Friday, April 29, 2005

What in Google's name is going on!

Posted by Chris @ 9:24 AM

Google are stupid, they really are, I'm now top in Google if you search for cgriley, but under the domain!!! Argh!!! Will they ever get it right and stop listing my old pages as well?

Now this is more like it, searching for Chris Riley, a term I'm not listed in Google for, on I'm on the first page, fantastic!

Need I say any more, go, switch your allegiance, it's pretty darn obvious which is the better search engine now!!

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Another good weekends work...

Posted by Chris @ 5:37 PM

Our wall
Well it has taken the weekend to stain all the bits (in dark oak if you're wondering) and then get it assembled on our wall, but we now have our picket fence! Rather nice it looks too if you don't mind me saying so! Hopefully that should stop any annoying kids sitting on our wall!

In other news I've washed the car, weeded and swept (with Dawn's help) the front garden, and helped the sweet peas out the back to find my homemade trellis (them flopping to one side didn't look very encouraging.)

As you can tell we took full advantage of the nice weather, hope everyone else has managed to do the same!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Funky XML stuff in IE

Posted by Chris @ 8:53 PM

I don't tend to post techie stuff on here, merely because I talk about it all at work with the people who care there!

But this warrants a post, you can use an XML document and standard HTML and format it as easy as you like - no scripting or merging XSL and XML - just HTML. Admittedly it is only in I.E that this works, but I can't believe I've not picked up on it before. The World needs to be told, and so here I am to begin the good work.

Check out this quick example of data island binding on to see what I'm on about, and be amazed (or confused if you don't code websites!)

The new Pope and Catholic church

Posted by Chris @ 8:30 PM

I'm not a religious person, as those close to me will know, and I don't intend to get controversial on the blog, but to hell with it (apologies to relatives for my use of the word hell!)

This whole election of a Pope is a complete farce, in fact the Catholic church is a farce. What gets me is how 1.1billion people are suckered into the whole thing and "let God into their lives." I know nothing I say here is going to affect the religion of anyone, but lets face it when someone who has religious beliefs dies they are going to be disappointed. Fact.

All I can say is I'm glad I live in England where more people than average realise its rubbish, don't believe in it and instead do something useful on a Sunday.

I could go on, but I've already heavily edited this blog to deem it fit to post, so I shall end it here.

Monday, April 18, 2005


Posted by Chris @ 7:33 PM

The 100mA fuse is in and it works. Good stuff.

How hard can it be?

Posted by Chris @ 1:35 PM

So we had Jill over this weekend staying in the back room. For those that know it also has the combi boiler in it, which annoyingly fires up every now and again to keep it ticking over, even when switched off. Therefore as good hosts we switched the boiler off at the mains so that Jill could get a good nights sleep. Come Saturday morning we switched it on and all was fine. So we did the same thing Saturday night, but come Sunday morning we switched it on and nothing happened.


Listening closely to the boiler we could hear the quiet mechanical sound of the timer ticking round, so we knew it was getting power, so it was just the main circuit board with all its green flashy LED's that was dead. Great, so donning my work clothes I set to removing the boiler cover, killing the power supply and having a look at the fuses in the boiler. And low and behold 1 has blown - rated at 125mA. Great, "I'll just nip down to B&Q and get a replacement" I said to myself. Only B&Q don't do them, "Jon" helpfully told me, "the lowest we do is 1amp for light switches etc."


He did suggest trying Halfords, which I did, they didn't do them that small. Halfords suggested Currys, they didn't do them. They suggested no-one, useless idiots. So I turned as ever to Yellow pages, however given it was a Sunday didn't hold out much luck. City Electrical Factors were shut, as was the Plumb Centre, as was Maplins. There was one place in Sheffield that was open 7 days a week so the ad said. I rang them, excited and hopeful, only to be greeted with a cross between English and mumblish (coming from me that's saying something!) I gave up all hope, and resigned myself to greasy hair for the day, hoping that early Monday morning I could get up, go to the bright eyed wholesalers all before heading to work.

Only they don't open until 8am (well not the departments I needed), so I got up early this morning for nothing


Oh well, all is not lost, there is still Maplins. So off I trot at lunchtime to Maplins, home of everything electronic, everything except 125mA fuses!

Double Bugger.

So I've ended up buying a pack of 100mA fuses, and another pack of 160mA fuses. Hopefully the 100mA fuses will hold, and if not I'll risk blowing up the boilers PCB with the 160mA fuses. The only small grace is that if it does work, at least I'll have saved myself the cost of a plumber coming out and replacing a fuse, which would have annoyed me greatly had we called a plumber!

I'll keep you posted as to whether it works or not.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Posted by Chris @ 7:16 PM

So XBox2 had a very effective viral ad campaign on the go at the moment, which Anthony introduced me too. I've been suckered into it, seems fun enough with a daily puzzle and has a community feel to it.

In order to join go to this site and enter play to get past the first screen. Then join colony and enter this password 16634093

This will join you up to the Moddin'.net colony, and I can't help feeling that Ant's name is very appropriate for this little community! The more who join the more points we get, as well as solving the puzzles. Have fun and pass on our colony to increase numbers!!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Who should I vote for...

Posted by Chris @ 11:23 AM

Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for?

Your expected outcome:


Your actual outcome:

You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Was it something we said?

Posted by Chris @ 8:34 PM

So we got home tonight to find the neighbours have got a for sale sign up on their house. Bit of a surprise to us, but at least it lets us see how much their place is worth!

Hopefully the new neighbours will be nice, but they've got to sell it first!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

More Picasa fun

Posted by Chris @ 8:46 PM

I've had some more fun in Picasa - comments...

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Aww, isn't she cute

Posted by Chris @ 7:21 PM

I've been a little quiet these last few days. Apologies.

Anyway we were in Carlisle and now I have the digital camera, I took a few pictures of Dawn's Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Kay. She is a lovely soft lump of a dog, as you can see from the picture below. One day, Dawn and I will have our own Kay, just not exactly sure when that day might come!

Kay, isn't she cute?