The Flickr account I use for posting images on Pattaya Rag went tits up last night (Saturday) so many of my archived posts are now without images. I've e-mailed Flickr to get it fixed but I don't expect much to happen today, Sunday!!!
As a quick fix, I've set up a new Flickr account for today's post so hopefully the images will show correctly.
- Marine 2 is absolutely buzzing by 2.30am and crammed full of quality freelancers, (is that an oxymoron?)
- Champagne Go Go closed for 30 days by order of the document checkers
- Golf club sports days start in the Pattaya area from April 1st so enjoy playing 5 star golf for even less
- 101 most useful websites (UK centric) [via Telegraph.co.uk]
- Portable iPod Video Enlarger And DVD Player - Let’s face the facts, the iPod doesn’t exactly come with the largest display in the world now, does it? Being a portable media player to boot, screen real estate is a very important criteria to consider if you plan to watch countless hours of video on it.
This is the portable DVD player that integrates with 5th Generation video iPods, allowing you to watch iPod videos on a 8 1/2″, 16:9 widescreen LCD that is 2 3/4 times larger than the iPods screen. Using active matrix technology, the LCD can redraw images faster than typical LCD monitors, resulting in a sharper, more detailed resolution. An iPod slides into the front of the video player and is protected by a clear plastic cover, and the dual headphone jacks allow two people to use the video player without disturbing fellow travellers. The device has an AV port for output to a television, charges an iPod while in use, and has an on-screen menu display for quick set up. Rechargeable battery allows three hours of continuous DVD playback on a five-hour charge; four hours of iPod® video playback. Includes AC and DC adapters, carrying case, headphones, remote control, and a strap for attaching to a car headrest. Supports DVD, VCD, CDs, MP3 CDs, and iPod® video/music files. Hammacher is currently carrying this item for $269.95. [via Coolest Gadgets]
- Microsoft launches improved desktop search for Windows XP and Vista
For well over a decade, Microsoft has included a nearly useless search feature in Windows. Sure, you could type in a query and maybe even get an accurate response. But you might have to wait five minutes to get your results. Things changed with Windows Vista, which includes a nearly instantaneous desktop search function. Just type a query into the Start Menu search bar, and you should be able to find what you're looking for in a matter of seconds.
The desktop search feature in Vista is based on an application called Windows Search, and Microsoft has just released a preview of the next version of the utility. And best of all, Windows Search 4.0 Preview runs on either Windows Vista or Windows XP.
Aside from support for Windows XP, Windows Search 4.0 has a few other significant updates:
A number of bug fixes
Get your results 33% faster
Remote Index Discovery now works with every version of Windows, meaning you can index files on any Windows machine on your network
If an error occurs, Windows Search will rollback to your last known working state rather than starting the entire indexing process over again from scratch
Encrypted files can now be indexed
[via Download Squad]
29% of Windows Vista crashes caused by NVIDIA drivers
If you were an early adopter of Windows Vista, there's a pretty good chance you became familiar with one of Vista's coolest new features: an automatic crash reporting utility that will recommend solutions if and when they become available. Or to put it another way, if you tried running Windows Vista on many machines, there was a good chance your computer crashed. A lot. Even if the manufacturer had slapped a shiny new label proclaiming the computer to be "Vista Capable."
There's a class action suit working its way through the courts to determine whether Microsoft changed the definition of "capable" to help Intel sell
computerschips. But some of the documents released in the case (PDF link) are interesting in their own right. For example, Microsoft has a chart that lists identified causes of Windows Vista crashes during an unspecified period in 2007.
The folks at Ars Technica took it upon themselves to convert that data into the pretty chart you see above. The number one culprit graphics chip maker NVIDIA, a company that had a difficult time updating its graphics drivers for the new operating system. Next up is Microsoft itself, and really there's no good excuse for that, is there?
- Record Skype calls for free with Call Graph
While Call Graph certainly isn't the only Skype plugin that lets you record calls for free, it is certainly one of the simplest to use. And it's free, which always helps. Here's how it works. You install Call Graph, and it will automatically record every call you make as a 128kbps MP3 file. You'll know it's working because a window will pop up letting you know the call is being recorded and asking if you want to stop the recording. You can also click the icon in the system tray to configure Call Graph so that it won't automatically record every call.
When a call ends, a window will pop up showing you a list of recent calls. You can play, rename, tag, or delete files from this window. There's also a search bar to find previous calls, which can come in handy as long as you've been diligent about adding tags.
Call Graph appears to be Windows only for now, and it's officially a public beta, although it seems to work pretty well. [via Download Squad]
- Adrianna at ButterflySearcher
- A father watched his young daughter playing in the garden on their Wyoming ranch. He smiled as he reflected on how sweet and pure his little girl was. He thought about her seeing the wonders of nature through such innocent eyes.
Suddenly she just stopped and stared at the ground. He went over to her to see what work of God had captured her attention. He noticed she was looking at two spiders mating.
'Daddy, what are those two spiders doing?' she asked.
'They're mating,' her father replied.
'What do you call the spider on top?' she asked.
'That's a Daddy Longlegs,' her father answered.
'So, the other one is a Mommy Longlegs?' the little girl asked.
As his heart soared with the joy of such a cute and innocent question, he replied 'No dear. Both of them are Daddy Longlegs.'
The little girl, looking a little puzzled, thought for a moment, then took her foot and stomped them flat and said, 'Well, we're not having any of that Brokeback-Mountain shit in our garden.'