Monthly Archives: September 2005

Still IE

I’m very surprised to find that 68.4% of the visitors to this site still use Microsoft Internet Explorer, with Firefox getting a small 20%. Is anyone out there still using IE?

Upgrade hunger

Sometimes, I just get an insatiable urge to upgrade my computer. Right now, I have that urge, really badly. It’s not that my computer is very dated, just that it’s a work-horse of the previous generation, and I feel like having a latest generation machine.

My specification isn’t too bad really, AMD Athlon 3200+, 512MB DDR500 RAM, Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB, 200GB and 160GB hard drives, DVD-RW etc. But after using an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ computer with 1GB of Corsair RAM and a NCQ SATA2 hard drive, there is an immediate and massive speed increase compaired to my current computer.

Now, this is something I wouldn’t have know about unless I experienced it, but some basic tasks are far quicker on the Athlon 64 right compaired to mine, things such as starting Outlook, compiling in Visual Studio .NET, starting Windows and the general feel of Windows itself.

Building a PC to the specification of the latter, would be relative cheap (around £300 + graphics card), but what I really want is bleeding edge, and the current bleeding edge item is definatly dual core processors. The current Athlon 64 X2 4400+ costs a whopping £350, although it is probably the best value dual core processor out at the moment.

If I ever do upgrade, I’ll report back here, but in the mean time, I need a job to raise the £800 required. That is of course, unless anyone would like to make a donation?

K2 progress update

I should apologise for the lack of updates to this thing. I’ve been busy for the past few weeks, but now I have some spare time, and I should get at least another alpha or two done, if not a beta release.

Stay tuned!

No Firefox for Natwest

It’s good to see that Natwest have upgraded their online banking system to .NET and added accessibility support, however, it’s not good that they now block all beta versions of Firefox from accessing the site, including 1.5 beta 1 which I’m using now.

I can understand that its a pre-release browser, and not one that they can guarantee to support, but not allowing versions of web browsers is ridiculous, especially if you look at the simplicity of the site itself. There are no browser specific functions at all. A few years back, I can understand why they would be reluctant to grant non-browser specific access, but in this day and age, it’s ludicrous.

Although they have added Safari support, I doubt Camino is supported (even though it would be based on the same rendering engine as Firefox 1.0 would have), nor is Opera, however they have decided to support venerable and sometimes insucure browsers such as Netscape 7 and Internet Explorer 5 for the Mac. Come on Natwest, you can do better than this, I was actually hoping for a completely accessable website written in XHTML that was completely cross-browser compatible.

I wonder how much someone charged them for this.

The trip to the heavens (and back)

What a week, I’m exhausted. In a break from usual posts, I’m going to write about my life for the past five days. This post is extremely long so if you don’t care, don’t bother to read!

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A trip to the heavens

I’ll be going to Nottingham tomorrow, and the on Tuesday I’ll be going to Aberdeen with Kirsten. We’ll be stopping off at Alton Towers on Monday if anyone else is going give me a bell and we’ll meet up.

I probably won’t have internet access until I get back on Saturday, so if you need to contact me, give me a call.

Nationwide is Down!

Annoyingly, the Nationwide website is down currently. Just at the time when I need it. Grr!

Tile my tabs

If theres one thing thats really bothering me about Windows, then its the fact that I can’t re-arrange the tiles on the explorer bar to my liking. Does anyone know of a solution to this?

Interview with Mayor of New Orleans

I think this interview with the mayor of New Orleans is something everyone should hear. Currently the only politician to tell it straight, no bull shit and no spin.

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