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Month: February 2003

Personal: Technical Difficulties II

Well, I think I may have sorted the technical difficulties I’ve been suffering with my home Windows 2000 Professional PC. After burning off over 20 CDs worth of data (leaving my main hard drive nearly half cleared or half full: whichever way you look at it), running scan disc, disabling services, re-installing and de-installing device drivers, removing programs, attempting a defrag of the hard drive (it had 40% free space at the point – Defrag wasn’t showing an ounce of “white free space” though) and many many many other things: my machine now seems to be stablish. It’s working, I’m connected to the Internet and it hasn’t yet crashed. Hopefully when I watch the 300th episode of The Simpsons it’ll be able to play the entire episode for me instead of totally freezing at arbitrary points. Fingers crossed! Of course, if it does work, I won’t have too much of a clue about what the problem is (I had to reset every single log file I could find to try and help the diagnostics) – but as I’m considering buying a second PC and making it dualboot with Windows and Linux (which variant of Linux though is still undecided) it…

Guess That Movie: XXVIII: The Time Machine (2002)

Righto, here’s the new Guess That Movie image. If you are a new player, the game is quite simple. Look at this 110x110pixel screenshot (nope, you can’t enlarge it) and see if you can remember which film it has been taken from. Once you think you know which film it is, leave a comment with your name (or alias), your email address (for my usage only) and the name of the movie you are guessing at. If it’s part of a series of movies – you MUST name the appropriate movie (so just saying “Austin Powers” isn’t good enough, you’ll have to say “Austin Powers III”), also if it’s a remake you must be specific which version it is (so “Planet Of the Apes” is too vague, but “Mark Wahlberg’s Planet Of the Apes” or “Planet Of the Apes 2001” would be accurate). I’ll then (when I get a moment) say whether your guess is right or wrong – if it’s wrong, you can guess again – if it’s right you get some points. And what do points make? Prizes! Yep, it’s a whole lotta fun with prizes to be won. If you guess that movie within 12 hours of…

Guess That Movie: Scores So Far III

Phew, has it really been another 9 images in Guess That Movie? The last image (number 27) was correctly recognised as being the non-pornographic “but about the industry” type movie Boogie Nights which starred Mark “Planet Of the Apes” Wahlberg as Dirk Diggler, Burt Reynolds as Jack Horner as Heather “Austin Powers 2/Lost In Space” Graham as “Rollergirl”. New comer “Blue Neon Head” correctly recognised it (and the “pornographic movie actress in real life” Nina Hartley) earning him/her/it an initial 80 points. How does the score board read at the moment then? Well, I’ll be shortly contacting “Ph33r_m3” to ask him which Amazon store he wants his gift voucher for (he’s scored 590 points which equates to a £5.90 voucher for Amazon UK or the equivalent currency in the Amazon store of his choice), Kymberlie just missed out on a prize by getting 480 points (20 points shy of the “prize level”), third place we have LD with 445 points – then “Super Beastmaster” with 280. In joint fifth position with 100 points is andersja, Toby and KHD – 8th position is held by “Blue Neon Head” with 80 points and trailing at the back of the pack is “Dr…

Guess That Movie: XXVII: Boogie Nights

Oooh – looks like two prizes may be awarded at this rate! Kymberlie managed to gain an extra 100 points by recognising Guess That Movie 26 as being taken from near the end of the Sam Neill movie The Dish which has put her at the 480 points mark. The Dish is about the first landing on the Moon (the Apollo 11 and the Parkes radio telescope helped bring the images back to Earth. It’s quite a touching story – admittedly it could be compressed to a 15 minute story if you were just interested in the ‘bare facts’, but the ‘human interest’ side of it makes it worth watching in my book (after Event Horizon and the Jurassic Park series, I think Sam Neill’s beginning to get just a little bit typecast as a scientist…) Anyway – now for the slightly delayed round 27. As you may have gathered, this one isn’t for youngsters – but then again it isn’t “R18” material either (R18 is the BBFC classification for ‘sexual movies’ here in the UK – ‘R18’ indicates that it can only be sold to those over 18 and that it is Restricted for sale in sex shops). It…

Snippet: Happy 18th Birthday Sister!

*snippet* I’d just like to say Happy 18th Birthday to my youngest sister – it’s all downhill from now on 😉 Hope you like the presents and it was an very enjoyable meal (that my parents paid for: £160 for a total of six of us!). My two sisters talked more at that single 3.5hour meal (I’m not kidding!) than I think I’ve talked with all my co-workers since getting my new job: combination of my sisters being a pair of noisy bints (meant in a nice way of course) and my work colleagues being slightly more restrained (as in not needing a continues stream of conversation). Couple of highlights… But I’ll blog about them tomorrow hopefully once a) my computer is running properly (it’s limping along somehow), b) I’ve had some sleep (I’ve eaten more in the last 24 hours than I have done in the previous week and I’m worn out), c) I’ve cleared my backlog of things to blog about (yep, I haven’t forgotten the next round of Guess That Movie – but if my computer crashes every time a moving image is shown: be it a copy of a VHS tape, a DVD or even a…