Friday, August 18, 2006

Blogger Migration

Blogger are now starting the migration process, so that you may transfer your current account and blogs over to the Beta Blogger. They have decided to let people migrate in an incremental way, so as not to create a massive mad rush. If you are one of them, you will see a blue box in the sidebar of your Dashboard. The only down side to the migration would be that you have to convert your Blogger account into a Google account, or log into your current Google account and have that one converted.

Hopefully they will make it so that you can login with both your Google account and your Blogger account, to make it easier. For now, once you have switched, you must log into instead of to access the new features.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Blogger Beta

Yes, that's right the famous Blogger, weblog publisher has started a new beta phase! With a more-user friendly atmosphere, by making it easier to edit your page template, being able to make your blog private, adding new templates, adding more feed options, updating the Dashboard and no-wait instant publishing! You can create a blog with the current beta, once the beta phase has ended all blogs will be merged into the newer version.

Along with the new features, settings and options, Bloggers own API has changed to a Google Data API, which means there is loads of sample code, downloadable client libraries for C# and Java, authentication is fully documented, and you can swap and change between other GData applications, such as Calendar.

It is just a shame that Visual Basic is not included in the libraries and source. Nevermind, now all we have to do is wait for the beta to become the new Blogger!

If you would like to see my test blog, which to be honest is nothing, because most of the change is behind the scenes, for the admin of the blog, then feel free to visit;

Happy blogging, fellow bloggers!

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

New Portfolio

Okay, so Squarespace is only a trial, which I didn't know when I first signed up for it, but after I found out I had 4 days to create myself a new portfolio and host it elsewhere. I started by opening Photoshop and sketching out a few ideas, I fiddled around with the colours pallette and came up with a 4 nice colours that looked good together. The 4 colours are as follows:

  • Dark Grey [3d3d3d]
  • Light Grey [595959]
  • Light Blue [4f79a5]
  • White [ffffff]

The two grey colours were chosen from my old Squarespace account and so was the layout, the journal footer was taken from this blog and the Windows logo and the exclamation mark icon were from a PNG icon pack but everything else I did myself. First of all I created a new document, 800x600, filled it with the dark grey and created a fixed selection in the middle, filled it with the lighted grey. Added the title with the Fonce Sans font from deviantART, coloured the title and added in the Verdana font my quote, underneath the title. Then I typed "welcome" and "content" in Fonce Sans, then "Navigation", "About" and "Journal Navigation" in Verdana, added the exclamation mark and the Windows icon, typed some text next to the exclamation mark. Added some finishing touches, then used the slice tool to slice up parts that needed slicing, saved it for web and started to code it in CSS and HTML.

I uploaded it to my ntlworld webspace, yesterday and registered a domain name for it,! This is now where I keep my gallery, tutorials, about me and more. Enjoy!

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Spam Mail

Everyone gets spam/junk mail once in a while, whether it be a random email from someone you don't know, or a repetitive message from a changing email address offering to sell you Viagra. We all get them, one of my email accounts get them so bad that I had to delete the damn thing, even now with it deleted it is still being sent endless emails. So anyone that creates an email address with the name of "" will get spammed, and yet it is a fresh email address, to them atleast.

I created another email in place of that one, which I now use as my secondary. My main email however, is also starting to get spammed, by so-called "traders" offering me to buy things from them and then sell them on.

One email that stands out, I thought was rather strange, it was sent from "BrentMcguire <>" to "", to start with the address that it has been sent to does not match mine, yes mine is an NTL email address, but the prefix is not "bulldog009" so I don't know how I received that. The image inside the email is as follows:

After the email there is some text that reads:

Lots of people make a huge mistake by not focusing on this very stock.

Good luck to you � and remember that luck favors the prepared!

After that is more text which looks like a weird jumbled up story:

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how to turn.natural-bornmeter-millimeterpalmer flynarrow-facedcare, nothing was going to hurt it here. Then old Tender broke. We hadn'tWe were in the Zone! I felt a chill. Each time I feel that chill. And ITender? He does have two kids, after all."
struggling gamely at his left. Then the whole formation rolled slowly toshould be no limits. "Very well, Fletcher. Remember what we were saying about one's bodyox-footne exeatpaint mixergentle way. I just got up, brushed myself off, and looked around. There were "What's with you and my back?" he asked.

The funny thing is about these emails is that there is no hyperlink, so I can't buy it even if I wanted to.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Sony Bravia Television Advert

The first Sony Bravia Television Advert with the 250,000 "superballs" I thought was amazing, but now on a Glasgow tower block another amazing Sony event is about to take place, this time with 70,000 litres of paint!

The empty multi-storey high rise in Queen’s Court, Toryglen, will have thousands of gallons of paint blasted across it by fireworks as part of a multi-million pound campaign for Sony’s high definition Bravia LCD TV.

The advert has already been filmed, and we are awaiting release, they used:

  • 70,000 litres of paint
  • 358 single bottle bombs
  • 33 sextuple air cluster bombs
  • 22 Triple hung cluster bombs
  • 268 mortars
  • 33 Triple Mortars
  • 22 Double mortars
  • 358 meters of weld
  • 330 meters of steel pipe
  • 57 km of copper wire
I posted, on the Bravia Advert website the following comment:
First the 250,000 "superballs" and now this 70,000 litres of paint! This will surely make Sony be remembered, not only by its unique extravagant adverts, but by it's colour!

Two very good choices to portray the colour, I hope to see more adverts! Fancy that, I am actually looking forward to adverts for once, rather than cursing at the television set and changing channel!

It is true, I actually can't wait for an advert to be released. Tell me what you think.

My PSP Console, arrived today at 8:45 in the morning, which I wasn't expecting, I thought that it would come around 11:00, but instead they decided to deliver it as soon as possible. Anyway, it is charging at the moment and I will be able to play it within the next hour or two, I am quite pleased that it arrived early as otherwise I would have been moaning all the time up until it arrived.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

PSP Console

So I have purchased my PSP and it will arrive within the next day or two. I haven't yet purchased the game of my choice as if I were to do so online I would be unable to use my £15 Gift Card. The current status of my shipment is as follows:

Your order has been dispatched on: 08/08/2006 15:39:28

I got it from Game and was told that the delivery would be immediate, meaning that they have it instock, but I doubt that it will arrive today. I will tell you all what it is like when it arrives!

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Blog Active Again

So, I am back from camping and my blog is active again! After not posting for a while, I have lots of catching up to do. I will start by telling you how to 'hack' a snooker table, which funnily enough I learnt at my camp site.

I found out how to 'hack' a pool table, when after I had paid for a game it chucked out 2 black balls and not enough reds, so I stuck my hand up the ball shoot and pulled out the red! At first I didn't think that it would work, but you can see your hand through the plastic at the front. Anyway, after we had finished the game, I put my hand back up the shoot and pushed down the metal release bar, which drops the balls after you have paid. All the balls fall out and you have yourself a free snooker game!

The only problem is that this only works on certain types of tables, the ball shoot and ball holder/container must be on the same side and there must be a bar of some sort that can be pushed down. The table I played on was a Superleague Pool Table, but there are many different Superleague tables and I can't find a picture.

I can also use a SMARTlaunch Cyber Cafe without paying, if the admin has not changed the default username and password to access the admin settings and login as guest. But most of the time the admin has changed that setting, unless you are at a Cyber Cafe like the campsite I was at, where no-one knows what to do, to set up the damn thing.
  1. Press the "Esc." key at the login screen of the SMARTlaunch program.
  2. Type "admin" as the username and password.
  3. Press the "Login" button.
  4. Change to the "Users" tab.
  5. Press the "Login as guest" button.
  6. Hit "OK" and let it log you in to the guest account!

Anyway, enough telling you little tricks. Time to tell you what I am planning on doing with some of my hard earned cash!

What would you say if I were to tell you that I am about to spend £225 [$426] on a PSP Console? You would say that it is stupid money, right? Well what if I were to say that I get two free games with it? Still stupid money? Okay, then two free games, a White PSP Value Pack and a £30 game for £225, so that would include the following:

  • Ceramic White Playstation Portable (PSP)
  • AC Adapter
  • Battery Pack
  • Headphones with Remote Control
  • Memory Stick Duo [32MB]
  • Wrist Strap
  • Pouch
  • Cloth
  • UMD Software
  • Printed materials

  • Ace Escape P
  • The Sims 2

  • All with a game worth £30 of my choice.
What would you say to that? Considering I have a £15 Gift Card and another £20 being paid towards it, by someone else, I would think that, that isn't such a bad deal after all!

Now that is what I call catching up! Hope you enjoyed reading the post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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