Archive for February, 2004

Feb 27 2004

MySQL Control Center

Published by under General

Way off topic, but what the heck…

I’ve been using MySQL DBMS at work, basically pointing out to the guys
here how amazing it is, only the issue of basic DB setup and maintenance
work has arisen.

Previously I’ve used phpMyAdmin. But when you start working with MySQL
properly, rather than just “playing” with it, using a web-based interface
just doesn’t cut it.

I had previously tried using the MySQL GUI, but it just up to much.
The interface was a bit naff and it just didn’t feel nice to use. But I
decided to take another look at the MySQL download sites. And what should
I find but a new tool call MySQL Control Center (not that new actually),
and what a blinding good tool it is.

MySQL Control Center offers all the functionality of phpMyAdmin, but in
a windows based application and about a thousand times faster (not a
offically tested).

The moral of the story? If you’re going to be working with MySQL don’t
just settle for the first administration tol you find, you may be
supprised to see what else is available.

The MySQL Control Center and more information about the MySQL DBMS can
be found on MySQL [dot]
com
. For information about using databases for websites you should
have a look at PHP [dot]
net

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Feb 27 2004

Fun In The Snow…

Published by under GSX-R750

… or not as the case may be. I am, of course, talking about riding my GSX-R750 in the snow. The fun started last night whilst riding home and the bike started "spluttering".

This morning, however, after allowing the bike to idle for a few minutes to warm up I started off for work. About 30 seconds into the ride the bike decided that full-on back-firing was the order or the day. Now this has happened to me before, one of the plugs gets gummed up so I blasted it to get it cleared again.

So picture the scene…. a long straight road, a few people walking along it on their way to work, someone out for a morning jog, another person walking their dog all quite pleasant and calm…. then suddenly a bike comes screaming along the road, back-firing every half-a-second. I think you know what I mean!

I thought that had got it sorted as the bike started running fine. How wrong could I be. On my way into work I had to go up a rather steep hill, only today there was a queue of traffic up it. So I’m crawling up the hill, sliping my clutch when she decides to play silly buggers again. So there I was sat in a queue of traffic, facing up a steep hill, me revving up my bike, my bike back-firing back at me and neither of us going anywhere in a hurry.

To be continued……

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Feb 25 2004

Comedy Webcam Listing

Published by under General

I’ve just put up a comedy webcam list on the webcam section of my website.
You can view the webcam page here
or you can get the direct link to the comedy list here. If you think
you’ve spotted a Star or a Paranormal Phenomena on my webcam, please send
me the picture and I’ll add it to the listing.

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Feb 25 2004

Bargainhost Monitor – Updated

Published by under General

A new version of the Bargainhost Monitor (BHM) is now avaiable. This,
however, is an update of the installation software and not the Monitor
program itself. Due to the fact that BHM is written in Visual Basic 6
(yeah, yeah) it requires the end user to have the VB6 Runtime files.
These were packaged in the original installer but now, thanks to the
wonderful, wonderful Inno Setup and the just as wonderful ISTool I have been able to
seperate out the VB6 Runtime files into a seperate installer as an
optional download when you run the BHM installer.

As a result of doing this I have managed to get the main setup
executable down from a whopping 1.6Mb to a managable 460Kb. I do,
however, have to state the software requirements of BHM, and these are as
follows:

  • VB6 Runtime Files
  • IE 5.5+

Its not that much really is it? Unless you happen to be running Linux in
which case you’ll also be needing Wine. I haven’t tested BHM on Linux yet, so if you do
happen to get it running with Wine, please let me know (including your
setup info) and I’ll make sure to post about it here.

To get the new look installer, just point your browser at this link.

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Feb 24 2004

UFO Invasion of Guernsey

Published by under Photography

As if it wasn’t enough to have a sighting of Osama Bin Laden in Guernsey, I have just managed to capture this image of an alien invasion of Guernsey.

Is there no limit to the wierd and freaky stuff that goes on in this island. One minute Bin Laden, the next UFO’s…. it wouldn’t supprise me if I had Elvis turn up tomorrow to have his picture taken.

If I’m not carefull I’ll be getting Yeti’s and flying pigs queuing up outside just so they can have their 5 minutes of fame.

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Feb 24 2004

Osama Bin Laden – Alive and Well!!!

Published by under Photography

Osama Bin Laden has finally been spotted alive and well. Following the invasion of Afghanistan the where-abouts of Bin Laden have been unknown to the Western Powers that be.

It is now under stood that he fled Afghanistan sometime prior to the invasion and, using his wealth and powerful contacts, made his way through Russia and into Europe.

Anonymous sources have notified me that Bin Laden may have made contact with a Mr Roger Berry and, knowing his liking for money, made a deal to come to Guernsey.

For a long time this could not be proved, but thanks to my newly installed webcam and a lot of luck, I was able to catch this image of Osama in Guernsey:

What is most supprising is not the fact that Osama Bin Laden is in Guernsey but that the UK has made it clear that it believes that Guernsey is a “soft spot” in terms of illegal immegration, so why didn’t they bother to look here first?!?!?

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Feb 20 2004

Live Images

Published by under General

I’ve just installed my webcam on my work computer. Its currently pointing out of the window… no pictures of me at the moment.

Yes I know the window is dirty (tell that to my boss), and it isn’t terribly exciting just watching the traffic going past, but it will have to do until I can be bothered to move the camera.

Also, as several people have asked already, the picture does not automatically refresh. It will do as soon as a get around to making a seperate page for the webcam, but until then you have to get some finger exercise and keep pressing that refresh button (a new picture is uploaded every 30 seconds).

Watch this space to find out what happens!

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Feb 20 2004

New Sub-Domain

Published by under General

I’ve jsut addded a new sub-domain to GrinGod [dot] com. The new sub-domain
is dedicated to my new webcam and, quite fittingly, is webcam [dot] GrinGod [dot] com.

At the moment it is only a basic page which automatically updates the
image every 30 seconds. In the future I may add a “Best Of” gallery which
would allow viewers to click on the image to add it to the gallery. But
that is something for the future.

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Feb 18 2004

ISO Country Listings

Published by under General

I just found out who it is that controls the official international country list as used for country lists on websites, etc. The list is controlled by the ISO-3166/MA who have control over the ISO-3166 standard.

If you know me, you probably know that I get really pee’d off when a website does not include Guernsey in its address forms. This is because most websites base their lists on the ISO-3166 list. Therefore if Guernsey is not in the list, Guernsey does not appear on websites. And surprise, suprise! Guernsey is not on that list!!!

So what can I do about it? Well, I’ve just written to the ISO-3166/MA group to find out if it would be possible to get Guernsey, or even the Channel Islands, included on the ISO-3166 list.

Watch this space to find out what happens!

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Feb 17 2004

Found It At Last!

Published by under General

I have finally got my hands on a copy of T Minus 10 – a kick-ass drum’n’bass track from the Jon Midwinter and Alistair Vickery (aka Distorted Minds).

I first heard this track was played on the Fabio & Grooverider show on Radio 1 last summer, and I’ve been looking for the track ever since.

The mad thing about finding this track is that I have found other great tracks from the same people. It kinda like buses, you wait and wait and wait and then three come all at once, or in this case it was six.

Any way, I high recomend that you check out these guys, they’re well worth the hastle of months of hunting!

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