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Mario Bros, anyone?

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This is a funny video, worth your next couple of minutes ;)

Written by Julio Franco

November 29th, 2005 at 5:13 am

Comments are open again!

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Over the past month or so I was pushed to close commenting from our blog (which uses the popular WordPress software), because the system was being abused with spam. I have now installed a couple of anti-spam plugins that hopefully will get rid of that problem, and have opened commenting again.

Written by Julio Franco

November 24th, 2005 at 2:49 pm

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Work

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You might remember half a year ago I was facing being outsourced at work. After eventually being switched to a different department with 2 others. I, of course, was the only 1 of the 3 given a temporary position; which ends around Christmas (Happy New Year!). Is there anything more frustrating than doing a better job than your co-workers (In terms of production output & other contributions for 4 years) yet they get the permanent positions & I get the temporary? & funnily enough who’s the person tasked with updating all the Word macros/menus for 3 departments before Christmas – me of course. 1 of my friends is working at an electronics company down in Cork & he’s noticed the same thing there; hard work does not pay off & you’ll inevitably end up doing as well as everyone else when it comes to your performance reviews (If your output is too high you’re inevitably not joining in with the team & vice versa).

Luckily I’ve had an interview at a different company last week which seems to fit much in line with my current skills (Updating financial info sourced from various websites) – hours are worse, pay is better – & I’m eagerly awaiting their reply (Which they said would be some day this week). Work long enough in companies like this & you’re bound to go either mad or completely numb.

Written by Julio Franco

November 21st, 2005 at 4:36 pm

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Firefox 1.5 RC3 Available

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Those with previous 1.5 RCs can get this update via the Auto-Update feature (Manual scan or wait for the scheduled check to pick it up); it’s only 218K. So hopefully we’ll see the final release next week/week after.
Our Firefox 1.5 guide has also been completed which is ready bar any unforseen changes a release (There’s been none for the past 3 RCs anyway)

Written by Julio Franco

November 17th, 2005 at 6:18 pm

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Windows Genuine Advantage Plug-In Available

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You’re probably aware that of late Microsoft’s been scanning your system to determine if you’re using a genuine version of Windows before allowing you to download (certain) updates. This process uses an ActiveX control; which essentially limits it to Internet Explorer users. Well, guess what, now they’ve released a Plug-In version so you’ll be able to get downloads which require verification through supported other browsers – Firefox certainly (I’ve not tested others though). I wouldn’t get my hopes up on a Plug-In supported version of WindowsUpdate anytime soon though (There is an ActiveX Plug-In out now I think, so you could get around it that way right now; then again why expose your other browsers to all the ActiveX problems of IE – security, etc. :)).

Written by Julio Franco

November 17th, 2005 at 4:13 pm

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Finally Broadband in the Forrest!

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Well, after almost exactly 10 years of 56k dialup access broadband has been delivered out in the forest where I live, and not just 0,5mbps but full ADSL2+ 24mbps compatible DSLAM equipment has been installed at the exchange!

I’m a few hundred meters short of 24mbps at 3km to the exchange but at 8mbps compared to dialup I sure will not complain!

The really funny thing about all this is that I had a wireless link completely setup to a friend 5km away from me through the forest that has had broadband access for several years… It took me a great deal of money, climbing trees and time to establish a solid connection through non line of sight dense forest… And the very night I got it working and come home my brother tells me “did you know Telia now offers ADSL where we live” and I told him you are kidding right, because we had been making fun about that when I finally do get that wireless link working broadband would be available at our location ;-) Even more strange is the fact that Telia has not sent out any letters letting the people that live here know that ADSL is available… I heard it from a guy working at Flextronics, which is the company that Telia hires to do the actual work on their telephone lines and equipment… He had “heard” it from someone within Flextronics and did not believe it himself so we went out to the exchange to have a look and got amazed when we saw the Ericsson DSLAMS ;-)

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Written by Per Hansson

November 9th, 2005 at 1:03 pm

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