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March 30, 2007

Energy drink review: Power Horse

Filed in: Energy Drinks.

[POWER HORSE!]Another Austrian import. Good on for them for going against the flow and having a short squat can instead of a tall thin one, but unfortunately this is the only notable thing about Power Horse - it tastes very similar to Red Bull and Shot and Go. Seriously, it seems like every energy drink to come out of Austria tastes the same. Man, do I miss the days of Dirty Dog and its five or six different flavours (Cactus!).

And, really, a black animal on two tone background screams "Red Bull knockoff".

Also "Power Horse" sounds like the name of an anthropomorphic horse super hero.

Posted at 9:26 PM | Comments (1)

Great new feature: type URLs yourself!

Filed in: Internet.

Actual text from the Network Solutions whois page: [screenshot]

Announcing a great NEW feature for WHOIS users -- you can now start a WHOIS query directly in your browser!

Use the format: www.networksolutions.com/whois/results.jsp?domain=netsol.com and you'll come directly to our results page. Stay tuned for more useful features coming soon to WHOIS!!!

So... typing a URL manually into your browser is a "great NEW feature"? Man, the boffins at Mozilla are going to be fuming that they didn't think of THAT one....

Posted at 2:17 AM | Comments (1)

March 28, 2007

Lil Formers

Filed in: Links, Transformers.

Because I refuse to grow up and therefore still like Transformers, stumbling on this webcomic filled my heart with joy:

Lil Formers
Because giant robots are inherently funny! Don't believe me? How about after seeing the morning after? Or perhaps now? (poor poor Megatron) Though this public service announcement is my favourite so far....

Posted at 12:34 AM | Comments (0)

March 25, 2007

Hooray for vanity domains! (and new cameras)

Filed in: Website Management.

This weblog is now located at www.aldenbates.com, because I can. And also because it's easier to remember than 'abates.tetrap.com' (the old subdomain redirects here, of course). Please update your links and bookmarks. :)

So this post isn't a total wash, here's a picture I took last weekend from the top of Cannon Point:
[High shot!]

In the foreground is Upper Hutt, with the Hutt River winding its way up the right-hand side. The bridge at lower right is the one I mentioned in this post last year. Beyond the hill in middle centre is Lower Hutt (It's actually quite a lot bigger than it appears in that photo. Yeah, as if we haven't heard that one before), beyond which is Wellington Harbour, on the other side of which is Wellington (yes, where Peter Jackson lives). In the far far background, you may be able to make out the very dim outline of the South Island.

This photo was taken with my shiny new Canon Powershot digital camera. :)

Posted at 7:51 PM | Comments (4)

March 24, 2007

Gmail says what?!

Filed in: Internet.

I've been missing a few emails (mostly from mailing lists) sent to my gmail account. Now, at the bottom of the page whenever I access my gmail account is something like "You are currently using 33 MB (1%) of your 2831 MB." so you'd assume by that that there isn't a problem with disk space, however Yahoo groups says that the emails have been bouncing with the following error:
Remote host said: 552 5.2.2 User over quota 26si6202460aga [RCPT_TO]

There's a Gmail help center but I couldn't find anything relevant (even searching for "over quota" didn't help). I've reported it to Gmail support, so we'll see what happens...

Mind you, it looks like this is a common problem. Yahoo blogged that they're working on it with Google, but that was several days ago now...

Posted at 12:35 PM | Comments (1)

March 19, 2007

Accidentally bad search results

Filed in: Website Management.

Sometimes the most unexpected things happen on this site. For instance, so far this month the five most popular archives TSV items are:

  1. What's really inside a Dalek
  2. Who Killed Kennedy eBook
  3. Cyberman shot by an arrow
  4. Is that a Sonic Screwdriver in your Pocket, Doctor?
  5. The Doctor and Rose standing over a Slitheen

Why is a crumby cartoon I drew back in 1993 the most popular? Because when you do an image search on Google for inside a dalek, the first result looks like this:

[image results]

...which looks deceptively like something the searcher would be looking for. I feel vaguely guilty now!

Posted at 11:32 PM | Comments (1)

March 17, 2007

Is there anything sexier than a woman in uniform?

Filed in: TV & Movies.

I say not. I mean, seriously, look at this image of Amanda Tapping from today's Stargate SG-1:
[Amanda Tapping IN UNIFORM]

Need I say more?

Posted at 9:12 PM | Comments (6)

March 8, 2007

Video Games Live Photos

Filed in: Games.

NZ Gamer has some photos up from Video Games Live - you can find the photos here. Including some of the fellow dressed as Sonic the Hedgehog who won the costume competition. For painting himself entirely blue, I think he deserved it.

Unfortunately I also got caught by the camera! That'll teach me for loitering outside the venue.

Posted at 7:21 PM | Comments (0)

March 7, 2007

About my new PC

Filed in: Computers.

A couple of months ago I bought my current computer from First In who had it as their daily special (they've featured the system several times since then). So how's it looking so far?

Well, it's nice and fast, particularly when playing Unreal Tournament, and I've finally been able to play Doom 3 (I wasn't brave enough to try installing it on my old PC). It hasn't crashed except that one time but that was because XP doesn't really deal with dud drivers well and no reflection on the hardware.

The only problem I've had with it (other than the absence of a floppy drive, though that's not really much of a handicap in this day and age, plus it has a flashcard reader instead) is that every time I play a video file, I get this popup in the top-right corner of the screen saying "Powered by ASUS Splendid video enhancement technology".

Although, I've just discovered how to switch that off, so, er, never mind! (it was hiding in the display settings)

Continue reading "About my new PC"

Posted at 11:04 PM | Comments (4)

March 4, 2007

Link Dump

Filed in: Links.

One of my many comment spammers keeps sending spams that I should share some of my bookmarks, so here's a few of the sites I've been visiting recently:

Steampunk Star Wars
Actually I nicked this link off Boing Boing last night. It is very cool though.
DM of the Rings
Jamas and Peter (who doesn't have a blog) mentioned this in the pub one night, and I googled it when I got home. A very funny comic imagining Lord of the Rings if it were being played by D&D gamers. This installment has been one of my favourite so far, but do start reading from the beginning.
The Transformers Wiki
Which I end up spending hours reading every time Dave Willis at Shortpacked! links to it. I'm so sad.
Bowmaster Prelude
Pictured left, a shockwave flash game in which you defend your castle against hordes of oncoming enemy fighters. Which I appear to have just broken. Ooops. Warning: playing this game warps the space/time continuum. You will find after you've been playing for what seems like half an hour, three days have past!

Posted at 4:07 PM | Comments (2)

March 3, 2007

TSV 44

Filed in: Doctor Who, TSV Online.

Yes, it's time for another issue of TSV! Now that TSV 44 is online, there are only 20 issues of TSV (45-64) which aren't currently available either online or in print. Issue 44 contains (amongst many, many excellent items): a scathing indictment of the New Adventures, an article on the many and varied hoaxes perpetrated on Doctor Who fans, the making of the Dark Dimension, and a response to the Seeds of Doom article from last issue.

I had two pieces in this issue. A Masterful Life is an attempt to detail the Master's life. I've updated this a bit before putting it online to cover some of the more notable canonical appearances of the Master since 1995. The other piece was this montage of the Master which I did to accompany said article. The only bit of that artwork I'm really happy with is the Cyberman. Ah well, c'est la vie.

Also in this issue is Morgan Davie's Doctor Who story generator, which I've embellished by adding an automatic generator to the bottom using Javascript. Unfortunately I was only able to test it in Internet Explorer and Firefox, so if it doesn't work in your favourite browser, please let me know.

I decided that this, too, needed updating, so I've created an automatic story generator you can use to get started on your script for the new Doctor Who series being made in Wales!


Previously: TSV 43

Posted at 5:31 PM | Comments (0)

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