Archive for January, 2005

Good day

Had a good day today. I had to go to Glasgow for a meeting, so it started earlier and finished much later than normal, but all in all it was quite a good day. The downside is that I’ve not really had enough to eat today, so I’m feeling a bit hungry as I write (and just like Mrs. Hubbard, my cupboards are bear). Will try and get up early tomorrow and get a propper breakfast. The upside was I met some nice folk. It’s nice to get out once in a while; I just wish I had more time to myself so I could do it more regularly…

Once again am zonked. Must go to sleep!

I must be getting old…

Oh dear. I went to a ‘pub’ up in town last night, and frankly, it was crap. There were a load of people I’ve not seen in ages, and it would have been good to catch up with them all, but I just couldn’t hear a word they were saying! I was yelling my head off to try and get heard, and people were yelling down my ear, and I still couldn’t have a conversation with anyone!

To make matters worse, there was no decent beer there either - I ended up having lager which just pumps me full of gas so that I can’t move after just a couple. There was no chance of getting drunk when I couldn’t physically take any more drink!

And on top of all that, I was absolutely zonked. I got up at 3:30 AM yesterday to take my bro’ to the airport. When I got back I had a short sleep, but I’d set my alarm to wake me up at 9.00 so that I didn’t waste the day. This didn’t quite work as planned: after the alarm went off at 9.00, I hit ’snooze’ every nine minutes until about 12.00-ish. So Although I didn’t get up, I didn’t get any sleep either.

Will hopefully get some fresh air today. As always, the weather isn’t as nice as it has been in the week, but at least it’s not raining. Yet.

Get a capable html e-mailer

Spam does bug me - especially when the spammers have the nerve to slag off my email client!

On the whole I check my mail using mutt by logging on to my mail server using the excellent PuTTY SSH client.

This works reaaly well on the whole - and keeps me nicely protected from email viruses etc.

Now mutt can handle HTML emails OK (I think it loads them into lynx), although I have to say I much prefer plain text emails. Anyway, I get these spam mails sometimes (and I just hit ‘d’ to delete them, so I’ve never looked into it), that have the cheek to stand there and tell me to get a better mail client! Cheeky beggers!

Anyway, just thought I’d mention that.

Microsft Windows AntiSpyware

I think not! Microsoft have finally jumped on the band waggon and released a beta version of their anti spyware software.

Anyway, don’t worry about using this rubbish - stick with the tried and tested! I suggest:


And now for something completely different

I was looking in Dillons/Waterstones the other day and spotted a book which I had to get called How to read Egyptian hieroglyphs. I’m currently up to page 6, so haven’t learnt much yet. However, as it seems so cryptic that it may make my challenge of learning French before the summer seem a little easier :)

Saw The dragons den again tonight on BBC2. Not as good as last week’s episode, but still quite funny. Am shagged: time for bed.

Interesting music site

Gary over at perlworld has mentioned an interesting music site. He says you can design your own radio station there. Could be good - but I bet they don’t have any of the music I listen too!

Trackback spam

Some twat has been spamming with with trackback junk for the last couple of days, I’ve finally decided to turn it off. You can disable trackbacks on future posts via the wp admin console, but if you want to disable trackbacks on older posts you have to do it by hand.

Log into mysql and run the following:

UPDATE wp_posts SET ping_status='closed';

Got the original idea from O. F. Jay (though there was a minor syntax error in the original SQL).

Bit of a heavy handed approach, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a legitimate trackback!

If you want to find out what trackback is, have a look at this article and this article.

Playing with my thing

It’s been nice to have a bit of a break over the hols. I’ve been playing with my new camera (EOS 20D) a bit, and am begining to find my way around it a bit more now. Digital is quite different to analogue (film) photography, and it’s interesting to learn new stuff.

The forums at DPReview have been interesting, but I get tired of people bitching about which cameras are better - Nikon or Canon.

Anyway, I read most of the manual when I got the camera, but now I’m a bit more familiar with the body, I’ve been going to bed and re-reading a few pages from it with the thing in my hand (the camera, that is) so I can work out what the manual is going on about.

Found a good article on the microsoft site (believe it or not) on image sharpening. It was written by quite a well respected chap actually, and looking through the other articles on the site I can see several more that are worth reading.

I think I need to get a new flash gun too. My old speedlite 200e doesn’t work with my EOS 20D, so I think that I will get a Metz 54 MZ-4. It seems fairly simple to use (only has two buttons :-) ), and people report good things about it. I was planning on the Canon Speedlite 580EX, but this sounds to be rather unreliable.

Anyway, I’m getting happier with my new camera, so that’s good. It would have been a hell of an expensive brick otherwise! I have to think about getting a macro lens now the spring is on it’s way (it will be the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM), and I rather fancy the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX to go with it!

Right, too much camera chat - time for an early night!