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Monday 7 May 2007

Wii Tennis

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Wednesday 9 August 2006

How and Why? Weird Spam

I received an email today that was addressed to me and cc'd to Sharon. On 09/08/06, Elena wrote: Dear friend, I found ayour picature on one of the websites, can we talk to each other? I mibght be coming to...

Wednesday 7 June 2006

Online Revenge

Want to be in on the new online craze? Before you do, you're going to need to be ripped off by someone unscrupulous but not particularly intelligent. Using the internet to extract revenge is not particularly new. Anyone remember the...

Friday 24 February 2006

Firefox gets fat and lazy

See. I told you. Firefox just goes nuts. I don't think it handles big web pages or documents very well. I can't find any advice online about how to deal with it either.Here it's using 50% of my processor...

Thursday 16 February 2006

Problems with Firefox

Anyone else having problems downloading videos using Firefox since upgrading to v. Firefox seems to slow down to the point at which it becomes useless. I don't know what the problem is. I don't know whether it's Firefox itself or...

Wednesday 15 February 2006


Xiclets.net is a very strange, but easy to use web service. It allows you to create a very basic web page in next to no time. Using text entry and some minimal HTML you can publish a pre-formatted webpage. I...

Wednesday 1 February 2006

Install Apple's Quicktime without iTunes

Have you tried installing Apple's Quicktime movie player recently? The download page that you are directed to forces you to download iTunes at the same time. Now, I like iTunes. I use iTunes. I have iTunes installed on 2 out...

Friday 15 July 2005

Mrs Clinton jumps another bandwagon

Anyone who reads the tech news can't have missed the fact that some game modder has released code that apparently "unlocks" some slightly highly pornographic mini-games within Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. The modder claims that the code simply unlocks...

Thursday 5 May 2005

Laptop Table

When we bought a laptop we also bought a wireless internet router. Sharon suggested it would allow me to blog, work and destroy websites from the comfort of our bed. Have you ever tried using a laptop in bed? It's...

Friday 22 April 2005

The most random spam...

So what's this all about? There was no links in it. Answers on a postcard please. "So you Use our identity. . Our domain. Why? Go get em! Were on UR ass. 4? Or against. NoReply?reply. We urge your response....

Friday 18 March 2005


I like to get my spelling right. And at school I was always reasonably good at it. However, as I create documents almost exclusively on computers or mobile phones these days I've come to rely on spell checkers. I have...

Sunday 13 February 2005

Blogging in front of the telly

We've finally entered the digital age well and truly. Last weekend we spent twice as much as we intended to on a laptop, wireless router and WiFi card. The end result of this expenditure that's going to keep me in...

Wednesday 1 December 2004

Factors effecting Google Ranking

Any of you who have sites, commercial or otherwise, that you wish to rank well on Google would be well advised to visit the Google Ranking Factors List. This list 85 (as of todays date) factors that effect a web-page's...

Monday 15 November 2004

Search Wars

MSN has a new search engine that is clearly aimed to be their Google beater. It's open for business but only as a beta version. The BBC News site has a comparison of the 5 major players now: Google, Yahoo,...

Monday 6 September 2004

Gmail Invites

I have 6 Gmail invites to give away. First come, first serve and preference will be given to regular readers if preference is needed. Gmail invites are now quite common though so I can't see there being a huge rush....

Sunday 29 August 2004


Yey! I have Gmail! Muchos Gratios to Huy at Gator Pilot for his invite. (Yes, Muchos Gratios is probably not a real phrase) For those who may be interested, my Gmail address is theaardvark (at) gmail.com. Huy is also the...

Friday 18 June 2004

DRM: There's no market demand for this "feature"

Go take a look at Boing Boing: Why Microsoft should get out of DRM. There's an extract from and a link to the text of a speech being given to Microsoft by Cory Doctrow about DRM. DRM is Digital Rights...

Monday 17 May 2004

Gift Boxes (Hampers) for Babies and New Mums

Entries have been a little scarce of late because I've been concentrating on getting the website finished for Baby Gift Boxes from Faye. The new design, complete with online ordering and payment via PayPal is now line. I'd certainly welcome...

Tuesday 4 May 2004

IE Display Bug & Mozilla Float Weirdness resolved

Thank fook for that! I've managed to resolve both of my CSS Problems today. IE6: I spent nearly 2 hours yesterday looking for a solution to the IE6 failure to display bug. could I find it? Could I buggery, no...

Monday 3 May 2004

Bloody CSS!

Anyone any good with CSS? I'm tearing my hair out today. I'm creating a new website for my VAT Consultant employers. It's CSS base rather than using tables because I think CSS produces better results and Google seems to like...

Tuesday 27 April 2004

My Treo keeps crashing!

My Treo 6000 keeps crashing at random times. I've posted on the forum at pdaPhoneHome.com to see if anyone can help me solve the problem....

Friday 27 February 2004

Random Image Rotation

A List Apart has a nifty PHP script for randomly rotating an image on your site. Sweet. No if I could just think of a use for it, I'd be happy....

Wednesday 18 February 2004

Kelly Brook Wallpaper

I have Kelly Brook as my wallpaper on my works PC. Unfortunately this lunchtime I accidentally deleted it. Searching for decent, free wallpapers can be a nightmare round of evil pr0n sites and sites that try to get you to...

Wednesday 11 February 2004

I think I broke the search rankings

I run several websites including aardvark.dj, my entertainment agency site, and VATease, my employer's website. As with most commercial websites, search engine ranking is important to these sites. I have posted on the weblog about my successes and struggles. Recently...

Wednesday 28 January 2004

The Google Dance begins again

My work's VAT Advice website has completely disappeared from the Google search results for the term Google Search: vat advice. We'd been varying from second to eighth but always on the front page. Now suddnely we dissappear completely for no...

Friday 23 January 2004

Neat Javascript / HTML Trick

inluminent highlights a neat little fade-in text trick. I'd demonstrate it here but I really can't be bothered sticking javascript into the template header for just one post. So, go to inluminent or orkut to see it in action. I...

Tuesday 25 November 2003

Merry Xmas

I've spent this evening designing a Xmas card for the business. I think I've done reasonably well, but I'm having one minor problem. Click for full size - but it's a huge file. The text at the bottom of the...

Monday 27 October 2003

Baby Gift Boxes

I have a new semi-project. that I'm working on. A work colleague is starting up a new business venture. When her friends have had babies, she has put together gift boxes for the baby or new mum. Boxes containing practical...

Saturday 25 October 2003

SendMail - Ultimate Form Mail

A week ago I was fishing for help to set up a script to power a response form for aardvark.dj. Initially I was looking at FormMail. A CGI script that calls the server's SendMail program and one of the most...

Saturday 18 October 2003


I need to work out how to make an email response form for my work's website. One like this one from my aardvark.dj website but that doesn't rely on the installed email client to send the mail. From what I...

Wednesday 27 August 2003

Sooooo Big!

Today I received 115 new emails. 106 of them contained the SoBig virus. 5 of them told me that I had supposedly sent the virus to someone else. 4 were spam. The most annoying thing is that Norton AntiVirus insists...

Tuesday 26 August 2003

How big?

On my return home this evening, I received 20 emails containing the W32.Sobig.F@mm virus and 2 emails accusing me of having sent a virus. Not bad for my first encounter with Sobig. Not a single one before today. Nada. Nil....

Monday 9 December 2002

Omnipotence for all

Google is a search engine. But it's a good search engine and that is its burden. Many years ago I read a science fiction story where the protaganist built a machine that could read signals from the future and convert...

Friday 8 November 2002

Word Up!

I use Microsoft Word for all of my word processing requirement (in fact I'm running the whole Office Professional Suite) and this includes the contracts, invoices and letters I create for the Mobile Disco and Agency. I also created a...

Friday 4 October 2002

Buggin' me!

No sooner have I finished reading this about the new bad-boy virus in town, Bugbear, than I receive an email containg said virus. As mentioned in the BBC article, an easy way to spot the virus is to look for...

Thursday 3 October 2002

Google Goggled?

You may recall that back in June / July I was having some problems getting my mobile disco and entertainment agency website listed on Google. It struck me that if I couldn't even get that site listed, Google might not...

Friday 20 September 2002


I use Hotmail as 2 of my active email accounts and the amount of Spam it receives annoys me. However, I can live with it as ot only takes 30 seconds to delete. However some of it is Porn spam....

Sunday 14 July 2002

Search me!

As you may know, I've been having problems getting my business website listed on Google despite trying for over 3 months. So I was a trifle amazed yesterday when my Google Toolbar was showing a Google Page Rank of 4/10...

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