hasn’t left our galaxy has she?


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By August 18, 2005 Read More →

Make sure you patch your Windows!

A war has broken out between hackers behind viruses that exploit a recently discovered loophole in Windows 2000.
The viruses written by the competing hacker groups are fighting it out for supremacy on infected machines.

Some of the variants seek out and delete rival viruses they find on machines they manage to penetrate.

The slew of malicious programs exploiting the loophole caused trouble for many organisations early this week as the bugs began infecting computers.

It is important that anyone using Windows 2000 patch their OS as soon as possible using Microsoft Update. The viruses exploit a weakness in the Plug-and-Play component of Windows 2000.

It also looks like the vulnerablilty affects other versions of Windows. Please look at the Microsoft Security Bulletin

Its also worth making sure that your firewall blocks port 445!


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By August 16, 2005 Read More →

Hi-tech screws?

I recently ordered a Bluetooth card for my laptop from Dell. It arrived today in a large box, inside the box was a small plastic bag with the Bluetooth card and the screws to fit it. When I looked more closely I noticed that there was the usual warning about static sensitive parts.

The actual warning ready “Screws: Attention, Static Sensitive Devices”. Wow, this thing must be good, even the screws are static sensitive and were separately wrapped in a pink static bag!!

Apparantly the Bluetooth card itself isn’t static sensitive, that was lose in the main plastic bag. Luckily it worked ok!


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By August 12, 2005 Read More →

Terrible ISP!

A big sarcastic thank you to Easy NET.

EasyNET is my ISP. I host my own webserver on site and use EasyNET for the internet connection. I lost my primary internet connection at 6am on Friday 12th August and over 24hrs later the connection has still not been restored.

I’ve had no email and no website in that whole time which is a nightmare for me. I have over 60 people working here with me and, as you would expect with modern business, we rely heavily upon the internet for email communication and information finding.

I understand that things can and do go wrong with technology and its not always easy to resolve but my main complaint with EasyNET has to be the fact that I have had so many stories from them about the problem. I thought I would share a few:

7:45am Friday
EasyNET: We installed some new hardware over night and are just finishing configuring the exchange. The situation will be resolved with the hour.

9:00am Friday
EasyNET: There was a minor fire in the exchange overnight and we are just working to resolve the problems this has caused, connection will be resolved within the next hour.

11:00am Friday
EasyNET: We have an engineer on site. He is just finishing up, any time now.

1:00pm Friday
EasyNET: We need to reboot the exchange. There are about 25 customers in your position but we are unable to reboot the exchange until 6pm.

2:00pm Friday
Call from EasyNET engineer: We are just calling to advise our customers connected to this exchange that we are about to reboot the system. You may be without Internet connectivity for about 15 minutes(!!)
Me: We haven’t had any internet connectivity all day!
EasyNET: Oh well your connection might come back up after the reboot.
Me: What about the fire then?
EasyNET: What fire?

4:00pm Friday
EasyNET: We have broken the exchange and don’t know what’s wrong with it. Call back later and we’ll tell you.

5:00pm Friday
EasyNET: An engineer is on site and will be replacing a card. He will not leave the exchange until the problem is resolved.

6:15pm Friday
EasyNET: The engineer is waiting for a new card to arrive. He is on site and will fit it as soon as the part arrives.

8:00pm Friday
EasyNET: The engineer has fitted the part and is just testing the system. Connection will be restored within the hour.

9:30pm Friday
EasyNET: The engineer has just collected the replacement card from our offices and will be going to site straight away. Internet connectivity will be restored by 11pm.
Me: I was told the engineer had already fitted the new card and had been on site all day!
EasyNET: I can’t see that information anywhere on the system.

11:00pm Friday
EasyNET: The engineer is now working in the exchange

4:00am Saturday
EasyNET: We are waiting for the engineer to collect a replacement card from our offices.
Me: I was told he did that last night and was on site fitting it at 11pm?
EasyNET: I don’t see that on my screen.

7:30am Saturday
EasyNET: The engineer is on his way from Birmingham to London to collect the part that he needs then he will be going to the exchange to fit it. The connection will be fixed by lunchtime today.
Me: I was told the engineer was on site all day yesterday and had the part at 8:00 yesterday and would not leave until the connection was fixed.
EasyNET: I can’t tell you if he was there or not yesterday but he will be there today.


Needless to say the internet connection has not been restored. EasyNET do not know when this will be fixed and will presumably dream up further excuses in the mean time.

I’m sure that EasyNET will give me a big cheque for compensation – YEAH RIGHT!

So I’m temporarily using my home connection to host my blog. If anyone has had the patience to read all this – and I doubt there will be anyone, then I apologise of the page has taken a long time to load!


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By August 5, 2005 Read More →

Is broadcasting terrorist video a good idea?

I blogged about the latest al-Qaeda video earlier this week on our blog where Osama Bin Laden’s lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahri was ranting about the reasons for the recent London Bombings being entirely Tony Blair’s fault, blaming his foreign policy.

I understand and accept that these sorts of video announcements are news worthy and that we should all be told about them, however, is broadcasting the actual video footage on television a good idea?

My point is that the video could well contain hidden meanings or codes that may give instructions to terrorist cells based here in the UK or the USA.

Has anyone else notice that whenever you see these broadcasts there is always a rifle in the back of the shot? Could this also be something of relevance?

Surely it would be sufficient to show a library image of the person, in this case Ayman al-Zawahri, and read out a summary of what has been said?

I’m not really one to go for the whole conspiracy thing but is it that hard to believe that things like this can and do happen?


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