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Sometimes I just need to rant. Be afraid, you are my captive audience.

And still no contact …

And still no contact …

I submitted a ticket with support at my old hosting company this morning to ask if they could tell me what their Time To Live was set at because my old, somewhat buggered site kept popping up when typing in my domain name. Got the usual automated “we got your message, we’ll get back to you” response but still haven’t had an actual answer. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised: September 3: The initial upgrade...

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Things are looking a little different

All righty then, here we are in our new home. I’ve signed up with the lovely people at Webbase and so far, so good. Of course, because my existing blog had a total meltdown and I STILL haven’t received any further response from my old host I pretty much had to adandon it because there was something screwing up the import process. However, I have managed to grab what content was still there and...

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Safety behind Windows

Safety behind Windows

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I hope you’re all fit and well after Microsoft’s big security fix on Tuesday. According to reports it was the company’s biggest-ever fix, with a whopping 16 patches addressing 49 problems in its products. Yes, I can hear the anti-Microsoft brigade out there doing the boo-hiss thing as they nod smugly and pat themselves on the back for being clever enough to use their...

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I’m still here …

I’m still here …

Just goes to show that you never know what’s around the corner. For the past eight or so years I’ve used the same hosting company with just a few minor glitches along the way. In fact I’ve recommended the company to anyone I’ve known was looking for a home for their website. Sadly, that is no longer the case. What should have been a routine WordPress upgrade on September 3 turned into something of a...

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Ladies who lunch

Ladies who lunch

Every Friday afternoon I escape the office with one of my friends for lunch. This is a bit of a novelty since I work through my lunch break every other day of the week but I figure if I actually do the proper lunch thing once a week I can live with it. Each week we carefully consider our options for venues for these social gatherings of two and I must say, we’ve become...

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My shit list gets a new entry

My shit list gets a new entry

Congratulations TV3, you have made the grade. Again. Yes, you suck. Like something really sucky. I still haven’t forgiven you idiots for the whole Dexter debacle (you know, when they ran Dexter for just a few episodes in a non-primetime slot, decided it wasn’t rating well enough so pulled it). Now, we’ve got the Top Chef debacle. This is where they ran it for a few episodes, decided it wasn’t rating well enough so...

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Credit where credit’s due

Credit where credit’s due

This whole ministerial credit card debacle is a bit of a joke, isn’t it? I mean really, if one of us plebs had used the company credit card to live it up to the extent our elected representatives did, we’d be looking for new jobs and probably a good lawyer, as well. That Shane Jones can excuse his spending on porn movies with the old “I’m a red-blooded bloke” defence simply as insult to...

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High-pitched chicks in horned hats v popular TV

I wonder why Dame Kiwi Te Kanawa has got such a bee in her operatic bonnet over reality TV? She’s had a swipe at Susan “I Dreamed a Dream” Boyle and reality TV talent shows in general during an interview about her own talent show plans. Maybe she’s trying to stir some controversy to boost her own ratings because I really thought she had more class than to get so bitter and twisted about...

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Are national standards a bad thing?

Are national standards a bad thing?

We are reluctant to tell our kids they aren’t as fast/clever/strong as the next kid because we don’t want them feeling a sense of failure (gotta save the fun stuff for when they’re all grown up) but don’t we, as parents, need to know if our offspring are actually doing okay in the world? And don’ t our children need to know that not everyone can be good at everything? I can understand some...

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iPad: iDunno, iThink iM iOver iT

iPad: iDunno, iThink iM iOver iT

 

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