• Macbook Issue Identified

    Turns out my prediction wasn’t quite correct, it was not the Power Management Unit (PMU), it was the heatsink. Mactivate have informed me they have one on order from Apple, so it will take a bit longer than I anticipated to get my Macbook back. I found this strange as I had not experienced random shutdowns like the ones that have been widely reported across the web. it was like I described in my earlier post, something to do with the battery not being able to charge. Then again, I am no expert on this and their is wide evidence (over 1600 people have identified heatsink as a problem in their Macbooks) that the heatsink is a definite issue. Sounds like good or bad I will have a lot more to say about Apple Computer in the future, thats why I have decided to add them as a category.

  • Internet Explorer thanks Firefox, sincerely?

    Reading my favourite tech news site: Slashdot ( /.), I see the Internet Explorer team have sent the Firefox Team a nice cake:

    MS IE Cake for Firefox

    One comment I read said it all really:

    Seems even the IE team knows that IE is dead.

    As for the ex-lax, bugs, pubes in the cake of course none of that is true. Those things would only be possible if someone at Microsoft actually made the cake, and that’s not how MS does things. They knew they couldn’t make a good cake so they just went out and bought a cake from someone who already knew how to make one and then stuck their logo on it and called it theirs.

  • Blog Updates, Calendar Updates, broken Macbook

    Well first of all, there has been some blog updates, inspired no less by my Grandfather! He’s at a fragile old age, so he can’t read the screen all too well. This is not a problem however, as he sets all fonts to 16 and higher in Firefox (which is out of beta and into version 2.0!). That got me thinking, as I really struggled to read this page being marginally away from the screen, as I am a Keratoconus sufferer. As a result, I have enlarged all fonts in my blog, in an effort to make them more readable… I encourage everyone to do the same, or at least follow the web standards so that it can be properly auto resized by browsers.

    Also I have updated my Calendar for well into 2007! All the dates I can forsee have been duly added and accounted for. Please consult to it and collaborate (if you have a google account, you can add appointments, invite me to yours etc.) I use it all the time (especially as I have iSync), which syncs it to my Nokia 6021) and iPod through iTunes) Google now sends me an SMS (although it costs standard rate [13c per message for me] :-( ) two days before every appointment as a friendly reminder.

    As the title reads, my Macbook was well and truly borked, well at least the charging function is. I rang Apple, which were more helpful than I expected. They offered to send me a replacement charger, which I offered to take, but the operator agreed with my assesment that it was the Power Management Unit, and that another AC adaptor would not cut it. I have since taken it to an Apple service center, called Mactivate. Also just a quick footnote, but I recently read of spammers hiring people in the third wirld to read capthcas (like ones I use) and post spam. It seems I may have been affected by this, luckily it was still filtered by akismet!! muhahahahaha

  • Best Bush Satire, Ever.

    This Ladies and Gents, needs no introduction, for you all know George W. “Dubya” Bush. What you may not know is the Daily Show, which is a popular news satire show in the US. If you have time I recommend you have a look on YouTube for more videos…

  • Google buy YouTube, GTalk for everyone and Blogger Bliss

    I haven’t posted in a while :-( Ah well here it goes: Well we’ve all seen the news Google has bought YouTube for a reported 1.65 Billion US dollars, the deal was reportedly sealed at at Dennys in California (gotta admire that style and sophistication). I think its way overvalued Youtube, at 24m per employee! We all know it serves 100m videos a day, but it has been living off measly venture capital and hasn’t got a verifiable steady income stream, which I guess is where Google enter with Adwords….

    Gtalk has now opened up to everyone with an email address, this is great news for Jabber. While [email protected] was okay, people prefer to have one unified address (well I do) for email and instant messaging. Also comes news of deal with Skype, and old news of AOL joining their IM services with Google Talk. This is great for the Jabber Platform, and should halp fight competition from the recent Yahoo-MSN messenger tie up, hooray for open standards!

    I am seriously thinking of moving this blog to blogger, and migrating from (the wonderful) wordpress. I want to do this of reasons of cost (for one, I pay hosting) and I want to trial hosting it myself, with Blogger as a backup. I don’t think I will ever get slashdotted now, but it always helps to have as robust of a network as Google does behind you. That is the reason I use Google hosted, it is reliable and dependable , not to mention feature-rich.

    I would also like to quickly metion Firefox 2, which is in beta stage at the moment. I am writing the blog post on my MacBook through it, and the spell checker is smething quite special (It has a red line under that purposeful spelling error as I type, rather useful!). Anyways, I hope to post more often and soon…………..

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