Archive for June 1st, 2005

It’s your country…with a bit of bang

I saw an interesting ad on TV not long ago. The people at Country Energy “It’s your country” have informed us that “Gas & Electricity go together”….what a good idea!
As they say in the classics, “It’s more bang for your buck.”

Disclaimer: If you blow yourself up by mixing gas and electricity you can’t blame me, but you can blame Country Energy.


Add comment June 1st, 2005 at 06:38pm

Birthday reminder

Just in case I forget…Tommorow (June 2) is my birthday.
Expect an exciting new statistic to start on June 3.

And if you are in a place where you can receive “New Day Australia with John Kerr”, then tune in at midnight Canberra time (which is 14:00 June 1 GMT) as my name is on the birthday list and I plan on ringing John.

New Day Australia can be found on 2UE Sydney, 4BC Brisbane, 2CC Canberra and numerous other stations around Australia (Probably your local John Laws relay station) or on the web via the web stream at or

If I remember, I might record the conversation as a memento and place it online.


Add comment June 1st, 2005 at 05:33pm

Microsoft Betas? Yuck!!

I received an email from a friend and colleague today, here is a “most of email” extract:

I applied for BETA testing for MS, which is pretty good, coz then i get free stuff (good thing number 1), they accepted my application, and will be sending me stuff when ever the next beta thing is out.

I also got my hands on a copy of Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2, Billy Gates is sending that to me soon…….

finally ms are doing something half decent lol

Now, I’m confused, Most Microsoft software is annoying enough, and most Beta software has a few bizzare quirks, but put these together as Microsoft Beta’s…Yuck!
I can’t share my colleague’s entusiasm on this topic, and certainly will not be using any beta Microsoft software from him unless I am certain it doesn’t have the usual mix of bugs, quirks and crashy bits that come from that horrid combination.


2 comments June 1st, 2005 at 05:23pm

More Exciting Changes at Samuel’s Blog

Yes, the changes continue, and they are all for the better.

One question I have asked myself is “Why do are all these people interested in my rantings”, I still don’t have an answer to that question, but what I do know is that some people like to see what I’ve been up to, and others find answers to questions, for example, a look at the Blog View Stats would show that some people have found my information on getting a Canon MPC400 printer working under Linux to be useful…but whatever the reason for coming to my blog, I want to make it enjoyable, and as such, I have added some new features to the blog.

You may have noticed that there is a Google search box at the top of this page (and every other page on the blog), this has been added for your convenience, you can easily search my blog from there which would be very useful for finding one of those archived posts, or you can search the web from the Google search box. I shouldn’t really need to explain that “Google Is Great”, I think you already know that.

The other improvement is advertising…hmmmm, I hear people moaning…look, it isn’t that bad, it is actually quite good. I could have gone with any number of advertising providers, but I don’t want ads that flash, flicker, buzz, popup, popunder, squeal, annoy or interupt. That rules out a lot of advertising sites. I also don’t want ads for “Pills & Potions ‘R Us” or those annoying ads that appear on Yahoo Mail and Hotmail “You can live and work in another country”…who cares??? I don’t want to move country, and I doubt many of my readers do, if you want to move country then call a travel agent.

So I made a decision, I decided to use Google Adsense for a few reasons:
1. The ads are relevant because they are based on the content of my blog.
2. They don’t violate my “flash, flicker, buzz, popup, popunder, squeal, annoy or interupt” rule.
3. They fit nicely on the side of the page in some nice blank space.
4. They are controllable, if I don’t want a particular ad, I can block it.
5. It’s Google, and “Google Are Great”
(Note to Google Adsense people who are likely to be alerted to my saying “Adsense” a zillion times: This is not designed to promote the ads or draw unnecesary attention to them, I do not believe that I have violated the Adsense terms and conditions, and if anything, I beleive I have promoted Adsense as a product that others can use.)

I think these changes will make the blog a better place, and I welcome your comments.


Add comment June 1st, 2005 at 05:06pm

Samuel’s Musicians Of The Week

This week looks like it is going to be a week of exciting announcements, today is no exception. Today, I, Samuel Gordon-Stewart, hereby announce the grand opening of Samuel’s Musicians Of The Week.

This week’s musicians are Boney M


Add comment June 1st, 2005 at 11:49am


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