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MS Sidewinder 3D Pro Plus autographs

March 15, 2006
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Cleaning things reveals wonders.

I opened up my joystick to give it a good cleaning since the buttons kept sticking.
I find autographs on the inside of the plate of a bunch of people. Anyone any idea who they’d be ?

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Anina, Slides and Technuendo

January 31, 2006
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Corporates being assholes again ?

I have a habit of occasionally writing about things I’m not fully aware of. Such as this one. Heard from Sonia Belle‘s blog that a technologicaly knowledgeable model named Anina has been given an ultimatum:

either quit doing the technology stuff, or leave the agency. they say that fashion and technology do not go together.

. I think this sucks. And I know I don’t agree with Microsoft all the time, but Microsoft’s technical evangelist has the same opinion:

Anyway, I just saw that Anina, the geek model, has been told to stop blogging. That sucks. But leaves a bunch of future opportunities. She’s smart and that’ll take her a lot further than her looks.

I agree with Robert‘s statement that it’ll leave her with a bunch of future opportunities, possibly with a more forward thinking agency. But I don’t think she she should be forced to leave her agency just because she might endager the image that models are stupid. might make poor decisions, some of them are made to appear more stupid than they really are. A lot of them, like Anina are highly intelligent, probably more so than a geek like me.

Anina told her agency that she was going to be doing all this geeky stuff before she signed up with them. Only now that she’s been doing it are they starting to whinge. I’m not a lawyer or anything, but isn’t that breaking some sort of contract law as the contract was signed under the agreement that would be doing all of that then they change their minds ?

New Technuendo.

This situation between Anina and her agency, who I’m not agreeing with so much that i’m not even going to bother giving them a rel="tag" or a rel="vote-against" link. What they have deserved is this: a technuendo dedicated to themselves. And apple. (must balance out mentioning microsoft somehow).

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1) Something that’ll bring a great product to a wider audience.
2) Straight women discovering the joys of another woman.
3) Something that is good for the industry that you can’t stop from happening no matter how much you don’t like it. Yes, you know who I mean.

Yet again, this isn’t spellchecked cos I’m using the latest stable release of Firefox.


Windows Migration pt13/ Apple Migration pt1/House Migration pt1

December 2, 2005
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My dealings with Novatech are now complete.

The refund has been received. I won’t be shopping with them again.

Information from sources.

My sources tell me 3 Novatech laptops went up for sale recently on eBay. They said that the laptops possibly were (the previous 2 fault ones, plus the final one i sent back) mine, and that they’ll be looking into it. I don’t think there’s anything dodgy going on, it’s just an interesting thing to find. Apparently not many people want to keep their Novatech laptops once they’re done with them, but Novatech will try to take yours off you before you are.

Apple Migration: I am now using an Apple iBook for the first time.

A friend of mine sourced me an iBook. Tweaked to the core. This baby will last a full days’ study on a single charge, and a whole day if I do bugger all. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it Novatech, laptop batteries do last more than two hours on a single charge when they’re used for things as simple as recording audio and word processing.

I’ll be keeping it till I get a new one next term.

I’ll be moving into my own place.

So I’ll be moving into my own place soon. Yay for me. I sign for the keys on Monday, assuming the guy from the Uni did what I asked him and he emailed the people.


Annoyed at the thing I have to get taught at University.

November 28, 2005
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Aside from restructuring into semantic (X)HTML, this post appears as it does in the post I made on the Uni message board. Damn WebCT sucks.

obsolete/incorrect info in session 10 power point presentation

I am annoyed and frustrated about being taught obsolete and semantically incorrect techniques.

  1. Frames generally create accessibility, as well as usability problems; they should be avoided, and if scrolling content is needed, div tags with the overflow specified in CSS will fix that problem.
  2. Styles should be applied to tables with CSS, not (X)HTML attributes.
  3. Internet Explorer uses an invalid DOM.
  4. div and span tags aren’t so much layers as blank elements intended to be styled by the designer or end user. span tags can be made into block level elements and div tags can be made into inline elements, as can pretty much every other (X)HTML element.
  5. Since IE uses an invalid DOM, code should be written for everything else (the stuff thats standard based) first, and IE second. Or just Firefox, as IE is a big obsolete waste of time.
  6. Layers and Tables do not reduce the accesibility of web pages to visualy impaired users. It is the incompetent implementation of layers and tables that makes them inaccessible.
  7. Tables should not be used to control layout of a document. That’s a waste of code and creates accessibility problems, unless you know what you’re doing. Then it’s just a waste of code.
  8. Nested layers are good, nested tables are really, really bad.
  9. CSS permits user defined formating of any XML object.
  10. CSS can be applied to ANY (X)HTML object
  11. CSS files do not have to be stored with a .CSS extension. Web browsers couldn’t care less what it’s called as long as it is written in CSS. Preferably valid. Preferably without IE’s invalid bloat.
  12. Fixed pixel fonts should never be used. They are inaccesible, and should only ever ever be used if the design of a page requires it, in which case, alternate stylesheets should be provided. Many websites do this out of courtesy for their users. IE’s text zoom facilities suck. That is a syntacticalyl correct statement.
  13. CSS is not a dynamic language, it does not update all pages it is associated with, the changes are only reflected once the relevant pages have been refreshed in the browser.
  14. Most of Macromedia’s DHTML implementations create invalid javascript code.

Windows Migration pt11

October 22, 2005
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Third laptop.

So now I’m onto the third laptop. This one doesn’t have dead pixels.

Now the reason I’ve got a third laptop is because I found out on Thursday that the wireless card was faulty. All the stress built up from having to wait a month to get what I wanted got to me and I just became too ill to attend my last lecture on Thursday- and missed Friday’s, mostly due to illness and partly due to having to wait in for UPS to pick up the laptop. DHL already came round to collect it earlier in the morning, but I didn’t request them to do so as I hadn’t finished sorting things out with Novatech.

I can’t check if this has a working ethernet/wireless card yet, as the battery hasn’t finished charging, and I don’t have a wireless access point at home. So I’ll be having to wait till Monday. Annoying thing is, at Uni, it was someone’s brilliant idea not to allow the students to have a secure wireless connection (there are two secured connections, and one unsecured one- just for the students). I might see if me and Anth can figure something out to fix that problem.


Windows Migration pt9

October 17, 2005
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Nearly there.

So I’m on XP now, some things are still a little shakey- like my calendars didn’t migrate fully, so I’m going to be trying some things using the ghost image i made of my old C drive soon.


Windows Migration pt8

October 15, 2005
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Firefox has been migrated.

I’ve managed to import the important stuff out of the disk image: bookmarks, history & saved passwords. Had a little hassle with the saved passwords but a quick google fixed that.


Windows Migration pt7

October 15, 2005
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XP installed!

So they still haven’t fixed that annoying thing where windows defaults to being in Tijuana, but the install went fine. The only problem I’ve had so far appears to have been caused by that damn annoying 256MB module. It’d have been nice to have the full 768MB, but not at the cost of stability.

Now all I have to do is get into the Norton Ghost file I made of the C drive so I can get all my files back.


Windows Migration pt6

October 14, 2005
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XP arrived.

I’ll be spending the next few hours fiddling with a nice clean install of XP Pro. Aside from the slight screwup over payment/shipping, GenStar have been helpful in correcting their error.

See you in a few hours.

PS:upgrade details.

I’m currently running win98SE, but the install is slightly buggy, what with it being win98 and all. There’s the fact that myself and other software has screwed around with the install so much it’d just be easier to wipe it.


Windows Migration pt5

October 13, 2005
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Pissed off even more.

First Novatech screwed up (although only slightly, but still by far the most inconvinient screwup so far), now GenStar screwed up.

I am formally revoking any positive opinion of the GenStar company.

Once I have recieved my copy of XP, or in the event they read this, take a hissy fit and decide to cancel the order on me, I will be posting the emails (censored of personal info of course). If I forget to do so, someone post a comment on here and I’ll get round to it.


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