I don't know, you go away for a couple of days and you return to find that 2 of your favourite sites have linked to your nonsense modem emulator. Many thanks to coolio's and shikencho - I'm watching my usage stats in anticipation of some bandwidth charges this month ;o)

Other news with me is that I am now a dual OS household with my return from the North with my Mum & Dad's iMac in tow. More on this soon. Sunday is Mac familiarisation day in the lazylaces flat (although I have already got it attached to my router, and web access and mail configured) - sorry to go on and on about this but I'm finding the whole new operating system thing quite exciting.

Update: I'm also gettting incoming links from milk and cookies now. *joy*

Entry 757, Saturday, February 28th 2004, Filed In Diary

Tips from the masters on how to write code that is so difficult to maintain, that the people who come after you will take years to make even the simplest changes. Further, if you follow all these rules religiously, you will even guarantee yourself a lifetime of employment, since no one but you has a hope in hell of maintaining the code.

I swear there are certain people I have worked with that could have written this guide with their eyes closed. It might be Java specific in some cases, but most examples are applicable across languages.

Entry 756, Saturday, February 28th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Fry Soundboard
With the Fry soundboard I almost have a complete set of Futurama soundboards - just Amy, Hermes and Nibbler to go [ta Randy].

Entry 755, Wednesday, February 25th 2004, Filed In Stuff

One Week Of FreedomI've been enjoying a week off work this week, but with no plans to speak of what have I been up to?

Friday night saw me meeting up with my ex-flatmate Andy to go to (imho) the best bar in London - Lowlander. Various beer experiments later, including some awsome champagne beer, I woke up on his sofa around about lunchtime on Saturday. Declining a visit to the pub to watch the fooball and rugby, a short trip from Fulham, via the District Line and Wimbledon station, later I got home late afternoon on Saturday. Still in my work clothes from Friday. Yum.

Saturday night I went out with my ex-girlfriend (long story) for dinner in Camberley. It's not a town that up until recently I'd recommend a night out in but the restaurant/brasserie we went to, "Alcatraz", was excellent. I had Sea Bass for the first time which was so good it rekindled my supressed love of seafood.

Sunday I put my techie hat firmly in place and went to visit the Blackwater Mobility Trust where I configured a couple of laptops for dial-up web access and installed Norton Internet Security. It's not a product I've used before, but from tinkering with it, it all seemed very easy to use and set-up. I still kind of like Zonealarm as a firewall though.

Monday and Tuesday I mainly slept, it's not something I normally have the luxury of doing for any great period of time, and watched trashy daytime television, but I did manage to fit in setting up a wireless network in the flat. Thanks to a Linksys router I now have broadband in all corners of my flat (and beyond). The first thing I found from a scan on my old laptop though was that the router purchase was redundant as someone else in the building is running an un-encrypted wireless network. Doh! Still the extra ethernet ports will come in handy when I get my (donated) Mac at the end of this week :o) My wireless network is encrypted and protected as much as possible by the way.

Today I went furniture shopping as I've spent the last couple of weeks sleeping on the sofa as I have no bed anymore (very long story). Thanks to a very nice young lady in the Guildford branch of Habitat I now have a bed being delivered in just over a week and I got 20% off. Nice. I just need a big chest of drawers (I currently have stuff EVERYWHERE) and I'll be fully furnitured again.

Tomorrow sees me meeting with Andy again for an unknown, due to bad planning, destination in London, and then I'm off to Stoke for the weekend to see my folks and to pick up my Mum & Dad's old iMac. Hopefully my first Mac originated post will be on Sunday.

That encapsulates, in rather tedious detail, my week of loafing. I really am rather productive the rest of the time. Honest.

Entry 754, Wednesday, February 25th 2004, Filed In Diary

Pixel GirlSome very nice icon sets for OSX and XP, not to mention some beautiful desktop images are to be found over at pixelgirl, including my very pretty current desktop. On Sunday the lazylaces flat become a dual Mac/PC household with the arrival of my Mum & Dad's old 15" iMac so I'll be able to use both types of icon set :o)

Entry 753, Wednesday, February 25th 2004, Filed In Stuff

You are in an open field west of a big white house with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here. BTW - 404 : The page you requested could not be found. The ultimate 404 page doesn't trouble you with details of mis-typed URLs, but lets you play a nice game of Zork. *Bliss* [via kost].

Entry 752, Wednesday, February 25th 2004, Filed In Games

Leela Soundboard
More Futurama soundboard fun with Leela [via Randy].

Entry 751, Wednesday, February 25th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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While searching around for Pancake Day info I stumbled accross the ukstudentlife calendar of UK events and ideas. The design is fairly poor, but the content is superb. Trust students to know where the party's at. I'd forgotten about St. Guinness's day next month, but I've got it firmly imprinted in my diary now (see my St. Patricks photos from last year).

Entry 750, Wednesday, February 25th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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Professor Farnsworth Soundboard
Continuing my series of Futurama soundboards (also see: Bender, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp And Kiff) is Professor Farnsworth [a big thanks to Randy the talented soundboardist].

Entry 749, Wednesday, February 25th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Even more point'n'click flash game adventure fun. Terra Realms seems a bit more difficult than Leo's Great Day since I didn't complete it in the first 10 minutes of play, and I now seem to be disorientated in a cave. Anyway, just how many of these things I play until part 2 of the Crimson Room arrives I don't know, but I haven't got bored of them yet.

Entry 748, Tuesday, February 24th 2004, Filed In Games

Help Leo escape his buried home, as he has a very bad Monday, in this point'n'click adventure game. Kind of along the same lines as the Crimson Room, but not nearly as challenging. Cute graphics though.

Entry 747, Tuesday, February 24th 2004, Filed In Games

A photographic trip around the streets and history of film set New York.

Entry 746, Tuesday, February 24th 2004, Filed In Stuff

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