Wednesday, 05 September 2007
China Cyber Hacking the west

Its quite interesting how Western countries have accused China of hacking into their systems. What I really can't understand is if these systems are so critical to the country and there are so many secrets on them, why put those machines on the Internet to begin with?

Its not rocket science just pull the cable that connects the server to the Internet. Have your own private network not connected in any way to the Internet.

posted on Wednesday, 05 September 2007 21:37:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

Eat your heart out Sony and MS

It looks as though Nintendo have taken the world by storm with their latest sales figures, the Wii sold 1 million units in just 38 weeks in the UK! This is faster than any other console in history and dwarfs the sales figures of both the XBox 360 and the PS3 put together in the same time frame.

I suppose the irony of the situation is that the Wii console isn't as packed with technology as the Xbox 360 and PS3, however it is the cheaper of the 2 and its a hell of a lot of fun! The console makes game play simple and that's probably something Sony and Microsoft overlooked. Both firms were so set on packing as much technology into their consoles, they probably didn't even realise Nintendo watching them and saying "Hey we don't need lots of technology to make games fun". Nintendo were right and the gamble paid of. It will take a little while but I'm pretty sure Sony and Microsoft will be looking at how they can copy the Wii way of gaming. There are so many games I have on my PS2 that I have bought again when they have been released for the Wii console (such as Splinter Cell) why? Because its so much fun playing games with the Wii remote.

posted on Wednesday, 05 September 2007 18:55:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Monday, 03 September 2007
The morning cat run

Each morning for me is filled with the tactful task of avoiding all the white cats in the house...why? Because when you're wearing a black suit to go to work in, cat fur is the last thing you want on it. The most annoying thing is this is when the cats are at their most friendliest, I'm pretty sure its a little game they have devised and secretly laugh about it in their own little kitty way.

"There he is!"

"Get him!"

The thing is, I do eventually get some cat fur on me, so I have a cat fur remover in my bag. Which I started using while waiting for the bus and then looked up as an old lady looked at me rather oddly. Man there is some things you can't do in public and one of them is de-fur yourself in public.  

posted on Monday, 03 September 2007 22:26:42 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1]

 Friday, 31 August 2007

Just thought I'd post this article to stop all those poor developers trawling through hundreds of pages on Google like I had to, to work out why on Earth I kept on getting the error below.

The property 'SharedLegacyFile' must be TRUE for isolated file 'File Name'

Let me guess the answer you get to this response. is that you have to set the SharedLegacyFile setting to True in VSI File System explorer for the file you were trying to add to the application folder and even when you did this it still didn't resolve the issue right? Well the error message is misleading.

Basically if you rename your DLL or EXE that has been effected to say myfile.DLLX or Myfile.EXEX so VSI doesn't recognise it as an executable and then compile. The VSI project will compile successfully then rename the files back to EXE or DLL and compile again and the problem is solved.  

Hope this helps you out, hopefully I'll work out why it does it this way...

posted on Friday, 31 August 2007 23:58:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Prison officers on strike in England and Wales

Thousands of prison officers in England and Wales have gone on strike, over pay being lower than inflation. Apparently prison officers are not allowed to go on strike because of an agreement their union has with the government. It has also been stated on the news that prison officers had been sent letters informing them that they could face jail if they go on strike. I found that utterly hilarious, if you throw all of the prison officers into prison, who is going to keep them in there? The word of the law? You really can't fall back on the army this time because they are all abroad at the moment.

posted on Wednesday, 29 August 2007 18:39:28 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Tuesday, 28 August 2007
BBQ Chicken

DSCN0672 One of the things I constantly see when going to BBQ's is people completely cremating chicken. It seems like such a shame, but you can understand why they do it. There is this constant fear that the chicken or any BBQ'd food is under cooked, so to feel "safe" the food gets "cremated".

If you really want some nicely done chicken on your BBQ you have to be patient, don't flame the chicken unless near the end if you want a crispy finish. A little trick I use is to season the chicken with black pepper and salt, then wrap the chicken in Sage and Rosemary. Wrap it all in foil and place on the BBQ, you'll be amazed by how fast the chicken actually cooks this way!

After about 15 to 20 minutes open the foil and check on your chicken. I have a nifty little gadget I bought in Sainsburys, its a fork you press into the meat which tells you if its properly cooked by measuring the temperature inside.  When the chicken is cooked take it out of the foil and place straight onto the BBQ grill to get that nice crispy BBQ finish. Use the juices from the foil to pour over the chicken and enjoy. 

posted on Tuesday, 28 August 2007 22:14:19 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Sunday, 26 August 2007
Getting Sipgate to work with a Cisco ATA 186

I thought I'd write this article because of all the trouble I had to go through getting Sipgate to work properly with my Cisco ATA 186. For those of you not in the know Sipgate is a service that enables you to subscribe for a free phone number over the Internet with no line rental. A Cisco ATA 186 is a clever little box you plug into your broadband connection which you then plug a normal phone into. When people call you on the phone number you get from SipGate this phone plugged into the Cisco ATA theory. Ok its a loverly service when it works but to get it configured can (especially with my device because I am not using a standard Sipgate supported device) be a pain in the proverbial.

Anyway lets get started.

My Cisco ATA is setup with a static IP address on my internal network and I am using the firmware version Version: v3.1.0 atasip (Build 040211A) don't ask me how I got onto this version I haven't got a clue all I know is I got hold of a download from a friend in the past. Right Sipgates site shows you how to configure the Cisco ATA for use with their service. You can see this sample configuration by clicking here. Remember to get to the setup page of your ATA go to http://<ip_address_of_your_ATA>/dev. After you have copied these settings from SipGate change the SIPPort from 5060 to 5061 and change the Media Port from 5004 to 5005. In addition to this turn the OutBoundProxy on by typing 1 in this box. I found these little tweaks actually helped my ATA to work properly with my BT Home Hub as I suspected the original ports were being used by the Hub phone.

Once you have followed SipGates configuration for your ATA you will need to setup some rules on your firewall. I use a BT Home Hub and you can access these settings from the start configuration page of the Home Hub by clicking on Advanced and then clicking on Continue To Advance and then selecting Application Sharing from here you will be given the option to create new firewall rules. If you have changed firewall rules and setting in the past its pretty straight forward on how to create new rules an assign them to a device which in this case will be the IP address of your Cisco ATAT 186. The rules are as follows.


Protocol Port Range
UDP 30000 - 30021
UDP/TCP 3478 - 3478
UDP/TCP 5061 - 5061
UDP/TCP 5005 - 5005
UDP/TCP 10000 - 10000


The above rules are all forwarded to the IP address of my ATA.

Anyway I started it up and it all worked beautifully. If you have any questions please drop me a line and I'll do my best to help you out.

posted on Sunday, 26 August 2007 16:17:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Monday, 20 August 2007
Favourite web sites blocked at work?

Every now and again I hear friends talking about how popular web sites such as Facebook, My Space, Google Mail, You Tube and Bebo are blocked by their work. is a site that acts as a proxy to sites that have been blocked. In return  (nothing is free in this world!) you get some adverts thrown in at the top of your browser. Not a big price to pay to enable you to see these once blocked sites?

posted on Monday, 20 August 2007 20:56:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Sunday, 19 August 2007
BBC iPlayer Try 2

Okay after rebooting my machine twice I finally got the BBC iPlayer to work. Wehoo!

What can I say it actually works! The picture however is very "letterbox" style and not really 100% optimised for computer screens. Oh well will download some more now and see what I get. 

posted on Sunday, 19 August 2007 20:36:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]