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I often add (n/t) to the end of an email subject, which means &quot::no text&quot:: simply to say to the recipient that everything they need to know is in the subject line and all you will get by opening the message, is my signature. It was something I learned from reading the comments in User Friendly the comic strip.

e.g. Please ring your mum (n/t)

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Singstar

Anyone who knows we even reasonably well, will know that I can’t sing. I generally consider myself tone-deaf (mainly because I have trouble picking the difference between sounds, for example the internal and external rings of most corporate phone systems).

So it was with some reluctance (trepidation?) then that I noted that Jase &amp:: Mon had bought a Playstation 2 and were preparing to play Singstar all night for Jase’s Birthday.

I knew no-one would pressure me to take part, but I think I knew my internal competitive spirit would probably rise up and I’d eventually want to have a go. So I set about relaxing myself: over 1/2 a bottle of red wine and a few cans of WoodStock later I was ready!!

Some background on the game: It is like a competitive Karaoke: 2 people sing the same song together, and the game scores each of you on how close you sing to the correct notes and tempo, which are displayed visually on screen over the top of the film clip. It’s a lot of fun, and at the end you get scores based on standard notes, gold (important) notes and line bonuses. It then gives a descriptive equivalent of the score.

My first song (there were quite a few in the end) I scored about 1/2 of what Bern scored, and it described me as &quot::Tone Deaf&quot:: kinda what I expected!

In testament to my tenacity, I never saw that description again, usually scoring 2/3 to 3/4 of what my competitor sang and being described as either Hopeful or Wannabe.

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Bourbon Guard

Jase spilt his bourbon on the couch at his place the other night, (It wasn’t his first) and said something along the lines of &quot::Thank goodness for Scotchguard TM&quot::.

I said &quot::don’t you mean Bourbon Guard TM&quot::

We laughed so hard we nearly fell off the couch.

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old old old

My mum bought me one of her friend’s computers so I could have a bit of a look at it, and see if it could be updated.

Mum did mention that it didn’t have a CD drive.

It was clearly old, and It didn’t want to boot, so I opened it up…

no dust inside, that’s always nice.

Oh my, are they 30 pins simms? where’s the processor??

ah, there it is under the sticker marked Caution and February 1993….

1993! It’s a 386-SX40, and it was still in use up until a week or so ago. In the same week that I put 17 computers out for hard rubbish, and all of them were 2 generations ahead of this machine…  I think we can do an upgrade!!

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Identity Theft

I thought Identity theft only happened in movies like The Net but it’s happened to me…

Someone has used my name address, date of birth and stuff to apply for credit cards, and at least one has actually been issued, activated and used to purchase something.

It started with a call from AussieMastercard which Bernie took and she thought they were just we cold calling. She mentioned it to me, so when I got a call later from GE Financial Services, I was rather suspicious..

I’m still waiting for paperwork to arrive, but I’ve got to goto the police and report it too.

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ICE – In Case of Emergency

This arrived in my inbox the other day, and rather than forward it, I thought I’d post it here…

East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national In Case of Emergency (ICE)” campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston and in association with Vodafone’s annual life savers award.

The idea is that you store the word “”ICE”” in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the name & number of the person you would want to be contacted “”In Case of Emergency””. In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them.

It’s so simple – everyone can do it. Please do. Please will you also forward this to everybody in your address book, it won’t take too many forwards’ before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life.

There’s even a website: http://www.icecontact.com/

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Worm Email

I got this great mass mailing Worm email the other day..

Dear Geekzone Member,

We have temporarily suspended your email account mark@geekzone.com.au.

This might be due to either of the following reasons:

1. A recent change in your personal information (i.e. change of address).
2. Submiting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
3. An innability to accurately verify your selected option of subscription due to an internal error within our processors.
See the details to reactivate your Geekzone account.

Sincerely,The Geekzone Support Team

+++ Attachment: No Virus (Clean)
+++ Geekzone Antivirus – www.geekzone.com.au

The nasty turns out to be the very common Mytob worm, but I had to search for it, as the attachment was stripped by my real virus checker, but I thought it was very funny

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strange coincidence # 1029

On my way home from the Melbourne PHP User Group Meeting I was stopped at a set of light in Lilydale, and I happened to glance up at the petrol station in front of me.

Unleaded was 102.9 cents.

Bringing by focus back to the interior of the car, I noticed the time was exactly 10:29pm

Caused a weird double take / deja-vu sort of thing…

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