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Wed 19th March 2008

Vista SP1 rolled out

Filed under: Internet and Technology

Microsoft has finally made Vista Service Pack 1 available for public download.  Yey! you might say?  But whoa there, read on before you rush over to the download page.

There is a rather large list of programs that just break after installation of the service pack, including popular software such as ZoneAlarm and BitDefender.

They have also said that other programs may experience "a loss of functionality" after installation of the service pack.  So, before downloading, just make sure you are fully aware of the risks.

Click here for the download.  If (like me) you would rather let Microsoft do everything for you, SP1 will be automatically applied to your Vista machine sometime in mid-April.

Mon 17th March 2008

Elbow - Grounds for Divorce

Filed under: Random Stuff

One word - QUALITY.  Another class tune from Elbow.

Sun 16th March 2008


Filed under: Gaming

These levels are a long time coming now!  Anyhoo, just hit level 62.

Not sure where to head now, either Terokkar Forest or Zangarmarsh.

That's all for now!
Fri 14th March 2008

Bears don't like turbo-folk music

Filed under: Random Stuff

It's official.  A naughty Macedonian bear has been convicted of honey theft.

After repeatedly raiding the hives of bee keeper Zoran Kiseloski, it has been found guilty of theft and criminal damage.  Initially, the keeper kept the bear away by playing Serbian turbo-folk music via a portable generator.  But eventually the generator ran out of fuel and the bear returned.

Full story over at the beeb, and if you live in Macedonia, keep your honey under guard - the bear is still at large.  Oh, and Zoran, if the bear returns, try Westlife.
Thu 13th March 2008

Dreadsteeds are a nightmare (Oh, and a ding!)

Filed under: Gaming

OK, in my last post I said "I'm off to the Burning Steppes to get my Epic Mount."

At the time I didn't realise just how lame this sentance was.  Let me tell you, it is no way as easy as I made it sound.  One of the main reasons people select a Warlock is because you don't need to pay for riding training, or a mount when you reach level 40.  But if you think it's the same when you get to 60, you are mistaken!

And no, I still don't have my Epic Mount.  At a rough guess, I reckon it will take me 5000 hours and a trillion gold coins to finally get it.  Take a look here for a walkthrough - it'll give you some idea of the insane amount of time and money needed get it.

So, I took the easy way out and gave up.  I'll stick to my standard mount for the time being.

Oh, and I also levelled up to 61.  Yey!
Fri 7th March 2008


Filed under: Gaming

Woo hoo!  Level 60!

Next time I logon I need to head over to the Burning Steppes to get my Epic Mount.  Other than that, it's just a case of levelling up gradually to the fabled level 70 ;)

Also, I had quite a few nice items I'd picked up, including a blue waistband, which I have stuck on the Auction House.

Next time I logon, I hope to have a mailbox full of cold hard cash for these, it's quite important that these sell as once again I have blown most of my money.  Every time I visit the Auction House it happens, must learn to resist ;)

Fri 7th March 2008

Playmobil's Security Check Point

Filed under: Humour

As a child, I was happy playing with Lego bricks, shooting baddies with plastic pistols, and generally "larking about" on my Raleigh Grifter.  I mean, I'm 27 now and I'm still drawing pictures of cars with guns on top.

So, I was a little surprised to see that the kids of today are able to buy an Airport Security Checkpoint from Playmobil.

However, I have saved the best for last.  Check out the following customer comment for the product at  Pure comedy gold.

"I was a little disappointed when I first bought this item, because the functionality is limited. My 5 year old son pointed out that the passenger's shoes cannot be removed. Then, we placed a deadly fingernail file underneath the passenger's scarf, and neither the detector doorway nor the security wand picked it up. My son said "that's the worst security ever!". But it turned out to be okay, because when the passenger got on the Playmobil B757 and tried to hijack it, she was mobbed by a couple of other heroic passengers, who only sustained minor injuries in the scuffle, which were treated at the Playmobil Hospital.

The best thing about this product is that it teaches kids about the realities of living in a high-surveillence society. My son said he wants the Playmobil Neighborhood Surveillence System set for Christmas. I've heard that the CCTV cameras on that thing are pretty worthless in terms of quality and motion detection, so I think I'll get him the Playmobil Abu-Gharib Interogation Set instead (it comes with a cute little memo from George Bush)."
Wed 5th March 2008

Olle's double-whammy

Filed under: Design and Graphics

Olle Axelsson, genius designer over at has released two sparkly new templates today.

The two templates are called 'Towers' and 'Nebula' and are essentially the same template but with different images and a different colour scheme.

If you are interested in downloading any of these templates, head over to Olle's templates page.  Nice work Olle.

Tue 4th March 2008


Filed under: Gaming

Woo hoo!  Level 59 is here.

By reaching level 59, it means I can finally get over to Outland, and start questing in the areas introduced in the Burning Crusade patch.  I'm going to start out at Hellfire Peninsula.

Will keep you updated on progress ;)

Tue 4th March 2008

Volkswagen Dog

Filed under: Humour

Well, I was laying on the sofa last night with a cup of tea watching TV when all of a sudden an advert came on which made me laugh until I dropped my bowl of Rainbow Drops all over the laminate.

It has to be the best advert on TV at the moment, have a look and see what you think.