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A Bit of Clearing Out II

Parents were rummaging through my room for some stuff they stored away long ago which meant I had to move everything out despite tidying up since the last clear out. So, I decided to see what else I could clear out once again. In the end I found a mix of other bits and pieces like ten year old school jotters as well as more magazines stowed...


A Stroll in the New Year's Snow 2009

Looks like the east of UK has been receiving some heavy snow - the heaviest in 18 years. And it's really hampering traffic and other public services. A few schools were closed in my area and of course, children are out sledging, throwing snowballs and building snowmen. It's about 30cm deep, fluffy powdery snow not the kind that falls on...


Happy Chinese New Year!

Nothing happening in town over here as far as I'm aware or I would have gone for one of my photo strolls again but, will be dropping by for the family and friends dinners later as tradition goes. Hope those of you celebrating and are still within that age range have plenty of red pockets. Happy Chinese New Year! "ヽ(≧∇≦ヽ) 新年快樂 心想事成 (ノ≧∇≦)ノ"...


Shifting the Layout A Bit, Blog Content and Friend Codes

You'll probably have noticed I've moved and changed a few things on the blog today and it's all temporary until I get round to building my new theme. I've already sketched out the designs but the problem is the graphics and coding work involved. Some of the ideas I'm not sure how to appraoch yet and will require some research. It will all...


Sony MDR-V300 Headphones and PC Front Panel Interference

Decided to pick up a pair of headphones so I could enjoy my media and games without disturbing other people in the house at night. Wasn't really sure which one to get since there doesn't appear to be that many good headphone review sites about. Instead of opting to order online, I went to the high street stores because I wanted to see them...


Traffic and Top 10 Posts for Year 2008

Lets take a look at how my blog's been doing over the years since I first began it with a free Blogger account. It's shifted between various places since then and it's a pity I don't have screenshots that go that far back. According to Statcounter's statistics, the number of unique visitors has pretty much tripled since last year while...


Happy New Year!

I'd like to have one of those Kadomatsus sitting in the house just now! So has anyone thought of their New Year resolutions yet? I haven't but, one will probably be spending less because I've spent too much on hardware this year and even imported a figure! Should save up more so I can visit some other places for those photo strolls. Anyway...


Microsoft Products, Maximum Number of Activation Times

Never knew there was a maximum number of times for activating Microsoft products so I was surprised it wouldn't let me activate over the internet this time after I upgraded my PC and was re-installing it. I was thinking to myself, "Why did I buy this when I can't freely install it on my own machine?" I usually like to clean up my PC now and...


The Move to a Dual Core Setup

Built this machine just before the new year. My graphics card have been acting up for a while now - It's been overheating and causing artefacts on the screen. Since I've been wanting to try out some of the latest PC games I decided to have a look for a new AGP card again, something better than my Radeon 9800XT. The best I can find with this...


Better HD Video Playback with CoreAVC

Been having problems playing back MP4 H.264 encoded videos for some time now on my old 3GHz Athlon PC. Even dropping frames don't seem to help much. The 720p videos still end up lagging so, not wanting to upgrade the entire PC, I was thinking of purchasing a more recent graphics cards that included HD video acceleration to give the system...