I've been meaning to get round to this for weeks and finally here's my Friday Five (I can't promise I'll get round to this every week):

1. How many houses/apartments have you lived in throughout your life? Two in Cornwall, one in Newbury, two in Stoke-on-Trent, two in Bristol and five here on the Hampshire/Surrey border - I make that 12 in all. The flat I'm in now will be the first one I've owned when the sale goes through.

2. Which was your favorite and why? I'm split between my second flat in Bristol which 7 of us shared for two years and it holds loads of great memories (water fights at midnight during the summer) and my first house share with Andy in Mytchett (Surrey) which was a constant laugh - taking holidays from work at the same time to party all week.

3. Do you find moving house more exciting or stressful? Why? Stressful definately. The packing , unpacking, cleaning, etc at moving time just takes it all out of me. At one point I managed to live in 3 different places in less than 2 years - I was so sick of packing my life away and moving on. The only thing I do like about moving is driving the van! I must have suppressed white van man genes.

4. What's more important, location or price? I'd love to say location, but if that were true I'd be living in Fulham or Chelsea instead of a 45 minute commute out of London.

5. What features does your dream house have (pool, spa bath, big yard, etc.)? It would be in London, near great pubs and restaurants, and include a home cinema, some form of wi-fi network and a top-notch power shower.

Entry 263, Friday, April 4th 2003, Filed In Diary
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If the whole area of the alphabet between V and X gives you problems then you'll probably like this rant - Why I Hate The Letter W.

Entry 262, Friday, April 4th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Apparently I'm not very evil. It's official. Who'd have thought it?
Good Boy
[Found at I am a Donut].

Entry 261, Friday, April 4th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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I tagged Gizmodo in the side bar (-->) a while back and have been checking the site every day ever since - a blog dedicated to new technology is a superb idea that works so well - Gizmodo is frequently days ahead of my other favourite tech sites - El Reg, Wired and ZDnet. Anyway first up via Gizmodo - the USB memory watch - especially for Louis after he went USB memory stick crazy after I started telling him about Dell's plans to do away with the floppy drive. Second Gizmodo find for today a techie guide to OLEDs which I've been meaning to read up on for a while now. Final Gizmodo find - Edinburgh ban on camera phones in strip clubs - which just me laugh.

Entry 260, Friday, April 4th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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A quite frankly bizarre little viral game from Nurofen - race around the human body to be the first the reach the source of pain.

Entry 259, Thursday, April 3rd 2003, Filed In Games
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Just an April fool for now but how long before it becomes a reality: "The George Foreman USB iGrill conveniently connects to your home or office PC using USB 2.0 technology, and provides a sophisticated web-based cooking interface. Tasty [Found at Opticle Poptitude].

Entry 258, Wednesday, April 2nd 2003, Filed In Stuff
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King of Town
Visit the KingOfTown.com to see what happened to Strong Bad's old computer - all is revealed in the King of Town's e-mail! Also see Strong Bad head to head with the King of Town in Revenge of the King of Town - this is darn tricky and the Poopsmith keeps dropping me in the dirt.

Update: Today (April 2nd) some of these links are broken - although the King of Town homepage is still working - it's possible these were April Fool's day specials. I'll remove the boken links soon if they don't reappear.

Update(2): All these links are now broken suggesting the King of Town has left town. My screen shot (above) is all that remains. I'll be pulling all these links if this section of the Home Star Runner site doesn't resurface soon.

Entry 257, Tuesday, April 1st 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Gold YardNeat flash aventure game - you are Arthur Barefeet a little hobbit burglar (I don't remember hobbits being the burglar type from my reading of LOTR but I guess I must have missed something) - wander around the Goldyard collecting the gold and avoiding the nasties.

Entry 256, Tuesday, April 1st 2003, Filed In Games
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ACME License Maker
Welcome back off holiday to Wastrel Division - oh the mysterious speeding up of time outside of work - anyway straight back to top posting form with the Acme License Generator - pretend you're in prison by making license plates.

Entry 255, Monday, March 31st 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Look away now if you hate Micro$oft - these links are all articles I've found recently that have been really useful when I've been installing IIS intranet systems.

First up : "Session Variables Do Not Persist Between Requests After You Install Internet Explorer Security Patch" or to put it another way "don't use underscores in server names" (this last link refers to my own notes on the subject, Micro$oft's solution of renaming the server not always being particularly practical in a real world situation).

Secondly - "ASP Session Variables Empty When Office 2000 MIME Types Are Streamed with Internet Explorer" - i.e. nothing or a JavaScript error (bizzarely in the form of a graphic of the letter J) appear in the Word Document or Excel Spreadsheet you've tried to dynamically display within MSIE by changing the MIME Types in your ASP code. Read Micro$oft's notes for the full details but it basically boils down to installing the latest service pack for MS Office to fix the problem.

Finally some background reading in the DNS Centre for Windows 2000.

Entry 254, Monday, March 31st 2003, Filed In Stuff
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A very lazy Sunday today with only one link. I picked up a copy of Private Eye on the way home from Fulham today which I haven't read in ages - still as funny as ever although it's a shame the web site misses all the political gossip - it does have all the cartoons though.

Entry 253, Sunday, March 30th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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For those slow days on your weblog it's the apathetic weblog generator - "I've just been letting everything wash over me recently. I've just been hanging out doing nothing. Not much on my mind today. I can't be bothered with anything these days. I just don't have anything to say , but whatever. Basically nothing seems worth doing, but it's not important".

Entry 252, Saturday, March 29th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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