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Sun 10th February 2008

Sky+ Box number 4

Filed under: Personal

Yep, the Thomson Sky+ box we had installed just last week failed.  I asked the installer if he had a Pace box on the van, but again, no he didn't.

This time, we have the ugliest of the Sky+ boxes, the Amstrad.

Fingers crossed that this one lasts longer than the normal week-long lifespan of a Thomson.

UPDATE:  Well, seems I spoke too soon, the Amstrad has now just given up the ghost.  It's making one heck of a racket and the screen keeps going black with a vertical green line across it.  It's lasted no more than 2 hours after installation.  Got to wait until Wednesday for our 5th Sky+ box to be installed now :(
Sat 9th February 2008


Filed under: Gaming

What?  Again?  That's right fans, I've moved up to level 49.

Now heading over to Tanaris just to finish off there as I have completed all the Feralas quests now.  Once I'm finished in Tanaris, I'll probably head back over to the Eastern Kingdoms and continue questing over there.

That's all for now!
Sat 9th February 2008

Utah Saints!

Filed under: Random Stuff

Hold on to your hats people, Utah Saints are back!  They return with a brilliantly remastered version of the classic "Something Good" and an even better video.

Watch the video and get ready to download the song on the 10th of March.

Fri 8th February 2008


Filed under: Gaming

That's right friends, level 48 this time.  Also, I only have two more talent points to go before I get my Felguard.

Even though I'm still questing in Tanaris and Feralas, I'm going to head up to The Hinterlands to finish off a few quests there - then I'll back over here and finish off here also.

Before any of that though, I'm going to head over to Stormwind for further Warlock training.  Also, I've amassed a load of cheap tat I want to shift at the Auction house.  If you're interested in a bargain, I'll be the one outside the Auction House doors with the flat cap, lanky sidekick and yellow three wheeler.

Anyway, that's the latest news - I'm sure you're all thrilled to hear it ;)
Thu 7th February 2008

Sky's SMTP servers take early retirement

Filed under: Internet and Technology

I use Sky broadband so thought this story was rather fitting.

Sky have switched off their in-house SMTP servers this week, completing their email outsourcing deal for broadband mail services with Google.

However, despite numerous warnings, many customers have got themselves into a right kerfuffle.

Anyone with Sky broadband who are now experiencing email problems could do a lot worse than heading over to Skyuser.  Otherwise there's an official guide here.

Full story over at El Reg.

Wed 6th February 2008

Online Catalogue Explodes

Filed under: Random Stuff

Check out the following website for some amazing Flash work, and a clever marketing ploy.

Pure class!


P.S. Once the page has loaded, give it a few seconds ;)
Wed 6th February 2008


Filed under: Humour

Just finished reading Clarkson's latest book 'Don't stop me now', and it's actually pretty good.  And that's quite a compliment coming from someone who normally only reads books with soldiers or guns on the front.  Hilarity abounds from page to page, very witty throughout.

While admiring JC's writing style, I wondered if there was such a thing as a Clarksonism.  So to prove the point, I turned to the one place which is guaranteed to answer any complex quandry.  Google.

Turns out, there is such a thing as a "Clarksonism", here are some of my favourites:

About the Porsche Cayman S:
"There are many things I'd rather be doing than driving it, including waiting for Bernard Manning to come off stage in a sweaty nightclub, and then licking his back clean."

"The air conditioning in Lambos used to be an asthmatic sitting in the dashboard blowing at you through a straw."

"Koenigsegg are saying that the CCX is more comfortable. More comfortable than what... BEING STABBED?"

Assessing Hammond's crash:
Clarkson: "you can see from the tape that the tyre is starting to come apart. Now why didn't you spot that?!"
Hammond: "I had a lot on: I was doing 288 mph."
Clarkson: "What do you mean you had a lot on? I can be in the office on the phone, doing the paperwork, kids are shouting at me, wife etc, but if a lion walks in, I'm going to notice it!"

Read more here.  Alternatively, do what I did and Google it.
Wed 6th February 2008


Filed under: Website News

That's right - I have just added comments to my blog, meaning all you lovely visitors can leave constructive/witty comments on any one of my stories.

Just click on the "Comments" link on any of the blog posts to leave a comment.


Tue 5th February 2008


Filed under: Gaming

Another day, another Ding.  Yep, "Turkish" has hit level 47. 

Because I'm going for a full Demonology spec Warlock, I also managed to get the Soul Link spell with this level's talent point.

Some people don't like Soul Link but I think it's pretty sweet when used for normal questing purposes.

Right, well I'm off now - tune in soon for the next Ding! 
Tue 5th February 2008

eBay to ban negative feedback

Filed under: Internet and Technology

What on Earth?  Yes, that's right.  eBay are planning to completely overhaul their feedback system and ban sellers from leaving negative comments about buyers.

But, crazily, they are still going to allow buyers to leave negative comments about sellers.

In my opinion, this doesn't make a bit of sense.  It's madness.  So, essentially, you could go round buying anything off eBay, never paying and other sellers would not know that you are a complete waste of time.  Then, as well as wasting the sellers time you can also leave fraudulent negative feedback.  But don't worry, the seller can't do the same to you - you're untouchable!  Great!  Hours of fun to be had.

So, then, if eBay decide to go ahead with this plan, what is the point of a feedback system at all for sellers?  Also, as a buyer, if you have very few feedback comments, does that mean you cannot be trusted?  How can you build up a reputation if people think your feeble feedback score is a reflection of how you conduct business?  The fact that you are an occasional user seems as though it's going to count against you.

Reminds me of the old saying: "If you've got nothing good to say, don't say anything at all."

Come on eBay, think about what you are doing here.

More at the good 'ol beeb and El Reg.