News: “The End of the World is Nigh”

November 12th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

Well, it looks like we are all about to die. Oh well, such is life. Com’n, you are trying to tell me you haven’t yet heard that the Earth’s poles are going to flip causing the Sun’s rays roast us? (see also the Slashdot story or NASA’s viewpoint). According to Sightings, it’s going to happen on the 05/May/2005 (05/05/05 – coincidence?)

I liked the Slashdot posts:

FYI, when the poles flip, every natural disaster known to man kind happens in a 30 day period…

Floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes. You name it.

Good! Might as well get all of them out of the way quickly and have it easy after that!

🙂

Of course, the Sun is expected to explode in less than six years – so by 2010 we are all going to be dead (according to the scientists). I’m still not tempted to take out massive loans over a 30 year period though for some inane reason.

Game: Toss that Spear!

November 12th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

There’s a fun little game called Spear Toss where you control a little, erm, caveman I think. Just load your Flash enabled browser, click to start running, click to pull back the spear, and finally click again to release the spear (before the two stones which mark the end of the ‘runway’ though, or else it’s a foul). I’ve managed 512.711feet so far.

Techy: Handy little IE utility

November 12th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

I’ve recently come across the very handy Internet Explorer utility IESpell. Basically, you install it, reload IE and from then on you can right click and go ‘Check Spelling’ on any text-field you like (handy for blogs, editing on ODP or anything which requires good spelling). Highly recommended for any one running Internet Explorer (I’m running v6) – does Mozzila, Netscape or Opera have a similar function though? However, any good spell checker can’t prevent stupidity (“as soon as you make something idiot proof, a bigger idiot comes along”), so it is still possible to write things like this:

I have a spelling chequer
It came with my PC
It plainly marks for my revue
miss takes I cannot see
I’ve run this poem threw it
I’m shore your pleased two no
its letter perfect in its weigh
my chequer tolled me sew.

Books: Big Amazon.co.uk order

November 12th, 2002 by Richy B. 3 comments »

Well, I’ve just some of my Christmas Shopping on Amazon.co.uk and it’s come to quite a bit! I’ve brought some of the stuff for myself (hey, I deserve to be treated 🙂 ), but…!

12 items at a total cost of £134.54! Wow!

Spam: N ENZO & CO

November 12th, 2002 by Richy B. 4 comments »

[Removing the Spam : Email Processing and Filtering (Addison-Wesley Networking Basics Series)]
I’m really annoyed as I’ve now had over 600(!) spams from the same idiot. Well, I say ‘had’, they’ve got as far as my mail filters but have then been automatically tagged as spam: but it’s still annoying they got that far. I tried to change my server settings so that they couldn’t even that that far (IP blocking etc), but unfortunately they relayed them through my secondary MX (ie my ‘backup mailserver’) which is now passing them to their proper destination (ie my primary mailserver). Obviously, I can’t block that IP as then all mail that does end up on by secondary MX won’t reach me – so grr. (Ok, a few were directed at my primary MX, but by looks of things it’s mainly my secondary one that’s had the brunt of the spam)

I have installed SpamAssassin on the server, but I’ve still got to correctly configure Qmail to use it (currently I’m relying on MailWasher to do all my spam filtering – mainly because I’ve got a domain which cannot, for historical reasons, that cannot support server-side filtering).
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