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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year...

The last month or so has seen a very lapse attendance to the blog on my part... So in the very best tradition of New Year resolutions, I'm resolving to fix that throughout the coming year.

We've got a lot to look forward to - not least the Olympic Games - and who can't wait to see us triumph over our assumed level of incompetence? While as Brits we might assume we're going to balls it up, we should remember that we're actually very good at this sort of thing, just a little bit out of practice. As long as we all pull together, we can accomplish anything.

With the thought of reaching the unattainable firmly planted in your mind - have a great New Year and see if you can keep your resolutions for just 30 days instead of a full year...

And then, If you manage that much, you might want to have a go at another 30 days afterwards...


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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Do Not Adjust Your Set...

I'm far to fuming to write anything pleasant - it's very rare, but it has been known to happen. So instead here's some pictures of a trip to Paris a few years ago....

Normal service will be resumed - do not adjust your set.

Anyway - on with the show...

You can find out about the tower here: but this was my view from it....

And then theres a couple of other shots from "About town"...

This last one is hanging on the wall in my living room....


This post originally appeared here: Posterous

Friday, December 02, 2011

And ... Relax

Yep - I've stolen the title... Blatantly, artlessly, brazenly, candidly, flagrantly, forthrightly, frankly, fully, in broad daylight, in full view, in public, in the open, publicly, readily, shamelessly, unabashedly, unashamedly, wantonly, without pretense and without reserve.

Do I care? Nope. Not one jot, or even a fig, do I give.  And the reason I'm so unconcerned about this theft?  Well it's Friday, and as those of you that have read Scobi's Blog will know that on Friday, his blog posts are entitled "And ... Relax" - except it seems, for today.

Imagine my shock and horror, when I hopped over to his site only to be greeted by a post with the insane (for a Friday) title of "Vannin"!!  Holy mother!!  The world is on it's head! Perhaps it's true and that as the doom laden futurologists claim, the end of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar will actually signify the end of the world - and this is the first sign of it actually happening.  We'll find out for sure in 385 days time.

I have a reading list that's long and varied - if your interested in it you could always follow @TheGolfyFeed on twitter, which is where a lot of it gets shared - and it includes about 25 blogs by various authors that often make for an interesting read.  One of the more entertaining reads comes from The Jaggy Thistle, which I'd recommend espcially if your either Scottish (which I'm not - although we do have some in the family - poor dears) or enjoy a good laugh. Consistently good stuff.

I just figured that being as it's Friday (and you really should be able to say "And ... Relax" instead of "Vannin" - whatever that is...  I'm not old enough to know yet) that I should share a few other bits of comedy gold with you just to round of your week...  so here you go.

First up - this YouTube video of "Fenton" which if you haven't seen yet you must, and now....

Secondly - you might like to be aware of the viral activity Fenton and his shouty master have inspired...

There are literally hundereds of these....  just go to youtube and type in Benton - even though the dog's name is Fenton...

Finally a few "Gems" from the world of - which I should remind you before you visit, is the sort of place that you could loose your entire lifetime if you're not careful...  Don't say I didn't warn you.

"Even Siri Hates You" 


Finally, finally... give yourself an ego boost by visiting *your name* (obviously replacing the phrase *your name* with your actual name....  So in Scobi's case that'll be here:

Have a great weekend - and keep out of the Van - whatever that is.

This post originally appeared here: Posterous

Of Password Resets....

It's that time again when I have to cycle my passwords.  That is to say, they all need changing because that's what we do around here.  I have them all pretty much in sync, time wise, but not content wise, so within a few days of eachother their various systems start nagging me to change them.  

In the past I've used a theme to try and help remember them all, but apparently our new rules suggest that even this is too weak a system....  In short, the rules are as follows:

8 positions in length (minimum)
A mix of alphabetic and non-alphabetic characters
Must not resemble the user-id
Muat not be reused for 8 iterations
Must not be shared
Must not contain keyboard patters (eg: "qwerty")
Must not contain dictionary words or letters substituted with numbers (eg: passw0rd)
Must not be first time or default passwords
Must not be common or trivial (eg: "password" or "user")

That narrows it down it bit doesn't it.....   in fact if we go much further with the rules I reckon you'll be able to just guess what my password is on the basis that it can't be anything else!

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