Archive for January, 2004

Comment Spam.

Monday, January 5th, 2004

Got a comment spam on one of my pages today – fortunately they only spammed one comment, with a “I like your website” followed by loads of links to loads of different web sites. I just promptly deleted it. Then tonight when I checked my rss feeds, one guy had been hit about 15 times with the same comment, but from “different people” – the script obviously uses different names such as lisa, phil etc.
(sounds like the author might be an eastender fan)

Calendar issues with Outlook 2k3

Monday, January 5th, 2004

Apparently since I upgraded my desktop pc to outlook 2k3, most of the users in the office have been unable to view my calendar, but get a message “unable to display the folder” and a grey screen. They used to be able to open it, and can access everyone elses calendar. The weird thing is that one person can open it, but they are using service release 1 of office 2000 – everyone else is not service packed (because of the annoying “do you really want to send this message” when automatic macros kick in). In the meantime, I’m enjoying the privacy which leads me to wonder if outlook didn’t have the private button functionality would it break privacy laws where employee’s can expect privacy? It would be interesting to see if outlook 97 is still able to read private events in the calendar (which it used to be able to do)


Monday, January 5th, 2004

6 minutes into the first day back (for most people) and I have a sales person ringing me up – do they not understand that most people will be busy deleting all their spam for the first hour??????

Panoramic Mars Photo

Sunday, January 4th, 2004

Kelly links to a great panoramic photo of Mars. No I didn’t take it and my panoramic stitching would have been a lot better. I’d already seen the fisheye lens shot but this is a lot better. The MSNBC page of the snapshots from Mars has loads of photos and some good video’s too. (Note that this page doesn’t like the Mozilla browser 🙁 )

Bloggar 3.03

Friday, January 2nd, 2004

Just noticed that bloggar 3.03 was also released in December, and the author is talking about version 4, which I’ll be able to get on the beta as I’m a premium user (and I’ve now subbed to the rss feed of news so I should find out quicker.


Friday, January 2nd, 2004

First working day of the year and I’m already stressed out! Kristen’s car decided to start playing up – I managed to drive about 30 metres up the road when it just conked out. Various attempts at trying to start it failed,with the engine just not firing. Jump leads didn’t help at all so we’ve got to arrange a visit back to the garage (and it only passed it’s MOT less than a month ago.
Today we finished the last of the 98-W2K/XP upgrades. One of the machines the user was unable to connect to one of our domain controllers – all of the other domain controllers were fine apart from this one and other users on that machine were also fine. netdom was coming up with errors saying that the trusted channel didn’t exist (didn’t have time to get the exact error message) so I figured the machine account on the network was missing. Removing and adding back onto the domain didn’t make any difference.I had to remove from the domain, change the computer name and then add it back to the domain again.
The other machine works fine except it won’t change the scheme under display properties/appearance. Selecting a different scheme just switches back to the original one, you are unable to scroll through the list of schemes and the apply button is permanently greyed out. Again, logged on as a different user, the problem doesn’t exist. I can’t work out where the settings are being stored or how to fix it…..yet. Thankfully I have 2 more days before the user comes back to the office.
Oh and I’ve also spent the past four days with a REALLY sore/stiff neck for no obvious reason. I had to work from home in a still position three days ago as it was too painful to drive (and i couldn’t move my neck from side to side). It’s almost better now, still stiff though 🙁

Coppermine 1.21

Friday, January 2nd, 2004

Coppermine 1.2.1 (standalone) released (about two weeks ago) – v1.2.1 doesn’t have new features (compared to v1.2.0) but increased stability – especially the language files were improved. I’m downloading and installing now.

Time magazine when I was born

Friday, January 2nd, 2004

TIME Magazine Cover for when I was born.

tax disc fines

Friday, January 2nd, 2004

According to bbc news you now get an automatic £80 fine if you don’t renew or obtain a tax disc for your car. I’m not sure how they could prove that you’ve not taken the car off the road (which I think you are meant to tell them that you’ve done) but then you rely on the postal service….one to deliver the reminder notice that your tax disc is about to run out (assuming that they’ve not stopped doing this for (conveniently) cost savings) and also to deliver the letter to the dvla from yourself to say that you’ve taken the car off the road.

First Geocache for 2004

Friday, January 2nd, 2004

Yesterday I found my first year of the year, which was a first to find, and also my first “first to find”. What made it even better was that looking at the logs for the cache, 3 other people also went looking for it on the same day but none of them could find it. It’s a shame that I couldn’t find the second cache that I was looking for at Bosley though 🙁