Archive for August, 2004

Aug 31 2004

Smashing Bottles

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Why do they make beer bottles that shatter into tiny shards when you drop them? I spent most of Monday afternoon picking up bits of broken glass from the ground at the Vale Castle after the Vale Earth Fair on sunday, so that children don’t go getting glass stuck in their feet.

We have the technology to make glass that doesn’t shatter into shards (car windows, for example), so why can’t we make bottles like that?

Its seem pretty obvious that you drink beer, you get drunk, you try and drink more, but you drop the bottle cos you’re drunk!!! I’m sure it would save a lot of trouble at A+E if bottles were shatter proof.

Maybe I’m thinking too logically.

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Aug 31 2004

Far away places

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I though it was about time that I ping my friend and co-worker in Canada. He left these fair shores in search of the good life in Canada a couple of months ago and seems to be having a good time over there.

He’s just recently got a website up online at http://www.geekhive.com as his LiveJournal will tell you.

[edit] it would seem, though, that LiveJournal doesn’t support Trackback and pinging as it hasn’t shown up on his site. Why, oh why, can’t the big boys adhear to comment API protocols?

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Aug 31 2004

I’m in GMail

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I’ve finally got an invite to GMail, and what a sweet system it is. I’ve not really had a chance to test all the features yet but I’m sure it wont be long before I’ve got it sussed.

Not only do I have a GMail account, but I also have 6 GMail invites to give away. THats right, SIX. So if you want to get into GMail either drop me a comment or send me a GMail to gringod@gmail.com

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Aug 30 2004

VobComb

Published by under General,Software

I’m working on a new piece of software to combine dvd VOB files. It works similar to the
copy /b file.1+file.2+file.3 file.out

only it has a nice GUI interface and uses the .NET Framework binary filestreams rather than the copy command line.

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Aug 30 2004

Opening a file/url with its default program

Published by under .NET,Programming

Heres a little code tip to allow you to open a file or a website from within a VB.NET program using the system default program for that extension of the file or url:

System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("http://www.gringod.com")

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Aug 27 2004

BargainHost Monitor v1.1.0

Published by under BargainHostMonitor

The main feature of the main window is the status page from the BargainHost support site.
This page refreshes every 10 seconds, so you will always see the latest information about the BargainHost servers.
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Aug 27 2004

Mojavi Builder – The Application

Published by under MojaviBuilder

Mojavi Builder
The application is made up from one main window… the project window. Down the left side is a list box which contains the actions in the list of actions in the current project, and also shows which is the currently selected action.

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Aug 27 2004

Mojavi Builder – Background

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The reason for the creation of this tool is automate the creation of all the files required to make a Mojavi based PHP application.
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Aug 26 2004

Eastern Standard Tribe

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I’ve started reading Eastern Standard Tribe which was released back in January of this year by Cory Doctorow under the terms of the Creative Commons License.

Under the terms of that license, I am allowed to re-distribute the book for free. Thats right! Free!!! I’ve decided to make it available for download from my site in the two PDF formats that available on Cory’s site:

Other formats are available directly from the Eastern Standard Tripe Downloads page. Or you can buy your very own bound copy to keep for ever.

Whilst you’re at it I would highly recommend that you read Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorows first novel. Maybe then you’ll understand what Phrixus and I mean when we talk about whuffie!

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Aug 26 2004

Death to no knowledge repairmen

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It would appear that your average TV repair man is more useless at fixing a TV than your average neighbourhood Technologist, as my friend Phrixus found out in his article (http://www.phrixus.co.uk/archives/2004/08/26/screw-it/)

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