Month: April 2004


Well I feel like a fully fledged plumber tonight. Wednesday night I brought home the dishwasher from work as we had no room to put it in the new offices. We gave it a good clean outside (after the clean it got in the office too!) and I wisely decided not to tell Kristen that there was a dead mouse under it when we moved it from under the sink – that brought the grand total to 3. Anyway, I stopped off at Wickes on the way home and for under £9 I got a splitter for the cold water outlet and a self cutting waste outlet clamp. Both are now firmly in place with no leaks….yet. I did manage to get wet putting the splitter on the cold water pipe as I foolishly decided to let the stopcock on the join stop the water – it didn’t. As I called Kristen to give me some help she went into the loo – I thought she was going to turn the main stopcock off, but no – she just needed the loo! Afterwards she turned the water off and I was able to adjust the nonworking stop cock into more of an off position. Then it was a quick attachment of the washing machine and dishwasher, turn on the main stopcock and then struggle to turn the little splitter stopcock back to the on position. Then it was loading the dishwasher – which started the arguments off already – and we’re now sitting up waiting for it to finish, neither of knowing how long it will take – to ensure that the waste outlet doesn’t leak. Oh and Kristen says that I am a fully fledged plumber 😉

Finally got bluetooth synching with my mobile.

I’ve never quite managed to get outlook to synch with the mobile via bluetooth. Infrared works fine and dial up networking over bluetooth worked fine too. In order to get it working I have to do the following.
Enable Bluetooth on the phone. Enable Bluetooth Manager on the laptop.
Select Nokia PC Suite in the bluetooth service manager and hit connect.Select a free com port,(2 in my case). Accept the connection on the phone. At this point the phone will show connecting. THEN go into the pcsynch application and connect using bluetooth. Choose the com port from above and the phone stops showing connecting and you are then connected. At this point you can synch away.
Now that I’ve blogged this, I’ll be able to do it again next time I need to synch!

Error message with OutlookMT

If you don’t get the username/password combination correct in the OutlookMT.exe.config file then you will get the error message "Posting Failed: Server returned a fault exception."
Took me a while to realise this – I missed the last character off of my password when I saved the file. You also need to create the Blog This folder underneath the Inbox, NOT as a top level folder.

MetroNOmy PC sends an email

Further to my fairly recent blog about the ack of a free pc from Metronomy I had some comments from other not-so-happy potential customers and also some comments from someone called Gavin who posted some interesting comments and allegations about the companies behaviour and certain employee’s. It didn’t take long (although too long) for an ex Metronomy employee to stand up for them and then tip them off about the comments – (thanks ss!) and I have now received an email from them asking for the libelous and untrue comments to be removed.
The problem is, that if I did as they asked I would be taking their word against Gavins and they have not offered any proof to refute these allegations – and I’ve yet to come across anyone who has received a pc from Metronomy. Also looking at some of the allegations, there are several reports about intersaver going bust and taking a lot of peoples money – just take a look at VNUnet, chinwag,, dooyoo (although there are some favourable reviews on dooyoo, dvdreviewer. As to the comments about him paying himself and his friends a lot of money I can’t comment, although if SS or Julian Jones would like to forward me a copy of the company accounts,detailing the wages paid to these executives in comparison to the rest of the company and its income then I’d be delighted to take a look, the same goes for the trading standards quotes in the local paper.

As for Gavin, apparently they know who he is so I suggest that you contact him and ask him to retract his comments and I will issue an apology on his behalf. However, although I’m not a lawyer, there hasn’t been any proof offered by Metronomy to refute these allegations.
I have closed the comment on the original thread and also contacted the Register as they covered the story in the past and it will be interesting to see what response I get from them.

Oh and by the way Julian, I’m sure you know who SS is as he uses the same internet access/pc that you do so its likely that you also know who Gavin is.

Emails in a public folder

After a tipoff from KC Lemson after I emailed my likes and dislikes to their exchange team (as she requested), I’ve installed the latest hotfix rollup for Exchange which includes a fix to the problem where Mail to a Public Folder Is Set as IPM.Post Instead of IPM.Note. We subscribe to mailing lists and use public folders as incoming “mailboxes” (like a distribution list but only one destination to prevent more than one person trying to action an incoming email. Instead they move the email into an actioned folder once they have actioned the email. Anyway – once the hotfix has been applied you need to edit the registry as per KB 817809 and bounce the information store. As we’re having a power cut at 12.30 today, the bounce will occur then and I’ll be able to test these changes.