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Jun. 24th, 2010 @ 08:19 pm (no subject)
Anybody else catch any of the epic 11 hour long tennis match?
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Jun. 14th, 2010 @ 05:40 pm (no subject)
Here's a couple pics of the new car. It knocks the spots off of the Skoda!



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Jun. 11th, 2010 @ 09:32 pm Announcement...
I am no longer a member of the Skoda club.

I am now a member of the Renault club.

Fin.

=p
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Mar. 20th, 2010 @ 10:30 pm (no subject)
It's not a cult, it's a collective.

I've just read the book 'Join Me' by Danny Wallace and it was so awesome I'm joining. =D

That is all.

P.S. I love those shoes you're wearing. I want you to know that.
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Mar. 2nd, 2010 @ 03:32 pm (no subject)
My HDD decided to play up last night with, firstly, a note saying "Disc Read Error..." So, a bit worried, I rebooted only to find that the comp kept crashing as soon as it hit the Windows startup screen.

It's timing could not have been worse as I had bought a replacement hard drive and was literally going to spend today backing up everything and doing a reformat.

Which, as it turns out, is what I'm doing now.

But all is not lost. In fact, I feel that all is pretty much saved. Because of a problem dad had with his HDD literally only a month or so ago I have a cable that lets you run an internal HDD into your comp via USB. It's an incredible piece of kit and I'd wholeheartedly recommend it. I'm currently now copying all the files I kinda need from my old HDD onto my new via USB.

So, folks. Back up. Now!

In other news, don't have your camera memory card plugged into your comp, even via a multicard reader, when you go to install windows. The program recognises the card as a hard drive on the partition screen, and if you're not thinking you might well accidentally clear the partition on it without realising.

Is there any way to recover the photos? =p
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Feb. 16th, 2010 @ 10:54 pm (no subject)
http://toilet-humour.livejournal.com/

Been sat on these photos for way too long, so thought I'd try and start a website thingy up to showcase the best in lavatory wall humour.

Remember to join if you can, and if you see any funny grafitti on the toilet wall then take a piccie (discreetly =p)!
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Feb. 15th, 2010 @ 10:51 pm (no subject)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8516387.stm

This annoys the HELL out of me.

Isn't this the scenario that those protesting idiots said would happen if we kept corporal punishment in the classrooms? "Oh, we must ban caning and discipline - it tells kids that violence is okay"... Well, it's banned and kids are allowed to run free without fear of reprimand. And look what's happened!

What makes it worse is that the people who say that corporal punishment is wrong and bad are the people who grew up with it when they were kids. If they mucked about in school they got a whack with the ruler on the palm of their hand and, by God, they knew not to act up again! Did this turn them all into thugs who think that violence is okay? Of course not! Their hyprocrisy at being the sole example as to why their statement is wrong makes my head hurt!

There is such a clear correlation between the decline of punishment against bad behaviour in kids and the rise of unruliness, thuggery and general ass-hattery that I can't believe no scientist or behaviourial expert has pointed it out yet!
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Feb. 6th, 2010 @ 07:48 pm Bloody Kids
I was at work today (self employed selling DVDs) and these three kids, who must have been about 8-10 or something, decided that they wanted to look through all of the 'hard gore horror' movies I have. It wasn't so much this that annoyed me, but it was how they went through some movies and said how they'd actually *seen* them.

That really pisses me off, that parents actually let these young kids watch movies like Reservoir Dogs and Halloween. It just really narks me. So, so irresponsible!

I'm really glad I had the foresight to censor the more graphic images on the back of those horror DVDs.
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Feb. 1st, 2010 @ 09:46 pm (no subject)
Today I saw an upside-down rainbow in the sky. Apparently they're pretty rare. Here's a photo I took...



And after I decided to move to a better clearing I noticed that there were two other rainbows. One, right way up and much larger circling against the upside-down one and another upside-down on but much smaller and lower down. I took another photo...



That is all.
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Jan. 28th, 2010 @ 12:11 pm The iPad
I see Apple have announced yet another overpriced fashion accessory which is getting way more free publicity from "unbiased" BBC than it should. The thing that really got me was something Mr. Jobs has been quoted as saying...

Mr Jobs dismissed netbooks as "just cheap laptops".

"Netbooks aren't better at anything - they're slow and have low quality displays," he told the audience.
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Let's do a little comparing here. So netbooks are 'slow' and have 'low quality displays'. That's why we shouldn't buy them but go with the iPad instead... or so he says. I'm going to look at the specs of the iPad Source and the specs of my own netbook, the Samsung NC10...

Display
iPad:
* 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
* 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
* Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
* Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Samsung:
* 10.2-inch (diagonal) backlit screen with native resolution of 1024 x 600.
* Can be modified for multi-touch display.
* Supports multiple languages and characters

So the 'low quality display' on a netbook is pretty much identical to the iPad, with just 168 more pixels in height to the iPad's name.

Capacity
iPad: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
Samsung: 160GB

Why would anyone want such a low memory capacity? There isn't even any mention of an SD card expansion or anything, which the Samsung also has.

Processor
iPad: 1GHz
Samsung: 1.6GHz

So much for being a 'slow' netbook...

Battery Life
iPad: Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.
Samsung: The standard 6 cell battery can provide up to 7 hours of standard use. A 9 cell battery is available that can provide up to 10 hours.

Integrated Camera
iPad: None
Samsung: 1.3mp webcam

Keyboard
iPad: None, although you can spend even more money to buy one and connect it to the tablet via the dock. More money.
Samsung: Has an 83-key keyboard is 93% of the size of a full-size keyboard.

I can't imagine anybody trying to write anything substansial on an iPad because of being wary of hitting a key on the keyboard display too frequently and damaging the screen. At least if the Samsung's keyboard goes off you can plug in a USB replacement until you fix it.

Case
iPad: Needs a case to protect the screen so that it doesn't get damaged. More money.
Samsung: Screen is protected when you just, y'know, close it.

Price
iPad: The 32GB model is $599 / £376
Samsung: The standard model is £299.99 at Comet. An extra £36 or so will get you the RAM upgrade up bring it to 2GB and £30 will get you the 9 cell battery. That's £366, still £10 cheaper than the 'budget' iPad.

"The lack of a camera might have been something Apple did as a trade off to keep the price low," Dean Takahashi of tech blog VentureBeat told BBC News. Keep the price LOW!?

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And you're right Steve. Netbooks are 'just cheap laptops'. That's they're they're called netbooks and not laptops... However, it looks to me that the 'cheap laptops' far surpass the specs and appeal of the iPad...

But, no doubt, this thing will sell by the bucketload simply because it has an Apple logo on the back.
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