Frozen Excel Art

23 August, 2006

One of the more interesting quirks of Windows is how an application that has hung or frozen often ceases refreshing the screen, so that if you move that particular Window, you get an alarming spasmodic splash of partial toolbars, text, and whatever other information happened to be on your now sadly lost work.

It’s probably a little more visually exciting than the spinning beachball of death, but certainly causes more stomach ulcers.

As I said, moving the window gives you this random sort of updating as the Windows struggles to do something with the locked-up app. And since there’s nothing else you can do except wait and hope it sorts itself out, I find myself making pretty patterns by swooshing the window around my desktop. And so, I present my first iinstallation of what is sure to be an avant garde new medium: Frozen Excel Art!

Should I charge for this…? 😉


Update: I’ve taken down the pics for now: trying to do any sort of photo editing on a locked down Windows piece of crap at work is impossible, and WordPress only reduced the physical dimensions of them when I uploaded, it didn’t reduce the size (i.e. in kilobytes). So they were massive. My apologies to those on dial-up.

Will get on a proper computer later on, and put up smaller versions of my artistic brilliance…

Blog and Forums are Up and Running

14 August, 2006

I’ve finally got the Meromotopia blog and forums up and running on my home server.

It’s taken a while, partially because it’s kind of tricky to set up all the bits and pieces you need to actually get a home server going, and mostly because it’s time consuming, and there’re only so many hours after work each evening.

And also because I formatted the hard drive of the original computer that contained the forums a year or so ago. Idiot.

Check out the forums.

Another Reason I Don’t Use Microsoft Products

10 August, 2006

Nine years, and up to version 6.0.2900.2180.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-, whatever the hell that means, and still Internet Explorer is utter utter crap. I’m not even talking about security and suchlike,but purely from a user’s point of view. Look at the bizarrely worded dialogue box it throws at me when I drag an image from a web page to the desktop:


Do I want to move OR copy?

Um, OK, I want to copy.

My options: Yes and No.


Important Announcement from Adobe

9 August, 2006


How To Crack 128-bit Wireless Networks In 60 Seconds [inc Video]

8 August, 2006

Crikey. Time to check my wireless security again.

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2 August, 2006

I’ve added an RSS box in the side bar of this blog that shows links to the last few stories I found worthwhile “digging” at

(If you don’t understand what RSS is, don’t worry – that first sentence makes exactly the same amount of sense whether those letters are in it or not).

It shows the last few out of all the stories that I have dugg, and as my taste is impeccable, I imagine you might like them too.