30 May 2016

Climate change is everyone's responsibility

Colleague at work recently said 'It's up to the government to combat global warming, not the businesses, it's not profitable'

I say - no. It is everyone's responsibility. We all live on this planet, we must all, collectively, look after it. Just like a mould growing in a petri dish, if we consume every mineral, there will be nothing left and we'll die out.

I say everyone can help.
Everyone can recycle.
Everyone can save power and fuel.
Everyone can write to their MP.
Everyone can sign a petition.

We are not alone and there are many celebrities also trying to help - Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Mark Ruffalo are just a few names of people that have put their reputations on the line to say what really matters.

There isn't ever a future where we have to stop worrying about our environment and can do as we please. We will always need to recycle and always need to use renewable energy. Fossil fuels will become our past, and we will become something of the past if we do nothing. Resources will become scarce and prices will continue to rise - this isn't scaremongering, this is our fate, unless we prevent it.

This planet is worth saving. Save it.

6 May 2016

Fixing IT issues: "Chrome just keeps saying Connecting and is unresponsive"

'Connecting' means it's an internet issue, nothing to do with Chrome specifically.
  1. Try another website: It might just be an issue with the website you're visiting, so try another. You can also check Twitter to see if a site is down.
  2. Unplug and reconnect: Unplug the Ethernet, disable the adaptors, disconnect the wireless, go in and out of Airplane mode, and flush the DNS.
  3. Browser: Try Internet Explorer/Safari, or try downloading Vivaldi or Firefox and you should see the same thing.
  4. ISP Existing Issue: Check there isn't a service announcement in your area from your ISP.
  5. Proxy: Go into Chrome's settings, Advanced, and look at the proxy settings. They should only ever be on 'Automatically detect' or 'No proxy' - if it's on something else, then you had some adware on there at some point. Try changing it from Automatic to No proxy.
  6. Architecture: Using the 64-bit version of Chrome will always be better if your system supports it (which it should).
  7. Extensions: If the issue was Chrome, then it would start lagging or not be as fast when you try doing anything, which would be extensions/plugins or something else on the computer - it's got its own task manager so you can see what's using up resources - if nothing looks odd then that's fine. So it may be worth trying Incognito mode as that will not load extensions.
  8. Cache: The cache only needs to be cleared when you need the space, or websites appear broken (like Facebook can sometimes), which is because the website has updated but not give new dates to its resources so Chrome is left with old files; or the cache becomes corrupted.
  9. Router: If it is your internet, then try restarting your router as it may have overheated, crashed or lost an upstream channel. It might be worth doing a reset on it, just save your settings first if you've changed them. Some router updates before have triggered issues in my router.
  10. Uplink or Wireless: If you still have a issue then try a speed test with your computer directly connected to the router with an Ethernet cable. Your ping should always be less than 50ms and you should get at least 50% of your advertised throughput in MB/s.
  11. DNS: You can also try changing your DNS settings to use Google Public DNS - go into Network Connections, configure adapters, edit your wireless and then Ethernet, and change the properties of the IPv4 stack. Manually enter the addresses: and Your router will give you your ISP's ones automatically, so perhaps their DNSes are risky. If concerned about security, then use DNScrypt.
  12. Firewall: Try temporarily disabling your firewall or antivirus so see if it is interfering with your network.
  13. Another device: Check if other devices in your network have the same issue.
  14. ISP New Issue: If you still have issues then I'd speak to your ISP and report an issue.

4 May 2016

Some of my favourite quotes

This list only really takes me up until 2013 - my YouTube favourites and memes kind of cover beyond this, but still, this is where it started.

"Cake or death?!" - Eddie Izzard

"Garlic bread?" - Peter Kay

"That's NumberWang!" - Robert Webb

"Maggie, please! I’ve just had the carpet shampooed!" - Matt Lucas, Little Britain

"I am Bender. Please insert girder." - Bender, Futurama

"Woop-woop-woop-woop-woop-woop." - Dr Zoidberg

"I love my brick!" - Father Hackett

"Yatta!" - Hiro Nakamura, Heroes

"I hate junk mail. Like you know when you open your front door and all that junk mail is all over your mat... and they've got those pre-paid envelopes, do you know what I do? I shit in it and send it back... I put a little note in there - you send me your shit, I'll send you some of fucking mine!" - Lee Evans

"A wella bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word, a wella bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word..." - Peter Griffin

"Bonbonbonbons" - Brian Butterfield

"Purple is a fruit." - Homer Simpson

"Has it occurred to anyone that all we are now is ROBOTS?!" - Jack, SG-1

"Oh yes... Mmmmmerlin!" - Jack, SG-1

"Indeed" - Teal'c, SG-1

"I would prefer not to consume bovine lactose at *any* temperature" - Teal'c

"I'm on a boat... Everybody look at me 'cause I'm sailing on a boat..." - The Lonely Island

"Roses are red, Violets are blue, Fuck you whore." - 500 Days of Summer

"This singer, Jim James, he has the most angelic voice - he makes Enya sound like a Russian couple arguing at the bowling alley" - Stan Smith, American Dad

"Do you ever wake up before the alarm goes off? You kinda look at the clock and go... 'Noooooooo, I'm not moving, until youuu go off.' *hits pillow*" - Lee Evans

"With the new eyePhone, you can watch, listen, ignore your friends, stalk your ex, download porno on a crowded bus, even check your email while getting hit by a train. All with the new eyePhone." - Futurama

[opens fridge casually, staring inside]
"What am I doing... she's not in the refrigerator." - Mel Gibson, What Women Want

"What are you doing?"
"Spinning counterclockwise... Each turn robs the planet of angular momentum. Slowing it's spin the tiniest bit... lengthening the night, pushing back the dawn... Giving me a little more time here... with you." - XKCD

"Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?"
"I didn't know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective." - Monty Python and The Holy Grail

"You see, before, when I was gay, that high-five might have sent a tingle straight up my thigh to my Home Entertainment Centre." - Jack, Will & Grace

Francine: Hey killer, how was the kill?
Stan: Well... I didn't actually kill anyone. I tri-
Francine: [wraps up in bed] Ya know I'm tired, I have a headache, I've got a lot of work to do, my back hurts, it's that time of the month, I have an early meeting.

"I know it's not your problem. If you burden your friends, you won't have any." - Robots

[Goes dark]
Stan: What happened??
God: You er... unplugged the sun.

"Look, you've just knocked one out, right? You're lying there, you're feeling cheap and deflated..." - Nathan, Misfits

"‎Can we PLEASE stop killing our probation workers?!?!" - Nathan, Misfits

"Oh my god. Oh my god. These chocodiles, these chocodiles, oh my god, these chocodiles, oh my god." - Roger, American Dad

"I was just doing it you stupid woman, I just put it down to come here, to be reminded by you, to do what I'm already doing, I mean what is the bloody point in reminding me to do what I'm already doing, I mean WHAT IS THE BLOODY POINT, I'M DOING IT!" - Fawlty Towers

"How far did you get? Hand job?"
"Man, no. No jobs. I'm still unemployed." - 500 Days of Summer

Peter Griffin: "I need money for Bourbon and anime". [cut to drunk and watching anime] "I just can't understand this... everybody in Japan is either a 10 year old girl or a monster."

"TETSUO!" "KANEDA!" - Akira

"Love transcends all differences"

"Regret not what you have done, but what you haven't."

"Only when we have to fight to stay human do we realize how precious it is to us, how dear." - Invasion of the Body Snatchers

"You say we're on the brink of destruction and you're right. But it's only on the brink that people find the will to change. Only at the precipice do we evolve." - Day The Earth Stood Still

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." - Norman Cousins

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Churchill

"Perhaps because we are using an imperfect tool - the human mind itself - to understand the mind, there will always be unresolved questions" - Robert Winston

"Hate is the essence of weakness in the human mind" - Unknown - Does this also mean that Love is the essence of strength in the human mind?

"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself" - Andy Warhol

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

"Your mind is a palace. Use it wisely." - Angela's Ashes

"Time's against us all. We have to go where we most need to be, to follow our hearts to where they take us." - The Speed of the Dark

"Kingdom Hearts... is LIGHT!" - Sora

"Things are never easy, else life would have no challenges"

"Don't focus too much on the pleasures which fade quickly, focus on the pleasures which last a life time." - Walmsley