Made with girders and gumption

While randomly trawling the net today for an Iron Man wallpaper (yeah I am that cool) I stumbled across some old adverts for Irn Bru (bless you google). I’d forgotten how funny some of them actually were so I thought I would post a few of them up here. If anyone finds any more – do share!

It’s just a shame I can’t stand the stuff…

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Insert Phishing Pun Here

Evening all. Many apologies for the distinct lack of this site over the last few weeks.

Sadly my host was targeted by a phishing scam and I was forced to clean out and backup all data and slowly build it back again. This process has taken some time but I’m slowly getting things back together – and more to the point I’m ensuring the same thing cannot happen again!


Mobbler and Mobiles in mind

A while ago a wrote briefly in a post that I had acquired a new phone, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. I’m still using it and it’s still a good phone. I can watch films, listen to music, play games and of course I get access to the Ovi Store. At first Ovi really got hammered by the press, specifically over obvious comparisons with the iPhone and it’s store. To be honest, yes, the first few apps to appear where few and far between and not necessarily all that good. With a chance to find it’s feet though,  I feel they’re now catching up and more importantly you don’t have to pay for all of them! Over the next few months I will be posting about some of the most useful apps I’ve found and prove you don’t have to spend money to gain new functionality – nor do you need anything with a fruit for a logo…

So, to start these posts off I will begin with Mobbler: a scrobbling application for your nokia phone which also functions as an internet radio using the great free service from

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Asbo bans 35-year-old man from begging and boozing in Derby

About time! This lecherous and often abusive man was barred from the off-license I work in a few weeks ago for his behaviour towards staff and customers a like.

His specific order means he is banned from acting, or encouraging others to act, in a way that “causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person in Derby as defined by the Inner Ring Road” (via Asbo bans 35-year-old man from begging and boozing in city centre.)

For once some I feel like some justice has been done. I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m a little sick of being asked for cigarettes/money and getting nothing but abuse when I dare to say no. I look forward to a day when I can walk into town, perhaps smoking, and not get sworn at for wanting to keep what is mine.

Updated to WordPress 2.9

Well today I awoke to find news of the latest release of WordPress. A quick read-through of the changes sure brought a smile to my face. I’ve been a  little out of the WP loop (pun… slightly intended), and had just started using my installation as the be all and end all of my site, the reliable and durable blog/cms I could safely keep coming back to. Instead of viewing it, as I do most other scripts I use and tinker with (often from, as a new chance to stretch my coding muscles – my eyes, fingers and brain I suppose!

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Making Vista and Linux get along

Windows_vista_logoAs I said in my previous post I’ve recently got a nice shiny new laptop. It came with Vista and so far I’ve left it on there. I have a few games which I don’t yet dare try and get running in Linux so a multiboot system will suffice for now.

Unfortunately, Windows Update doesn’t like this, specifically when it comes to installing service packs. I actually want service pack 2 for my laptop as it brings in better support for my BlueRay drive. What I need is to find a way to make my Linux and Windows installations more cosy with one another.

The way to do this is to give the Windows  partition the boot flag, booting its manager andLinux-penguin selecting either Windows or Linux from there. Otherwise when the Vista update scans the boot manager it finds grub and gets, quite rightly I suppose, a little confused.

To setup your multiboot computer to get around this, read my tutorial.