Junk mail jokes - just occasionally one makes me chuckle

  • Posted on: 31 July 2014
  • By: nicklitten

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary.) Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas , which she does not fancy). Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

Learn Linux for free!

  • Posted on: 29 July 2014
  • By: nicklitten
Linux is a cool windows style operating system

linuxIntro to Linux is normally a $2,400 course from the Linux Foundation, but it's being offered for free now on edX. If you've ever wanted to learn how to use the open source operating system, there's no better time than now.

The free course starts on August 1st, but to get the best experience from the class, you should install Linux on your computer before it starts. The Linux Foundation has a helpful guide for doing just that—so you can hit the ground running when the course starts in a couple of days.

The class is designed to give you a good working knowledge of Linux over 40 to 60 hours of course work. It's taught by Dr. Jerry Cooperstein, who oversees all the training content at the Linux Foundation. There's no syllabus for the course yet, but it promises to teach experienced computer users with little or no previous experience with Linux the ins and outs of the OS, from both a command line and graphical perspective.

Sign up to audit the course, try for a certificate, or get a verified edX certificate below. See you in class!

Firefox 3 Beta Release Candidate download is finally here for free

  • Posted on: 23 September 2008
  • By: nicklitten

Firefox Version three, the best browser around, is finally ready for release to the great unwashed cyber-public... well... nearly anyway! Grab the latest version here

This new release candidate of Firefox3 is clearly the best so far:

After years of hard work the Gecko rendering engine has been integrated, and the development team is feeling ready to share its project with the world.

Version 3 has improved security features to combat phishing and communicate with anti-virus software, as well as respecting parental-control settings such as those used by Windows Vista. Better zooming and tab controls, and tweaks such as offering to save tabs on closing and use of the Mac OS X spellchecker, are also included.

The Beta/RC is marked for testing purposes only, but when installed will overwrite any existing Firefox installation (unless you're doing something clever with virtualisation or similar).

From the Mozilla's dudes mouths:

More Secure

Windows Browse Master - find PC on wireless network

  • Posted on: 25 April 2008
  • By: nicklitten

I had a funny problem at a customer site yesterday where he had a small office setup with one of the PC's effectively running as a server (using simple folder sharing) and 4 other computers accessing it wirelessly.


Three of these PC's running Windows XP SP2 and two running Vista SP1. Three hardwired using ethernet and the others wirelessly.


There definitely seemed to be a gremlin in the works when trying to browse the network from any or all of these PC's.   :(   They used to be able to see each other and share files and printers, but it was apparently intermittent and had stopped working completely this weekend. Some of the PC’s share files but others just read files. The error message in question was: “[PC/Folder name] is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource."

I must admit to scratching my head for a long time and playing around with various network settings but to no avail. Luckily searching the internet (with my new and very sleek IBM Thinkpad Z60T over Vodaphone) I found what seems to have been a very simple solution.


There is a service which runs on each machine called Computer Browse Mastercomputer medix browser

How much does a website cost?

  • Posted on: 1 March 2007
  • By: nicklitten

Initial Consultation
Obviously we need to talk about what you want! Talk is cheap, well it's free actually. So first of all we should get together and have a chat about what you want, what you expect and how much you want to spend. Once I have an idea of what you want, I will prepare a proposal detailing your requirements together with the costs and time scale

Agreement and Initial Payment
If you are satisfied with the proposal and would like to proceed, you will be invoiced for 30% of the development fee. Once the invoice payment is received - work starts in earnest!

Initial Development
First step is to prepare a rough design for your web site. This may be based upon any preferences you have for color, style and corporate branding. Dependent on what you think, this will be refined until you are completely satisfied with the final product

With the web site finished to your satisfaction, you can then use the website and give any final feedback. This is the time for last minute changes and tweaks. While you are testing this final website layout, we are working on search engine optimization and submission. Once your website is on the Web and listed in major search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN then the final invoice will be sent. You will not be charged until this is complete and your are completely happy with the final website.