Posts By: Gary

  • Journal

    Fiore Bello

    Posted on by

    We’ve had a cactus plant sitting on our kitchen window-sill for the last three or so years; it hasn’t done much apart from growing a bit occasionally. But after so much inactivity our unassuming cactus has decided to produce not one but three spectacular flowers. Based on past inactivity we probably won’t see anymore for… Read more »

  • Journal

    Theme Update

    Posted on by

    I’ve swapped themes, at least for the time being, to the very customisable, visually gorgeous and almost perfect Regulus theme, written by Ben Gillbanks at Binary Moon. Almost perfect? Well it does cause the W3C validator to barf slightly on the sidebar. No worry though, a small hack to sidebar.php and all was well again…. Read more »

  • Journal

    OS X 10.4.6 Gives Momentary Heart Failure

    Posted on by

    I’ve just downloaded and installed the latest update for OS X via the Software Update utility. The update requires a system restart which isn’t unexpected. What was unexpected was the second restart in the middle of the reboot sequence. After my heart resumed something approaching its’ normal rate I did what I should have done… Read more »

  • Articles

    Clearing Your Outlook Forms Cache

    Posted on by

    You’re working in Outlook, minding your own business and someone sends you a meeting request; you check your schedule, you’re free at the given date and time so you click on Accept only to see this: Restarting Outlook doesn’t help, nor does rebooting your machine; you’ve fallen victim to a corrupted forms cache. But don’t… Read more »

  • Articles

    SSH Bits & Pieces

    Posted on by

    RTFM. Really. Although this is free advertising, before you use SSH for anything other than a drop in replacement for telnet buy a copy of O’Reilly’s SSH: The Definitive Guide, and then read it. It’s a rare O’Reilly book which doesn’t make you realise just how little you actually know about a subject and this… Read more »

  • Journal

    Do You Know These People?

    Posted on by

    I get spam email; so does everyone I know with an email address. My mail client of choice is currently Apple’s Mail.app and this includes a Bayesian junk mail filtering system which, after a bit of training, is very effective. About once a week I check my junk mail folder. Just in case. There’s one… Read more »

  • Journal

    More Artic Driver Than Road Warrior

    Posted on by

    First there was the paperless office which was going to free us from the drudgery of sheets of paper. That was first mooted as an idea in 1975 and my desk is still covered in the stuff. Hmm. Then there was wifi which was going to liberate us from wires and turn us all into… Read more »

  • Articles

    Blosxom “Sticky” Plugin

    Posted on by

    A while back when I was using Blosxom to power my blog I wrote a plugin called sticky which forced given articles to appear as the most recent. When I changed my blog over to WordPress the plugin got temporarily misplaced. The plugin is still referenced online at the Unofficial Blosxom User Group plugin registry… Read more »

  • Journal

    Look Behind You

    Posted on by

    There used to be a time when, if you were driving on a motorway or dual carriageway, you looked in your rear view mirror and you would see, approaching rapidly, very rapidly, a Bedford Astramax van. You would be safe to make at least one of the following assumptions about this van. It would be… Read more »

  • Articles

    What’s That Process?

    Posted on by

    When I’m working on a Windows machine I like to keep Task Manager running minimised in my task bar so I’ve got immediate visual feedback on how hard my system’s working. That way, when I think my system’s not running as fast as it should be I can immediately see if the system’s maxed out… Read more »