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Monday, March 29
Summer's on its way!

Clocks go forward this morning... A sure indication of good things to come :D



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Sunday, March 28
Saw this on eBay...

No, it's not a weird product up for sale... It's one of eBay UK's own promotional banner adverts? Perhaps they should reconsider who designs them, as they've made a bit of a faux pas. I for one don't really want to buy toilet paper from eBay :D

Weird eBay banner



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Saturday, March 27
P J Harvey Confirms Glastonbury Date

P J Harvey Confirms Glastonbury Date


As if it couldn't get any better... As well as going to Glastonbury this year (tickets go on sale on Thursday :D :D :D so buckle up), I now know that Paul McCartney, Prince, JAMES BROWN (!!!!!!!) and now PJ Harvey are playing! AWESOME.... :D



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Suburban-TrunkMonkey

...wtf.




:D



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Friday, March 26
Have to laugh...

... This is a good week for me. Most amusing. First of all, Fox Studios (finally!) realises that they've been RUNNING an FTP as a prerelease DivX leech cache for a warez group, then Microsoft gets hit with a record fine by the European Commission. About bloody time and all.



Therefore, apologies for the lack of updates - I've been out partying. :D



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Saturday, March 20
Heh... Politically compassed am I

www.politicalcompass.org (a good ten minutes must be wasted on here to elicit results)

My results:

Economic Left/Right: -4.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.28

Slap bang in the middle of the line of best fit from Gerhard Schroder to Nelson Mandela. (see the map if you can't remember where they are)


I'll have to show this to my politics teacher, perhaps we can waste a lesson going through it in the lecture theatre on the PC with the projector a bit of educational procrastination. :D



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Friday, March 12
I am also awaiting with great expectation, the implementation of Turbo Codes for wireless transmission to the wider community

This technology's existed, firstly in paper form as a theory, then later down the line as actual put-into-practice techniques - but it's only gained popularity in the wider world community around now! How bizarre is that... Anyway, I highly suggesty you read this article if you're even remotely interested in wireless communication (of ALL types, not just wireless networking via 802.11) as it has fantastic implications for the usage and eking out of all available bandwidth in the accessible spectrum... Fantastic stuff. Imagine being able to stream DVDs over your mobile phone to somebody else's laptop hooked up to their mobile... Just one of the many things you could do. Videochat would be uberquality.

Here's the article, before I forget: IEEE Spectrum: Closing in on the perfect code



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Shakespeare Social Networks, as analysed by... an IRC bot?

Yes, it really does work. And the results are quite revealing - I watched the animated rendering of one of the tracethroughs of one of Shakespeare's plays, and it's fascinating to see the complex interleaving of the characters and their interactions laid out so plainly and definitely for observation and analysis. This could be a real boon for anybody who is studying Shakespeare at degree level...



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Wednesday, March 10
My new favourite quote...


non scholæ sed vitæ discimus
"we do not learn for school, but for life"
[Seneca]


That Seneca was on to something there.



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Friday, March 5
Happy birthday to you, distended mortgage loans ubiquitous deathray............. It must be:

... Spam's 10th birthday! Woo.



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Thursday, March 4
A shining example of how ludicrously humourless our network of red tape has become

Bear witness, friends: This Article is the shining example of the beaurocratic nonsense that we in the UK have to put up with. You think the US is bad? You think the Netherlands are bad?


Hah. You've not lived here yet. :P



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Tuesday, March 2
Ya have to love it when stuff like this happens =D

Tournament.com - Forums - tv station = owned

There's not much I can say about this... I can laugh a lot though :D Enjoy.



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Monday, March 1
One EXTREMELY handy piece of .htaccess code

I was trying to find a way to redirect users _TRANSPARENTLY_ via .htaccess (there was a big DJ mix that somebody did, and they were hosting it on one of their sites, which only (only!) has 10gb/month of bandwidth allowance. They also have another account, which is on the host's Premium package - and has about 50gb of bandwidth a month.

I didn't want to tell the person who owns both domains that they should just "upgrade the first account", as they've already upgraded it once, and it'd just cost too much to be paying for a Premium package for both.


So... I set about finding a way to redirect users via .htaccess JUST FOR ONE FILE (not an entire directory, like you can do with Apache's mod_rewrite).

And I patched together a way to do it. Yes, I know it's not the most advanced thing that many web designers will have seen, but it works and works well for what it was designed to do. I actually pinched the idea from another .htaccess image remote link disallowing script I wrote earlier this month :)


Here's the code... Replace the filename with the filename for your purpose, if you want to use it. Obviously, logic dictates what you should change to fit your situation.


{code begins}

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?#sitewithnotmuchbandwidth.tld/optional_subfolder/.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule .*\.(mp3|MP3)$ http://sitewithloadsofbandwidth.tld/optional_subfolder/actualfile.mp3 [R,NC]

{code ends}

Obviously, this isn't for the faint of heart - only people who consider themselves confident webadmins should use this code, as .htaccess modification itself isn't for the faint of heart (cause quite often if you muck something up, there's no instructions on what's gone wrong... or how to fix it ;).

AND, to add to that, I'm sure there's a much simpler (and tidier) way of doing this - but it achieves the aim I was after. Saving bandwidth (and therefore stopping the ability to access the site from the web, because the host stops access for the rest of the month if the allotted bandwidth is exceeded).

:) (Geek bit over).


On the other hand, guess who forgot to change his watch's date to the 29th of February yesterday... I was living in March the 1st for an extra day :) (looks embarassed) =D



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Some links!

Gotta get
some of those.