31.12.04

Happy New Year !!

I'm going to be at Big Ben , counting down to 2005, then I'll be coming straight home.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 20Six.

Naughty Boy

I just had:

1. 4 pieces of roasted chicken from Asda
2. A portion of chips
3. 2 vegetable burgers
4. Half a tub of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream

For someone who is meant to be watching his weight, that wasn't very wise.

I've still got half a tub of ice cream downstairs........HELP !!

Right Click

Tech Support: "I need you to right-click on the Desktop."

Customer: "Ok."

Tech Support: "Did you get a pop-up menu?"

Customer: "No."

Tech Support: "Ok. Right click again. Do you see a pop-up menu?"

Customer: "No."

Tech Support: "Ok, sir. Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?"

Customer: "Sure, you told me to write 'click' and I wrote click'."

30.12.04

Last working day of the year…

is finally over. Time to go home.

I was going to do a post where I reviewed this year, which has been a remarkable year for me personally, but I've decided not to do that.

The news from South-East Asia is sickening. So many people dead. So far, about 120,000 people. It's the worst natural disaster in my lifetime. In just a few minutes, the forces of nature wiped out the lives of so many people. The more I think about it, the more helpless I  feel as a human being. Despite all our 'technological advancements', we are still no match for the forces of nature.

I saw some photos this morning, of bodies and debris, spread out over a 'road' in Sri Lanka I think it was. Photos of people fighting for food and clean water. Little children looking for their parents. It's all too much.....

There was a story in the Metro today, about a British woman who went to Thailand with her two sons and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend proposed to her on Christmas day. Her 5 year old son is confirmed dead, while her boyfriend and 8 year old are both missing. (Presumed dead). She is in hospital with head injuries. My heart goes out to her.

I don't even feel like celebrating new year anymore. I was going to go to Big Ben for New Years' Eve, but I might end up lighting a candle, and remembering all the lost souls, who were not fortunate enough to see 2005.

29.12.04

I’m getting angry

I was not going to blog about this, but it's beginning to get to me. OK, someone owes me money. And it seems that I may not get the money. £200. That kind of money could have made Christmas a lot 'sweeter'. How did this happen?

Well, I had plans for December 11th. I was meant to work. We were doing an office refit at the time, and that weekend was scheduled for termination of cables in the server room. Then on Sunday the 5th of December, someone asked me if I could sing in the choir for X-Factor's Steve in the final. So Monday the 6th, I told my boss I couldn't make Saturday, but I would work on Sunday. We arranged with the project manager, and other people involved and moved the entire job to Sunday. Then on Wednesday, I got another call. "If Steve wins, we would like you to sing on Sunday as well, 'cos he'll be doing Top of the Pops.". I was about to say I couldn't make it. The words were coming out of my mouth. Then she said "We'll pay you £200 for Sunday". Game, set and match.

I came into work on Thursday, and told my boss I couldn't make Sunday either. He wasn't very pleased. The entire job was shifted to next year !! (I suspect at considerable cost to the company). However, everyone understood that it was a great opportunity for me, and would have done the same if they were in my shoes, so they weren't angry with me (at least they didn't let me know!).

Anyway, a week after Top of the Pops, I called the girl who was meant to be arranging payment. I had faxed over my details, and she didn't even bother to confirm she got them ! She confirmed on the phone, and said she was trying to pay us on that day. That was 11days ago. Since then, no one has contacted me, and I still remain unpaid.

The appearance on CDUK was also meant to be another £200, but it was cancelled 2 days before, and Steve appeared with a brand new choir. GMTV the next week, another choir.

Anyway, let me stop moaning........................

28.12.04

3 in a row

Liverpool beat Southampton to knock up three wins in a row. It's been a really odd time for the Reds, the wins over Arsenal and Olympiakos were overshadowed by defeat to Everton and a couple of draws, but it seems the Reds are back on track now.

Stevie 'Wonder' Gerrard put in another man of the match performance, and has signalled that he doesn't intend to leave Merseyside in a hurry. Chelsea have got their fangs out, but it seems Stevie is going, at least the way he is playing, he's not planning on jumping ship just yet !!

Next match Chelsea. I can't wait. It will be a tough one, but I think we may be able to grind out a result. That is definately the match of the day on the 1st of January !!

Talking about the transfer window, it is no longer a secret that we need a striker. Morientes seems to be a likely target, and Anelka as well. It's a tough choice, Anelka will still be eligible to play Champions League, while Morientes, as good as he is, will not. And I think we still have a chance of doing well in the Champions League if we can get our act together. However, Anelka comes with too much baggage. He has been trouble for almost every club he's played for. And there must have been a reason why Houllier decided not to sign him before.

My suggestion (as insignificant and unimportant as it is !!) would be that Liverpool should try and sign James Beattie. The Southampton striker seems set to leave the South Coast, and Aston Villa and Newcastle are ready for a bidding war. I've been a long-time admirer of the lad, and I think he will fit into the Liverpool team just perfectly. Newcastle may be able to out bid us, but if asked, I suspect he'd prefer to play for Liverpool ;)

Anyway, time for me to go the bed. The mighty Reds are ready to tear Chelsea APART.........

Back to the grind

Work tomorrow.

Had a great holiday though, watched 'Man on Fire' DVD yesterday, good movie, really long but good.

Today was spent with my lovely girlfriend. We didn't get to spend Christmas together, so today we exchanged gifts, went out for a meal, and just had fun together.

And now...work tomorrow. I've olny got two days this week though, I'm off New year's eve as well. I suspect half the office will be off this week, so things will be pretty slow.....hopefully.

27.12.04

Chirstmas has come and gone….

and it wasn't bad at all. I was up in Gloucester with my brother and his family, and it was fun. It actually snowed on Christmas day, which was pretty cool.

I used Megabus.com to get up there, which was a bit dodgy, customer service is non-existent, the buses can be cramped and a bit uncomfortable, but hey, where else could you get a ticket to Glouscester for £3 ? (£1 if I had booked a few weeks earlier!)

Anyway, I'm back in London now, and I've got 2 days to relax and recharge my batteries.

24.12.04

Christmas Goodbyes

Today was actually fun !! Met up with an old friend, and we went down to Oxford Street to hook up with 2 other old friends, I hadn't seen them in over 10 years ! We went into Starbucks and stayed there till they closed at 10pm !! We all went to secondary school together, so it was nice to talk about old times, and who was doing what and all.......

I'm off to Glouscester tomorrow to spend Christmas with my brother and his family. Their internet connection is a dial-up, and I'm not sure if I can ever use a dial-up connection again, so this may be my last blog before Christmas. I'll be back home on sunday but till then.....this is good bye 20six, have a merry Christmas all !!

21.12.04

Gangsta’s Paradise

That was the theme of our office Christmas party. So we all got dressed up, and off we went.

The venue was a bar/club near London bridge, located inside a tunnel , and had a gangster feel to it as well. It was actually very planned and LOADS of good fun !! I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would !!

First of all, we had a champagne reception, then we had the meal proper. Then the real fun began.

We were given $100 each (fake money, of course !), and away we went to gamble it all away. I was at the Roulette table for alomst 3 hours !!

I lost my initial $100 and then someone gave me another $100, and then I lost all that as well. Then, I found a chip on the floor (worth $10). I put it on the table, and then BOOM. The ball landed on that number, and there I was with $3600 !! I gambled again and again and again, and before I knew what happened, I was fooling around with around $10,000 !! At the end of the day, I had about $6000, when the lady said she was about to close to table. So I risked about $5000 and lost it all, only to be told there was going to be a prize for the best gambler !! So, on the last throw, I was left with $900. And I won !! I was given the prize for the best gambler !!

On to dancing.......................

All in all, a really cool and fun prty.

20.12.04

Tomorrow……….

I've got to be at work at 9am. Then we close at 11.30 am for the office party..........

Then I'm off work till the 29th..........

Will still have access to Internet, so the blogging continues.

Mellor’s law

When Danny Murphy left Liverpool, he left some very big shoes to fill.

Whenever Danny Murphy scored for Liverpool, we never lost that match, which was espcially sweet as he scored against Man U on a few occasions, and we went on to beat the silly old mancs. This phenomenon was simply refered to as Murphy's Law.

Well, today, it would seem that a new hero is being forged on the training fields of Melwood. This season, Neil Mellor has played for the first team 11 times. He's scored 5 goals. And we've won every match in which he's scored.

Mellor's law.............?

Happy Blog Birthday to Me !!



I've been blogging on 20Six for exactly one year today !!!

19.12.04

Ouch

I'm still a bit 'sore' and have a massive headache. Just got back from church. Need to rest, long day ahead tomorrow.

Hillsong London (my church) has secured a bigger venue, and from next year, we'll be using the Dominion Theatre on Totenham Court Road. And the number of services wil drop from 7 to 3(or 4). This will be lot less stress on the choir and other teams, today I realised how hard it is for everyone. I had to queue to get into church, in the cold, while we were served malt wine, hot tea and mince pies !! It was a Christmas Carol service tho, and it was simply divine, enjoyable. hopefully, I'll be back to my choir duties soon, it was strange looking at them from the audience today !!

Time to get ready for bed.............a bit early for me, but it's all good.

18.12.04

Steve…..

was on CDUK, with a whole new choir.

Guess that spells the end .

Aaahh………

Just realised that Steve is doing CD:UK without the choir. I see...........

I WAS ON TV (Again) !!

Don't worry, it's not getting to my head. I'm using up my 15 minutes of fame quite rapidly though, have to be careful..!

Saw Top of The Pops tonight, and it was great. Steve looked great, and like I said, once he started singing, no one was booing, there was cheering everywhere..........so there !! the British press is so full of crap, I don't know why anyone bothers with them.

In other related news, I also saw Friday Night with Johnathan Ross, with my favourite comedian in the world, Johnny Vegas. He was brilliant (as usual, what else do you expect?). I love the way Vegas takes over the 'interview' on chat shows and stuff, the show where he did 'Room 101' is the best ever !! He's naturally funny, and I love his work.

17.12.04

Oh my gosh

Yesterday, I thought I was going to be at work till about 8pm, 9pm tops. I was meant to move 10 PCs, and reconnect them at their new locations. However, I ended up doing about 20 PCs, and finishing at 1am. Got a cab around 1.15am, and got home about 20 minutes after that. My boss gave me clearance to come to work after lunch today, which I did, but I'm still a bit tired.

Therefore, tonight, I shall treat myself. I shall get a nice plate of something to eat, and then go home and indulge myself in a long overdue session of Xbox heaven. I have to do some cooking;/shopping/laundry, but I'll leave all that till tomorrow.

have a good day people.

16.12.04

The 12 bugs of Christmas

Too many of us have had to deal with software problems and support like this!

The 12 Bugs of Christmas - A Software Developers' Version

1. For the first bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
See if they can do it again.

2. For the second bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Askthem how they did it and
See if they can do it again.

3. For the third bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how they did it and
See if they can do it again.

4. For the fourth bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Run with the debugger
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how they did it and
See if they can do it again.

5. For the fifth bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Ask for a dump
Run with the debugger
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how theydid it and
See if they can do it again.

6. For the sixth bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Reinstall the software
Ask for a dump
Run with the debugger
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how they did it
and
See if they can do it again.

7. For the seventh bug of Christmas,
my manager said to me:
Say they need an upgrade
Reinstall the software
Ask for a dump
Run with the debugger
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how they did it and
See if they can do it again.

8. For the eighth bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Find a way around it
Say they need an upgrade
Reinstall the software
Ask for a dump
Run with the debugger
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how they did it
and
See if they can do it again.

9. For the ninth bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Blame it on the hardware
Find a way around it
Say they need an upgrade
Reinstall the software
Ask for a dump
Run with the debugger
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how they did it and
See if they can do it again.

10. For the tenth bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Change the documentation
Blame it on the hardware
Find a way around it
Say they need an upgrade
Reinstall the software
Ask for a dump
Run with the debugger
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how they did it and
See if they can do it again.

11. For the eleventh bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Say it's not supported
Change the documentation
Blame it on the hardware
Find a way around it
Say they need an upgrade
Reinstall the software
Ask for a dump
Run with the debugger
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how they did it and
See if they can do it again.

12. For the twelfth bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Tell them it's a feature
Say it's not supported
Change the documentation
Blame it on the hardware
Find a way around it
Say they need an upgrade
Reinstall the software
Ask for a dump
Run with the debugger
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how they did it and
See if they can do it again.

Cancelled

CDUK gig has been cancelled.

On hearing that, I searched Google news for any recent press on Steve, and found out some distressing stuff.

Now, he was booed at the TOTP gig, yeah, but I would say there was more cheering than booing, and after he finally finished, there was loads of cheering. the booing didn't surprise me, due to the way he won X-Factor. However, based on this fact, several bookmakers have started paying out on Band Aid 20 being Christamas No. 1, believing Steve won't make it. Also, apparently, he couldn't handle the difficult questions at the interview afterwards, and his PR person had to stop the interview prematurely. Not good either. Everyone is already precdicting he's not going to go far........which makes me sad. I hope it all turns out well for him, as he's a genuinely nice guy, and I really want him to succeed.

I'm just hoping that the CDUK gig was not cancelled because of all this.

I'm at home today, and I'm actually beginning to approach 80%. I know this because although I woke up at 9.30am, I have a burning desire to play my Xbox. I'm off to work around 2.30......so I had better get started.

15.12.04

Don’t be as dumb as me…………

If you're ill, don't go to work.

No matter what.

Back at work……………

But I feel that I should have taken another day off. I'm feeling better, but not yet 100%. However, lying around at home all day yesterday was not as fun as I thought it would be, although I did have my very wonderful and caring girlfriend come round to look after me (which was a massive plus!). but I slept a bit too much.................and had trouble sleeping at night.

Anyway, my fever has subsided, and apart from a slight headache (which I am currently bombarding with doses of Paracetamol at intervals), I'm OK. I've got to work a little late tonight, but I'll be taking things easy all day........

14.12.04

Again?

Liverpool played BADLY, and dropped 2 points in injury time, as they lost to Portsmouth. This is after the HUMILIATING loss to Everton at the weekend. Why are they playing so poorly?

Today……………

was spent sleeping. now that I'm awake, I feel a lot better. It's amazing that I've spent a whole day at home, and didn't even turn on my Xbox.......oh my gosh, I must be ill !!

Have to get to work tomorrow, but I feel I'll be up to it. Have a bit of a headache, but I'm sure I can manage.

One of the people in the choir is an American woman called Jocelyn Brown. Whenever she spoke, I could detect wisdom, the kind of wisdom that comes with experience. A few people seemed to know her, and I figured she was famous. So I 'googled' her, and now, I feel honoured to have been so close to her.

"Unless you've been living in a cave since the late '70s, you have heard Jocelyn Brown's voice at one point or another. As clichéd as it sounds, if the term "disco diva" appeared in a dictionary, a picture of Jocelyn Brown would most likely be placed next to its definition"

*Boso comes out of his cave and searches again*

"Jocelyn Brown is a living legend. As a singer and as a person she has contribiuted to some of the most memeorable recordings created over the last 25 years. The sheer power and delivery of that voice has allowed her to create a fanbase that stretches scross the globe.

Some of the world's most prestigious artists have brought her in to add that special something to their songs: John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, George Benson, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Ayers, Diana Ross, Michael Bolton and even Michael Jackson are just a handful who give thanks to Jocelyn Brown."



(From Sony Music UK's site)

On Saturday, when someone asked her what she was famous for, she mentioned a song called "Somebody Else's guy". She told us the story of how a man broke her heart, and at the same time her sister had her heart broken as well, and they both channeled all their pain into that song. I haven't heard it yet, but I am now actively searching for it.

Reading the cutomer reviews for her albums on Amazon.com, I have nothing but admiration for the woman.

Smoking Power Supply

I used to work in a computer store and one day we had a gentleman call in with a smoking power supply. The service representative was having a bit of trouble convincing this guy that he had a hardware problem.


Service Rep: Sir, something has burned within your power supply.

Customer: I bet that there is some command that I can put into the AUTOEXEC.BAT file that will take care of this.

Service Rep: There is nothing that software can do to help you with this problem.

Customer: I know that there is something I can put in... some command... maybe it should go into the CONFIG.SYS.

[After a few minutes of going round and round]

Service Rep: Okay, I am not supposed to tell anyone this but there is a hidden command in some versions of DOS that you can use. I want you to edit your AUTOEXEC.BAT and add the last line as C:DOSNOSMOKE and reboot your computer.

[Customer does this]

Customer: It is still smoking.

Service Rep: I guess you'll need to call Microsoft and ask them for a patch for the NOSMOKE.EXE.

[The customer then hung up. We thought that we had heard the last of this guy. But NO; he calls back four hours later!]

Service Rep: Hello, Sir, how is your computer?

Customer: I called Microsoft and they said that my power supply is incompatible with their NOSMOKE.EXE and that I need to get a new one. I was wondering when I can have that done and how much it will cost....

13.12.04

And another one…..

The Good News

I've just received a text asking if I'm free to sing with the choir (and Steve) on Saturday on CDUK.

The Bad News

I've got a headache, blocked nose, sore throat, cough and slight fever.And I just threw up.

Was going to do a post on Sharon Osbourne, after reading something in the Daily Mirror that made my blood boil. But I need to get some rest.

12.12.04

Today, I’ve been hanging out with……………

Actually, I've just been backstage with..........

Lemar
Natasha Bedingfield
McFly
Girls Aloud
Kylie Minogue

will helping Steve with his first performance since winning X-Factor last night. It was mad fun seeing all those famous people. I took a few pictures, but I was told that anything with the BBC logo on it was 'wrong' as 'some people might post them to the Internet, and they would be in breach of copyright'. so I've gone through the photos, and there's only one that I can post

This is McFly during their rehearsals (from backstage, so I was behind them).



I've got some lovely pics of them real close, Tasha Bedingfield and Lemar, and girls aloud, but I can't post them I'm afraid.

Choir Pics

And the winner is……….

STEVE

I just came home from the time of my life. Had a great time at the X-Factor....but did G4 even think they could win with that selection of songs? Was really glad Steve won, because that means we get to back him up (the choir) in a recording tomorrow for TOP OF THE POPS. So it's another long day for me tomorrow.

However, I have lost all respect for Sharon Osbourne. Anyone who saw the show will have an idea why, however, there was an incident in the afternoon, during a rehearsal where she behaved like a ........bitch. (A word I don't like to use, but I can't find another one that will describe how I feel). I'll leave it at that.

So, I get to meet Steve again tomorrow. YIPPEE !!

Didn't get any celeb pics, as there was a lot of tension and stuff, however, I got a picture with some of the members of the choir. Will post that tomorrow. Have to sleep now, really long day tomorrow !!!!

10.12.04

Gmail Invites

I've got 5 invites to give away. Anyone interested?

Pages of life



"In the beginning, while the Heavens and Earth were yet without form and shape, You looked upon us from eternity, loving us for all You created us to be, accepting us just as we are. So, as we reflect on the time we have and the life You have given to us, You make us increasingly aware our blessings and miracles flow from Your hand alone. With all we have, we celebrate and ascribe worth to You, who created all things and by whom all things were made. the Sovereign ruler of Earth and sky, your heart is not to curse, neither is it Your desire to see anyone lost; but You allow everyone a chance to experince Your love. Your will is the ultimate goal, and in Your omniscience You have carefully orchestrated our steps. You have authored the Pages of Life."

This is simply my favourite music CD of all time. I just had it delivered today, after giving away my last copy in 2001 when I left Nigeria to study in Liverpool. I've missed it so much. Unfortunately, music playing has been banned in my office (just this week), so I'll have to wait till I get home to hear it.

9.12.04

Tonight…….

Tonight, I was exhausted after a really long and absorbing day at work. But several things happened to make me feel so much better, so I figured I'd better post this, even though I'm half awake, as I may not have the time tomorrow, and it won't be 'fresh'. After work today:

1. Got a phone call from a friend, to talk about the X-factor thing. It appears that we're gonna be required for another live TV performance on Sunday (Unfortunately, it's supposed to be hush hush, so I can't say anything, I will however post it on Friday night!). Oh, and we're gonna get paid ! Yippee !!

2. Had a great time at church cell tonight. We had pizza and a movie as a lot of people were no shows. We saw '50 first dates' which I hadn't seen before, a good laugh, and I had a very relaxing night.....which I needed, it's been a while since I've let myself unwind.

3. Halfway through cell, I got a phone call that Liverpool was trailing 1-0 to a Rivaldo goal. I was depressed. At the end of cell, got a message again, we'd won!! 3-1 !! We go to the knock-out stages !! Go REDS !!

4. Every Wednesday, I make the short trip from North Greenwich to Stratford on the jubilee line. Usually, it's uneverntful, but today, the driver made us all chuckle. Usually, all you get is "this is Startford, where this train will terminate" or something of the like. Today we had something like "Unfortunately, this train will not be going any further, so you'll have to walk towards National rail or the Central line, which are not far from the platform. I guess that means you can change for those services here, unless of course, your house is nearby, and in that case, you're walking home. Please take all your belongings with you as you leave the train. By belongings, I mean not just suitcases, but all those lovely take away carriages I can see, newspapers, coke cans, everything. Take them home with you, because I don't want them. And you'll be helping to keep the Jubilee line clean !! ......................................................(and he went on and on and on!). And finally, if I don't see you again, have a Merry Christmas, and a happy New year. Good night." By this time, we were all laughing our heads off.

great day. Now time for me to grab some shut eye, as I have to be in the office tomorrow morning by 7.30am. May need to work really late on thursday and friday so that I can get all my showbiz stuff done on the weekend. SO EXCITED.

good night world.

7.12.04

So tired………..

I've been so busy recently. The office refit means a lot of daily chaos and running about to sort out reconnnections and re-cabling.......all on top of my usual job. I was in early on Monday, and I expect a late night on Thursday.

The good news is that our choir has been invited to sing with Steve for the final of Xfactor !! I'm really looking forward to it, seeing all those wonderful people again. However, this means I will have to juggle both work and choir, and after discussions with my very understanding boss and the project manager, they have decided to move the cable termination from Saturday to Sunday. So I guess this weekend will be really hectic for me, but hey Christmas is coming, so I guess I'll get a lot of rest, right?

On the other hand, the 'shambolic' manager (read previous posts here and here) apparently commended the entire IT department in the management meeting on Monday, saying we were really helpful with the office refit project. Cool, it's nice when all your hard work actually gets appreciated once in a while !!

Ctrl-Alt-Delete


  • Customer: "My machine won't do anything."

  • Tech Support: "What's on the screen right now?"

  • Customer: "It's frozen, it's showing my Windows desktop."

  • Tech Support: "Try hitting Ctrl-Alt-Delete, tell me what happens."

  • Customer: (taptaptap) "Nothing."

  • Tech Support: "Did you hit all of them at once?"

  • Customer: "Umm...just a second." (taptaptap) "I did that time. Nothing happened."

  • Tech Support: "Try it again."

  • Customer: (taptaptap) "No, it's just sitting there."

  • Tech Support: "Move the mouse around. What happens?"

  • Customer: "Nothing, the arrow doesn't move."

  • Tech Support: "Ok, last try, hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete again."

  • Customer: "Still nothing."

  • Tech Support: "Hit your numlock key. Does the light flash?"

  • Customer: "No."

  • Tech Support: "Ok, you're going to have to shut your computer off. Just press the power button, wait for a couple of seconds, and turn it on again."

  • Customer: "I've heard that's bad for Windows."

  • Tech Support: "Um, well, you can't do anything else, right?"

  • Customer: "No."

  • Tech Support: "Well, you can't hurt it any worse then."

  • Customer: "But I've heard it's bad for Windows to just shut it off without shutting down first."

  • Tech Support: "Yes, but it's locked up. There's nothing else you can do."

  • Customer: "Will it hurt my Windows?"

  • Tech Support: "Probably no worse than it already was by locking up."

  • Customer: "Well...ok...but if it doesn't work, will you come over and fix it for me?"

4.12.04

Operating Systems

A girl walked into the computer center where I work. She said she was having problems with her Mac. I asked what kind of Mac she had. In an indignant voice, she replied, "Duh, Intosh."

Tech Support: "What operating system are you running? Windows 95?"
Customer: (a little too excited) "95, 97, 98, I've got them all!"
After conferring with her husband, it turned out she owned a Macintosh with System 8.1.

A customer called in with modem problems.
Tech Support: "Ok, we're going to check your modem settings. First thing we need to do is make sure all programs are closed."
Customer: "How do I know if everything is closed?"
Me: "Make sure all windows are closed."
Customer: "But...I'm in the basement. I don't have any windows here."

Lucky me, I made it to the the mute button in time!

Microsoft jumps on the wagon

With Blogs now going mainstream, Microsoft has jumped on the wagon and started hosting blogs at at ttp://spaces.msn.com/.

Blogs have really become the latest fad, with 'blog' being chosen as the word of the year by Merriam-Webster (an American dictionary publisher). 'Blog' was simply the most looked up word of the year, and it will appear in the 2005 edition of the dictionary.

Top ten words of 2004:

1. blog
2. incumbent
3. electoral
4. insurgent
5. hurricane
6. cicada
7. peloton
8. partisan
9. sovereignty
10. defenestration

There have been several high profile blogs this year.

1. Iraq: Nearly all the information from Iraq is filtered by politicians or the media. But not blogs. Before the war in Iraq, the world had only heard of one blogger, who went by his online name of Salam Pax. Now there are about 70 high profile blogs, Confusion is a common theme among many of the Iraqi blogs, which is not surprising, given the difficult situation in Iraq.

2. Belle De Jour: A London call girl's blog was one of the most popular sites worldwide. When she decided to call it a day and stop blogging, it was such an event that the BBC Website did an article on it. Last year, the blog earned a Guardian newspaper award and Belle was also signed up for a book deal based on her apparent experiences as a call girl.

3. Flight Attendant: A US flight attendant lost her job, over pictures she posted on her blog, and also received a lot of media attention. Queen of the Sky, otherwise known as Ellen Simonetti, evolved into an anonymous semi-fictional account of life in the sky.But after she posted pictures of herself in uniform, Delta Airlines suspended her indefinitely without pay, and then fired her. Ms Simonetti was told her suspension was a result of "inappropriate" images.

4. Boris Johnson: Even though I'm not his biggest fan, Boris Johnson has been one of the most talked about politicians this year. The Tory MP has been on a rollercoaster ride, receiving a lot of attention, and then a spectacular crash when he was fired for lying over an affair. However, I have to confess that I read his blog every now and then, as his opinions on the latest politcal issues make a very interesting read.

It’s been mad

The last few days have just been mad. I've been so busy, I can't explain how I made it. Yesterday, I had to make an emergency trip down to Dorking to fix a PC that's been giving grief for almost 2 weeks now. And then I was in the office today at 7am, to sort out an office recabling project. I've got to go to work tomorrow as well. Mad, I tell you, mad.

And Monday, I've got to be in at 8am.

on the upside, remember my blog about the manager that called my project 'shambolic'. Well, he's in charge of the office refit that's led to this cabling thing. And this morning, my manager had a go at him, as we completed a cabling job that contractors were meant to have done last night, otherwise, we'd have had no power/data to our PCs. And somewhere in all the talking, I heard the word 'shambolic'. What goes around, comes around.

2.12.04

So proud….

another good day for the mighty, mighty reds. An under strength team beat totenham on penalties tonight in the carling cup to go into the semis. We'll play Watford in the semis, which looks good on paper.

COME ON REDS !!