Archive for January, 2009

If you are seeing this post then you have reached the new server for my blog. I moved to Crucial Paradigm as I found their Windows VPS servers to provide good HDD limits and low Australian pings. Please let me know if you experience any improvement in speed or accessibility. This is all part of […]

Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 11:37 0 comments

For some reason I seem to get a heap of spam on my blog. Even since I first started blogging spam somehow seemed to be drawn to my blog site (and I don’t even mention V!agr4 that often!). At the time I took the screenshot to the right 8,368 spam comments and trackbacks had been […]

Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 09:39 0 comments

Hand a few problems with this error on a new hosted domain controller that uses a VPN to connect back to the head office. Got some tips from Expert Exchange, but to summarise the various steps you should check are simple but effective (and as usual mostly DNS related): Check there are no external DNS […]

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at 17:58 2 comments

President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, told an audience of economists just after the election: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that is that it’s an opportunity to do things you could not do before.” Personally I think this is the best quote to come out […]

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at 10:30 0 comments

Does adding features automatically mean reduced usability? Some bloggers strongly disagree with this sentiment, for example arguing features only reduce usability when they are implemented poorly. I would definitely agree with some of his examples, including adding PNG support to browsers which did not affect end user usability. Another that he gave was Google search, […]

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 21:39 1 comment

Email marketing is not just spam, it is an important way of updating and maintaining a relationship with your customers. For many however it is a black art (literally) plagued by blacklists and emails disappearing into black holes. The various explanations for failed email delivery however are often highly technical and involve trial and error […]

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 at 17:49 0 comments

I have mentioned Pipe Networks before, more specifically their “Project Runway” surviving a near death credit crunch experience. There have been two interesting developments since that time. The first is that Pipe have put up a blog tracking the progress of the cable installation. You can view it at As with their DC3 data […]

Monday, January 19th, 2009 at 13:21 0 comments

Live Mesh is getting a getting the Service Update that was promised before the holiday release blackout period today. The key bug fix that everyone is hanging out for is that it will now not kick Windows 7 into it’s non-Aero interface. This will soon include me, because I have a freshly burned copy of […]

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 at 16:32 0 comments

The Satyam outsourcing fraud was a story that I found interesting this week. I think outsourcing can be cost effective from a companies perspective, but it appears that it isn’t always cost effective from an outsourcers perspective. From the ZDNet article is was revealed that: And during the September quarter, the company also reported inflated […]

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 18:17 0 comments

Tiles going on Originally uploaded by Scott Savage Today our roof is being replaced. I have uploaded a few photos of the work in progress. Work includes removing the old tiles, removing the old timber battens, the builders jacking up and supporting the roof beams in a few sagging places, putting in pink batt insulation, […]

Monday, January 12th, 2009 at 11:11 1 comment