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August 2010

This is what i dream about

By Rides, WooYaa No Comments

I can’t wait to get my bike sorted. Seeing as i will be commuting and there are the jumps across the river at Teddington Lock I envisage me relearning how to get big air again:

Virus Killer

By Techie No Comments

A friend of mine recently got a virus on his computer and was asking people for help. Having been through this before i thought i’d grab a very old draft post that i started writing about 2 years ago and freshen it up and post it so as to help him out and to help others get over virus problems.

Depending on what kind of virus you’ve got will depend on how repairable/removable it is. Some viruses are particularly nasty and are hard to remove completely.

The Scanner Approach


There are various bits of software out there that tackle viruses and spyware. My experiences have had me using 2 specific applications that have come to be very special friends of mine. They’re kinda like the vigilantes of spyware. They are:


This site looks a little pathetic but it’s the real site – I’ve been using this site for years to download it from.

AdAware Personal Edition:

A better looking site and another great product.

Spybot is a great tool to use for this stuff but it doesn’t catch everything. Adaware is also great but also doesn’t catch everything. However between the two they will catch most things.

  • Do not run these simultaneously.
  • Run them individually.
  • Make sure you are running the least amount of software possible for them to be most effective – i.e. if you use skype and it auto starts when you boot the computer make sure you kill it and any other apps running in the background.

In the first instance you may need to run them several times. Sometimes on the first pass they miss things, other times it’s a case that the first pass reveals other hidden gems to be obliterated.

  • Run Spybot first
  • Run it at least twice
  • Do the same with AdAware –

Depending on the size of your hard drive and the speed of your computer this may take some time. On my PC here it takes AdAware several hours to complete a full deep scan.

What? No Anti-virus recommendations?

I have not needed any in the last few years. The key is to use CAUTION. If it looks dodgy then it probably is. Don’t install anything you don’t need. AND STAY AWAY FROM SMILIES!!!! – They are EVIL – those smilie packs that people send you – just evil. And if anyone sends something to you then ask them not to ever do that again. My mother keeps making this mistake and now i refuse to fix their computer if i find smiley packs on it.


The instructions within should be carried out at the operators own risk. I am not an IT professional and the advice i give in this post is based on my own personal experiences. Please be sure to back-up all your personal data before you do any of this.

Lastly – take a look at these articles:

If all that fails then a full on system rebuild would do the trick but that’s a massive job and takes aeons of time but it’s always a guarantee to work (as long as you scan your personal files before bringing them back)

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By Photos No Comments

Some of you will be wondering what on earth that tile means and i will do my best to explain:  I’m thinking of setting myself another challenge/series to do with taking some better photos.

My Photo of the day has been going really well so far with only a handfull of missed days but I notice that occassionally the photos are a bit crap. I guess it’s easy to spot the days i’m being less creative. The other side of this is wantiing to use my SLR more. I’ve got a great lil camera that my wife bought me and it doesn’t get enough use.

So what i plan to do is use my prime lens that goes down to a f-stop of 1.7 which means that I can great depth of field which means the focus gets blown out in the background which means cool photos!!!!

I’m not sure how it’s gonna pan out but watch this space!!!

TLP: Your will be done

By God One Comment

Matthew 6:9-13 (New International Version)

9“This, then, is how you should pray:
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.[a

So God gave us this prayer which is commonly known as: The Lord’s Prayer. I sometimes find that when i hear that i instantly get bored. I imagine some boring person going on and on and on about irrelevant rubbish and i want to go to sleep. It’s such a shame cause this prayer really is sooo much more than what most realise it to be. Taking each line independently can make this prayer become a great prayer. Currently there are a few lines in this prayer that really ring true for me and how i am aiming to lead my life.

your will be done

The fundamental idea behind this line is that we want God to have his way in our lives. Seeing as God designed everything to be a certain way, it makes sense to let him have a say in how we do life. It makes sense that he would have a better idea on how things should work and how to do it right.

So that’s what i have been trying to do. It takes practice and its sometimes hard but it’s been working very well so far. The promises we have from Him mean that living life this way can only have a great outcome.

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