Archive for July 7th, 2007

Live Earth in Seven Continents?

It has been interesting this afternoon noticing that virtually the entire media has commented that the Live Earth series of continents are being held in seven continents concerts…but, that can’t be right…let’s list the continents.

1. Australia
2. Asia
3. Europe
4. Africa
5. North America
6. South America
7. Antarctica

And the Live Earth concerts are taking place in:
New York (North America)
London (Europe)
Sydney (Australia)
Rio de Janeiro (South America)
Tokyo (Asia)
Shanghai (Asia)
Johannesburg (Africa)
Hamburg (Europe)

Update: Mick has pointed out in the comments below that there will be a pre-recorded concert in Antartica…I stand corrected, but I still think the whole thing is a gigantic waste of time…probably great for the fans of the bands which are playing at the concerts though. End Update

All the continents except for Antarctica…so it’s only happening in six continents. That then brings me to the question of who is the source of this erroneous seven continents figure…with this many media outlets using the line, it almost has to be the publicist, and the Live Earth website confirms it:

Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.

I can’t say that I’m entirely surprised that Al Gore is using inflated figures to promote this series of concerts to promote a questionable cause (and if carbon emissions really are to blame for climate change…how much more than usual is this concert series producing?).

Further Update: Mick also points out that the concerts are apparently carbon neutral. Someone must be making an awful lot of money selling those carbon credits! End Update

I, for one, am enjoying the cold and the rain!


20 comments July 7th, 2007 at 05:12pm

Missing System Tray (Notification Area) Icons in Windows Vista

Yesterday, after a failed shutdown of Windows Vista (eg. it sat there for a couple hours pretending to shut down and I had to pull the battery out of the laptop to cut power to it) I noticed that the sound and network icons had gone missing from the system tray (now called the Notification Area for one reason or another), and what was worse, the options to re-enable them were greyed out.

The solution was relatively simple, but Google doesn’t appear to have picked up a solution for it yet so I’m going to write one here. This solution worked for me, and is actually a modification of a solution to a slightly different problem under Windows XP. I can’t guarantee that it will work for you, and I strongly recommend creating a system restore point before attempting the following fix.

Firstly, if you haven’t checked if you can re-enable the missing system tray icons, right click on a blank space on your taskbar and click “Properties”. Click on the Notification Area tab. If you can tick the checkboxes next to the missing icons, do so and then click the OK button. Otherwise, keep reading.

Click on the Windows icon.

Type “regedit” without the quotes and press enter.

Windows will probably ask for your permission to open Regedit. Click “Continue”.

Press CTRL + F

Type “iconstreams” and click OK

You should see a screen with two registry keys titled “IconStreams” and “PastIconStreams”. Delete both of them and press F3 (which will perform the search again).

Continue deleting the “IconStreams” and “PastIconStreams” keys until you receive the message “Finished searching the registry”.

Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

When the computer restarts, the icons will still be missing, however you should now be able to enable them by right clicking on the taskbar, clicking on Properties and then enable them from the Notification Area tab. If you have multiple user accounts on your computer you may need to enable icons in the other accounts as well.


2 comments July 7th, 2007 at 02:39am


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