Archive for August, 2005

Pop up massacre —

I have had enough of the latest rash of pop ups and pop unders that seem to circumvent Firefox’s Block Pop-Ups option. An hour’s reading and research has led me to implement the hosts file solution detailed here, using Dan Pollock’s hosts file text posted here. As well as seemingly halting the annoyances, it was […]

Because it is there —

‘Because it is there’ was George Mallory’s now-famous response to the ‘Why climb Everest?’ questions that he endured before losing his life on his third attempt in 1924 – 29 years before it was finally accomplished by Aucklander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. We have a good friend, Elaine, who lives in […]

Joy and numbness —

A day of mixed emotions. Earlier today, the last major obstacle to our move abroad disappeared when we received a call to say that our solicitors had finally exchanged contracts on the sale of our flat. This means that, barring unforeseen circumstances, the shippers will pack and ship our entire home contents on the 5th […]

Not wanted on voyage —

The Sealand Michigan Reading through the paperwork sent by our international movers this afternoon, I noticed that they have even specified which container vessel they will be shipping our worldly goods on. A swift search on Google produced a good few pictures showing the 75,000 tonne Sealand Michigan, like the one above. Seeing all those […]

Little Mac —

Whereas previous posts to this blog have invariably been created with Blogjet on a variety of PCs, this one was crafted with ecto on my new 12″ iBook G4. Whilst the leaning curve is moderate to steep in some places and I keep looking for keys and combos that aren’t there, I’m having a ball […]

iPod versus iBook —

The long-awaited iBook has just arrived from the Far East via Copenhagen, the Netherlands and the obligatory smart-arsed & butter-fingered courier (note crumpled packing top-left of big box). As it is sprog No.2’s birthday today and she’s just unwrapped an mini iPod this morning, I’m trying so hard to ignore the siren call of the […]