Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Google - temporarily unavailable

Google has quite a nice home page option (go to:, where you can add on your own panels...

I've got some news items, a list of weather reports from a couple of countries (I can compare London to Melbourne) and a few fun things..

One of the first panels I made use of was Google Mail (as I don't get email to that account too often, and so I don't need to check it all the time), however in the last week or so it has been broken 'Information is temporarily unavailable', this really disappoints me about Google, as they used to be so responsive to problems, fixing them so quickly... Maybe they're just getting too big, they've got too many meetings to go to and so now 'temporarily broken' no longer means minutes (or maybe hours), now it's weeks, maybe even months....

Is this a sign of things to come?

As an additional bit of evidence, blogger (which is owned by Google), recently introduced 'Word Verification' when doing posts (I can totally understand why they've done it as well), however it has now broken all the 3rd party tools that you used to be able to use to do the posts... Including Google's own Toolbar, where you don't even get an error message, you just get 'NULL' after you submit (or save) a post... And of course you post that you just carefully wrote, is now missing...


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Fridge theives

Got this email this morning... An 'interesting' way of dealing with certain freeloaders:

If you are hungry or thirsty there are plenty of shops on Brick Lane & a reliable Tesco round the corner. There’s also a man who arrives calling ‘anyone for sandwiches’ who arrives in about 15 minutes selling food and drink if you find it difficult to leave the office. For those not wishing to spend money or exert themselves, there is water in a machine or taps in the kitchen to drink from - and sugar cubes if you’re hungry.

Unfortunately the food and beverages in the fridge are not for general consumption and I now join the club of those who can no longer afford to support someone else’s thirst or hunger for my hard earned PJ Smoothies. The current rate of 3 missing per week became too much so I decided to personalise the latest batch. Whoever took one today/yesterday may have noticed it had already been opened and had a slightly different taste and constituency. Still, sharing is caring as they say… especially when it comes to juices.


Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Perhaps some friends should take heed of this advice (you know who you are):
"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."

- Dorothy Nevill

Friday, July 07, 2006

Who needs the 'n' key?

I mean seriously, how often do you need to type out the letter 'n'.. It's not that essential is it?