Nachimir

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  1. Blog-engines?

    Aha, that'll be where I went wrong too. Blank theme? I stripped out the first one I laid my hands on and reformed it. As for complexity, I wouldn't say it was difficult, but editing those PHP files was a bit more complex than normal XHTML and CSS.
  2. Finally upgraded Windows

    That was 1999. Noone outside of MS or the NSA really knows the truth about it. It was the public half of a key, indeed with NSA in the name. A lot of people claimed it was a backdoor left open for the NSA. Microsoft denied it. AFAIK nothing was proven or demonstrated other than the existence of the key, and it's plausible that "NSA" might have been randomly generated or stood for something completely different to "National Security Agency". I think things like the old MS music store now having no support and being incompatible with Zunes - all due to different DRM schemes - is good enough for pointing out the basic untrustworthiness of such systems
  3. Blog-engines?

    I wouldn't say making new themes is a doddle, as I remarked earlier the way pages/tags split over multiple PHP files is a bit of a difference to bog standard XHTML and CSS files. (Or is the method more like blogger for wordpress.com?) Also, much as I love it Wordpress is a little cruddy if you want to use it to manage images. Even with a plugin like photopress, the choose/upload/categorise/insert process is lengthier than it should be and making thumbnail galleries is a ball ache.
  4. DS Games

    Damn. That page seems to have disappeared and searching returns 1 result at £28.99 ¬¬
  5. Finally upgraded Windows

    It's more than FUD: Pirated content is demonstrably of higher quality than DRMed ass, and DRM often gets in the way of legitimate users while merely presenting an unwelcome but surmountable challenge for technical users. From an interesting article by the new DG of ELSPA: Things like the Sony Rootkit and Starforce aren't FUD either: they're companies covertly attacking their own markets because they still equate "pirate" with "criminal", "gang", and illegal, rival businesses. Vista is built entirely from the same philosophy. I can't see people bending over and taking it when their current "HD ready" hardware remains unsigned. Call me a zealot, but copyright laws weren't designed for this situation, they were put into place when publishers started exploiting each other. Pirate operations running stalls at car boot fairs are comparable, but consumers torrenting are not. Copyright, the way our societies have created it in the past few centuries, just can't scale down like that and wasn't designed to.
  6. Thank you They were getting as bad as the "Pirates of the Caribbean to plunder next-gen consoles" type headlines.
  7. Blog-engines?

    wordpress.com run a service based on the software. Beyond that, some of my favorite blogs run on typepad, though I've not used it myself.
  8. Blog-engines?

    You mean online, or that you can install on your own server? For ones on your own server, I second Marek's recommendation of Wordpress. It's quite customisable even if you're non-technical, as there are loads of plugins and themes out there. If you know XHTML and CSS you can make your own theme quite easily, but you do need to get your head around the bits of PHP a page is generated from and find the right way to split your start and end tags across them.
  9. Weird things

    That's how I learned to do it. At 13, a friend asked me "Can you crack your knuckles?", and I couldn't at first, then once it happened I couldn't stop. My toes crack if I curl them hard too.
  10. My Web Comic

    This is what I'd expect from PeeWee's Playhouse. Edit: The baby's first word one is classic. Give us more!
  11. Weird things

    The arthritis thing about knuckle cracking is a myth. The cracking sound is gas being sucked out of the synovial fluid in the joint, which gets reabsorbed in about 20 minutes. Cracking joints grants you extra mobility until the gas reabsorbs (which is why concert pianists crack their knuckles), the trade off is slight thickening of the cartilage around the joints later in life, leading to a slight, permanent reduction in mobility. This message brought to you by annoyed children debunking the bullshit of their squeamish mothers.
  12. Captain Planet saves BELFAST!

    I want to cry. Captain planet was shit when I was ten, and has aged badly. That turf mullet... WTF?
  13. Weird things

    A girl I went out with last year had a freakishly long tongue. Which was nice. I can, and once knew a guy who had one of these super rare tongues.
  14. Damn you Cindi Lauper

    For some reason that reminds me of A Clockwork Orange. The first shot of PeeWee is absolutely chilling. If the Cyndi voiced bit switched suddenly to a shot of him stabbing someone or something, it'd just... fit shudder
  15. Weird things

    Kill your inner policeman Miffy. Let the humour out. I used to be able to blow air out of one of my tear ducts. It made a squeaking sound too. I once held a mic up to my eye and did it through some massive speakers, which really grossed my older brother out.
  16. Are you sad and/or depressed?

    Awesome in a non Hitler way, thanks I think that's Lasse Gjertsen, he also did this similar thing.
  17. The Cure For Cancer

    Woo Here also is another potential cure based on nanotech, not tested on humans but 100% effective in animal trials so far: http://www.technologyreview.com/NanoTech/17956/
  18. 3D Desktops

    I'm nowhere near an authority as I'm pretty new to it myself, but I've heard generally positive rumblings about support for nvidia. I did have to find drivers and install them, and it wasn't quite as easy as doing it with Windows, but it's a breeze compared to the couple of days a friend spent trying to get ATI graphics to work properly in a laptop.
  19. Check out my blog!

    That's Wordpress isn't it? Are you running Spam Karma or Akismet? They're very good, but I have had false positives from them.
  20. 3D Desktops

    I'm using it with nvidia, and it isn't crash prone.
  21. 3D Desktops

    Um, just to cut past all the "open source is bollocks!", "no it's not!" tiresomeness: OSS operating systems currently seem to be about where Mozilla was before it became Firefox: Impressive, but a bit shaky and not quite user friendly enough. Linux is inherently customisable, which gets rid of a lot of things that irk me about Windows. I'm not going to pretend that other annoyances haven't replaced them (poor support for some video formats, high learning overheads to get certain things up and running, etc.), but overall they're a more bearable set. It's flexibility means that if you think something is pointless, you can almost certainly get rid of it. Those irks I mentioned are genuine arguments against Linux. These ones are hypothetical: *drum roll* Welcome to the world of subjective value judgments! There is no needlessness or needfulness here. wrt resources, Beryl uses the GPU, and when you're doing anything other than massive graphical transforms, a negligible amount of CPU and RAM on top of that. Same for virtual desktops: negligible resource usage for a subjective return. Virtual desktops are handy for grouping windows - having photoshop and an IM client on the same desktop used to drive me insane. Not your bag? Well ok then. I need not convince you otherwise.
  22. 3D Desktops

    It's actually quite intuitive. I've been using Beryl for a few weeks, it's quite a clear way of organising windows. CTRL+ ALT+LMB allows you to move the cube using the mouse (It snaps to the nearest desktop when you let go). Being able to shove windows you don't use much to one side is really handy, because four desktops allow you to dump them as related sets (So, for instance you can put all your web stuff on one desktop and music on another). It also has the OSX type thing where moving the mouse into a corner gives you thumbnails of all open windows. Between the two, it's much faster and more intuitive than hunting and pecking on a taskbar. I avoided Linux like the plague for years because OSS could be so unstable, but Ubuntu now is usuable for anyone who can proficiently dick around with computers. I think it's still not quite there for average users; I've had to learn a lot to run it adequately, but I spend way more time in it than XP now. A lot of Beryl is just "pointless" glitz, but deep down in there is some actual functionality. Here's a (The OSX dock shown is a different mod).@ Coldkill: That is the normal virtual desktop setup of Linux, Beryl is just a different front end which also keeps the standard interface at the bottom right.
  23. Obligatory iPhone thread

    I guess it's a completely different way of using a screen, where your attention is only focussed on one part and the rest holds stuff that has had your attention or will. More like a worksurface for data than a monitor.
  24. Annoying gaming news site headlines

    The Nottingham Evening post has had some excellent headlines. Culled from a friend's living room wall: "Fingered by Cops" "Battered stripped urinated on and robbed" <-- which filled an entire page and had a picture of an unhappy looking man in the bottom left corner.