Archive for August 1st, 2005

Happy Birthday Mr. Ed

I couldn’t let the day go by without saying happy birthday to Mr. Ed and all the other horses out there.

Today, August the 1st, is of course the Horse’s Birthday.

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.
Go right to the source and ask the horse

He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse.
He’s always on a steady course.
Talk to Mr. Ed.
People yakkity yak a streak and waste your time of day

But Mister Ed will never speak unless he has something to say.
A horse is a horse, of course, of course,

And this one’ll talk ’til his voice is hoarse.
You never heard of a talking horse? Well listen to this. I am Mister Ed.

Neigh!

Samuel

Add comment August 1st, 2005 at 08:24pm

Samuel’s Artwork: Samuel In Dolgnwot

And now… A double image specila of Samuel In Dolgnwot
Today’s first image shows Samuel in his gold digging truck (another futuristicness for 1857) where he can see that he has found 36oz of gold for the day.

There are three buttons in front of Samuel which control various functions of the gold digger, thankfully, the process of searching for gold is automated, but can be customised if that is what is desired.

Samuel is obviously quite pleased at his find, which is hardly suprising.

The second image today is another note from the teacher, Mrs. Brophy, who is writing in reference to her previous comment about captions.

She writes “This is an improvement thanks Samuel. Now I know what each pages is telling me. Do you reall think you could watch T.V and listen to 2CA on the goldfields in 1857 though?”

I, upon reading this, went to see her with an explanation about the “Futuristic Technology.”

Clicking on the pictures will show larger versions, you can also find them on the photo gallery.

Samuel

Add comment August 1st, 2005 at 07:10pm

Internet Explorer Loving Idiots

Hmmmm, does anybody reading this remember Idiot Number Three?
Well, I do, and he still likes Internet Explorer, and went on a mini rant when he found Firefox and no Internet Explorer on the computer he was using, he went so far as to say “I hate Firefox”…the words of an idiot, pure & simple.

His mini rant prompted another person in the room to start complaining as well, apparently they want IE to be the default browser…if I never had any contact with that network I probably wouldn’t care, but the fact is I am in contact with that network every day, and work on some fairly important files there. The last thing I want is some leaky, pain in the rear end, security risk, poor excuse for a browser on my desktop.

The main reason this Firefox roll out occurred is because far too many computers on the network were having difficulty receiving proxy and other IE configuration info from the server. Firefox, apart from being the better browser, allows us to lock down these settings locally, so even without a server it still works.

For some reason, the second person mentioned seemed to think the IE’s view source command handles viewing source nicely. IE opens it in Notepad, where you see a large block of semi-gibberish text in a window, which notepad has retrieved from a temporary location and will discard as soon as you close the window (unless you remember to save your changes). Firefox on the other hand opens source in it’s own source viewer, which colour codes the HTML, which is much easier to read and deal with than notepad’s “Block of text” view. The other benefit of Firefox’s view source command is that is forces you to save the HTML file before you modify it…no more of those “I made the best change ever and forgot to save it” moments.

These people know (or at least should) that Firefox is the better browser, and yet use IE without giving it a second thought, why?

This kind of attitude is the reason that so many of the Windows exploits get around so quickly, all those worms spread and all those malware issues take over your desktop with strange offers and pictures. It isn’t so bad when people simply don’t know, but when they do know, and do nothing about it, that is when the problems start.

Not updating software and not following secure computer usage principles is the main reason that all this malware gets around so easily, often the users of the computer don’t know that they are being used to spread garbage, but if they followed some basic security principles then they would be less likely to suffer from, and help spread, such problems.

That being said, following security principles won’t stop malware issues, but it will slow it down, and it will result in less problems for you when you go surfing the web, or need to type a letter, or do something else.

Unfortunately, some people just won’t learn, like those pesky Internet Explorer loving idiots.

Get Firefox!

Samuel

2 comments August 1st, 2005 at 06:50pm


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