Hum, so there’s another UKGovWeb Barcamp in the pipe-line. Good-oh, says I.

To work around my hatred of PBWiki‘s “notification” system, I’ve just re-appropriated (and made ‘ukgovweb-check‘) my dell-order-checking script to work for the wiki-page; changelog is that the script now uses lynx instead of wget, and that we send the difflog, rather than the whole-bloody-changed file.

If you’re still in the dark-ages like me, and haven’t written one yourself, here you go. If there’s a demand and people are feeling lazy, I suppose I could whip up a list.

Let me know if you do.

There’s some discussion going on on email, I do believe.

Yes, yes, I know Twitter wants us to call them “tweets”, but I think “twits” is far more appropriate.

Anyhow, I’ve just made my thousandth post (shamelessly plugging this article), and thought: “given its gravitas (the number, not any of my drivel), let’s make it a bit more than the usual moans”. So, to Wikiquote I wandered (or should that read “wander’d I”) to get inspiration from others. After all, to use another quote:

Derek says it’s always good to end a paper with a quote. He says someone else has already said it best. So if you can’t top it, steal from them and go out strong.

more of that

So, here are some random quotes on “1000″, with the odd multiple thereof for when there’s a good ‘un:

  • “May our children and our children’s children to a thousand generations, continue to enjoy the benefits conferred upon us by a united country, and have cause yet to rejoice under those glorious institutions bequeathed us by Washington and his compeers.” — Abraham Lincoln (Second Speech at Frederick, Maryland (4 October 1862))
  • “A single Voltaire will do more hono[u]r to France than a thousand pedants, a thousand false wits, a thousand great men of inferior order.” — Friedrich der Große
  • “If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.” — Alfred Nobel
    • “It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death.” — Maimonides (The Commandments, Neg. Comm. 290, at 269-271)
    • “I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.” — Stephen Hawking
    • “Take the best orgasm you ever had, multiply it by a thousand and you’re still nowhere near it. When you’re on junk you have only one worry: scoring. When you’re off it you are suddenly obliged to worry about all sorts of other shite.” — Renton explains smack, in Trainspotting
    • “One thousand years from now there’ll be no guys and no girls, just wankers. Sounds great to me.” — More wisdom from Trainspotting
    • “The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thicksighted: thence proceeds mawkishness, and the thousand bitters which those men I speak of must necessarily taste in going over the following pages.” — <a href=”>Keats’</a> preface to the Endymion
    • “Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a dangerous enemy indeed.” — Anne Rice
    • “Was this the face that launch’d a thousand ships,
      And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
      Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss!
      Her lips suck forth my soul: see, where it flies!” — Christopher Marlow’s Faustus
    • “Pain… pain of the flesh. Like no Dalek has felt for thousands of years.” — Hybrid Sec, Evolution of the Daleks, Doctor Who
    • “The battle is between big money combines who spend a thousand pounds or more on every constituency they fight. Or when they speak democracy, they don’t mean government by the people…they mean financial democracy, in which money counts and nothing but money.” — electioneering in 1939, as viewed by Tom Mosley
    • “I became the murderer of many thousands of that fine race.” — William I, R
    • “The germs of existence contained in this spot of earth, with ample food, and ample room to expand in, would fill millions of worlds in the course of a few thousand years.” — Malthus
    • “When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” — J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan
    • “Anyone can stop a man’s life, but no one his death; a thousand doors open on to it.” — Seneca (the Elder)
    • “Hitler was undoubtedly a genius but he lacked self-control. He recognized no limits. Otherwise the thousand-year Reich would have lasted more than twelve years.” — Wilhelm Frich
    • “For thousands of years, human beings had screwed up and trashed and crapped on this planet, and now history expected me to clean up after everyone” — Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club</ul>
      “Well, my conclusion is: Hate is baggage. Life’s too short to be pissed off all the time. It’s just not worth it. Derek says it’s always good to end a paper with a quote. He says someone else has already said it best. So if you can’t top it, steal from them and go out strong. So I picked a guy I thought you’d like. ‘We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.’” (via Wikiquote)

    I guess there’s a wee bit of an irony here: in musing over a 1000th post of <160 characters, I’ve rather gone on a bit… rather than ending with a quote, would any of my half-dozen victimsreaders care to throw some quotes to the comments box? Preferably on the “1000″ theme….?

If, like the guys in the ORG HQ, you find yourself unable to upload images in a WordPress Blog, and are befuddled by the reams of posts &c on the web, well, here’s another idea that might sort you out:

Remove the crap from old installs, in your ~/.mozilla directory. And by crap, well, I mean:

  • appreg
  • mozver.dat
  • pluginreg.dat
  • plugins/
cd .mozilla
rm -rf plugins/
rm appreg
rm mozver.dat
cd firefox/
rm -rf pluginreg.dat

Astonishingly, by removing a couple of bits of pelt, the uploads worked for the guys.

Seeing as this is my blog, and people expect me to be miserable, here’s my whine: why the fuck don’t people SEARCH THE FUCKING ARCHIVES on forums before posting a new question? I gave up, and went back to old-fashioned testing.

Oh, and I should probably plug a fairly new site I recently discovered: stackoverflow — about all I can whine about with that is that is uses OpenID…

Well, in an half-arsed manner, I’m finally catching up with this century’s gizmo, that most people didn’t believe I didn’t use.


I say kinda, ‘cos, despite having finally found something non-intrusive, and with a UI that doesn’t suck, I still don’t check the webpage it makes. Despite it updating.

Of course, I should have thought “I know who would have written something useful” donkey’s years ago. But I never did. Only recently, when hunting for Matilda did I think about it. *sigh*

So, there we have it. Next up is working a fix for it, to handle rss feeds which require basic-auth (trac-tastic!), and getting xkcd to display inline…

Next up: populating it a bit more, and then unsubscribing from some lists… well, maybe filter ‘em out…

Gah. It’s been quite a while since I’ve needed to install Windows on a stand-alone set-up. I’d forgotten how much stuff I find is needed to actually make the thing frikkin useful.

As this blog doubles up for my memory pad, here’s the list of stuff that I’ve just installed:

  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • WinSCP
  • PuTTY
  • Spybot
  • Avast
  • OpenOffice
  • Pidgin
  • XChat (silverx’s)
  • The MS PowerToys
  • Flash Player
  • AIR
  • Acrobat Reader
  • GVim
  • GIMP
  • iTunes
  • VLC

SP3 (given that my Windows disk is Slipstreamed with SP2)

I guess there will be more stuff to install — the MS Viewers seem likely, as will another 400Megs of patches and things…