February 2004 Archives

We all love you Chris

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Chris receiving his birthday present

Last night was Chris' birthday party at @Newtown. Had a thoroughly fantastic night. There was a great turnout of people, and I even knew a few of them :) Actually I even managed to drag along a few people that barely even know Chris. :)

He was utterly blown away by the present a bunch of us got him. His first reaction was "I can't accept this - I know how much it's worth". He couldn't quite grasp that so many people care so much for him. I didn't know how to say that, so all I said was "we all love you chris", which I probably wouldn't have even said if I'd thought about it.. it kind of just popped out :)

Had to crash out on the couch for a couple of hours before coming home. I only have five drinks the whole night, but you don't want to risk these things when driving.

So another weekend gone, with absolutely nothing achieved. Oh well :)

Dave's Idea

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This is my Saturday Five, taken from blogideas.com

An ode to your couch
Oh little couch. Small but comfortable. You fold out into a comfortable bed. It's a pity that you tend to fold out when just sitting on you.

If you could.. Who would you kill?
Stupid people

What should we do with stupid people?
Kill them :)

Who do you blame for your mood today?
Most probably Jim. Was mostly his fault I left work completely grumpy yesterday.

What is something scientists need to invent?
Teleporters

I have no other inspiration for this entry, I was counting on the Friday Five for something to post. damned flipping. The only alternative is to whinge about crap like people pissing me off and being home alone on a Friday night. sigh.

Just finished watching Good Will Hunting. ok movie. Switched over to Armageddon. Utterly ridiculous movie. Yet somehow I find myself watching it every time it's on. hrm. And two Ben Affleck movies in a row.

Was quite amazed at the response to my first Theme Thursday entry.. I haven't had that many unique posts in ages.. if ever! Thanks everyone.

While I'm on it.. check out the Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics page for Armageddon. Very cool site.

unfinished-enterprise.jpg unfinished-titanic.jpg


Thought I'd have a go at "Theme Thursday" which I found on Dave's site. This week's theme is "Unfinished". I thought I'd put up a couple of pictures of projects I've been working on for up to nine years. The first picture is the saucer section of a model of the Enterprise D. I've been working on this since I got it in 1995. I spent ages and ages painting every second panel, only to decide that I wasn't happy with the colour - it was too *blue*. So it's been stuck there ever since.

The second picture is of a model of the Titanic. I've been working on that one since 1998. Every so often I get it down and do some more work on it. I'm actually putting quite a lot of effort into doing it right, so it's taking a very long time (that, and I go for years at a time without doing anything on it!)

Had an owners meeting for the block tonight. It went remarkably better than expected, with no fighting or name calling, and everyone was generally in agreement with everything. Highest priority for everyone is removing the Moreton Bay Fig tree out the back, which is damaging the building. It's a bit sad that it has to go, and really the building should never have been built here, but now that it has, either the tree or my home will have to go.

Actually I did achieve something tonight - I modified the URL button to add a target="_blank" tag to my url insertions. Which I've been doing manually for the past year and knew there had to be a better way. For future reference, the files to modify are:
mtcgi/tmpl/cms/bm_entry.tmpl and
mtcgi/tmpl/cms/edit_entry.tmpl and look for "insertLink"

To test this.. need a url .. how about my uncle's page.. there we go :)

Or in this case, have dinner, go home, go to bed. Stoopid problem at work kept us late and in the end we didn't even solve it. Sux when that happens. At least if you can make something work after a couple of hours it's not so bad because you know you've achieved something. But as it was, the change we made had to be rolled back because the two servers in question wouldn't talk to each other anymore. blah.

At least I made one thing work today - got active directory to force out connections to our sus server.

I was thinking of doing a tech support sub-blog at one stage. I'd put up any of the errors/problems that I came across on a given day, and I what I did to solve them. I'm sure hits would go through the roof (I used to get quite a few referrals on "an error in updating your system has occurred"). The only problem is, I'd have to revisit work at home, and that really wouldn't be a lot of fun. Maybe one day I'll get off my butt and do it.

Batch 8 - I think

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Batch 8

I'd been worried about the two angels I put into their own tank - they seemed to be very grumpy and only coming up sporadically when I came by to feed them. That was until last week, when they laid their first batch of eggs on the back of the filter. The eggs didn't last though, and they went back to being grumpy. Then this afternoon I see they've laid yet another batch of eggs. This must be about their 8th batch of eggs all summer. If they keep laying eggs I guess they can't be too unhappy with life. It's a bit sad how cramped they look though - they're over half the total height of the tank!

The pic shows what I think is the male in front of the filter where they've laid their latest batch.

This time I'm going to turn off the filter just before the eggs are due to hatch (there's another filter in the corner - a bubble filter which isn't as likely to suck up the fry). That's even if the eggs get anywhere near hatching.

I have carpet!

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I was beginning to forget what it looked like, I haven't seen it in so long. Got most of the study floor cleared yesterday. It's such a luxury to be able to walk from one side of the room to the other without having to step over or around anything. The downside is, that the rest of the place is even worse than usual.

It's a positively blissful 21C tonight. Not only that but a brisk cross-breeze has cleared out most of the hot air in the flat. Loverly :):)

bed time

ok, so maybe not quite that intense, but certainly the same feeling of loss like you'll never be with that person again. I so wish I'd discovered Bowie by 1987 so I could have gone and seen the Glass Spider concert. He was certainly at the peak of his good looks in the mid-eighties (see my drawings of his beautiful face on another post), and the show was nothing short of spectacular. My video is still holding up ok, but if they ever release a PAL DVD version I'll buy it.

I found this on davidbowie.com regarding his concert on Friday:

David Bowie has just come off stage after the first of two shows at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in NSW. He played a similar set to the Brisbane show, except that he dropped Be My Wife and Always Crashing In The Same Car in favour of the very welcome return of 5:15 The Angels Have Gone, Fantastic Voyage and I've Been Waiting For You.

Our BowieNetter reporter in Oz, the very professional Charly, tells me that DB was again "very chatty", and she's currently on her way to an internet cafe to get her account of the evening down for your reading pleasure. Pop back a little later on to see what she has to say.

Meanwhile, here follows that 26-song set list courtesy of Charly:

Sydney February 20th 2004

01 Rebel Rebel
02 New Killer Star
03 Reality
04 Fame
05 Cactus
06 5:15 The Angels Have Gone
07 All The Young Dudes
08 China Girl
09 A New Career In A New Town
10 The Loneliest Guy
11 The Man Who Sold The World
12 Hallo Spaceboy
13 Sunday
14 Under Pressure
15 Life On Mars?
16 Looking For Water
17 Fantastic Voyage
18 Days
19 White Light, White Heat
20 Ashes To Ashes
21 I'm Afraid Of Americans
22 "Heroes"

(Encore)
23 I've Been Waiting For You
24 Five Years
25 Suffragette City
26 Ziggy Stardust

UPDATE: Here's more from Charly via the magic of electronic mail...

Crutches and Hairdryers. By Charly.

So, it was cool being at Sydney Entertainment Centre to start with. Just one of those places I'd always wanted to be. David started again tonight with Rebel Rebel and New Killer Star as is fairly normal these days. A fairly enthusiastic response was echoed around Sydney Entertainment Centre. I was quite over-awed by it all, seeing Bowie live in Sydney - WOW! It's an amazing city. After he'd finished with Reality, Fame and Cactus he brought in 5.15 The Angels Have Gone which was a welcome return to the set. Been a while since I'd heard that one live.

He then did All The Young Dudes which concluded with many arms waving in the air. David started talking about sticks, saying "let's see the stick". A little way behind me, someone was waving a crutch in the air and Bowie thought this was amusing enough to banter a little - "It's a wonderful summer's evening and the crutches are waving in the air. What an extraordinary country. I've got a bunch of crutches outside my window, and they're all brown." Nutter.

China Girl followed with rapturous applause echoing around the room. Bowie sang "Oh baby, just you shut your mouth - she says just shut the fuck up" Then, after the song he said, "it's that time of the evening you've all been waiting for - yes, it's the instrumental. This lead into my favourite track from Low, A New Career In A New Town.

He followed this by suggesting that "it was always a good idea to follow an instrumental with a song so slow you forget to breathe" - The Loneliest Guy! Afterwards the crowd cheered loudly and he said "go and get a copy, it's really good. If you can't get a copy I'll come round your house and sing it again!" Hmmm...... like that's gonna happen!

MWSTW, Hallo Spaceboy and Sunday brought the show on a little further where David decided to introduce the band by saying "People ask, you know, who are these guys that work with you on stage, and I say, you know why don't you mind your own business." Ha ha. The band intro ensued with David telling us all the different things Kat played, including the 'hairdryer'!!!!

Under Pressure and Life On Mars caused great pleasure amongst the throng and Looking For Water was great to hear again, as was Fantastic Voyage. I love that one live. Excellent. He continued with Days and White Light White Heat, saying "I had to get that off my chest" after the latter. Ashes through to Heroes ended the show on a great high. So far so good....

The first encore was Waiting For You, not heard that one in a while. The final three songs were the usual show enders, but I still never tire of any of them. All Ziggy material and all bloody excellent. Bring it on for tomorrow.

Aside from my cousin's wedding (actually their second wedding, this time in a Greek Orthodox church as opposed to a celebrant wedding) and a games night at James and George's which was a lot of fun, all I've done this weekend is read other peoples' blogs (eg Rick Macherat and Dave) and links off them (eg Despair). Although I did pull apart most of my Harry Potter lego.. I don't want it getting sun-damaged. I'll put it all together again when (if) I get the remaining sets I'm missing. I left out the Hogwarts Castle, Dumbledore's Office and the Hogwarts Express, as these are the best sets in the series.

I'm feeling incredibly unmotivated at the moment. Possibly because it's taken so long to tidy up the study that I'm getting demoralised with it. Possibly because of the heat, although today has been somewhat more comfortable that previous weeks.

I really should go shopping. I've run out of toilet paper and have been using tissues. It's just such a pain to have to go out.. would much rather leave it til I'm out anyway, like on the way home from work. Maybe I can borrow a roll from the neighbours. Or just keep using tissues. hrmm

David Bowie

Needless to say, I didn't want it end. I actually cried. It was a very emotional experience for me. It was a night I've been waiting 14 years for. What must truly be a once-in-a-lifetime event for me.

The night began with me heading over to Sami and Cathy's place, where we then drove to Rozelle Bay to catch the light rail into Haymarket. A quick bite of food to eat and then we headed into the Entertainment Center. At 7:30, "Something for Kate" came on. They weren't bad, but it was very noisy and I only knew a couple of their songs. They finished around 8:15.

Forty-five minutes of stage rearranging later and finally the moment I've been waiting half my life for - David Bowie entered the room. Of course the crowd went wild and my ear drums got another pumelling :) He launched straight into Rebel Rebel, one of my favourite songs of his. Then a couple of tracks off Reality, Fame, a whole lot more songs I know only vaguely, if at all. Still, there was a sprinkling of the old classics throughout the show - The Man Who Sold the World, China Girl, Life on Mars (I started to cry at this point), Under Pressure, White Light White Heat (I haven't heard that song in *ages*!!), Ashes to Ashes, Heroes, All the Young Dudes.

David Bowie

The show finished with a bang - Suffragette City (another of my all time favourites), and Ziggy Stardust.. "... Ziggy played .. guitaararrr" and then he was gone.

At 10:00 I realised that half the show had gone and that I didn't want it to end in a mere hour. This was a man who occupied my thoughts for much of my waking life for almost two years. And here I was in the same room as him. Looking at him in the flesh, albeit at a distance. I will probably never see him again. He's just turned 57 for heavens sake, he's hardly going to be galavanting around the world for much longer, certainly not on a grand concert scale.

The production was certainly a lot simpler than previous productions (cf Glass Spider). No set changes, no costume changes, quite a simple light show, and very little theatrics. Just the band and the music really. Obviously a very "lean" production to make it quite a bit easier to get around.

And how oh how is one able to get a front row seat, where you can stand up, put your hand up, and be touched by rock royalty? If only I knew..

The last time...

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When was the last time you...

1. ...went to the doctor?
dunno.. last year sometime maybe

2. ...went to the dentist?
1996

3. ...filled your gas tank?
I don't have a gas tank, I have a petrol tank, and that would have been about a week and a half ago.

4. ...got enough sleep?
gee, it's been a while..

5. ...backed up your computer?
I have scripts that backup my computer every night

I'm going to see David Bowie tonight!!!!! WOOOOHOOOO!!!!!

nothing

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Can't really think of anything meaningful to say
sorry :)

Spent all of tonight on Photosig and Sony DSC-F828 review sites, watching tv and basically not getting anything done. I did get the washing done so I suppose that is a good thing.

Gonna sleep in tomorrow .. for at least as long as the garbage trucks let me.

Sleep.

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Or lack thereof. Was awake til probably 2:30 this morning stressing over this ebay thing. Still haven't decided what to do about it.

Came home and had a siesta for an hour and a half this afternoon, but still very sleepie.

Ebay burning

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Looks like I may have had my first ebay burning. More at a later date.

Feeling rather stressed about it, even though at the moment I have nothing much to lose except my rating (which is not so bad for me as the buyer).

urgh
it's spoiling the movie I'm watching too

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addendum.
1:30am and I still can't get to sleep. I can't believe how much this is stressing me out >:(

We 0wNz J00!!

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A week ago Jim mailed the staff list and said "we're setting the domain password policy to expire passwords next week, change your password this week to avoid being forced to do it next week when you login on Monday." Of course, a decent chunk of people completely ignored him, and this morning had all sorts of weird and wonderful issues trying to log onto their computers. Sometimes it wouldn't accept old passwords, sometimes the new passwords just wouldn't work, sometimes people weren't even logging onto the domain, so couldn't change their passwords, they just lost access to domain resources. Now if these lusers had just taken the time to read Jim's email they could have avoided the chaos that ensued today. We were all running around like crazy just to get people logged onto their computers. But you can never tell these sorts of people. *sigh*

The upshot of all of this is that we now have forced everyone to change their crappy passwords that they've had for years and no amount of asking/pleading was going to get some people to change them. With the move to active directory and a new security policy being developed centrally, it was a good a time as any to start tightening things up a bit globally. Now these people have no excuses, because everyone else had to the same day also.

Had another nothing day today. Just too hot. I actually spent a good deal of time trying to sort out the filing on my computer. It seems I have more than 4gb of *stuff* on one drive, and the backup job is failing because you can't put more than 4gb into one file on a fat32 partition. So I thought I'd try and clear out some junk, and burn other stuff to cd as necessary etc. In the end I ended up putting *more* stuff onto the disk as I'd brought home a pile of files from my work computer to sort out.

So anyway, I decided that I'd go for a swim. I haven't been for a swim all summer, and decided that if I waited any longer for someone to swim with, well I wouldn't get a swim at all. I'd of course have to go after dark, as I hate swimming alone. So 8:30 comes around (after watching the 60 minutes 25 year anniversary - weird because they filmed the end of it on the big sound stage they have next to the car park, and had setup a marquee in the car park and I'm, like, "been there!" hehe.. but I digress) and mother calls. The funniest part of the whole conversation is that she tells me that Dad has shaved off his beard!! He hasn't shaved in 27 years!! This I've *got* to see :) So I'm in a kinda good mood, when I go downstairs. Only to find that they still haven't fixed the frigging filter and the pool is closed until further notice. They decided it was broken on *Wednesday* and were going to get someone to come out the next day. I realise now that the pool was actually quiet all weekend. *sigh* So now I'm *still* hot and sweaty. Think I'll just wash my hair and go to bed.

This day in history

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1970 - my parents got married
1980 - Crossfire was born
2004 - I turned 30.5

Had another frustrating day *doing* stuff but not getting anything *done*. Even though I've thrown out a couple of piles of stuff, I feel like all I've managed to achieve is to rearrange everything a bit.

I found a bunch of cool stuff today while sorting everything out - like Jim's masters thesis, brought home among a big pile of recyclable one-sided paper; lots of clippings and articles on my obsessions of the late eighties - David Bowie, 1927, Batman among the highlights; countless song lyrics I wrote out longhand, or typed up myself as typing practise when I was learning to type in second year uni (before the internet took off in a big way and song lyrics were a mere google click away). In those days the only way to get song lyrics and find info on popstars was in magazines such as "Smash Hits". Now I don't even bother to collect printed matter - partly because I'm not as obsessive as I once was ;) and partly because everything is just so easy to get to on the internet. It's probably also the reason I don't collect browser bookmarks anymore either. Except for the sites I visit regularly it's quicker to do a new search than it is to find a link in a big bookmark file.

I'm just watching the "director's cut" of Gladiator on channel 10. It's definitely censored somewhat, with some of the more gruesome shots cut short, but it also has a few extra scenes that aren't in the dvd version (unless I've missed them buried in the special features somewhere). .. ah yes, they're buried on disc 2 of the dvd.

Calling Linenoise

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The thought popped into my head tonight that I haven't talked to Todd Sinclair for a couple of years. So I thought I'd do a quick search for him on the net to see if he's still around. I totally freaked out over this page though .. although it hasn't been updated since 1997, all the people I used to know from #relax were there, including Guy and myself! Scary stuff :)

361 Days

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That's how long my w2k server was up for before the blackout the other night. Four days short of a year! Pretty impressive for a little w2k box - it's only a PMMX 233 with 256mb ram. And it was nowhere near using up its resources - the memory line was still almost at the bottom. Oh well. At least it gave me a chance to move it into the other room, I'd been holding off moving it so I wouldn't have to break its uptime record :)

The heat/humidity is suffocating. Trying to move computers and hubs and network cables and switch box cables and getting stressed cause I was feeling sweaty, which makes me sweat even more and then stress out more. arghghh! Bit of a vicious cycle really.

anyways, here's a friday five:

1. Are you superstitious?
Not really.

2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?
dunno

3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition?
Well the one I'm most likely to believe in, even though I don't, is that if you go out without an umbrella it's more likely to rain. I suppose that's not really even superstition but there you go

4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?
Rationally no, everything's God's will.

5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
Nup. Load of rubbish.

hrm not a terribly interesting Friday Five. oh well. Time to go find alcohol, or food, or both.

But ever so slowly. Each time I think I'm nearly done with a pile, I think of somewhere else that similar crap is located, and of course must be assimilated so it's all in the same place. This includes boxes full of stuff in the storage cage. And I'm sure that some of the stuff that's up here should really be in boxes in the storage cage. hrmm. methinks this is going to take some time yet to sort out.

The power died again last night after I went to bed, for perhaps another hour or so. It's been back ever since. It wasn't actually the thunderstorm that did it (at least I suspect not directly) .. the power went out a good half an hour before it even started raining. Just one of those things I guess.

The stickiness is still not letting up. Don't know how much more of this I can take. Had another storm today, but all it did was just make things muggier :(

Like a Yo-Yo

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Going to have to type quickly and save often for this entry. I don't know how much longer I'll have electricity for. Even before a thunderstorm came through, the power to our suburb has been up and down tonight, for up to an hour and a half at a time. I think my fish are all ok, which is a good thing. Had a few of the neighbours round to have a look at the fish after the power came back up the last time, they were suitably impressed :)

It's amazing how reliant I am on electricity, and how much I take it for granted. Without it tonight I seriously had *nothing* to do. Without my computer and at least a room light, I was just sitting here wondering what I could do. I ended up sorting out a bunch of rubbish that needed to be chucked, took it out to the bins, wandered around the block to see how far the outage was away, and came back to end up chatting with neighbours in the corridor. I didn't even have dinner tonight.. oops

Well I got into work early when it was still dark enough to need headlights, disconnected my landline, and ploughed through a huge pile of work. Today was an infinitely better day than yesterday. It's amazing how much work you can do when you're not interrupted every five minutes!

Anyways, posting this before we lose power again.

If I have another day tomorrow like I had the previous two days at work I'm seriously going to go on strike. I couldn't get any of the work done that I *need* to get done because people kept calling me up and dumping crap on me. I spent two hours just doing help desk calls! My brain cannot cope with the load of a stack of crappy problems when I have a stack of big problems to work through.

I think I'm going to disconnect my landline and send everything through to voicemail for at least the morning and not check my email so that I can at least get some of the crap out of the way.

I started the mammoth exercise of rescanning and catalogue all my analogue photos tonight.

I scanned six photos.

Admittedly much time was spent choosing a sharpen setting (can anyone suggest what levels they use in photoshop?), and the best way to transfer them to my main computer etc. The other problem is my favourite jpg compression utility - LView 1.8 - is playing up at the moment.. or more likely w2k is, probably getting to be about time I did a complete format and reinstall. I still have yet to find a utility as good as LView .. but then I haven't really been looking, since lview does the job so well. LView seems to do a better job of jpg compression than anything else I've seen - small file sizes with very little distortion. But its biggest disadvantage is that it can't do batch opens and resaves and resizes. At least not the 1996 no-nag version I have :)

The heat here is ridiculous at the moment.. I'm seriously unmotivated to do *anything* it's simply too hot. At least at work it's nice and cool :)

Welcome back pixie!

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You were missed! :)

Only three left

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Saw one of my remaining neon tetras floating round the tank this afternoon.. which is a first, I never saw any of the other 8 die, they must have gotten eaten too quickly (either that or they were eaten alive!). So there's only three left. If I could catch the other three I'd take them out and put them with the other 7 in the small tank.

My two black angels are still moping somewhat, although they're both eating a bit which I suppose is a good sign. The big tank is starting to look empty now. There's only the Betta, the two white angels, three glass catfish, three neon tetras and two cory cats. Must be about time to get some more fish! :)

Shall we dance?

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Just finished watching The King and I. Pretty silly movie really, but the whole thing is worth it just for the Shall we Dance scene... The intense look Yul Brynner gives Deborah Kerr as he goes to put his hand round her waist.. not to mention all the gratuitous bare chest shots.. mmmmm :)

I *finally* moved the two black angels into their own tank today. Somewhat traumatic experience for them I'm sure, being caught in a little net and dumped unceremoniously into a bucket for transfer. I don't think any major fin damage was done fortunately. They've been hiding in a corner ever since, but hopefully they'll come around.

One for Yvonne

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Are we up to 7 yet?

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Angels have laid egg batch number 7. And I was going to move them to their own tank tonight. Oh well.. wait a few days till the eggs disappear then move them.

New season of ER is about to start woohoo

Shoulda stood in bed

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I shoulda stood in bed today. I was contemplating taking the day off, but decided I had too much work to do. So I went in, but I really should have stayed home, as I didn't achieve a single thing, except to frustrate myself over microsoft. For example, how the f@#% do you do a dump of all the users in all the groups in AD? Dumpsec used to do it nicely in NT4 but doesn't seem to work in AD. That and other questions remained unanswered because while there may be a wealth of information out there on AD, sifting through it to find specific answers has overwhelmed me.

I did, however, find this little gem here:


"Group Policies can be used to define which programs are to be installed on which computers. This can be done by department, with web development getting Photoshop and Flash, sales getting Outlook and Excel, and technical support getting Quake."

Almost made my day worthwhile ... nahhhhh

One for JC

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Thanks to CC for this. I decided to do the USA because I've been to more US states (10) than I have other countries (2)



create your own personalized map of the USA

Hoping to add a few more to that later in the year :)

Just spent three hours finishing off The Order of the Phoenix for the second time. I'm sure I'll regret this tomorrow when lack of sleep catches up with me. I think I enjoyed it a bit more the second time round.. it didn't feel quite as depressing or political as it did the first time for some reason.

I reckon JK Rowling should write "Hogwarts: A History". Hermione refers to it so often I reckon it'd be a great read. Although for some reason I have this feeling she may get sick of writing about Harry Potter and that'll be the end of that.

sleep.

Guy very kindly lent me his Olympus C750 UZ camera on the weekend for me to have a play with, as this was the camera I was interested in buying as my next digital camera. I've had an Olympus C-900 Zoom (D-400 Zoom in USA) for five years and it's been the most amazing camera. But by todays standards the pictures aren't as sharp as they could be, and the resolution could be bigger also. After reading review sites, I thought I might look at the Olympus C750 Ultra Zoom.

The biggest selling point on this camera is its fantastic 10X optical zoom lens. It also takes AA batteries, which George highly recommended to me after going through some very expensive batteries in her camera. And, being Olympus, it has a beautiful file naming convention that I really would not like to give up - it keeps the month and date in the actual photo name, so you can always tell when you took the photo from the name of the file. When you take as many photos as I do, this is a big plus, because you never have to rename files, and only need to separate them on year.

Initial results proved very disappointing. Not helped by the fact I probably had it on the wrong picture mode setting. That fixed up I was able to get some more successful photos. However, being at night, with only a single 100W incandescent light bulb for illumination, the camera still had problems getting a focus lock, resulting in blurry photos. There was also a lot of noise in the photos, especially at the higher resolutions. I had read a lot of reviews on this camera at www.dpreview.com and this weakness was commented on by many users. However, I would have thought that this camera, being five years newer than my current one, would still be better at focussing, and that perhaps these other users had a higher basis for comparison. Apparently not, and it seems that my five year old camera can still do a better job of getting the focussing right.

The macro setting also had issues. Again it had trouble getting a focus lock, often focussing at all sorts of odd depths, if at all. But the biggest gripe for me is that when using a flash, the end of the lens casts a shadow, resulting in photos with a semi-circle of shadow at the bottom. This would piss me off no end.

A smaller gripe is the electronic viewfinder. It's very difficult to see whether photos are in focus or not through it. Mind you, I had no idea at all with my old camera because there was no link between the lens and the viewfinder.

Having said all of that though, when it gets it right, it does so spectacularly. Outdoors with good light, this camera is superb. The 10x optical zoom is like a telescope, bringing up detail not even visible to the naked eye. The picture sharpness is great, as are the colours.

The other big success I had with it was with photos of my fish. My old camera has always had trouble focussing through the glass and water, but the C750 seemed to be able to get it right more often. I now have some of the best photos of my fish I've ever taken.

So. I've just looked at all the photos again, and I have to say I'm very disappointed with this camera. More so because I was expecting so much from it. If primarily taking outdoor shots with good light, then go for it. But if you take a lot of indoor shots, or macros with flash, then forget it. The focussing and noise problems really put me off this camera. Now I'm back to square one, trying to decide what camera to get.

My brain is starting to melt down at the moment, because all the things I need to get done are all dependant on each other, such that I don't know where to start. For example, I don't really have the time in one afternoon to find homes for all the crap I need to put away. So I pick somewhere to start, like putting away to boxes of Christmas decorations. But to do that I need to take down the fairy lights. To do that I need to clear space on the floor. But that will take more than an afternoon to do.

I also need to do a water change and move my black angels. But to do that I need to clear space in front of the fish tank. But to do that I need to spend a day or two putting away all the crap that's lying around the floor getting in the way. argghhh!

I think I'm just going to have to start piling everything up so that at least it doesn't cover my entire floor, then I will have the space for my brain to be able to cope with sorting everything out.

I went to a "Creative Memories" party last night.. kinda like a tupperware party for photos. Basically it's so they can sell their albums and other bits and pieces. It was $10 though which kinda sucked, since I really didn't get anything out of it except for a bit of useful information. Like, for photo albums, not only should the paper you mount your photos on be acid free, but it should also be lignin free and buffered. And if you're using plastic pockets, they should be PVC-free. Was that worth $10? No, since I'm sure I could have found that out on the web. We did make up some pages with photos on them that could ultimately be used in one of their albums, but since I don't even take ordinary photos anymore (I haven't developed a roll of film in 5 years), and the old photos I do have I just want to scan so that I can look at them on the computer, then there's not really a lot of point. I'm not going to spend hours creating individual pages with a few photos on them, it'd take me *decades* to go through all my old photos doing that. It's going to take me long enough to rescan everything as it is (I scanned many of my photos several years ago, but only at 100dpi, which makes for tiny photos on screen).

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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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