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Ooh, big gap again

Apologies for not posting but I’ve simply not been able to get online for about 2 weeks. Living in tents, sitting on a bus in 40-degree heat and swimming in naturally heated pools or climbing hige mountains and stuff doesn’t leave a lot of time. And when I could get online it was something insane like £10 an hour from some kiosks. Sorry, but you lot aren’t worth that.

Travel blog is being updated right now with a tonload of stuff, but as usual Picasa’s failing to post most of the pictures properly, fucking thing. Arse.

IE 7 released and…

… well… it’s the usual pile of pants. More secure? Probably. Faster? Maybe. Huge download forced on people even though they may be on dialup as it’s classed as aN “IMPORTANT” patch? Yup.

I’ve used it for roughly ten minutes and only as one survey site I go to insist on IE; it simply won’t work with another browser. Each page is a “click the options” one (it’s a survey after all) and now before every single page I have to clear a dialogue asking me if I want the next page to have access to my clipboard. I can’t find an option to turn this off, though I guess it’s somewhere in the security options that I can’t be bothered looking through.

Another thing I don’t like is the removal of the text menu options (File, Edit and so on), though they can be “popped up” by hitting the ALT key. This, apparently, is to reduce “toolbar creep” which can “take up to 1/3 of the browser window”. Yes. If you’re a compete moron who downloads every toolbar known to man and has a spyware-infested PC. And if that’s the case, having a single half-height line removed will make next to no difference anyway.

Final minor whinges are also cosmetic. The inclusion of a search box in the top right which allows you to use any search engine seems OK… only the one toolbar I *do* use is Google’s which has this function anyway. In addition to which that one box lets me search Google normally, Google News, Google Images, Google Video, GMail, etc., etc., etc. Which pretty much makes the inbuilt one redundant. And there’s no way to remove it.

The other buttons included on the toolbar for IE are for some reason places along the new “tab” bar (and I don’t like tabbed browsing either – I disable it on Firefox). Thing is, the program seems to have decided that these appear from left to right starting at a certain point, so on a non-full size window you have those annoying “more” arrows so you can’t see all of the available icons without clicking. Why not have them right-justified if there’s space due to a lack of tabs?

The only way to give feeback to MS now (that they won’t listen to) is via a newsgroup. Essentially, it’s got through the release candidate bit, the general public have it and (until someone hacks it which will inevitably happen soon enough) they’ll wash their hands of any fixes.

Thanks, but I’ll stick with Firefox. Although, even that has it’s annoyances. Most irritating one is that if you have a large text box on the screen (let’s say your Blogger template) and you use the inbuilt search (CTRL-F) function, said textbox is ignored. Gah.

Oh, and a quick question. If Google and Firefox are so much in cahoots, how come the Google toolbars always come out for IE first? I want my Bookmarks online, dammit!

Pupil ‘filmed sex with teacher’

How long before this footage turns up on YouTube…? Mind, I can relate to the part of the article where it says it’s “every schoolboy’s fantasy”. I fancied the pants off the younger female English teacher at my school. In fact everyone did. Apart from a handful of boys who I’m sure were more enamoured with the gay music teacher.

Read more at news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/eng…

Work shennanigans

A couple of work-related stories, methinks. I just hope I’m not repeating anything with them. These, obviously, hark back quite a few months to when I wrote them. Just picture a wibbly curtain and “doodle-do-doo” noises as we step back to February…

Mr Who?

First off, last week I had to reset someone’s password on the server. It’s a regular occurence for this user – maybe twice a month. He just keeps forgetting his password every time they’re told to change it. His name? And I shit you not – Mr Careless.

I thought you brought it?

Two of the lads in the office went to site last week. They met up at Leeds/Bradford and hopped on the ‘plane. Alighting at Southampton they left the terminal to get a taxi to… erm… Now. Was it Poole or Bournemouth? Neither one had bothered to bring the customer’s address with them. Cue several embarassed phone calls and a taxi driver rubbing his hands as the meter ran up.

I want to go home

At least they did a good job when they were on site. Many moons before I joined my previous company, one of the engineers was on site with a large customer that I guarantee every one of you will have heard of.

Sat at a UNIX server, he needed to delete the existing code and replace it with the new version. Simple delete statement: rm -fr which just bins everything recursively from where you are “downwards”.

Without asking.

Which is a shitter when you realise that you weren’t in the right folder to start with and you’re actually trashing their entire system from top level down. As this guy is frantically trying to log on to another terminal to kill the process, the phone goes.

“Hey, erm… our system’s gone down? Is this anything to do with the upgrade?”

“Errrr… yes. Yes it is.”

Fortunately, they had given him a full system backup on tape before he started. I don’t know if they ever knew what happened.