Archive for January, 2006

Anonymous Hartebeests

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

I posted a comment on Elly’s blog this morning.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I read his blog, I worry about Elly’s mental state – of course he could be still under the effects of the alcohol he consumed on Saturday. Anyway, those of you who’ve commented on the Ellyblog will know that the “Name” field comes up pre-filled in with “Anonymous Chicken”, and you have to either change it, or have your comment forever labelled as coming from a feathery yellowbelly who wouldn’t give their name.

For some reason, I thought it would be hilarious to change it to “Anonymous some-other-creature” before commenting, and my wild and wacky mind suggested “Anonymous wildebeest”, the wildebeest, through no fault of its own, being a pretty comical animal. Only after commenting did I notice that someone had already commented using the name “Anonymous wildebeest”, so then I had to post ANOTHER comment explaining that I wasn’t the original “Anonymous wildebeest”, but a different one.

You may have guessed from the incomprehensibility of this post that I’m not well – my eyes are streaming and I keep sneezing, I suppose it’s always possible I’ve got a cold. I do hope Jenny doesn’t ring me for wireless networkification advice this evening – I’m always pleased to try to help, but I’m likely to tell her “You need to plug the USB lead into the ATCHOOO flibble wibble wobble”, and she’d then have to try to do that, which wouldn’t be very helpful.

Race Against Time

Monday, January 30th, 2006

The “Battery Critically Low” alarm has just popped up on the lappytoppy – I wonder if I can get a decent blog churned out before I vanish?

Because of 34sp embrokenment yesterday, I failed to tell you all about the great cachers’ day out I went to: My chum Blitzy had organised the fourth Late Christmas Cache Bash, at a pub just the other side of Winchester. There were cachers aplenty, a sepcial cache set for the day (which I was joint first-to-find with Nobby Nobbs and KittyHawk), food, beer, loads of cachers including several I’ve never met before, and the great quiz organised by…ME! What a lovely day I had, and I even got to spend some decent time with MCL, who’d been prevented from attending Saturday’s MongMeet by injudicious date selection, his sister choosing that day to get married.

And today, I’ve used up my other surplus day off work: I’ve attended to a rattle in the Gruntmobile, topped up oil and water, found my PDA stylus and hoovered the mud out of the car, some of which has been there for an embarassingly long time. And this afternoon I’m going to do some more work on a talk I’m doing at the next Hospital Broadcasting conference, and getting in a bonus hour at the gym.

It’s a busy life, isn’t it?

Room 101

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

With thanks to Marie over at the Bogof Blog for the idea, my own personal list of things to go in room 101:

  1. Dogs. I don’t hate all dogs, but I AM phobic of them, so I hereby consign dogs to room 101, along with owners who let their dogs chase people and other animals, c**p on pavements etc. Although thinking about it, if we just got rid of all the rubbish dog owners, most of the dogs would probably be OK. First up against the wall will be those owners who shout “It’s OK, he’s only playing” when their 18-stone slobberhound is leaping all over some terrified phobic.
  2. Teenage yobs. Although like the dogs, if we just got rid of the parents of teenage yobs, it would probably do a load to solve the problem.
  3. Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, I’m a Celebrity, anyhing else that’s ever been presented by Davina McCall or Ant ‘n Dec, etc. And while we’re at it, Eastenders, Coronation Street and all the other twaddle.
  4. Tony Blair. Also his awful wife, and all their sponging champagne socialist mates. And while we’re cleaning up the world of politics, let’s also get rid of the BNP, National Front, and anyone who believes we should adopt the Euro and/or the European Constitution
  5. Radio One. When I were a lad, Radio One had a jingle that went “Ray-dee-oh Wunnn is Wunnnn…Derrrrr…fulllll”, and while it wasn’t, even then, it was about a million times better than it is today.
  6. The nasty people behind the malicious attacks which have kept 34sp – the host where this fine journal lives, as well as many others of the blogring – out of action for most of today

I think that’ll do for now.

MongMeet

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Woo! What a fabby day out in Oxford, at the SimonGers’ meet! Those of you who were there will know what a great time we had – it was great to see so many old friends again (even if I didn’t recognise Kouros at first :-( ), and to meet some of you for the first time – Sparkle, Jess, Carol, the Milk Monster and her loyal entourage, Elo15e and Sam, and the excellent Madison Star. There was food (including being force-fed profiteroles), booze (hence why I went by train), and the award ceremony for the “Most Entertaining Rubbish Website Award”, which amazingly was won by SimonG. Simon made a lovely acceptance speech – ooh, and by the way, I hope he gave Jess a satisfactory explanation for “the pigeon thing” – just in case he didn’t, you can read about it here in his bloggy archive.

Needless to say there was some caching done: between the station and the pub I nabbed three virtuals: Swing Low was the first, being only just round the corner from the station. Then a nice Thames-side walk, and an amble through the back streets brought me to University Challenge 10 (Stomp Stomp), something interesting to look at outside a museum. Another short walk and a plaque on the wall gave me the information I needed to claim University Challenge 7 (Sizzle Sizzle), and then it was time to head for the Mitre. During a lull in the proceedings, Lord Hutton and I zipped out to find University Challenge 11 (the High). I tried for one more on the way back to the station, but there were too many people about and I was getting a few odd looks.

And that was my day: whether you were at the meet or not, I hope your day was as fab as mine. G’night all.

Day Off

Friday, January 27th, 2006

You may remember that I mentioned a while ago, how my good chums in Human Resources had wallied up my holidays last year, leading to me losing two days. After I threw my teddies out of the pram, my luvvly boss said I could take them as long as I did so as soon as possible – so today was a day off. Guess what I did?

There’s a cache near me that involves collecting clues from various children’s playparks around Gosport: As a single male, I don’t much like hanging around playparks – there’s too much chance of getting your head kicked in – so today, freezing cold and a schoolday, seemed a fairly safe day to go and have a crack. The Swingpark Medley took me most of the day, although that did include stopping for lunch, and three other caches on the way :-) .

Treasure Chest was made a bit trickier by the fact that one of the clues is missing, but I made a lucky guess and found the cache OK: Victoria’s Secret Cache – nothing to do with underwear, as far as I could tell – was a nice easy cache and dash, and the longest walk of the day was to Cache for Questions, a puzzle cache with a nice two-mile round trip walk at the end.

And then I went home to log my finds, and to get ready for the MongMeet tomorrow.

Restricted Circulation

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

The news du jour1 – at least in the geeky world of the intermaweb – has been Google’s agreement to censor its Chinese search engine service, in return for being allowed to operate in China by the government there.

Various “Freedom of Information” groups have criticised the search engine, saying that they’ve gone against their motto of “Do no evil” – although interestingly, I couldn’t find that motto on their website this morning, except as statement number six in their “Ten Things” business philosophy, “”You can make money without doing evil”. To be honest, it doesn’t look to me as if they’ve done much evil here – if they provided a full uncensored Chinese search service, they’d simply be censored by the Beijing government and the Chinese people would be no better off. At least this way they’re getting some search availability, and the searches are said to show clearly where results have been omitted for censorship reasons. I’m not denying that the censorship itself is wrong – it undoubtedly is wrong – but the Chinese goverment, not Google’s Chinese operation, is responsible.

Of course by diversifying into China, Google are going to make more money than they were making before, but you can’t blame them for that: they are a business, after all. But I don’t see that by providing a censored service they are supporting the Chinese regime, when the alternative is no service at all.

Meanwhile, whatever I think, Google will continue to be the best, most ethically-operated search engine generally available. And whatever I think, the Chinese will continue to be stuck with an unreliable, difficult to access version of the internet, where they’re only allowed to view pages approved by their masters. It’ll be a bit like being on AOL, really.

1 Or strictly speaking, the news d’hier, I suppose

Adult Education

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Today was the third and last of my “Living with your Diabetes” lessons.

I blogged two weeks ago about the first one, and we’ll say no more about that. What I didn’t mention then, was Eric: Eric has read every book that’s ever been written about diabetes, so he knows far more than the course leaders about every aspect of the illness. He also likes the sound of his own voice, and in session one said more than everyone else put together.

Of course I missed last week because I was taking exams, but from what the others said before he arrived tonight, he was just the same then.

Tonight was “Taking Care of Your Feet”, and to start with Eric wasn’t there: We theorised that he knew enough already and was running his own session somewhere else. Sadly, he did turn up after the first hour, and monopolised the conversation for the rest of the evening. Luckily we all get a personal consultation with the podiatrist, so I can ask any questions then. At the end, he was banging on about how great it’d been to all get together to discuss things, and then suggested we swap names and addresses so we could all keep in touch. It was while he was monopolising the elderly couple sitting opposite that the rest of us folded our tents and sneaked out, before he got to us.

Testing Times

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Something which cropped up in the chatroom earlier reminded me that there were a couple of stories from last week’s exams I hadn’t shared with you all.

The exams were two of the three I need to pass to get my National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety: The first was “Agents” – nothing to do with James Bond, it’s all about noise, chemicals, radiation, stress and other things that can hurt you. Anyway, I sat down, and when the examiner said so, I turned the paper over and read the first question:
“Compare and contrast the merits and limitations of prospective cohort monitoring and reactive cohort monitoring in epidemiology”
I won’t tell you what my first thought was, but it had the F-word in it, and loosely translated to “I don’t really know”. Luckily there were loads of other questions – the exam consists of six compulsory questions worth ten marks each, and five worth twenty marks from which you have to answer three. So I answered all the others, and in the ten minutes left at the end of the exam came back to the epidemiology one and wrote some waffle that may or may not attract a couple of marks.

The second exam – in which nothing really exciting happened, apart from Steve quaffing six cans of Red Bull just before starting – was “Workplace and Work Equipment Safety”. I had to waffle on one of the compulsory questions in that as well.

Mot of the “Agents” papers that we’ve done in practice have included a question on poisons, which includes a part worth three marks that goes something like “Describe the symptoms of poisoning by…” followed by the name of some industrial chemical. They didn’t ask that this time – we think they must have figured out that whatever they’re asking about, there’s a 90% chance that the answer “Initially flu-like symptoms, in extreme cases death” will get two of the three marks.

Anyway, results are due mid-April, at which point I should get results for two of my three submitted assignments as well – so at that point I will hopefully have just one assignment, and one exam (“Civil Law and the Management of Health and Safety”) to go. The exam is in July, the assignment is when I get round to it.

Crack!

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Driving home from geocaching yesterday, a stone flew up off the road and made a star-shaped crack in the windscreen.

This is, to put it mildly, a pain in the bum: MOT time is coming1, and a crack bigger than 10mm is an MOT failure. At the moment it’s small enough that I’d get away with it, but glass cracks have a habit of growing – when I worked in the laboratory there was a crack in the front window of the fume cupboard that grew daily, although Richard’s habit of tapping it with a coin might have been a contributory factor. Anyway, when researching the legality of windscreen cracks on line today, I found the Autoglass website, where it says that with most insurers there’s no excess on getting windscreen cracks repaired with Autoglass – and that was when I remembered that my insurance company do that!

So, tonight I have to:

  • Dig out MOT certificate to check due date
  • Dig out insurance stuff to confirm details of getting it done by Autoglass
  • Make a note to ring Autoglass tomorrow (it’ll be nearly midnight before I get home tonight)
  • Try to find the bit of paper I wrote Derek and Maureen’s address, and their new e-mail address, on. Nothing to do with the car, I need it for a form I have to fill in.

Then tomorrow I have to remember to ring Autoglass, and then the garage to book an MOT and service. It’s a full life, isn’t it?

1Note to self: Check exact date of MOT-dueness

Tag!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

I was tagged by Jenny.

Ground Rules: The first player of this ďgame??? starts with the topic ď5 weird habits of yours??? and people who get tagged need to write a blog entry about their 5 quirky habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 5 people to be tagged and list their names:

  1. I shout at things. For example, if Tony Blair comes on the telly, I shout “YOU’RE RUBBISH. GET OFF”. And I often yell at my laptop, or the network terminals at work, calling them “Slow lumps of electronic donkey-dung”.
  2. I have the world’s worst dress sense, SimonG could give me fashion tips. If no-one nags me to do otherwise, I walk round looking as if I’ve been dipped in glue and thrown through the window of an Oxfam shop.
  3. I can be amazingly tolerant of some things, and intolerant of others. Things I’m tolerant of: People who consistently foul things up in spite of trying hard and giving it their best shot. Things I’m intolerant of: Selfish or thoughtless people, and people who won’t even try something new.
  4. I geocache. A lot. Actually, Jenny pointed out that whenever I start anything new, I do it “big style” – I don’t do anything in a small way. I guess that’s true, although I usually, after an initial burst of enthusiasm, calm down and take things sensibly. Not really a habit, but I’m getting desperate here.
  5. Also not really a habit, but it defines me more than anything else: I’m a Christian, from the Charismatic (aka “Happy Clappy” or “Armwaver”) wing of the church.

Anyways, you didn’t really think there’d be a Sunday blog without some geocaching did you? This pic was taken very close to the hiding place of a new cache in the New Forest, Beginners’ Luck. I made a nice three-mile circular walk, squelching through just the kind of terrain you’d expect in the New Forest at this time of year! It could be done in a shorter, drier walk, but the first couple of finders suggested that a longer walk would be better, so that’s what I did!

Oh yes, and for “Five habits” purposes, I tag Robbie Keyes, SarahJT, Formidable Gill, Mongers (this should be funny), and Omally.

On Target

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

I told you a while ago about my health-and-fitness targets for the year.

As you can see, I’ve given you a graphic representation of how I’m doing, up there at the top of the page. I know it hasn’t looked as if it’s been changing very much, but I’ve been updating it every Saturday – in fact, if your mouse pointer hovers over the graphic, you’ll see the “updated” date pops up.

I’m quite pleased with how well it’s going at the moment, especially as I missed two regular sessions this week because of being in Stratty doing them exams. Mind you, I did go this afternoon, and I don’t usually on a Saturday. It’s going to start going wrong as the summer comes on, and I can go caching on Friday evenings after work, which’ll cost me one big gym session a week…

And that’s why I’m trying to get a bit ahead of target now.

Scam

Friday, January 20th, 2006

You don’t only learn Health and Safety, on a Health and Safety course.

One of the guys on my current course…well, let’s call him Brendan. Brendan works for…umm…a major public utility, and is well into what he calls “scams”, although they’re not really – as far as I can tell they’re all legal and fairly ethical, and really just focus on doing the best you can for yourself without hurting anyone.

The best example is his expenses scam: This relies on getting a Tesco credit card, and using it for all your business expenses: You get Tesco clubcard points on all these, but your employer is paying for them. You then develop the system to maximise the expenses that can go on the card.

When I – and most other people – stay away from home on business, the employer makes the hotel booking and pays the bill directly – all that goes on the expenses claim is stuff like the bar bill and other incidentals. Brendan insists on paying it himself (with his Tesco card, naturally) and claiming expenses. To be fair, he stays away on business far more than I do, so the points he collects this way are worth having – he says he gets enough free airmiles for the family’s annual holiday that way. If a group eat out, he persuades us to all give him the cash for our meals, and pays for all of us with his credit card: I don’t know if he manages to claim that back on his expenses1, but he certainly racks up a few more Clubcard points.

I’ve never been organised enough to arrange anything like this, the nearest I’ve ever come is refuelling company cars at Tesco so I get the clubcard points for that. Maybe one day…

Oh, and thanks to Steve, we were all able to observe the effects of drinking six cans of Red Bull in the hour before being locked in an exam room for three hours.

1 But if he does, good luck to him if his employer is stupid enough to fall for it.

Day Two

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Well…that’s those two exams over. I’m quietly confident that there’s an outside chance that I MAY not have failed both of them. Results are out on or just before April 14th. I’ve actually worn out two gel pens over these two days, so I certainly wrote plenty – it just remains to be seen whether I wrote the right stuff to please the examiners. In the last batch of exams, only 23% of candidates passed each paper, so there’s no shame in failing, but I just want them out of the way! If I HAVE passed, there’s one more exam to do – the dreaded “legal and organisational” module, which I’ll take in July.

Needless to say, I managed to fit in a cache on the way home, The Yanks are Coming, The Yanks are Coming! is just off the A34 as it passes Oxford and proved to be a nice easy ten-minute diversion, halfway through the drive.

Gadget

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

When I bought my laptop, the first gadget I bought for it – before even the new battery or the wireless networking stuff – was a Kensington lock. For those of you not into laptops, that’s a cable with a loop in one end and a lock on the other: You put the end of the cable through the loop, having first threaded it round an immovable object, then the lock fits into a sepcial slot on your laptop.

The effect, of course, is to anchor your lappy to the immovable object so no-one can steal it – but since having it, I’ve noticed how few places that you might leave a laptop have appropriate immovable objects. My hotel room for example – nothing within reach of the desk has any kind of loopy thing to attach a cable to. I thought the hair dryer holder would work – but it turned out to be a hook, not a loop.

Still, if anyone nicks my laptop, they’ll be easy to recognise…they’ll be the one dragging two drawers full of my underwear behind them.

Anyway, day one of exams is over: I spent the whole time writing so I’ve got plenty down for each answer…it just remains to be sen how much of it was right.

Update

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

I’ve got this revision thing sussed.

On my keyring I have a 64 Meg memory stick (it was free, OK?). On the memory stick is everything I need to know for my exam.

I now have 12 hours to invent a way to plug the memory stick into my brain without the invigilator noticing.

Stratty Again

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

So, I’m back in Stratford-upon-Avon…Hurrah!

For two days of exams…Boo!

The good news is that I’m due to meet my New Wine chums at the chinese restaurant across the road tomorrow – which I have yet to book. I went for a walk just after I arrived, the main purpose of which was to post some letters and buy some pens, but in passing I wanted to make a note of the phone number of the chinese, so I could ring them later. The party of american students, who were passing at the time, thought it was very funny that I was photographing the menu pinned up in the window, but it was the easiest way to make a note of the phone number!

And I’ve just doscovered – after writing two long emails – that Freeserve still don’t allow outgoing email through a BT Openzone connection. Lucky they aren’t urgent.

Bangin’ On My Tom Tom

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Following my rant about TomTom last week, the excellent Carol commented: “I find that the way it (new TomTom) does avoids is much more useful – you plan your journey then tell it which bits of road you donít fancy, and it goes away to come back with another idea – is that not more useful than perhaps ruling out a more direct route which youíd avoid by saying you donít like A-roads at all?”

I think Carol’s misunderstood what I meant by “avoids” – as an example, when I went caching on Saturday, TomTom tried to take me down a road which looks OK on the map, but is in fact private and gated. With old version, I could have marked that road as an “avoid”, and TomTom would never have taken me down that road ever again (unless for some reason I cancelled the avoid). When I was driving the Hospital Radio minibus around Stoke, I found a low bridge that the minibus wouldn’t fit under – I just marked it as an avoid, and TomTom steered me round that location for the rest of the weekend. “Road preferences” was a different thing, which you could use to fine-tune your preferences, for example, “I hate motorways”, “I love motorways”, or “Well I don’t mind motorways but if there’s an A-road going the same way I’d rather be on that”.

Of course, each to their own and there’ll be many people like Carol who prefer the way the new version works: It’s certainly easier for the entry-level user to get going, (although I’m not suggesting Carol and Himself fall into that category), and I DO like some of the new features. But the features that I’m bemoaning the loss of could have been left in – even if hidden away behind an “expert users only” setting – without interfering with the new features. I hate to hold Microsoft up as a good example, but even they’ve learnt that when they bring in a new look (as they did with WindozeXP), they also offer the “Classic” function as an option.

I’m really not having a go at Carol – unfortunately she’s so far been the only one to stick her head above the parapet and defend new TomTom, so I can only respond to her points! She has a different attitude to the use of TomTom to me, so of course her preferences will be different. Her approach is “you plan your journey then tell it which bits of road you donít fancy…”: If I wanted to faff around like that, I’d use an Ordnance Survey map. I want to get in, switch on, and in three button pushes tell it to “Take me to Jenny’s house”, and know that the route it gives me will avoid any of the places I’ve already decided I don’t want to go to.

Anyway – today I have made the photo upload function work on Rob’s blog, and written him a guide on how to use it. If I’m really good, I might even remember to e-mail it to him.

Grrr…oh…

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Today’s blog was going to be about how rubbish WordPress 2.0 is.

Y’see, my old chum Rockin’ Rob wanted a proper blog, rather than the “Blogspot” one he’d been using. He bought himself a 34sp site, and asked me to install WordPress on it. Now, I’ve got the 1.5.1 installation on my PeeCee and could have copied that across, but decided to give him the latest version, for two reasons:

  • He’s my mate, and the latest version is rumoured to have a photo-upload function built in, and is compatible with the best anti-spam functions
  • It would give me a try-before-you-screw-it-up trial before upgrading my own blog, and Jenny’s

Anyway, I downloaded the appropriate files yesterday, and swore at them for a couple of hours before giving up in disgust – the darned thing just wouldn’t install properly. That was when I planned today’s anti-Wordpress-2.0 blog.

Today I came back and tried again, discovered the blindingly stupid mistake I’d made (repeatedly) in yesterday’s attempts, and had it all going in minutes :-( .

I haven’t played with the photo-upload yet (or even located it), nor have I implemented any antispam measures. And I can’t really say I’m totally convinced – it isn’t as easy to change from the standard look as the version I’m using, but no doubt once I’ve had a play and become familiar with it I’ll change my mind.

But for now, the message is – if you want to install WordPress 2.0, it’s dead easy. Unless you’re stupid :-( .

Squelch

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

As you can see, I did a bit of off-roading this afternoon: Actually it isn’t really off-roading – this IS the road! Anyway, before any of that I had a Raynet training session at the home of my chum John, in Woodfalls, right over on the other side of the New Forest.

Of course, having gone that far I had to make the best of it – first cache was Hasley Inclosure, where, as well as finding the cache, I picked up a travel bug. It was on the way to the parking for this one that I had to go along the “road” in the picture, although I notice there is an alternative way in which is all tarmac!

I carried on to Church Place, making a four-mile round-trip walk for the afternoon. Then back through the road/river, and a visit to the car wash on the way home. Oh, and the chinese takeaway – I thought I’d earned it!

Rotten TomTomatoes

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Those of you with good memories will remember that when I bought my new PDA, I fitted it with the latest version of TomTom, the talking Satnav software. I blogged at the time that I’d found a couple of things I didn’t like about it, but that I’d give it a fair trial.

In favour of the new version is that the mapping is more up-to-date: even with the error I found on day one, and another hilarious one Rockin’ Rob told me about, the maps are still better than the old version. It also does navigation by postcode1, which is great for those who like it: Rob uses his satnav to find customers who want him to hit their computers with big hammers, so it’s ideal for him. My main usage is finding out-of-the-way car parks in rural areas, where postcodes are much less useful.

So, what don’t I like?

  • Old version allowed customisation of the menus, so the most-used functions were easy to find. New version doesn’t.
  • Old version let you set up preferences for motorways, A roads etc, so if you wanted to pick a route that avoided motorways it was easy to set up. If new version allows this, I haven’t yet found out how.
  • With old version, you could programme a destination using Latitude/Longitude, which is how geocachers give locations for recommended car parks etc. This is the feature I miss most: you can still do it by a hack, but it’s a real fiddle and I really don’t see why they’ve left it out.
  • There seems to be some problem with using a Bluetooth GPS other than the bespoke TomTom one: The hardware’s OK because Memory Map reads it alright, it’s just TomTom. And no, there was no problem when I was using Old TomTom. I’ve solved this using a bit of intermediate software which seems to buffer out the problem, but again, I shouldn’t have to.
  • The old version had a feature to record the GPS signal, so you could play back your whole journey including course, rest breaks and speeds. The intermediate software2 referred above has given back this function, but it costs thirty dollars extra for something that used to be included.
  • Old TomTom kept the button on the screen that made it easy to switch to other programmes while TomTom was still running: New version takes over the whole screen. Yet again, there’s a hack to get round it, but you shouldn’t lose useful features in what’s supposed to be an improvement.
  • Old version had a simple system to programme areas to avoid – so, for example, if you were driving a high vehicle, you could prevent it from planning routes that went under low bridges. I guess for the average user, this is the most useful feature that’s been lost

I know that these, and many other problems, have been brought to the attention of TomTom via a number of fora, and it would be nice to think they’ll do something about it: We’ll see. A free bug fix for all registered users would be good, but I’m betting that if they do anything at all, it’ll be in the next paid-for upgrade. Meanwhile, I’ve still not finally decided whether to go back to old version or not.
1 That’s a “zip code” for our American chums
2 It’s GpsGate by Franson if you’re interested

Book Meme (thanks to Plaid Dragon)

Thursday, January 12th, 2006
  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

I want you to have this souvenir because I shall never forget that you saved my life on the island and encouraged me to improve my lifestyle.

This one was next to me while I was typing because I’m reading it at the moment, and I’d put it down next to the computer when I came upstairs. And no, it isn’t Robinson Crusoe, nor any of the Swallows and Amazons series – although it could easily have been the latter, they’re all in the bookcase and get re-read occasionally.