Posts By: Gary

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    It Should Be Wrong …

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    I used to have a home made anti-stress ball, consisting of a flour filled balloon; it was made for me by one of the French students currently on industrial placement at work. I say used to as one of my colleagues managed to break it, which at least proved it really was a balloon filled… Read more »

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    Dot Emacs

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    Emacs is almost infinately customisable; a fact I didn’t really get to grips with this fact untill I found myself on a Fedora Core box a while back with a net connection but without my favourite set of keyboard short cuts. This really brought home how just a few simple customisations can come to be… Read more »

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    Fire Extinguished By Adium

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    After running with Fire as my primary IM app for the best part of a year, its finally been usurped by Adium. After running the two in parallel I found I liked the cleaner interface of Adium over that of Fire. I’d tried Adium in the past and found I couldn’t take an app with… Read more »

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    Fiore Bello

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    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 »

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    Theme Update

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    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 »

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    OS X 10.4.6 Gives Momentary Heart Failure

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    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 »

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    Clearing Your Outlook Forms Cache

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    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 »

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    SSH Bits & Pieces

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    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 »

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    Do You Know These People?

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    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 »

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    More Artic Driver Than Road Warrior

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    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 »