Car Audio Players

The cd player in my car has packed it in. At least I think it has considering it down right refuses to play any cd’s :(

Although I don’t really blame it. It’s been playing cd’s all the time for the past 5 years or so. It first began to signal it’s intent to pack in it by skipping every time the car hit a bump in the road. Then it began skipping on every crack in the road. Then it kept spitting the cd’s out with the error “CD ERROR”.

Anyway, my birthday is coming up pretty soon and mother dearest has agreed to buy me a brand spanking new cd player :D So I’ve spent the last few days researching cd players on the net, but I’m still undecided. If anyone knows of a really good one, I’d appreciate an email or a link. Bare in mind the budget is set at €250.

It’s got to be able to play MP3 and WMA files. And a detachable face would be nice too :)

The Joys of AMP on WinXP SP2

So what’s AMP?

Apache, MySQL & PHP.

Why so joyous? Because it’s soooooo easy to upgrade them that even a kid could do it!
I’ll leave the decision of whether or not their is a hint of sarcasm in that statement up to you ;)

Honestly…. I don’t care what anyone says… it’s not all gravy. I spent the best part of ten hours upgrading today. I won’t go into the details because you probably won’t bother reading it anyway. But, if you are a web developer and are having problems installing Apache, MySQL & PHP on Windows XP SP2 feel free to give me a shout. I’ll try my best to help you out.

At least now I can get back to coding :D

Oh by the way, the versions I upgraded to are Apache 2.0.52, MySQL 4.0.22 and PHP5.0.2

Robots set to get homely by 2007

According to a United Nations survey robots are set to get homely by 2007.

“By the end of 2007, 4.1 million robots will be doing jobs in homes, says the report by the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the International Federation of Robotics.”

Personally, I can’t see this happening. According to a World Robotics report there are currently 607,000 robots in use in the home. So they’re set to increase by approximately 675% in just over 3 years? That’s a pretty big increase don’t you think?

The idea of having robots to do the vacuuming, mowing the lawn and washing the windows is very appealing, but unless the price of the robot is roughly the same as the price of a normal vacuum cleaner or lawn mower, I can’t see your average Joe shelling out for the novelty of being able to say “I have a robot to do my vacuuming!”, can you?

Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal

An absolutely fantastic result for Manchester United!

I am a huge Manchester United fan, so as you can imagine I was absolutely delighted with this result. Beating our biggest rivals (note it’s not Liverpool anymore) is always nice, but stopping Arsenal’s unbeaten run added to my delight :)

Some say that the penalty should not have been given, but Ashley Cole brought Ronaldo down in the area later on in the game, which to me looked like a definite penalty. So it was balanced out in the end.

I’m surprised that there wasn’t a repeat performance of last season’s handbags from the Arsenal players, but I guess they learnt from their mistakes ;)

Where do United go from here? Read Sir Alex Ferguson’s views.

Onwards and upwards I say – along the premiership table ;)

Swearing Makes You Impotent

Swearing makes you impotent: official | The Register

If this is true then chances are, putting together this blog has had more of effect on me than the odd loss of hair :)

As crazy as the story sounds though, I have to admit that some of the women that live in the inner city who regularly use profanity (and smoke and drink lager, but let’s not get carried away), do have that masculine touch to them.

Not in their sense of dress, but in their attitude. You only have to walk around the centre of the city and give a strange look to one of them to get a response something along the lines of “What you looking at?” or “I’ll bleedin’ burst ya!”.

Anyway… personally I think everyone should try and use profanity as little as often.

P.S I wonder if WordPress has a bad word filter for the comments! I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough :)