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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Accessibility quote of the day

This came from an enterprise level document about web accessibility:

Internet technologies are notable for their graphics and multimedia capability. This can be used to significantly increase the comprehensibility of content and the attractiveness of the site, if the user can perceive the content via their senses.

If the user can't perceive a site via any of their senses, I would say there's very little hope for them.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

LeapFish.com Domain Name Resource Center

LeapFish (whoever they are) claim to have made a 'Domain valuation tool' where you can enter a domain name and it will tell you how valuable it is.

So, it seems like I'm rich.

Where do I cash in?

LeapFish.com Domain Name Resource Center

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Dating site profiles

I've found a great new hobby: corrupting dating sites. I'm not the only one, but after writing a profile for someone else who decided to put it onto a site, I had to respond with my own.

Spaz's profile

Maud's profile

My Profile

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Strange how we've had no interest... People are sooo fussy these days.

posted by Anonymous Spaz : May 25, 2006 3:00 PM

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Poker night at Steve's

Darren's blogged the poker night at Steve's place. There are some good photos in here:

Poker night at Steve's

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Horoscopes - 22nd May until 28th May

Horoscopes for the week starting Monday 22nd May 2006:

Aries March 21-April 19

You haven't made enough arbitrary decisions lately, so now is the week to catch up. A few unjustifiable radical changes should go down really well with those around you.

Taurus April 20-May 20

On Monday you'll lose 1p, on Tuesday 2p, on Wednesday 4p, on Thursday 8p, and so on. You'd better stop being so careless otherwise you'll go completely broke before the end of next month.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Remember, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. That's no reason to enter a radioactive chamber without a suit on, however. (I think the horoscope for 'Gemini' may have got mixed up with 'Vulcan' this week.)

Cancer June 22-July 22

This week might be a bit disappointing, like the feeling you get when your ice cream falls out of its cone onto the pavement.

Leo July 23-August 22

The secret of making money? Put a five pound note in your pocket, and when you take it out you'll find it in creases. Try that joke on a friend.

Virgo August 23-September 22

If you have vertigo, you may be able to cure it by looking up. After all, it's the same distance to the sky as it is from the sky to the ground. Not so frightening now, is it?

Libra September 23-October 22

The coming weekend may be an excellent time to do some tiling in the bathroom especially if Uranus is aligned with the toilet.

Scorpio October 23 - November 21

On Tuesday you'll see a really small dog playing with a really big dog and wondering how on earth they both know they're from the same species. Imagine playing with a hundred foot person? How weird would that be?

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Nobody likes a crybaby, although it's a good way to get attention. You'll need it come Thursday so scream your heart out and see if anybody notices. Wearing a nappy would be a step too far, however.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Many people hate Mondays, but Tuesday has never been your favourite day of the week. Why not liven it up by renaming it Superday. See what a difference it makes already?

Aquarius January 20-February 18

If only everything lived up to expectations: a 'crash course' will not, in fact, teach you how to crash anything, and 'regular' in Starbucks is what used to be called 'small'.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Resist the temptation to work late this week, it's just not worth it. You might like to consider outsourcing your whole job to southeast asia and just taking a cut for yourself. (This may be difficult if you're a milkman.)

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Telegraph Fantasy Football - end of year results

We won! Only our super league, of course, not the whole thing, but there should be a small prize in it for us (not from The Telegraph, I might add).

It was a close run thing as I thought we could lose points from the FA Cup Final due to Carragher scoring an own goal and Hyppia missing a penalty, but Gerrard's hat-trick and Reina's penalty saves made sure of the win.

Super League Name SEH PHOENIX
Pos Manager Team Week

Pts
Total

Pts
League

Pos
1 Ms A Lakshmanan ANNS SLACKERS 29 1535 79358
2 Mr A Mashaid CLICHY FC -6 1474 115059
2 Mrs A Nor BOLEH MENANG 0 1474 115059
4 Mr D Head WAYAHEAD 43 1468 118551
5 Mr E Louie ERIKLOUIE 18 1420 145300
6 Miss E C/o BARNES' BOYS 26 1332 188297
7 Miss E Robinson THE FAB ELEVEN 4 1317 194545
8 Mr R Bennett SEH PHOENIX 4 1316 194968
9 Mr B Pinder Ayres PINDERS PANTHERS 6 1188 235130
10 Ms H Stait H FC 0 1153 242330
11 Mr B Lovedale ONE TOKEN GEORDIE 0 1114 248664
12 Ms N Luthra BO BLA 4 1048 256014
13 Ms C Easterbrook CAROLINES COWBOYS 0 1046 256168
14 * Mr G Georgiou OVERPAID CRYBABIES -6 1031 257317
15 Miss A Corsini ALE AND MAX 0 1021 258056
16 Mr R Pimenta CRUZEIROS LEFTOVERS 0 956 261319
* denotes chairman

FA Cup Final match report

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I obviously rule though:



SCORE: 1542

POSITION: 75326

posted by Anonymous Bealers : May 17, 2006 4:25 PM

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Glenn Hubbard does Sting

This video supposedly of Glenn Hubbard's version of "Every breath you take" about how he didn't get Greenspan's job at the Fed is a touch of genius.

Glenn Hubbard does Sting, "Every breath you take"

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Friday, May 12, 2006

McDonald's Videogame

This game is very addictive. Just what it's like to run a McDonald's empire, including deciding who to bribe, how to corrupt the kids, sacking disgruntled staff...

McDonald's Videogame

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Swansea North Residents Association - Welcome

This is an excellent piece of viral marketing. A Tango ad that's a parody of the San Francisco bouncing ball advert that's caused complete uproar in Swansea North. The interviews are excellent.

They come here from London and look, fruit in the front room.

Swansea North Residents Association - Welcome

(With thanks to Tim Allan for the link.)

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Telegraph Fantasy Football password

The Telegraph Fantasy Football password for the week of Wednesday 10th May is PYRAMID. It's the last match of the season that counts, the FA Cup Final, which was a bonanza point-scoring opportunity last year as full time 0-0 counted for defenders, as did each penalty scored as a goal.

Good luck with the final push!

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What is the password this week i realy need it badley. for the the week of may 17th

posted by Anonymous Anonymous : May 17, 2006 11:27 AM

For this week the password is Game, which I'm guessing you need for Europe as there isn't much point doing any Premiership transfers.

posted by Blogger Karl Bunyan : May 17, 2006 11:31 AM

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Arcadia - four games at once

The game Arcadia gets you playing four old-style arcade games simultaneously on the screen. They're a bit too easy, unfortunately, but fun for a while.

Arcadia

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Club Hemisphere

Kurt, who is creative director at Fresh 01 graphic design, in London, is also a DJ for Club Hemisphere. They play a very eclectic mix and certainly worth a look.

:: HEMISPHERE :: LIVE ACTS AND DJ NIGHTS ::

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Robo-kiwi

A kiwi (the bird, not a New Zealander) gets a prosthetic leg with the help of the Lord of the Rings film crew.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Tahi the kiwi gets a new leg

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Leyton Orient promoted to League One

Following injury time goals both at the Orient vs Oxford Utd and the Grimsby vs Northampton games, Leyton Orient will be playing League One football next season. It was all in doubt after 90 minutes as it looked like Grimsby would pip them to the third spot and we'd have to face the drama of the playoffs but the goals at both games completely overturned that result. (A goal at either would have been enough, so in the end the points difference looks much better than in reality it was.)

I'm looking forward to next season, although not looking forward to the ticket price rises quite so much.

BBC SPORT | Football | League Two | Oxford United 2-3 Leyton Orient

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leyton Orient | Hearn jubilant after Orient go up

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Swinging game - PENDULUMECA

Not a game about swinging in that sense, but a bit more like Spiderman. Click the mouse button to send out a rope, hold it down and start swinging, let go and repeat to see how far you can get.

PENDULUMECA

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Renaming a Windows 2003 server/Exchange 2003 domain

After managing to successfully get my Exchange data back yesterday, I realised that I wanted to give the domain a different name. Of course, being Microsoft it isn't as simple as just right clicking and renaming something. No, renaming an Active Directory domain is quite a task.

I found some help on Microsoft Technet and after a certain amount of coaxing and fudging it seemed to do the trick.

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When I had a similar issue, I decided to migrate the entire domain to a brand new forest, it was so much easier !!

posted by Anonymous Boso : May 04, 2006 7:26 PM

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Telegraph Fantasy Football password

The Telegraph Fantasy Football Password for Wednesday 3rd May is SQUARE.

Only one week of Premiership matches, plus the FA Cup, to go!

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Recovering an Exchange edb database

The server with our Exchange 2003 database on it died. It didn't seem to be the hard drive but the server itself - the power just wouldn't come back on. So, I had to set up Exchange on a new server and then plug the old hard drive in and try and pursuade it to use the old database files as the new message store. Active Directory was running on the same machine so there was no user information stored anywhere else either.

My method seems to have worked, and this (in outline) is the steps I took. You're definitely taking a risk doing this, and I'm sure there's a more robust way, so make sure you've got backups of the world and his dog before you start any of this.

  1. Make sure Exchange, and Active Directory, is all working fine on the new machine.
  2. Stop the Exchange store service
  3. Go into Exchange System Manager -> Servers -> [Your server] -> Storage Group and dismount the mailbox store.
  4. Rename the MDBDATA folder in your new Exchange directory
  5. Copy the old MDBDATA folder that you want to restore from in
  6. Run the first few steps on the knowledge base article How to recover the information store on Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 in a single site. I only got to step 5 before I couldn't stop dabbling myself.
  7. Set up users in the new Active Directory structure matching the old users
  8. Go into Exchange System Manager -> Servers -> [Your server] -> Storage Group and right click on the Mailbox Store and select 'Properties'.
  9. Select the 'Database' tab and tick 'This database can be overwritten by a restore'
  10. Mount the Store (right click on it)

This should mount without any errors. If you're still getting problems, go back to the knowledge base article and follow it through again.

Next is getting all your data back, and here's where I went well and truly off-piste:

  1. Create Active Directory users matching the people who's mailboxes you need to restore. Don't accept the option to create an Exchange mailbox.
  2. Go into Exchange System Manager -> Tools -> Mailbox Recovery Center and right click to add the mailbox store.
  3. You should see a list of old mailboxes come up in the right hand panel, with little 'X's next to them. Right click on each one in turn and 'Find Match' and then 'Reconnect'.
  4. Hopefully, that'll do it!

Before trying any of that you may like to take the photo below, demonstrating my accredited drive mounting techniques, as a warning as to how I tend to approach these things.

Exchange drive recovery

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