Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Just living a day at a time

It is a well-known fact that those originating from the Tribe of IT have pin-ups of Dilbert all over their cubical, but I'm afraid I must disappoint. I do however, get sent them by a whole assortment of friends and associates, and I do find them amusing.
This one is particularly apposite.


I hope the wonderful Scott Adams and United Media forgive the reproduction of the strip and don't sue me, that really WOULD finish the day off nicely!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

For my birthday, I would like....

eStarling LCD
ThinkGeek has bucket-loads of gizmo's, gadgets and goodies, some fresh, some downright stinky, but they have come up trumps this time. The eStarling LCD Photo Frame may look like yet another of those naff faux-wood affairs where the screen to too small, the surround too plastic and the price tag too Trump, but this one is different(ish) :-
    • ummm...actually, the screen is pretty small
    • hooray! It doesn't look hideous
    • Sorry, its still costs the same as a 19" monitor, despite being a mere 5.6" diagonal.

Have you noticed, when you get down to anything this small, the decimal point is all-important? Anyways, the clever bit is that it has a Wireless card built in, and its very own RSS-reading bit of code-stuff, meaning it can display tagged pics from your Flickr account....or more usefully for Grandparents....those of their adoring kids and offspring!
I'm off to see if I can find a DIY kit to convert a fat-ol' LCD monitor into the ideal christmas present...

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Songbirds...

The same group (roughly) of people responsible for Winamp, Y!Music etc are working on a new music player based on the Firefox browser. Features look exciting, its open-source, and its not available for the Mac yet dammit!

Songbirds...
Originally uploaded by benhollingsworth.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Hacked Off

This week, one of my Hosting accounts got hacked by a bunch from the group Turk-Hackers.CoM. According to certain sources, this bunch MAY be hacking Western, and specifically Danish websites as a protest to the recent Cartoon furore.


Now I realise it's happened a million times to a million people, but I can't help asking 'Why would someone bother to do this to me?' I don't host any controversial sites, in most matters of race and religion I am (I believe) moderate and my opinion considered, so why launch an all-out frontal attack on sites which include such agravating and debate-provoking subjects as :-



  • Animal Portraints, in charcoal, pencil and paints - remember your loved pets, rather than declaring Gerbil Jihad

  • Stardudes, the junior-school site of a bunch of 9 year olds pretending to be Jedi, sworn to cleanse the playgrounds of Brighton of religious minorities...ummm....like Jedi

  • Deadline Graphics, a graphic design and print agency which has stated it's sole purpose in life is to re-introduce Pental Pens and Letraset sheets into mainstream DTP

  • Destination Catering, a hienous organisation dedicated to expressing hatred through Flapjacks and brownies.


As you can see, there appears to be no rhyme or reason, apart from the fact that all of these sites and more were sitting on the same IP address. Now at the time of writing, the particular hosting company has not only washed their hands of the problem ("....there's nothing wrong with our service Sir, it must be a script vunerability, perhaps Sir should check his security...") but they are not allowing me access to any server logs so I can start to trace the cause. As I said, at this moment in time, I do not intend to start kicking up a fuss.....but watch this space, because Hackers are one thing, but I do not intend to PAY for the privilege of being shafted!!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

You wanna know what its like?

The Intel� IT Manager Game is a good waste of time....much like the job, it has been said (yes, I'm a little 'Jaded' at the moment.....).
This was spotted on digg.com, a site which was brought to my attention by Pete after his blog was taken-out by traffic from the aforementioned news site. All three are worth spending an afternoon on...