Thursday, 21 February 2008

IT's CHAMPION (the wonder horse!)

(I bet you're all far too young to remember one of the staples of the summer holiday TV back in the days when there were only 3 channels, TV finished about 2am at the latest and they played the national anthem at station close down)

I digress.

Checkout www.aflsocialenterprise.org/icteast the new website for the Regional ICT Champion for the Eastern Region, Mr Paul Ruskin (who also just so happens to be my boss)

This is a great site and it will keep you in touch with what is happening in the region, upcoming events, general info and sign posting, funding advice etc.

So, go on, make his day! You know you wnat to

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Microsoft Strike Again



Not being content with releasing VISTA on to the world when it was not the complete article, then releasing updates that sent some PC's nuts, in the infinte wisdom the technical gurus at MS have decided to pull the problem update. Hooray! But there is still no fix for those computers that went doolaley! B O O ! !


Now there is concern that this latest 'issue' may delay the release of VISTA SP1!


Read more here

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Broadband firms hoodwink public over download speeds

Shock! Horror! Do they really!

Well according to the Inquirer, apparently so!

"BROADBAND SUPPLIERS have come under fire for misleading the public over download speeds, with a survey showing the average UK speed is a sluggish 2.95Mb."

The Full Article

Why am I surprised at my lack of surprise?

Friday, 8 February 2008

Do you want fires with that, Have an Nice Day!

OK!

1. I know that fast-food burger chains are sh!te
2. Staff in these emporiums are either students earning some beer money or lifes less fortunate people who at least have gone out and got a job
3. If you chose to eat in places like this you deserve everything you get

On our way to a gig tonight a friend and I stopped at just such a eatery!
The chain shall remain nameless.

We enter the restaurant to find one very suspect looking employee standing by the till looking at the queue waiting to order. As previously mentioned we know that staff are very likely not to be the fizziest drink in the fridge, but our friend, lets call him/her (oh yes you really couldn't tell even the deep voice and the beard were no guarantees I can assure you) Hermi.

Hermi eventually starts bagging up meals that have been order by those in front of us. I wouldn't say they were slow, but by the time s/he got one lot of meals bagged the sell by date had expired, some other chap who was 17 when he came in and left drawing his pension, was complaining that
[a] it was taking a long time to get his order
[b] they had got it wrong - wanted 3 lumps of regurge in buns and he got two
[c] having realised that he had only been charged for two Hermi asks the chap for payment for the 3rd. This is more that he paid for the previous two! I'm not surprised, in that time inflation most have gone up!

Finally we get to order our meals. Hmm! 2 lumps of recycled meat product topped with cheese and bacon, a cup of orange food colouring topped up with gas, and a bag of yellow thin things that resemble corn sticks, claim to be chips, sorry fries, but they have been as near a potato as the meat in the burger has a cow!

So in summary a not very fast fast food outlet with dodgey staff!
I love the signs you see in pubs, "We don't do fast food, we do good food prepared as quickly as we can"

Yeah well, jog on. This was definitely not fast food served slower than slow.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

How To Win Friends And Influence People

I take pride in the fact that I'm a Circuit Rider. I enjoy my job and the chance to benefit others by my good works. The fact that I am one of a small but growing band of IT professionals dedicated to making the VCS a better place also gives me the 'warm rosey glow' factor I did not have in the Private Sector.

The one thing we seem to suffer from when we talk about our work as Circuit Riders is people hear the word IT and they instantly hear GEEK and this has an effect similar on their brains as the infamous Babel Fish of HGTG fame and instantly translates every thing said in to some obscure and ancient Japanese dialect.

And we really don't help ourselves. You only have to read some of the various mail lists ...

On a list i regularly visit someone posted a link to an article by Stephen, Col Melchet, Fry (yes that Stephen Fry) about open source and Linux. It illicited 20 responses so far from various individuals. Most of them were in the first hour of posting the original article.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and as to freedom of speech, go for it, but why is it when ever anyone tries to injecty humour in to a topic we get the same camps making the same points over and over again.

The fastest way I know to get a response from one of these lists is to post a comment that says
Bill Gates is King
or
This free software is great!

Come on chaps! Lets prove to the world we to have a sense of humour!

What Is A Circuit Rider - Definition #117

At a recent event at which we were invited to give a presentation about Circuit Riders & Circuit Riding, the introduction by the chairman was brilliant!

" We welcome blah blah from blah to talk to us today about What Is a Circuit Rider and see how different reality is to our image of a man with a screwdriver on a push bike wearing lycra!"

Hmm! All parties will remain nameless, however, I'm still coming to terms with the fact I'm not sure it was a vision the chairman wanted shattered or not!!!!

Just for the record, the last time I would have been fit enough to wear lycra the damn stuff wasnt even invented! Anyway, I've heard it chaffs!

Monday, 4 February 2008

Who Do You Trust!!

I made a pact with myself that I would try and post something on this blog at least three times a week. Yeah right! So far in 2008 this my second post so 1 month is my record so far.

Reading an article on my favourite site The Inquiry I was intrigued about the claim of a company called IronKey who claim to have the safest, most secure USB flash drive in the world.

Not only does it have "AES encryption, but also has duel channel SLC Nand flash, PKI and a crypto chip."

This has come from a project originally funded by the US Government, so if you can't trust them... ;)

Oh it even has (cue mission impossible muzak) a self destruct mechanism if it detects its under attack or you enter the wrong password 10 times.!

My favourite descripton though is - it is heavy and therefore feels expensive!

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