Monday, 24 November 2008
Monday, 3 November 2008
Once you have done this SEUS should work just fine.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Friday, 3 October 2008
Unfortunately Microsoft prevent uses of non-IE web browsers from using the 'Premium' version of OWA - forcing them to use 'Basic'. I have to use OWA at home as the administrators of our Exchange server refuse to allow me to have my e-mail automatically forwarded to GMail. I also refuse to have two browser windows open when one would suffice. Thankfully by using the IEtab extension for Firefox it is possible, IEtab allows you to use the (rather poor) IE rendering engine in specified Firefox tabs.
Install it, restart Firefox and head to your OWA login page. Find the little Firefox logo on your status bar, and right click with the mouse. Click the 'Add' button to force Firefox to use the IE rendering engine for your OWA. Refresh your OWA login page and voila.
I really wish Microsoft would grow up and realise that not everybody wants to use IE!
I plan to empty the folder after lunch. So be prepared.
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
How is this for an explanation? "Root permissions such as 777 would not be allowed as this is a root permission." Hmmm..... tautology?
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
First of all the server fairly regularly has its slow moments - not ideal by any means. Today it started giving Forbidden messages without registering them in the logs. Imagine the confusion that caused the trained monkeys in customer service.
I did once try to change my payment method to a debit card, which somehow their system managed to screw up. When I contacted customer services to explain that my card didn't work, that my bank said there is no problem with it, that I can afford it and I have checked the details I entered the monkey asked me for all of the details on my card so that he could try and enter them. Slightly wrong?
A while ago I was searching through documents for codens. I needed a comprehensive list so I scraped the Bishop Museum's list into a MySQL database. Thankfully they have a logical HTML structure and besides one small error (corrected in a matter of hours) the list was easily parsed.
Creating a local copy saved having to repeatedly hit their site and eat their bandwidth.
I made a slightly improved search engine for the list that automatically searches for redirects (AHCC is apaprently a museum coden synonym of ARHC).
I have made this available here for anybody who is interested.
This will hopefully link in (at some point) with some phasmid related projects that I have tiime to work on occassionally.
Friday, 19 September 2008
Perhaps the most holy of days for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Not sure whether it's meant to be a comedy but says very clearly and effectively what it took a lecturer the best part of 30 minutes to explain to me when I was at university.
I've been recently re-examining my time management strategies, which despite creating an increased delivery in useful things, seems to have bypassed creating time to write here.
Incidentally I recently discovered that I seem to have rediscovered the vast majority of what Randy Pausch has already said.
I have a folder full of things to put here - so I will endeavour to work through the backlog and make this a little more interesting! Feel free to also check out my other blogs, In Defence of Reason and Invertebrate Diaries.
Friday, 9 May 2008
It seemed that not a day would go past last week without something to do with Jays turning up. I guess it started on Sunday morning in Battersea Park when a good friend of mine said they'd seen a couple, then continued through a BBQ Sunday afternoon and so on.
I can't remember the last time I saw one, I'm not really a huge fan of birds, and don't go out of my way to look for them. But to round off a Jay-infested week I did see one today, and unusually I was quite pleased to see it. Now I only need to find my quetzal....
Anyway, that wasn't the point. I did try to explain what a Jay looked like to one friend, feeling pretty certain that they'd seen them many times. All my descriptions of feather colours, posture, etc. failed. As a last shot I said "imagine a crow that's been paintballing", and suddenly the picture clicked. Perhaps we should rewrite the keys...
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Friday, 2 May 2008
Monday, 14 April 2008
OS: Windows XP (also Debian and Solaris)
7-Zip (seems to compresspress just about anything I ever need)
GIMP (for image editing)
and a few plug-ins, such as AudioScrobbler
Can't imagine having left anything major out?.....
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
- Notify me
- Make the remaining charge last as long as possible.
Well, no. The mighty people at Samsung instead decided it should beep and vibrate every couple of minutes, to further waste the battery life. And, by vibrate, I mean it caused a mini earthquake and sent the phone spinning on its axis on anything resembling a smooth surface.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
People who enjoy spending time in the mountains will often, after a day on the hills, get back and discuss, or even argue about, equipment. I have spent many evenings in pubs, around campfires and huddled inside a small tent to avoid the weather with fellow hill walking friends, and you know that the conversation will eventually turn to equipment. Now everyone has a different opinion about the best gear to carry up with you. Personally I prefer to carry equipment that is the lightest possible that will do the job. A lightweight waterproof is just as waterproof as a heavier one in all but the very worst of conditions, and is a lot smaller to stuff into your day-sac if the weather turns out to be good. Similarly, with waterproof trousers, the lighter the better, and in this case they need not be anywhere near as expensive as the jacket.
Then we come onto boots, for the past few years I have been using a pair of Meindl boots in all but the best of conditions. They may be a bit heavy for summer use, but then again the extra strength from lugging them around in the summer will pay dividends in the winter when I have no choice.
So here I am, having been asked to write about some of my favourite items of gear. Well I think that mountain clothing is a bit of a no-go zone, as whatever I say will cause most people to disagree. So instead I will settle for what will only cause some people to disagree: some items from the rest of my kit.
One piece of kit that I always take on trips, even if it is left at base camp for day walks, is my Trangia stove. It is one of the best designs to come from
So what is the attraction of this piece of kit? Well, it is very versatile, for instance by cooking pasta in one of the pans and placing the frying pan on top it is possible to cook bacon while you boil the pasta. Once you have lit the meths, the stove is virtually windproof, unlike some of the cheaper gas powered stoves that are available. The whole thing is also capable of taking quite a bashing, certainly useful in terms of reliability in the hills. If anything does break you can replace that particular item, instead of the whole thing too, which certainly keeps the wallet happier. Buying spares separately also allows you to mix and match the Trangia for your own needs: fancy aluminium pans and a non-stick frying pan? Well you can have it!
Of course, I still use the old-fashioned silver Sigg fuel bottles. They just seem more robust than the new plastic Trangia ones!
Speaking of Sigg bottles, I also have a Sigg water bottle. It is now looking a bit worse for wear, the plastic outer is pealing of the metal body in one or two places, and it’s covered in dents, but this is why I got it in the first place: it’s built to last. Alongside the Platypus (essentially a water reservoir that goes in your backpack, with a tube and mouthpiece that you clip onto the shoulder strap) this provides adequate water for most days walking.
Another item that I always consider worth carrying is my Petzl head torch, now the model doesn’t really matter. Petzl make good equipment, but I find the ones that take the large square 4.5v batteries to be useful. These batteries give a very good lifetime, and can be replaced with an AA adaptor kit. Having it in your bag makes things that bit easier if you get stuck on the hills overnight, or if you end up coming down the last stretch a bit later than you planned.
I could go on, but I will save some stories for the next time somebody brings up the subject of equipment over dinner. In the end what matters more than equipment is skill and experience, or, for you first few attempts, the skill and experience of those around you.
Copyright Ed Baker