26 June 2006
I was reading Real magazine for March (I know I sound stupid, but I got bored in the toilet) and read an article about a mother who lost her 18-year-old sun due to happy slapping. After a week coming back from holiday, he went to a party and was punched in the face by someone. He died after a week due to a heart attack after being put on life support systems. Now he's gone. The attacker was only put in jail for 2-and-a-half years.
If you want to know, the victim was punched in the face, with blood dripping down from his fractured skull. Other incidents in the news have been:
- a 16-year old did a random happy slapping spree along London's South Bank, killing an innocent barman. The attacker is in a young offender's institution for 8 years.
- a 14-year old kid hung himself at school using his tie because bullies were happy slapping him regularly
I would just like to express how sorry I feel to all of those who are deeply affected by this sick craze. Taking videos of people being innocently harmed by violence does not justify the pain they must go through. It may make you feel stronger, or bigger as you may impress others, but it is not good. It is not right to offend others. Just think about it: THIS IS SICK, PEOPLE! AWFUL!
And while I'm on the subject of bad things, I would like to stress how much I hate the idea of alcohol and smoking. I was walking on my round today, which is recycling day, and I saw quite a few blue boxes full to the top of alcohol bottles. I felt deeply ashamed, angry and confused.
I would like to emphasise that I do not drink, and I do not smoke, and I never intend to in my entire life. And I just get this really sick, disgusted feeling whenever I'm walking down the street and seeing people smoking, or talking casually about it. It feels like a burning fire, this unescapable rage making me wonder why so many people "enjoy" drinking and smoking. Take it simple, people: excessive amounts are bad for you. More than one bottle every 3 days is enough. Okay, so I put my hands up for birthdays and celebrations, but not for the behaviour and choices that people make. Seriously. There is no good reason why anyone should smoke. There are no reasons why people need to drink so much - all it does is shrink your brain and body cells so you become more thirsty as you reabsorb less water.
25 June 2006
24 June 2006
Yep, I'm sure all the people who have looked at my artwork for my Year 11 Journal have gone crazy because there are so many ideas I have put into it. Well, of course, I did write 6 sides of A3 for my evaluation.
But maybe I shouldn't boast about my work that much. I think I need to cut down on the whole bragging thing.
Anyway. Anyone who has visited my Music List will know that I love Moby's music. And it just so happens that I went looking for artwork from Moby's most recent album 'Hotel'. And here we are.
I really like the trees and rain one. That's a good idea. ("Raining Again") A good description for the rain in the lyrics is "bullets on tin", which really captures the soundscape of rain. I think all the other songs are brilliant too!
23 June 2006
So here's what happens: you try logging onto Hotmail, and a page comes up saying Server Too Busy.
Well, what does this mean? It means that you can't get to the page just yet, but you can follow the instructions below so you can still access all your e-mails.
Outlook Express, which should be on all Windows XP computers and older versions, has the feature to handle Hotmail accounts. Choose one of the instructions here:
http://email.about.com/od/outlookexpresstips/ss/wt041202.htm - step by step images
http://www.thundercloud.net/hotmail/hotmail-how-to-1.htm - interactive images
Also ensure that you click "Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA)" to ensure your password is secure.
Outlook Express also allows you to downloaded all attachments from messages all at once. Be it pictures, text documents or other files, OE can get them all. This is really useful as in Hotmail, you have to do them all one-at-a-time. Simply: when you have opened a message, go to File > Save Attachments, then locate a folder to save them in.
20 June 2006
This section has been revised from an older blog:
Thanks to the StumbleUpon Toolbar, I now know who I am. And it's true, too.
INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population.
Introspectives.org - messageboard for people with this personality
Click here to run the personality test yourself. It may take a while to fill out, but it is worth it!
Here is some more rubbish about me:
|Birth’s day of the week||Thursday’s child “has far to go”|
|Robert||"From the Old English meaning 'bright fame'. Good natured, friendly and outgoing with a great sense of humour. He has great energy."|
|Astrological star/sun sign||Aquarius, the water bearer|
|Personality type (Jung)||INTJ – systems builder, analyst, logical-intuitive|
|Birthstone||Amethyst, symbolises sincerity|
|Personality Profile||Day of Precognition – “a whiz with the computer”|
Here's some stuff about INTJ:
19 June 2006
I thought I was going crazy today when I looked at My Computer and noticed that both my CD-RW drive and my DVD-ROM drives were missing! So I followed the usual procedures:
Now I'm so happy because the good thing is that I solved it really quickly, and all my methodical processing, as above, got me my resolution! Anyway, thanks to the Dell Forums!
17 June 2006
Today's Deal or No Deal was amazing! Debbie ended the game with:
1p (the lowest value) in box 1 (the lowest box) and
£250,000 (the highest value) in box 22 (the highest box)!
Now I think that's amazing! She critically managed to knock out almost all the reds in one go! She dealt "one too early" at £15,000 and said that she "read her stars" before the game, of which predicted she would get "a good deal".
I'm getting into the astrological side of things as well this month as many things (such as daily time organisation) seem to be working well for me too! I might even start reading my horoscopes on teletext again...!
12 June 2006
After a quick look at Wikipedia's article for this somewhat foggy type of technology, I stumbled upon a website with podcasts about how to do things on a Mac - including software and hardware tools!
Take a look here: http://screencastsonline.com/sco/
A multimedia broadcast that can be detected using RSS/Atom. Allows a podcaster to upload multimedia such as videos, pictures and audio to a hosting server, create an RSS feed that points to it, and allows anyone to download the media via the details provided in each RSS entry. May be used for interviews, video tutorials, news broadcasts or topic highlights on software and hardware.
8 June 2006
We would like to apologise to all visitors to this blog and associated website for th recent amount of missing updates to such services. Unfortunately, RJC-UK has foound a technical fault known to cause a long delay in updating the slice of the Internet he works so hard for. This lack of concentrated work produce is due to REVISION!
Good luck to everyone in their exams and I hope you all have a good future at college/sixth form/employment and beyond!
P.S. The updates concerning technology news etc. will be posted here shortly. Sorry for any inconvenience!
Some of you may think I am a hypocrite when I say you should be doing your revision, when I'm not doing much myself! I would like to apologise to those who think that life is pointless thereof. I would also like to highlight that I am a terrible procrastinator and even though I had a whole week to revise for the exams, I did it all on the last Sunday instead. So my lesson to you is: don't put things off!
In the meanwhile, I have been redirecting all of my website into one server - Byethost. Why? Simple adverts. 250MB disc memory. 20GB traffic bandwidth/month(!). 5MB file size. Custom error pages. Single FTP access. 20 Subdomains. In other word, basically - luxury! More details on this page.
My subscription of Norton Internet Security has also run out during the half-term. And I don't really want to be buying great big software like that at this point, so I have accidentally opt for ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite. I thought I was only downloading the Firewall (alongside Avast Home and AVG Anti-Virus) but downloaded and installed ZoneAlarm's full package instead! I have also fully registered it for another 143 years, if you get my drift! It took a little bit of working out to get it to allow my Internet and shared files to work when connected via LAN to my laptop, but it's all sorted now so I'm really happy :)
And another note - Windows Defender has also been helpful when I've been getting viruses trying to come in through mscracks.com - so that's another reason to have it installed on your system!
I saw a substitute teacher carry floppy discs a couple of weeks ago. I mean, seriously, why would anyone still use a floppy disc? They are unreliable, easy to break, slow and hold only 1.44MB. That guy is crazy!
I think I'm gonna sell most of my old floppy discs on eBay soon as well!