Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Out of energy

I spent about five hours today by the pool on the roof just lying there, although I was in the shade one side of me seems to be red. I am not sure why. The time is running out now and I still have a number of things I want to complete so will have to get them done over the next few days else they will have to be put off again.

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Monday, August 30, 2004

Manumission

Tonight I shall be off to Manumission, which should be good. I am looking forward to it even more since we are getting in for free. I just noticed how quickly time is passing then on the other hand it is also going slowly, it really depends on how you look at it.

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Sunday, August 29, 2004

Space again!

Today I have been trying to sleep for most of it but I shall be off to Space shortly, going quite late for once though so will probably miss the terrace fun. Then afterwards I will make it to DC10 and then tomorrow night the fun starts at Manumission with free entry and drinks, it is the first of the 3 VIP nights we won on Friday.

Time is going quite quickly, but it always does when you are having fun.

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Saturday, August 28, 2004

Hed Kandi

I shall be going to Hed Kandi tonight at El Divino. It shall be a night of funky tunes. I am not liking the fact that our room is not air conditioned, it makes sleeping hard when you are hot and dripping with sweat.

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Friday, August 27, 2004

Result!

We won the competition on the Essential Selection tonight so we have free entry for 3 clubs next week here in Ibiza for four of us which is going to save us a load of cash. Last night I drank far too much Vodka but was not sick which I am pleased about. I felt really ill though and the thought of drinking at the moment makes me feel ill.

I haveb noticed the spammers have been taking advantage and there seems to be a load of comment spam added over the past week. I am going to have to get on a proper conmputer to use a decent browser to sort that out at some point. I have not sorted my phone still so that is something I need to do.

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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Pacha - Erick Morillo rocked!

It was a good night at Pacha last night and after getting in at about 9am this morning I have been in bed all day. Just had something to eat and now the plan is to head to the roof and start drinking then a bit later head of to some bars or something.

I actually think in some resopects it is a lot harder being out here than being at home, but I would obviously rather not be at work. When I get home I will have a lot of news and such to catch up on, since the local terminal I am using for Internet access this time is not very friendly and I cannot navigate multiple sessions easily so it makes doing a number of updates and posting links more difficult.

Anyway, time to head to the roof!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Over the top

It is very easy to spend far too much money in a place such as Ibiza and I have done just that. It is a good job I get paid on Friday but until then I will have to use another card as I have gone over the limit on my main account. I guess that is due to having a great time, which is the best way!

Tonight I am going to Pacha, which is going to be another great night. Erick Morillo and others will be on the decks.

Time to hit the Vodka!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Last night

Last night was wicked, better than I expected as it was not as packed as I thought it would be, also the fans were blowing constantly so it was not too hot. It was great to get under the cannon again, it really cools you down and after it being on for about 5 seconds you could feel what could only be described as ice particles hitting you, which hurt a little.

I think tonight I am going to chill at some bars but some of the others are going out to Space. When I get home I will have quite a bit of news reading and such to do as when on holiday there is not much time online to keep up with it all especially as there are better ways to be spending time!

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Monday, August 23, 2004

Cala Bassa

I have spentn most of today down at Calla Bassa which is close by. You have to go by boat to get there but it is only a short trip. I have caught the sun even though I was using factor 30 lotion. It was very nice in the sea, crystal clear water and nice and warm. I have also decided to try as many water activities as possible during this trip so when I go back there I am going to have a go on a jet ski and also some other things like the banana boat.

We have a nice pool on the roof of our building so spent some time up there last night. I took it easy though as on Saturday night I drank quite a lot of alcohol and after only a few hours sleep we had tob get up to get to the airport. Tonight after watching the sun go down we will be going to Cacoon at Amnesia which should be a great night.

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

So far

I have made it back okay but there were a number of issues. Firstly the flight was delayed by about two hours, which was annoying since we got to the airport very early which meant that we had a lot of waiting to do. I was rather impressed by the plane, it was huge in conmparison to the aircraft I have been used to flying on lately.

If I remember correctly it was an Airbus 330. Also being able to view teo cameras, one at the front of the plane and one underneath allowed us to watch as we were flying and gave a great view of the runway and landing from the front camera which was basically the same view you would see from the cockpit. You could also view details such as current speed, altitude and outside temperature all on the personal displayv on the back of each seat.

Another good thing was that we decided not to pay the extra money for the in flight meal but everyone got one anyway which was good for us but not as good for the people that had paid!

There is no air conditioning but we are going to get some fans in the rooms and we have a fridge to keep the drinks cold which is great. Tonight is going to be a chilled on so a change of plan there as I was planning on going to Space. It is great to be back and I am going to do as much as I can in these two weeks before I return to the real world. It is 38 degrees outside yet there is a nice breeze. There was not much of a sunset today though, due to quite a bit of cloud cover but hopefully we will see a better one tomorrow.

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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Nearly time to go

It's nearly time to leave, I'm still in the process of packing though but not that much more to do. I did have a list of things to post and quite a few interesting links I have recently found but I'll have to save them until I return home.

If my sleeping pattern had not been out of order, I might have been inclined to sort them out earlier but it's hard to sleep when you are wide awake which means I am tired later on and I certainly don't have the desire to do a lot unless I am forced to when feeling really tired.

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Friday, August 20, 2004

The list

I did have a list of things to complete before going back to Ibiza and I can say that as expected I have not completed many of them. Due to the fact I have been relaxing and putting things off. When they are not that important I tend to do that. I guess I'll have to get round to them when I return.

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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Packing again

The joys of packing are great, I was going to do it now but I've decided to leave it until later. No doubt when later comes I will be in a rush and will wish I had of sorted it earlier.

Some of the time we learn from previous experience and the rest of the time we do not!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Yahoo! Search Blog

In another corporate blogging event, we now see the Yahoo! Search team have their own blog. According to Jeremy, we should see a number of people posting to it and it won't be used as a PR outlet.

It's good to see more companies trying to communicate with their customers in a more personal way, rather than just in ways we have seen in the past via commercial channels such as press releases.

We'll see what comes of it. I'm glad to see it is using Movable Type and has trackbacks and comments enabled, unlike some other commercial blogs we have recently seen. Check out the first post by Jeff Weiner.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Getting ready to pack

I'm getting ready to pack everything again, for the full two week trip back to Ibiza. I've unpacked from before but not put everything away as there was no point. This time I'm going to pack earlier and then won't have much to do before I travel down south to Kent on Saturday, before going to Gatwick Airport early Sunday to fly back.

I'm quite good at remembering things from a mental list and did not really forget anything on the last trip so hopefully should not have a problem this time either. I packed far too much before this time I should have the right amount of clean clothes but again probably too much. I'd rather have too much than not enough anyway.

Ben is away in Spain at the moment as welll as you can see from his moblog pictures. I'll probably be taking some now that my phone should work abroad. I've not yet had a chance to see how the format may different on the Nokia 6600 so will probably use my Sharp GX10i for the pictures until I sort the Nokia 6600 to work as I want with regards to integration with my blog.

I've not sorted out being able to write blog posts yet via my mobile - there are a number of options. I could use use the mobile version of Opera and login that way. That has it's limitations so I will probably go the script method and do text based blogging via MMS or email from my phone. If I don't sort that out before I go then I'll be updating from computer as I have prevoiusly done.

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Monday, August 16, 2004

Feeling better

I'm feeling a lot better now which is good since I will be back on form for when I go back to Ibiza this weekend. I'll be spending the next few days catching up on things, such as news and the like as these things are hard to keep on top of when you have limited Internet access and also being on holiday you try and remove yourself from most things to enjoy a relaxing trip with different properties to thye usual day to day life.

The hard part is going to moving back towards the routine after I get back from the next trip. Hopefully when I return though, I shall be ready to complete a number of projects and also work on some other things which need to be done.

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Sunday, August 15, 2004

XBOX chip

I was going to have a play with my XBOX in the days I have free before I go back to Ibiza but it seems that something has happened since I last switched it on before I went to Ibiza. The chip light is on but the XBOX just boots normally now. I may have changed a setting but it does not look like this is the case. Maybe the chip has come loose or something else.

I'm going to have to open it up and check. From what I have read this is probably the case as there is nothing to suggest a hardware failure. I was looking forward to spending some time on it, but now it will have to wait until I fix the problem. Just seems a bit strange since I have not moved it or anything since I last switched the unit on when the chip was working. I've tried booting the system in various ways and it does not look like a settings option.

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Saturday, August 14, 2004

SIM card to blame

It looks like it was the SIM card that has been causing the problems I am having abroad using my phone. Thinking about it, I have had the current SIM card since the end of 2001. Back then I probably had other issues as well, like barring and such. Now all of that has been sorted out, it seems like the SIM card is the only remaining issue.

I've got a new card through with my Nokia 6600 so I have copied off the contacts and messages and just had the new SIM card registered. Before I requested the change, I tried dialling a number in the USA and it just produced a tone and disconnected. After the change, I have tried and it connects.

Looks like I won't have any further problems now and should be available via my mobile when abroad. Just goes to show, don't overlook anything as being an issue. I would not have thought an old SIM card would stop me dialling international, but it looks that way.

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Friday, August 13, 2004

I knew it!

Well I managed to stay well during the trip, but now I am back I have got a cold and don't feel that well. It's always the way and must be related to the hard partying that most of us do in Ibiza!

Hopefully I can loose it before I catch my flight back!

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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Back home now

I'm back from Ibiza now and don't I know it as just on the way back from the airport it was pouring with rain. I'm usually sad, but since I am going back and for another 2 weeks, it does not bother me that much that I've come home this time.

It was a nice warm up trip. Now I've got some free days to heopfully not get ill, catch up on things and then prepare to go back!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

That time already

It's time to go home already. The time really has flown, but the good news for me is that I am coming back again in nine days or so, for another two weeks so that means I'll have spent just under 3 weeks on the island this summer and maybe a closing party weekend trip?

Who knows. I've not yet managed to clean off anything on my list of things to do this year over there such as visit certain places. I'll get round to doing them this time.

It was 27 degrees at 10pm when I was last outside, but I've heard it is raining back home and obviously colder. I'd be sad, but since I'm back here in no time I'm not! I've spent too much money though, but I always do!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

The heat..

I suppose you get used to living in a hot climate, but when you are not used to it, the heat can really take the energy out of you. Even more so when combined with the lack of sleep, food and such. Well, that is the case for me anyway. I'm glad I have not got a cold this time though, which is what usually happens out here.

The heat makes people be really relaxed and not want to do anything, it does that to me which is not a bad thing, as relaxing is what a holiday is about mainly!

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Monday, August 9, 2004

Space

Space was good as usual, but I had a right game getting over there due to a lack of finding a taxi for ages as there were some local events taking place on the street which we did not know about. I'm heading off there again tomorrow for the Carl Cox event. I was only out in the Sun for a while today but as usual did not put on any cream so have gone a bit red.

It is really annoying not having a working phone, it would make contacting people a lot easier and also people would be able to get in touch with me!

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Sunday, August 8, 2004

Off to Space

I'll be off to Space later for We Love Sundays, which will be great especially after such a good night at Cream last night. The weather is hot as expected and the clubs get packed, some of them without air conditioning which does not help but it is all part of the business model to get people to buy more drinks.

The drinks prices have always been high in clubs, even for water but people have to buy bottled water as the water from the tap is not really good to drink.

It's all good!

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Saturday, August 7, 2004

Mambo was rocking

Mambo was rocking last night, I've never seen so many people down there at any one time. Now I have seen what it is like though, I prefer the old site of the past few years for Radio 1, by the windmill. Shortly I'm off to the secret party somewhere then after that off to Cream tonight.

Pacha was packed last night, far too hot and too many people which is annoying when it is really hot. It was a great night though!

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Friday, August 6, 2004

Now in warmer weather!

The flight went okay so now I am here in Ibiza! The weather is hot, the vibe is relaxed as usual and there is plenty of fun to be had. The hard part is going home. The only issue I have again is that my phone does not work, which is nothing new as it has never worked correctly out here, even when I change handset. I'm going to have to get Vodafone to sort it out properly this time so it will hopefully work when I come back later in August.

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Thursday, August 5, 2004

Not long to go now!

I shall be heading to the airport in the next few hours ready to catch my flight to Ibiza. At the moment I am completing the packing and then running through my head things I need to check to see if I have packed them.

No doubt I shall forget something, but hopefully nothing too important. I'll have Internet access so will update on how I'm enjoying the heat, fun and lots more. It started raining when I was out earlier, wondering around the shops even though it had been a nice day so it was still nice and humid. It didn't bother me anyway as I was just thinking of how I'll be watching the nice sunset tomorrow over Ibiza.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Microchips without circuit boards

Is this the next stage?

It is an interesting idea but seems at first, something that would take a lot of wrk to get right but if it was successfully tested and rolled out, new hardware any indeed anything electronic with circuit boards could then use it.

Chips would still have to be stuck on boards but there would be no need for wires or connections as the technology would allow for wireless communication between chips. Easier design and layout of boards would be an advantage as well as less time to produce.

There are other technical issues that have to be dwalt with, but if the problems with heat and such as solved so the chips can comminicate without data loss then the work will have paid off. With increased bandwith that would be available from this design, we'd be able to see the current bottlenecks in systems removed and overall system performance would increase.

A number of companies are playing with the idea, such as Sun Microsystems.

Check out the article here.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Blog spam getting through!

If you use MT Blacklist to keep the amount of comment and trackback spam on your blog down, then you may want to add the following to your list.

%2E or even % so that any URL / comment with % in is blocked as there could be a number of variations and there is no normal use of % in URL or comments, for the most part anyway. Once the bug is addressed MT-BL will decode the % variables first and then compare to the blacklist, which is what should happen already but adding % to your blacklist as well for now will stop any spam and show up any already posted via this method.

I just noticed some spam on my blog which should have been blocked by MT-BL but was not. Running a search did not find the comments either and I could not add the domains because they are already on my list.

%2E inserts a full stop so myspamsite%2Eorg would actually end up as myspamsite.org in your browser. Of course MT-BL does not pick it up and would let comments through like this as I have found & the links do work when clicked on.

I've already contacted Jay Allen about it and he states that MT-BL should address this but it's obviously a bug. There may be other holes in this form which will also need to be addressed either via the list or via MT-BL internally. I'd suggest running a complete scan of all your comments to find any that may have been there for some time after adding it to your blacklist for now, until the bug is fixed. This seems to be another method the spammers are using, but since it is so easily detected and then the hole is plugged it won't be of much use for long.

I'm using MT-BL v1.6.4, not sure if this is an issue with other versions at the moment.

UPDATE: 04/08/04

Jay has released MT-BL 1.6.5 which addresses this issue but since it is a simple code change, you could modify the code yourself:

Change:

$str =~ s/\%(\d{2})/chr(hex($1))/eg;

To look like:

$str =~ s/\%([0-9A-F]{2})/chr(hex($1))/eig;

The change needs to be made in Blacklist.pm

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Monday, August 2, 2004

Xbox chip

I've just got around to getting a chip for my Xbox, I got one at a discounted price via a friend and he fitted it for me since he has the same chip and has already fitted his so that saved me a job. Now I've just got to find the time to have a play with it. I'll probably play about with Linux on it and various other things, maybe fit a larger hard disk too.

I've got the Xenium v1.6 chip. More updates to come regarding what I do with it, as and when! Although it might be a while, with going away and such.

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Sunday, August 1, 2004

Doesn't time go slow when..

You are waiting for something exciting to happen. It also goes really slow when you are doing something that you would rather not be doing, such as working yet when you are having fun it passes so quickly, just like it did for me this past weekend.

With a fantastic night at Godskitchen Global Gathering last night through to earlier this morning, it was great to see loads of people I know and even better that I got in free thanks to Adam over at Cyber Clubber, as well as seeing a great selection of good DJs spin loads of good records. I'm now looking forward to Thursday when I fly to Ibiza for the first week of mine out there this summer. Shortly after that, I fly back again for another two weeks.

If anyone likes dance music then you may already know of the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, but if not, tune in next Sunday morning for a 5 hour mix live from Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza,
as part of the Radio 1 Ibiza weekend 2004. Starting live on air at 12am GMT on Sunday the 8th of August, listen via the Internet if you don't have radio coverage or are not there, like I will be!

The Essential Mix lineup is as follows:

The main room:

Paul Oakenfold
Armin Van Burren
Eddie Halliwell
Fergie

The terrace:

Seb Fontaine
Jon Carter
Yousef
Nic Fanciulli

It's set to be an amazing night, I can't wait!
And don't forget to check out the rest of the Ibiza weekend schedule.

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