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Published: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 16:53:55 EST


New site

Tue, 12 Oct 2004 16:53:55 EST

I have moved my blog to a new loctaion, in line with my change in employment direction

Your Student Union Fees At Work

Sat, 06 Mar 2004 10:11:28 EST

This is a perfect example of why I object to paying student union fees. If this is the rubbish they spend it on, I'll quite happily forgo my *discounted* cafeteria and the free parking.

Another well thought-out poster I saw last week at UWS was the All troops out of Iraq poster. That's just such a champion idea. Lets, now that we've almost given the Iraqis their freedom, pull out at the very last minute and let them be slaughtered again by fascist lunatics.

And I thought unis were educating people!

Semantic Bible

Wed, 25 Feb 2004 09:00:59 EST

Sean Boisen has released his Semantic Bible site. This is a brilliant idea, using the concept of semantics to create a hyper-concordance that links the Bible based on hundreds of keywords. Sean has written a detailed description of the SematicBible project. Drop by the SemanticBible site or Sean's blog and have a look.

My work is hate speech apparently!

Mon, 23 Feb 2004 14:02:03 EST

According to Andy's employers, the organisation that I work for (Voice of the Martyrs, or at least our US Office's site) is considered to be hate speech!

What is it that we do? Well, we report on the violence and hatred directed against Christians in many different countries. At no point do we direct anger towards or advocate revenge against those who perpetrate these acts. In fact we advocate Christ's words on this issue:

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
Matthew 5:44

So now reporting the truth is hate speech. We make nothing up, I guarantee it. We don't print anything unless we have had it independently confirmed. Yes we have made mistakes, but then so do all news agencies. However, unlike many news agencies, when we have been wrong we publicly correct it and apologise. There is actually a lot more that happens that we don't print because it's just too graphic.

What hate? We support those who are persecuted, is that hateful? We tell the world about their plight, is that hateful? I don't think so. As Andy put it Ironic, Don't You Think? I mean these people are the ones who are always crying that the religious right suppress free speech and hides the truth. Well, what is this then? Where is the hatred on our sites?

I sincerely hope, as Andy does, that this is just a mistake.

Update: Also, according to this same filtering software, my site is blocked as pornography!

Starting Uni

Mon, 23 Feb 2004 00:32:00 EST

Well I've finally started uni. I'm going back to do a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) in maths & computers, which means I'll come out the other end (hopefully) qualified to teach years 7-12 maths & computers. I've gone back to UWS in Penrith for three reasons: I know the uni & it's facilities It's really close to home It's supposed to be very good for education degrees The course is designed to be done over 12 months, with six subjects a semester, but I have to do an additional maths subject to qualify for the Department of Education's requirements for maths teachers, so I'm going to be doing it over 18 months. Not that I mind, I think doing over 12 months would kill me! I'm also dropping back to part time work, which I will probably drop all together once someone can replace me.It's going to be interesting, I've only been there one week and already there were signs up to go protest PM John Howard coming to Penrith last week. The exact wording of most of the posters escapes me, but I remember one bit well: John Howard is coming to fund-raise for his evil local minister Jackie Kelly (Emphasis mine). Evil? Evil? What, so she doesn't oppose the war to liberate Iraq and she supports policies that you don't like and suddenly she's evil?! These people don't know what evil is. They've never seen real evil if they think that Jackie Kelly is representative of it. This is evil, this is evil. This is not. A little bit of perspective here would be nice. By all means, disagree with public policy, that's the freedom we have in a democracy. But lets not try and demonise those whom we disagree with. I certainly don't think that everyone of a left/liberal/authoritarian persuasion is evil/stupid/whatever. Heck, I'm friends with people who think Latham's great and Howard is a blight on our country. Doesn't mean I don't like them, it just means our political discussions are very interesting! Right, uni is going to be interesting. Only one week in and I'm already annoyed by the resident lefties! Oh well, this'll be a good exercise in holding my tongue. Ignoring the politics, the course looks good. They're sending us out to schools next week to observe, and then for four weeks at the end of this and next semester we're in schools as student teachers, so there's lots of hands on experience. Also, the uni has moved to a very web-based learning structure. It's called WebCT and it means that lecturers can communicate with all students easily and post weekly assignments (and students can submit their work back online too). Also it has discussion forums for each subject so students and lecturers can discuss things for everyone to benefit from. It's good to see the technology being used like this. It's early days so it's got a few bugs to iron out, but that's understandable. Also, all tutorial registrations are done online, so there's no more mad rushes to the front of the lecture hall to try and get the tut you want. I does mean though that when the rest of the uni starts next month (B Teach. starts earlier for some reason) the servers will probably crash a few times. Anyway, onwards with my goal to corrupteducate the youth of this nation![...]

Installing Mozilla Firefox 0.8

Tue, 10 Feb 2004 23:37:43 EST

A quick note for those upgrading Mozilla Firebird to Firefox 0.8.

Before you run the installation program, (yes there's finally an installer for the windows version), you have to disable all the extensions that you've installed in Firebird, as they're not compatible with Firefox 0.8. (Update: Dunstan has found that it may just be the Tabbrowser Extensions that causes the problem) If you don't, you'll probably get an error message saying something like Error Launching Browser Window: No XBL Binding For Window when you try to run Firefox after it installs. This got me, and a few other people I know. If you have got this error, don't worry, just follow the instructions below.

To do this, in Firebird go to Tools -> Options -> Extensions and select each extension listed there and press the Disable Extension button. You can then exit out of Firebird and run the Firefox installation. I uninstalled Firefox before I did this, but this may not be necessary.

This information is listed on the Firefox Install instructions page, but who reads instructions? Considering the useless nature of the error message, I think it probably would have been better either to put this info on the download page for Firefox (Update: They have now done this!) or to have the installer automatically disable extensions, and then tell you what to do about it (i.e. Update your extensions) once it's finished.

Just my 2 cents.

Other than that, the new version is good. A few new features & bug fixes. My favourite new feature is the new download interface, which lists all your downloads on one screen and doesn't require you to have multiple download dialog screens open like earlier versions (and most other browsers).

One more note: texturizer (Firefox/Thunderbird helpfiles, extensions & themes) and mozillazine (Mozilla discussion forums) have been hit hard with the new release and are both down for now (as at 1:30 AM GMT)

Most Addictive.Flash Game.Ever

Fri, 23 Jan 2004 11:54:38 EST

Yeti penguin baseball, it's is disturbingly addictive. If you can do better than 321.5 let me know!

Update: there's a souped-up version that hit's the penguin further.

Adding Feeddemon to Internet Explorer

Wed, 14 Jan 2004 18:58:31 EST

Feeddemon is a great RSS Aggregator program by Nick Bradbury. Regular readers will already know that I love this program (Download trial version). One thing that would be great that was mentioned on the FeedDemon support forums, is a way to integrate FeedDemon into Internet Explorer, so that you could easily add a feed from a site into FeedDemon. Conveniently, I have a way to do this, shown below. This procedure will add an option to the Internet Explorer "context menu", or the menu that comes up when you right-click on something. This option will send the address of what you've selected to FeedDemon to be added to it's list of RSS Feeds. UPDATE:The procedure described below is now probably unnecessary, as Neil Jones from Codeforge has taken this idea & run with it. He's created an installer program that you just need to run that will create the context menu for you, no copying files, no registry editing. Brilliant stuff Neil! For those still interested in the manual option, read on: Manual Process Requirements for this to work: FeedDemon (duh!) Windows 95 or higher Internet Explorer 4 or higher (I'll write something for Firebird later) An understanding that this procedure is followed at entirely your own risk. This worked fine on my computer, but I'm not guaranteeing anything. Note: This procedure requires you to edit your Windows registry, which is not really all that scary, but I highly recommend you backup your registry! If you're not comfortable with editing your registry, either get someone to help you, or give this a miss use the installer program mentioned above.OK, having now backed up your registry, we can proceed. The first thing you'll need is this file here called fdsend.html. It's a HTML file that you'll need to save to your computer (yes, it's meant to be a blank page). It doesn't matter where you put it, but you need to remember where you put it because you're going to need to reference it later. For simplicity, I suggest just putting it in the C:\ drive, but it just needs to be somewhere. This file contains the code to send the address from Internet Explorer to FeedDemon. The next step is to create the context menu item in the registry with regedit. To open regedit go to 'Start' then 'Run' and type 'regedit' and click 'OK'. You then want to go to the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt. Right-click on MenuExt and select 'New' -> 'Key'. Type the the name 'Add to FeedDemon' & press enter. On the right hand side of the screen there will now be an item with Name: '(Default)', Type: 'REG_SZ' and Data: '(value not set)'. Right click on '(Default)' and select 'Modify'. This will bring up a new window with an empty text box labeled 'Value data'. In there type the location of the HTML file you saved earlier. i.e. If you put the file in c:\fdsend.html then put c:\fdsend.html into the text box there. Click 'OK', close the registry and you're done. You'll need to restart Internet Explorer before this will take effect. Once back in Internet Explorer, when you right-click you should now see 'Add to FeedDemon' as an option. If you right-click on a web page and select that option it will send the address of the current page to FeedDemon. This is useful because FeedDemon can often automatically discover the address of RSS feeds from some websites. Alternatively, if you right-click on a link and select 'Add to FeedDemon' it will send the address of that link to FeedDemon. So if you right-click on the image located at the top-right of my site and select 'Add to FeedDemon' you can subscribe to my RSS feed. Only one known limitation at the moment: If FeedDemon is minimised when you select 'Add to FeedDemon', it won't maximise it. On my computer it brings the program off the system tray onto the task bar but it doesn't actually bring the window up. M[...]

Typepad Blogging Tool

Tue, 13 Jan 2004 10:45:17 EST

Fellow Typepadder Alex Hung is writing a blogging application for Typepad in C#. This is a brilliant idea, as none of the currently available applications, like Zempt or w.bloggar, work exactly right for Typepad.

UPDATE: Matt Berther has directed me to his Movable Poster application. It's very cool, and has the bonus of having built-in plugins for aggregator programs to enable you to blog directly from an RSS feed.

God help us

Sat, 10 Jan 2004 15:07:55 EST

I agree with Andy, this is sickening beyond words.

Law officers launched a manhunt across the Southeast on Thursday for a jealous ex-husband who allegedly shot three former in-laws to death, strangled his infant daughter and fled with three little girls.

Yes, the days truly are evil


Sat, 27 Dec 2003 13:33:45 EST

Johnny Cash: Hurt (quicktime - 400 x 300, 9 mb) I'm sure many of you have already heard this song, but if you haven't seen the video, you have to watch it, it's brilliant.

For the uninitiated, this was Cash's last video before he died, it's a cover of a Nine Inch Nails song.It won Single of the Year & Music Video of the Year at the 2003 American Country Music Awards and was nominated for 6 mtv awards.

[via markromanek]

Merry Christmas

Wed, 24 Dec 2003 12:14:02 EST

Merry Christmas everyone, hope you have a great time with family & friends.

Slaven Family

Pregnancy Blogs

Wed, 24 Dec 2003 11:48:34 EST

I've discovered two new blogs today: Sarah & Will Sansbury's Our Little Lima Bean and The Adams Family.

Both are blogs journaling their families' pregnancies. I think this is a great idea, and a brilliant use of Typepad. I should have thought of doing this myself. Oh well, maybe next time (that's assuming my wife gets her way!).

Thanks to both families for sharing these experiences with us, the blogging community.

FeedDemon is on sale!

Fri, 19 Dec 2003 16:21:59 EST

Nick Bradbury has announced that FeedDemon 1.0 is now on sale. It's currently going for an introdutory price of US$29.95 (~ AU$43.00), which is dirt cheap for a great program like this. Go buy a copy now! Or download the trial version.

UN can't help Iraq

Wed, 17 Dec 2003 09:32:01 EST


To: People who cry Give the reconstruction effort in Iraq to the UN

From: Secretary General Kofi Annan

"I think the UN has done as much as it can for Iraq," Annan told reporters. "So quite honestly I don't think today is the time to hurl accusations."

At least Annan understands that the UN can't actually help people who need it. Let's see what it is that the UN has 'done' for Iraq.

  1. Institute useless sanctions that gave Saddam the cover to slaughter more of his people while blaming the west.
  2. Run away when attacked

Yep, that's about all the UN could do for them.

By the way, if Mr Annan could let us know when is the right day for hurling accusations that would be appreciated. Maybe it could be instituted as another 'World Day'. I know a lot of people who'd gladly participate in a 'World point-out-how-useless-the-UN-is Day'.