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Phone Phail

By | Techie, Via Phone | No Comments

Telephone

I am awaiting reciept of my 3rd Nokia N95 8GB. About a month ago i got fed up with the phone locking up on me and not functioning as it should so i rang Orange and told them i was having problems. They went through some diagnostics and confirmed that the phone said it had a fault on it. They arranged for a new one to be delivered the following day – sorted.

or so i thought!

This second phone arrived and seemed ok at first. But i soon discovered a rather irritating issue with it. On a few calls to my wifey the soud would cut out. I assumed that this was her phone as it had been buggy but then it started to happen while on the phone with other poeple. The sound would cut out for about 3 to 10 seconds each time and it would do so every 3 – 5 minutes.

I also found that the same thing would happen while listenihng to music. I have a set up in the car where by i can link up the phone to the stereo and listen to tunes or podcasts and take calls and the like. The same sound cut was happening with the music. This was really frustrating. There I’d be cruising down the motorway getting down and diggy along to some tune and and then my thunder would be stolen by the sound cutting out!!! When i was listening to an audio book i would be missing some key words in the story and it started becomeing really really annoying.

Soa couplke of Fridays ago i rang orange again and told them abouot the issue. The chap on the phone this time was a little more reluctant to help me. I explained the problem and he suggested the follwoing:

  1. Reset the phone with one of the nokia reset codes – this would reset the software and should cure the issue.
  2. Check what version of the software i was running and upadate it if possible.

I did the first one and found that there was no difference what so ever except i had to go through the rigmarole of having to resync and resetup my phone the way i like it.

I then did the second one and updated the software only to have the same usless result and waste of time incur. I was not happy and yesterday i rang orange again and told them what had been happening.

I am now waiting for my 3rd phone. I’m a little worried as i really like these phones and i dont want them to have made them rubbish with the updates. This has been known to happen. I will let you know what happens and whether this next one actually works this time.

Post Templates… not working as i expected…

By | WordPress | One Comment

I’ve managed to tweak this theme to sort of do what i want it to do.

If you look at the image below you will see the tweet posts are all simply done with no heading or meta data. (i may add the date back in later) This is great but this happens only when you go to the tweets catagory page.

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This image shows the front page of the site but the tweets are not being displayed as per the tweets page.

 mixedWhat i want to happen is for the main page to show all the catagories but when it displays a tweet to display it like it does on the tweet page.

The code is thus:

<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>

<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post();  ?>

<div>

<?php
if (is_category(28)) {
include(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/tweetpost.php’);
} else {
include(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/blogpost.php’);
}
?>

</div>

<?php comments_template(); ?>

<?php endwhile; ?>

<div>
<div><?php next_posts_link(‘&laquo; Older Entries’) ?></div>
<div><?php previous_posts_link(‘Newer Entries &raquo;’) ?></div>
</div>

<?php else : ?>

<h2>Not Found</h2>
<p>Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.</p>

<?php endif; ?>

The code for the “tweetpost.php” page is thus:

<?php include(TEMPLATEPATH.”/Cat_Thumb_Assign.php”);?>

<h1>

<?php the_content(‘Read the rest of this entry &raquo;’); ?>

</h1>

And the code for the “blogposts.php” page is thus:

<a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>”>

<?php if( get_post_meta($post->ID, “hpbottom”, true) ): ?>

<img style=”” src=”<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, “hpbottom”, true); ?>” width=”100″ height=”100″  alt=”<?php the_title(); ?>” />

<?php else: ?>

<?php include(TEMPLATEPATH.”/Cat_Thumb_Assign.php”);?>

<?php endif; ?>

<h1><?php the_title(); ?></a></h1>

<small><?php the_time(‘F jS, Y’) ?> | <b>Author:</b> <?php the_author_posts_link(); ?> |
<b>Filed under:</b> <?php the_category(‘, ‘) ?>  <?php if ( $user_ID ) : ?> | <b>Modify:</b>
<?php edit_post_link(); ?> <?php endif; ?>|
<?php comments_popup_link(‘No Comments &#187;’, ‘1 Comment &#187;’, ‘% Comments &#187;’); ?></small>

<?php the_content(‘Read the rest of this entry &raquo;’); ?>

I know that some of my readers are wordpress junkies, so come on, step up to the plate, be a man lie you’ve never been a man before (especially apt if you are in fact a girl) and help me out my geeky bretheren…..

EDIT:

WP LOOP:

<!-- Start the Loop. -->
 <?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

 <!-- The following tests if the current post is in category 3. -->
 <!-- If it is, the div box is given the CSS class "post-cat-three". -->
 <!-- Otherwise, the div box will be given the CSS class "post". -->
 <?php if ( in_category('3') ) { ?>
           <div>
 <?php } else { ?>
           <div>
 <?php } ?>

 <!-- Display the Title as a link to the Post's permalink. -->
 <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>

 <!-- Display the date (November 16th, 2009 format) and a link to other posts by this posts author. -->
 <small><?php the_time('F jS, Y') ?> by <?php the_authors_post_link() ?></small>

 <!-- Display the Post's Content in a div box. -->
 <div>
   <?php the_content(); ?>
 </div>

 <!-- Display a comma separated list of the Post's Categories. -->
 <p>Posted in <?php the_category(', '); ?></p>
 </div> <!-- closes the first div box -->

 <!-- Stop The Loop (but note the "else:" - see next line). -->
 <?php endwhile; else: ?>

 <!-- The very first "if" tested to see if there were any Posts to -->
 <!-- display.  This "else" part tells what do if there weren't any. -->
 <p>Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.</p>

 <!-- REALLY stop The Loop. -->
 <?php endif; ?>

Right V’s Left Brains

By | Profound | One Comment

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Clicky Piccy to take the testy

My results on the above test were:

Left Brain Right Brain
37% 63%

You are more right-brained than left-brained.

The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In addition to being known as right-brained, you are also known as a creative thinker who uses feeling and intuition to gather information. You retain this information through the use of images and patterns. You are able to visualize the “whole” picture first, and then work backwards to put the pieces together to create the “whole” picture. Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative. The routes taken to arrive at your conclusions are completely opposite to what a left-brained person would be accustomed. You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist.

Your complete evaluation follows below:

Your left brain/right brain percentage was calculated by combining the individual scores of each half’s sub-categories. They are as follows:

Your Left Brain Percentages

38% Logical (Your most dominant characteristic)
34% Symbolic
27% Linear
14% Reality-based
9% Sequential
7% Verbal (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages

48% Intuitive (Your most dominant characteristic)
48% Fantasy-oriented
46% Concrete
38% Nonverbal
34% Random
0% Holistic (Your least dominant characteristic)

If you wanna take the test you can do so here:

http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/vancouver/left_right/rb_test.htm

Revisiting Jockey Bashing

By | I Laughed | No Comments

 angieandmewyattvilleyoungIn sorting out some folders i found these and thought i should relive the moments of Jockey bashing:

Thank you Mr. Pearce

feeling rubish

By | Techie | One Comment

Back seemed to sort itself out last night. I woke up this morning with alot more movement and more importantly i realised i actiual;ly got some sleep. I was worried i’d be awake and in pain all night. During the day it has gotten better although it is still quite…twangy…if that’s even a word.

I managed to go to work but after an hour there i stared to feel even more rubbish. My wife’s cold which i have been fighting off decided to make its presence known in full force and i have been steadily being feeling worse all day. I went to a meeting before lunch and then came home.

On the way home i found that my recently replaced phone is not working properly. It is cutting the audio out. Not very fun at all – am trying to sort it but its a pain when you have to reset the whole thing and you need to go and re-apply all the settings.

that is all.

Old Romanian made phone

old skool ridin

By | Rides | No Comments

I’ve been writing an article on the OakTree website about how i became a Christian and in doing so i found some old photos on my photobucket account to do with riding so here you go:

While i was never a massively talented rider i did like to get as much air as i possibly could. Now my bike stands on its rear wheel in our kitchen and rarely gets to see any dirt let alone the smooth, dusty dirt on the lip of a perfectly shaped jump.

Maybe this summer i will really try and make an effort to start riding properly. I think i need to swap the frame. The old B17 fame is grate for DH but when you need to re-educate yourself in how to jump you need a good tight hard tail….

UK2.net – the worst hosting company ever!

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If you are looking for a hosting company my advice to you would be to steer clear of UK2.net

We use them at work and are in the process of quickly trying to find a new host. For the past 6-9 months our emails have been on the blink. I have an auto send/receive on my outlook set to fetch mail every 10 mins. Only 1 in 10 attempts is successful. We also went with UK2 because of their promise of 100% up time of their servers and sites – this was just a plain lie -lets list their inadequacies:

  • Promise of 100% up time – no host can promise this its completely impossible to do so.
  • System was down for an evening without warning when it was scheduled.
  • When system was brought back up they did not restore our media folder which was the biggest folder on our server with alot of client videos on there.
  • Mail system has been working at about 10% for past 9 months
  • Small scale video streaming has never really worked when we were promised it would.
  • the past fortnight our email has been getting worse
  • We had to find out from their website that they are changing their servers.
  • They never contacted us to let us know there might be a disruption.
  • No offer of compensation has been made from them
  • Now with half our email accounts not working it is impossible to contact them through the website. I went to their support pages and where there was a portal to either email them or to have a live web-chat there is just a honking great big blank space!!!!: uk2donnet
  • Their front page states NOTHING about the issues they are having and they are some maaaaaajor issues. They must be if they have disable the support contact features. This must be down to increased numbers of customers trying to contact them.

If a company was to every give classes in HOW NOT TO RUN A BUSINESS then UK2 would surly win. We have been disgusted at their FAILsome ethics and practices and i strongly recommend everyone avoids them, and if you are in contract with them – i think they have broken the contract agreements in such a laughable manner that any court would have them become your own personal bellboy the troubles they have so ridiculously inflicted on all its customers.

I hope they come to their senses soon. I hope God blesses them and their upper management and gives them some wisdom as they reeeeaaaally need some.

The Lost and The Damned?

By | WooYaa | No Comments

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I’ve been a massive fan of the GTA series of games. When GTA4 came out i absolutely loved it. I bought my XBOX 360 mainly for that game. I just recently got a hard-drive for the xbox as a birthday gift (thanks to those who did so) and I the bought the new installment of GTA4 – “The Lost and the Damned”

I’ve been really disappointed.

As a christian i am finding the violence and attitudes to grind off everything i believe in now to the point that i am not really enjoying it anymore.

Don’t get me wrong – i am no prude! I can cope with violence and strong language no problem but it feels like i’m stepping over a line when i am playing a character that is actively behaving in such a vicious manner and thus making decisions – albeit in a “virtual” environment myself.

I love this game for its graphics, game-play and diversity but i’m staring to dislike it for its violence, swearing, and lewd conduct. Some might say i’m being a wuss and that “it’s only a game”. Yeah it is only a game but i’m realising that after each time i play it i don’t feel relaxed…. i feel stressed. That says a lot.

The Lost and the Damned – upped the ante. It’s trying to out-do itself which it does very well. The worst thing about all this is that i completed the story mode in a fraction of the time it took to complete the original story mode which i thought was kinda pathetic really.

Anyway – i think i may have just given up on it.