FREE Steam games for all ATI Radeon card users

Valve has Informed Strategy Informer about their plans to deliver free games to all owners of ATI RadeonT graphics cards via Steam, a popular platform for the distribution and management of digital content.

Visit http://www.steampowered.com/ati_offer1a/ to see if you qualify and download you free game.

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Becoming Your Own SEO

The definition of SEO stands for "Search Engine Optimization". This guide will tell you how to get the best of you website with out paying the hundreds of dollars for a "professional" to do it for you.

The first step: Getting you site laid out correctly.

Your site has to be well optimized to be easily crawled. The first step is to make sure that each page has a relevant title. This gives search engines and idea of what your page is about.

Make sure that each page has a description in the header. The description aids a search engine into what your site is about, as well as offering information about the page if it can't pickup its own description.

Don't use frames. Frames were good 5 -10 years ago but know have fallen by the wayside. Search engines have trouble crawling you content and most users (including myself) don't like the way website perform when frames are used.

Have Good Content. You have the best site in the world but on every page there is only a few lines, no good to search engines. People like rich picture and text pages, having one line per page doesn't give Google, Yahoo or any other search engines much to go on. Develop content.

Don't duplicate other sites content. Duplicating other peoples content doesn't bode well for search engine rankings. They no that its duplicate and will most certainly put it against when it comes to listing you site.

Keywords. You want you site say to appear for blogs. Make sure that "blog" frequently appears on your site. Having "blog" appear on your site will increase the chance of your site being linked to the word blog. Don't spam the listings though, you could be penalized.

Use the h1 and h2 tags to highlight your titles and other words on your page. Search engines will pick up on the importance of the words within the tags, improving the the chance of that phrase being picked up.

Don't have dead links. Dead links are trouble. Having dead links annoys both users and search engines on you site. There could be the most amazing web page at the end of the link but if no no one can get there how can it be indexed.

Step two: Getting links

To get indexed you have to have a link to you website. The best places to get links are on high page rank sites, but this is always never possible. So you have to go alternate routes and build up links to your site.

Manual submission. This method involves go to each of the search engines and manually adding your site to the listings, is a long way to do it but search engines will begin to find your site.

Social submission. This involves go to places like Digg, Reddit, etc and adding your site and getting visitors this way. One golden rule is making sure you don't spam these sites, spamming doesn't help. This is another way to get your site onto the listings.

Keep updating your content. The more web pages you put on the site with new original content. Search robots will comeback more and more often, indexing your site with your content.

The final rule

The final rule of Search Engine Optimization is wait. It takes time for people to find your site on search engines. What to do in the mean time, add more to your website and have fun.

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Cartoon Wednesday

Hey Hey

Its that time again for cartoon Wednesday. Once again its Silent Kimbly. I just love the expression on this guys face. Click for full version.


Photo Tuesday - Rain Drops

Its Tuesday again and its time I bring you a cool photo which you can use for your desktop. This weeks its the turn of Rain Drops.


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If you want to download more wallpapers check out this post.

Can you Digg it? Song

After searching through my vast music collection I came across this song. I like Digg, and these people must have been on the beta release. New how good it was and wrote a song about it. How cool.

Can you Dig it?
By the Mock Turtles


The lyrics go something like this:

Can you dig it
Can you understand me now
I'll get through somehow
You won't ever get me down
Won't see me hanging around

Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it what I'm saying
One little kiss isn't anything
I won't be sad

Someone turned a light on

See how big and strong I've grown
I'm standing on my own

Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it what I'm saying
One little kiss isn't anything
You keep insisting on everything
I won't be sad

Someone turned a light on

Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it what I'm saying
One little kiss isn't anything
You keep insisting on everything
I won't be sad

Someone turned a light on

Can you dig it
Can you dig it
Can you dig it
Can you dig it

Do you reckon this was created for the infamous Digg.

You can download it here.


Find Out Where That Spam Came From With GMail

Every time you hand out your e-mail address there is a chance that some one will send it to a spammer and you will be inundated with spam. Well this is how to find out who's sending it and what you can do.

One of the features of GMail is the ability to add extra bits of information to our e-mail address.
For example your e-mail could be jamespowell100+extrabitofinforamtion@gmail.com.
The text after the + can be anything you want. This means that every time you sign up with your e-mail address you can add a bit of information to the site you signed up with. The advantage of this is that you know where it came from.

As a result of this every time you get an e-mail if this information you know where it came from.

Blocking out spam. Now you have spam coming into your GMail inbox and you need to get rid of it. Usually writing to the spammer never works, but with the advantage of GMail is you can create a rule to automatically delete it. The first step is tocreate a new filter with the e-mail address with your added bit of information. Click to enlarge.



Click next to setup the filters that can be applied. Click to enlarge.

You can set it to delete it. Of course this has implications such as it deleting e-mails legitimately from that source, but if they sold your e-mail to spammers I wouldn't deal with them.

Finally I hope this helps.


Quick Tip - Mac - Changing File Assosications

Hey

I'm new to Mac at the moment and learning all the time about the new operating system. The section will be given quick tips on speeding up your life. This feature will appear every now and again depending on what I find. This weak associations.

Change file associations (default opener)

Often times you might find that one or more files open with a undesirable program. Many people have come to me asking how exactly one goes about changing this. Here is the basic and easy way:

Find the program you want in the finder (or perhaps it's on the desktop). Ctrl+click the file so that the menu comes up, and click on "Get Info". In the window that comes up, go to the "Open With" section. Change the (default) to whichever program you'd like the file association to open with, and then click "Change All".Hope that helps. Peace Out.


Frustration Friday

Its Friday again and its time for frustration Friday.

  • Having to use Windows for the smallest of tasks
  • Not having enough disks space
Well i'm not very frustrated this week. Peace out.

Funny Thursday - Prank Call to 1-888-NO-PIRACY

Hey Hey

Its funny Thursday and this time its the turn for an old video about piracy. Man I laughed at this one.


Cartoon Wednesday

Well its time for cartoon Wednesday again. This weeks cartoon is proudly presented by Little Gamers
Enjoy. Click for full version.


Photo Tuesday - Coloured Smoke

Hey Hey

Its that time of the week its time for photo Tuesday. This week I've found a image that is colored smoke on a black ground. Its awesome. Click for full version.


The Real Reason The RIAA Sucks - Its Run By a Women

Every one has heard of the RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) knows that it is not the best organisation in tho world. All it seems to do is sue people for sharing music that they probably never owned or heard of. Well it may come as a shock to you but the organisation is run by a women.

The president of the RIAA is Hilary Rosen. This is more trouble than it worth. For example
Sir Patrick Moore said in this article, that "British TV standards are deteriorating because the BBC is "run by women"". Would the RIAA be different if it was run by a man. Would unnecessary lawsuits disappear and instead they would focus and getting music to users instead of tightening DRM measures and making it more and more restrictive. We would have to wonder.

Now I am all for women in power but I do think that they may not always bring the best views to the table. If you would like to share your views please leave a comment.


The 6 Types of Bloggers

The "new" craze on the Internet is blogging. I say craze because every one seem to be doing it, old people, young people, even babies. From my experience there are many times of bloggers in the world.

1) The Spam Blogger

This blogger is not really a blogger. He or she sets up a website with the sole interest in putting up adverts and non sensical adverts, all for the better of generating a little profit at the expense of annoying many people. This people should not be called bloggers. There blogs are known as splogs.

2) The Post Hundreds Of Articles A Day Blogger

This type of blogger no one cares about. He or she posts hundreds of times a day with nonsense relating to what they watched 5 minutes ago on TV. Now only likes your blog, go away.

3) The One Post Blogger

This blogger sets up a blog an only posts to it once. Clearly they thought blogging was to hard and gave up with out trying.

4) The Serious Blogger

These bloggers are some of the worst on the interwebs. Post only about really serious topics that only 0.0001% of the world cares about and gets really upset when people don't like their blog.

5) The True Blogger

This person was born to blog. He or she regularly updates with good honest content which is fits for every ones eyes.

6) The "Hey I Got A Blog" Blogger

This blogger is usually on par with MySpace. His or her blog has to contain every colour is the CSS colour chart. Usually mixes with the number 2 or 3 on this list.

Well folks that's all I can think of right now. Have fun and enjoy the rest of your day.


Frustration Friday

Its Friday again and it is time te vent my frustration. This week I am frustrated about.

  • Lack of time
  • Exams
  • More exams
  • Rubbish weather
  • Slow computer
  • Laggy Counter Strike
  • My Macbook Pro and arriving quick enough
  • School
See you next week for my frustration.

8 Blogger Improvements

I use Blogger all the time and I think its great. But there are some improvements that could make it a lot better.

1) Spell Checking in Title

This should be an improvement because there are so many time that I have posted and there has been a small spelling mistake and as a result I have to go back and change it. A small line of code would make so much difference in a post if it would spell check it.

2) Autosave

This feature way already be implemented but it would have a piece of mind if there was an indication that the post was saved. It is very frustrating when your computer crashes and you lose a past that you have been working on for the last half hour.

3) AutoFormat

This improvement would automatically change letters such as "i" into a capital. As well as changing the first letter in a sentence to a capital.

4) Responsiveness

The service may be great but there are sometimes when Blogger is just plain slow. For example adding an image can take for ever. If Blogger was sped up a bit this would be a great improvement.

5) More Template Functionality

This improvement would enable advance tweaking to the CSS and template without the need for looking through the template. Probably for advance users but it would help improve layouts.

6) More Widgets

This is more of a content feature. But there would be more widgets to add to your template.

7) Adsense Widget

This widget would be a lot better if it interfaced into your Adsense account more. For example channels , saved colour scheme. This improvement would make the widget better.

8) Able to Place Widgets Between Posts

Instead of having to place code manually in the template there should be an extra area to place widgets, this would be especially made for the Adsense widget.


Fuuny Thursday - Polkrama - Weird Al Yankovic

This video is awsome I laughed so hard. Its Polkrama by Weird Al Yankovic


Why Don't Bittorrent Trackers Use IP Blocklist

Hey

As I looked at all the lawsuits that seemed to be brought against people for sharing information on Bittorrent and other P2P networks. I was wondering why Bittorrent trackers don't use IP blocking.

For example, Peer Guardian offers a program that blocks IP addresses from connecting to your computer and vice versa. As well as this I also know that Bittorrent trackers have the ability to block IP's for various reasons (Eg, Bad Seeding, Bad Upload ratio etc). How come then these trackers don't implement the Peer Guardian block list into the tracker. This would stop people IP addresses being snooped in alleged file sharing scandals. As the snooper could not connect to the tracker network. This could solve the problem.

Of course this would just create a round robin of different IP to add to the tracker that these companies use, as well as this it would probably put tremendous strain on the tracker as it would have to manage every IP address. There would probably be a limit as well.

End note: I do not support illegal file sharing, this was just an idea that popped into my head.


Microsofts Releases New Keyboard

Microsoft has just released a new keyboard. The best ever. Check it out.
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Cartoon Wednesday

It is that time again. Cartoon Wednesday. This week its from Ctrl+Alt+Del

As usual click on the image for the full version.




Can You Digg it?


Mouse on Mars - There Is Life Out There

We have long since wondered weather there was life outside our planet, and now we have found some. Some one has found a Mouse on Mars. We are not alone.

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Amazing Fractal - Photo Tuesday

This weeks photo is of a Fractal. The image name is called Suspension and the original work is located here.


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You Know You Use Firefox To Much When?

I love FireFox, I use it all the time. If you don't have FireFox and want to download it, use the link on the left.

You Know When You Use FireFox To Much When?

1) You get nervous and shaky when using another browser.
2) You Hot key the application to a button on your mouse.
3) You have all the major extensions, plus loads of smaller ones.

FireFox addons

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4) You have loads of grease monkey scripts.
5) FireFox takes up a gorge of memory even after its been optimised.

Firefox memory
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6) You know all the inputs for the "about:config"
7) Your favourite add on has to fight for screen space.
8) You have installed the top 10 addon's.
9) You spend all you time using FireFox.

10) You feel good inside when FireFox claims more use on the Internet.
11) You feel like crying when Internet Explore gains more market share.
12) You have set your desktop background to the FireFox logo.
13) You use the FireFox logo on a credit card.

firefox credit cardClick to Enlarge

14) You recommend FireFox to people even when they already have it installed.
15) The FireFox website is your homepage.

If you wloud like to use FireFox please use the link on the left.

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Worst Analogies Ever Written in a High School Essay

After searching the internet as usual I found these analogis that are simple awful. I would like to the site but I cant find it. Enjoy.

  • He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
  • The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
  • McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty Bag filled with vegetable soup.
  • From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and "Jeopardy" comes on at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30.
  • Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.
  • Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center.
  • Bob was as perplexed as a hacker who means to access T:flw.quid55328.com\aaakk/ch@ung but gets T:\flw.quidaaakk/ch@ung by mistake.
  • Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
  • He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.
  • The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
  • Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie this guy would be buried in the credits as something like "Second Tall Man."
  • Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
  • The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on a Dr Pepper can.
  • They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.
  • John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
  • The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play.
  • His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
  • The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon.
Thanks James out.

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New Website

Hey

I've created this new site Adsense Hacks. Currently its in the basic development stage although it should provide good tips and hints at getting the best out of Adsense. I will be updated frequently so check it out.

Adsense Hacks


Frustration Friday

It that time of week again. Things that are frustrating this week.

  1. The lack of time to revise
  2. Revison
  3. Slow Computer
  4. Borimg TV
  5. Slow internet connection

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Improvements to Google Adsense

We all know that Google Adsense is the bees knees, but there is always room for improvement. I've been using Adsense for not very long and would like to suggest some ideas to make Google Adsense better than it already is.

1) Reports That Tell You How Many Invalid Clicks.

Although this might not be the biggest of problems for most people it is just nice to know. For example there are days when i've had clicks and not earned that much. How many were invalid? I don't know.

2) A Report That Tells You How Much You Earned per 1000 Page Views

Some advertisers on the network also/only pay every time there has been 1000 page views of that particular advert on your site. This improvement would make it slight better in working out how much you have earned from these advertisements.

3) An Auto Rotate of Colour Palettes

This improvement would automatically cycle the Adsense adverts between different colour palettes. This could be done every time a visitor refreshes your page or every hour, day etc. This would save time manually changing the colours.
I do no that you could program that in a Javascript of different Adsense code layouts to auto rotate, but this could be done with out the need to learn how to do that.

4) Auto Rotate of Ad units

Very similar to the previous improvement but Google Adsense auto rotates between adverts. For example button and large box. Saves you doing it manually.

5) Automatic Notification of New Sites

This is more of a warning than any thing else. All it would do is tell you in either Adsense or by an E-mail that it has picked your adverts on another site. Save you being caught with questionable content that wasn't yours.

6) The Saving of Preset Designs

Similar to the palette feature but this time saves your colours and Ad unit styles. Quick and easy access, rather than going through the wizard.

7) Graphs

In the same style of the new Google Analytics but used in Adsense, the simple reason that reports have all this data but no way to graph it. You could do it in Excel or similar but that involves a different process. As well as this a little interface boost would always look good.

If you would like to try Adsense there is a link on the left. That will take you directly to the sign up page.

Can You Digg it?

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Google Analytics is Going to Rock

Hey

Edit: Just today i changed over to the new Google Analytics and it does rock. Go Google.

Wow, I just found this post over at Modern Life is Rubbish and looks like the new version of Google Analytics is gonna rock. Look at those screen shots. Its a lot better improvement to the current version.

Old Version

Old Version of Google Analytics
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New Version

New Version of Google Analytics Click to Enlarge

It is almost like waiting for Christmas. I cant wait.

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Are you a "Wilfer"

Are you a "Wilfer"?

A wilf stands for "What was I looking for?" which basically means the process of going online and getting distracted. For example you go online, log in, and get distracted vistiting different links on different pages totally unrelated to the content you were looking for. Most of the time people end up on Wikipedia.
A Scottish poll (YouGov) claims that more than 60% of the Scottish admit to browsing aimlessly online. That's a lot of time and productivity wasted.

So the warning is stay focused. Or you could end up being sucked into the time wasting vortex or the Internet.

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Funny Thursday - Laughing Baby

Hello,

Its that time again for funny thursday. This week I bring you, a laughing baby. Hilarious.




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Cartoon Wednesday

It time for cartoon Wednesday. This week it is from xkcd
Enjoy.

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Photo Tuesday - Futuristic CGI city

Joining the ranks of "Cartoon Wednesday" and "Funny Thursday" its Photo Tuesday. The funny name would have sounded better with Thursday, again, but there is only one of those every week.

Anywho, this photo I found on Stumble Upon and it should be shared. Click it to enlarge.


Amazing GCI photo
Although its not HDR, it is CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) it is still cool.

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The Best HDR Images

I spend a lot of time on the web and one of my main interests is finding and using HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. For people with out the know how these are images with even more colour values than normal images. For more information check out here.These are in no particular order but each deserve a mention.

To see the full version just click on the image.

Boat HDRThis is one of my favourite. Simply because the reflections in the water look amazing.

Statues HDRThe colours on the silver balls look amazing. As well as the depth of colour on the statues, really stands out.
This is my favourite HDR image. The colour on both the hat and background are brilliant. Reminds me of when I went to Disney World.

Tower of Terror HDRAnother HDR image form Disney World. This is one of the best simply because of the amazing detail at the top of the tower. The purples and blues are so awesome.

Not the most realistic image but it can show you what you can do with a HDR. The colours in this are amazing.

Quite an old HDR image, but amazing none of the less.

A verf eerie image. Probably one of the best i've seen. In the full version look at the man in the bottom left corner.

You wouldn't believe this was a HDR image. Amazing the amount of life this dark image has in it.
This image is from Tokyo. Love the colours.

HDRAnother awsome image. Looks like its CGI.

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Bill Gates - 11 Life Rules

Bill Gates - 11 Life Rules

I found this searching on the internet. Should learn his rules. See how wealthy he got.

"Love him or hate him, Bill Gates sure hits the nail on the head with this! To anyone with kids of any age, here's some advice.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school.

He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world."

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make £60,000 a year right out of secondary school. You won't be a prime-minister with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into terms or years. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

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New Domain

Hey Hey

Ive got a new domain today. www.thepowellblog.com. Its so cool. There are new things happeneing to the Powell blog.


Funny Car Facts

Ive been searching around the internet and found some really funny and interesting facts about cars. Some of these were really funny.

  1. Did you know that the top speeder was Arwstrong Tilley. He was clocked at 205mph on a Honda Rc51 motorbike on US highway 61. The previous speeder was Dr William Faenza who was driving at 158mph in a 55mph in a Lawborghini Diablo.
  2. With the high amount of speed cameras on the roads we Brits are becoming more creative with your excuses. Here are seven of the best
    1. My budgie was ill and i was rushing to the vet.
    2. I was desperate for the loo and had to speed to the nearest toilet.
    3. An ice scraper jammed under the pedal.
    4. I passed out after seeing a UFO
    5. I had severe diarrhoea.
    6. A gust of wind pushed over the limit.
    7. I was looking at the rev counter by mistake.
  3. In china there is a neat solutions to in taxi robbery. If the driver fears he is going to be robbed he can press a button and a Taser like 50,000 volts go through the cushion disabling the passenger.
  4. In Ukraine two armed robbers fled with over 200,000 euros and two women hostages. The following pursuit lasted through Germany, Poland and Ukraine. over 600 miles. It involved 20 police cars and chases over 100mph. It took longer than any one expected. Must have been on diesel.

Frustration Fridays

Things that are frustrating this week.

  1. Amount of coursework
  2. Revision (or lack of)
  3. The stupenious amount of time it takes to transfer 100Gbs of data.
  4. My poor spelling
  5. My poor grammar
  6. Not having a well paying job
  7. The time it takes Windows to load
  8. Time it takes any applications to load
  9. iTunes being slow to play a shuffle
  10. Firefox slow to load
Man I must be annoyed. Its the longest list yet.

101 Ways to Annoy Your Co-workers

Hey Hey,

I found how to annoy your co-workers on this site.
Some of these are really funny.

  1. Leave a stack of old applications and a note saying, “Install these”
  2. Staple your reports in the wrong corner
  3. Put tape over the mouse optics
  4. Unplug a co-worker’s monitor
  5. Talk to sick employees while wearing a dust mask
  6. Turn your earphones up all the way
  7. Burn popcorn in the microwave
  8. “Forget” to put your tuna sandwich in the fridge
  9. Turn up the beep volume of the copier
  10. Empty the paper out of the main printer/copier
  11. Empty the ink or toner out of the main printer/copier
  12. Practice beat boxing
  13. Sing show tunes
  14. Hang up the phone before they say, “good bye”
  15. Slurp hot coffee during meetings
  16. Walk around the office barefooted
  17. Empty out a co-workers office on a Friday afternoon
  18. Misplace peoples pens
  19. Insert a 3.5” disk before they turn on their computer
  20. Glue their mouse to the desk
  21. Leave an open can of tuna in their desk
  22. Make a screenshot of their desktop and use it as their screensaver
  23. Turn up the contrast on their monitor
  24. Talk in a funny accent
  25. Use goofy event sounds for your programs
  26. Chant, “Yeay, I got mail!!” every time you get a new email
  27. Print out a phony pink slip and leave It in their mailbox
  28. Send flowers from one co-worker to another
  29. Start your car remotely when someone walk by it
  30. Insist on people to have a great morning
  31. Leave hole punches all over
  32. Leave your lunch garbage in other people’s cans
  33. After each sip give a refreshing, “Ahhh”
  34. Put salt on someone’s mouse pad
  35. Set a password on someone’s screensaver
  36. Carry on a conversation with someone two cubes down
  37. Smirk when a co-worker walks by
  38. Eat half of someone’s lunch
  39. Swap co-worker’s chairs
  40. Fake stomach flu during a meeting and need to abruptly leave three or four times
  41. Stare deeply into your co-workers eyes when they talk to you
  42. Take all the ice out of the community freezer
  43. Listen to comedy tracks and laugh hysterically
  44. Hit all the floor buttons when you leave the elevator
  45. Make hissing sounds into the phone and insist you have a bad connection
  46. Flip the left and right mouse button defaults
  47. Take out the ball in the mouse
  48. Eat sunflower seeds
  49. Tell a long story without a point
  50. Tell a co-worker you liked their hair better last week
  51. Anonymously send flowers to a random co-worker
  52. Bring Cheetos for food days
  53. Drag your feet when you walk down the halls
  54. Exclaim your co-worker didn’t wash his hands when leaving the restroom
  55. Eat stinky foods when you have lunch at your desk
  56. Practice drumming on your desk
  57. Use too many paper clips
  58. Fill out your time sheets incorrectly
  59. Set your mobile phone to an obnoxious ring tone
  60. Forward chain letters and other spam to co-workers
  61. Express your political views at length
  62. Whisper loudly
  63. Come to work sick
  64. Drink the last cup of coffee without making a new pot
  65. Answer your mobile during meetings
  66. Stand over someone while they are on the phone
  67. Sneak up behind someone
  68. Mess with the thermostat
  69. Give everyone a pistol wink when they walk by
  70. Gradually turn down the volume on someone’s phone
  71. Leave unusual print outs on the printer
  72. Throw out other people’s prints
  73. Juggle office supplies
  74. Write all your memos on bright colored paper
  75. Be overly nice to people
  76. Hide whiteboard erasers
  77. Chew gum while talking on the phone
  78. Regularly update everyone on the current weather
  79. Read your emails aloud
  80. Leave the fridge open
  81. Shake up cans of pop in the fridge
  82. Leave fingerprints on the copier glass
  83. Whistle all day long
  84. Wear too much cologne/perfume
  85. Type loudly
  86. Wear bright colored clothes
  87. Give everyone a nickname from a TV show
  88. Do the sneaky walk around the office
  89. Peer over the cube and wait for a co-worker to look up and notice
  90. Use the intercom and page yourself
  91. Swap the regular and decaf coffee
  92. Hide the sugar and creamer
  93. Type emails in uppercase and excessive punctuation
  94. Refer to your garbage can as your in-box
  95. Stick pencils to the ceiling in other people’s offices
  96. Throw a bouncy ball in your office
  97. Tell the same story over and over
  98. Imitate regular sounds like a disc drive opening, door slamming or a mouse click
  99. Talk to your monitor as if it was a person
  100. Schedule meetings at 4:00pm
  101. Talk loudly with your earphones on when someone comes to talk to you

Drawing Yourself As A Cartoon Character - Photoshop

This is a Photoshop tutorial in how to draw yourself as a cartoon character.

First things first, open Photoshop. I'm using Photoshop CS2. Find a suitable photo with you or any ones face as the main element of the page. Set this as the background layer.

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The next step is to add layers for each individual element of the drawing. For example the first layer should be outline. This should go at the top.

The next step is to add the outline. I used a 9 pixel soft brush. Use this to go round the main part of your head as shown.

The best method is a nice smooth line going around the edge.

The next step is to add the smaller inner lines to the main parts of your face. I used a 5 pixel soft brush.
The final outline should look like the image below. The black parts, the eyes and the nostrils should be filled in.
One of the best methods to make a good image is to have good layers. Each element such as hair, eyes, outline should be a new layer.

The next step is to colour your face. Start with the lowest element on the image, and work upwards. To get the colour of your skin take a 5 x 5 point sample. This would get the average colour of skin.

Then using a big solid brush and colour the whole layer in. Make sure you a colouring on a now layer.
The next step is to add a subtle highlight some shadows. Use both a combination of a darker/lighter skin tone, with a transparent soft brush. And the burn/dodge tool. Follow the main areas. Keep switching to your original photo for references.

The next steps are to colour in the other areas of your face. I started with lips.

After this i did the eyes. It really doesn't matter what order you do the features in. Just make sure you cover the whole area. A good tip is to hide your original layer. Any missing bits will show through.
Its starting to look better already. Don't you think the eyes really bring a picture to life.

The final step is to move on to your hair. Use the 5x5 point sample to take the average hair colour value. Apply subtle highlights and shadows to bring the picture to life.
Looking good. Finally add a t-shirt (which you can do at the beginning, I just forgot) and colour appropriately.
The final step is to add a background. On a new layer a circle in a "calm" colour. Blue works well.

Flatten and save and you have yourself drawn and inked in Photoshop.


Please leave a comment with links to your Photoshop creations.


Funny Thursday (Video)

Hey Hey,

Its that time again. Prepare to laugh. This week ive found a hilarious video on YouTube. People do not to how strong these rifles are.


Cartoon Wednesday

Its Wednesday and its time for a new feature. Cartoon Wednesday. Where i search the web for the best cartoons and give them to you. This week its from Silent Kimbly


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How to Annoy Someone Part 3

Here it is part 3 of 3, enjoy.
171.
172.
173. Add blank entries to lists, to make it look like it's longer.
174. Call every pager number you know and leave the number for your local McDonald's.
175. Wash and scrub the trees in your front lawn.
176. Throw newspapers back at paperboys.
177. Tell people their fly is down when they're wearing sweat pants.
178. Stand on a busy corner. Gasp, look and point up. See how many people look.
179. At random times in a conversation, say "Hi," "Hello Sir, how are you?" or "Have a good day, thank you."
180. Put electrical tape over the headlights of someone's car.
181. Walk up to random strangers insisting you are family.
182. Dress like a "High-class rich person" and wash windows at random street corners. Demand a dollar in a British accent.
183. When a cop pulls you over, when they step up to your car, drive forward slowly and make them walk. Especially if it's raining.
184. In an office, lock all the doors behind you.
185. Face the back when standing in an elevator.
186. Grin so wide it hurts your cheeks at every salesperson in town.
187. When at an ATM, try to have a conversation with it, or pretend it stole your card. (This works best if there's a line.)
188. Unbend all the paperclips you can find, then replace every eraser you can find with a rubber band.
189. Ask people to prove everything they say. (e.g. "I'm Bob, nice to meet you..." "PROVE IT!")
190. Sharpen All your pencils to the same size EXACTLY.
191. Answer every question with another question. As soon as one of you says a statement instead of a question, shout "I win!".
192. Pose as a client at a bank or other professional institution, and when you are seated in front of their desk, keep rearranging the items on top into different patterns and tell them you are "just reorganizing things."
193. Instead of singing 99 bottles of beer on the wall, sing 999,999,999 bottles of beer on the wall!
194. Call every girl you know "dude".
195. Recite every song from the Playstation games PaRappa the Rapper and Um Jammer Lammy.
196. Bring a portable CD player to a concert and listen the CD because you insist that it is "Just better quality"
197. Press the "power" button on on someone's computer or keyboard when they're almost finished typing up a long essay, story etc. Apologize sincerely, claiming that you thought it was the focus adjustment.
198. Call 911 and breathe heavily.
199. Take a shower. Feel guilty. Give it back.
200. Mow your carpet. (Or preferably somebody else's)
201. Vacuum your lawn. (See note on 200)
202. Recite shakespearian poetry to everyone you meet.
203. Go to McDonalds and ask for a BK Whopper.



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Really Bad F1 Crash


I was busy typing on my keyboard yesterday, smashing away at the keys as I do. The F1 key was becoming a little sticky. I smashed it really hard and then this happened. The amount of damage was untold, and I couldn't work for a whole 20 minutes. Granted it took my 19 minutes to find the camera and take the photo.



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Have you had any keyboard accidents. If so leave a comment.

How to Annoy Someone Part 2

Here is part 2 of 3. Some of these crack me up.


86. Finish the 99 bottles of beer song.
87. Sing the "This is the song that never ends" song from Lampchop's Play-Along.
88. Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.
89. Pretend your mouse is a CB radio, and talk into it.
90. Drive half a block.
91. Inform others that they exist only in your imagination.
92. Cultivate a Norwegian accent. If Norwegian, affect a southern drawl.
93. "Forget" the punch line to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot."
94. Routinely handcuff yourself to furniture, informing the curious that you don't want to fall off "in case the big one comes."
95. Deliberately hum songs that will remain lodged in co-workers' brains, such as "Feliz Navidad," the Archies' "Sugar," or the Mr. Rogers theme song.
96. Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.
97. Ask to "interface" with someone.
98. Incessantly recite annoying phrases, such as "sticky wicket isn't cricket."
99. Stare at static on the TV and claim you can see a "magic picture."
100. Scuff your feet on a dry, shaggy carpet and seek out victims.
101. Never make eye contact.
102. Never break eye contact.
103. Construct your own pretend "tricorder," and "scan" people with it, pronouncing the results.
104. Give a play-by-play account of a person's every action in a nasal Howard Cossell voice.
105. Occasionally bark in a high-pitched voice.
106. Say "okay, you're gay" to anything someone says.
107. As people talk, smell their shoulders.
108. When in a conversation, look out the window, then say "Wait, start over. I wasn't paying attention."
109. Say to people, "Did you wear deodorant today?"
110. Place your shoes on the table.
111. When talking to someone, look at a spot about two inches to their right.
112. When standing near a "high-class person," ask them, "Excuse me, but do I have a booger hanging on my nose? I thought I picked it off.
113. Switch your neighbor's lawn furniture with someone else's.
114. Call into work and tell them you have something better to do today.
115. Buy goldfish and ask the clerk if they come with chips.
116. Sample every flavor of ice cream and tell the clerk what you don't like about each one.
117. Pick your ear wax and ask if you could use their sleeve to wipe it off.
118. Insist completely ridiculous things are true - like Bush is still President.
119. Speak in a strong Welsh accent.
120. Wear odd shoes.
121. Learn "Ice Ice Baby" by heart and recite it endlessly.
122. Disagree strongly with everything anybody says.
123. Throw stones at people walking past your house.
124. Keep changing the TV channel every two seconds.
125. Insist that Celine Dion is better than the Beatles.
126. Whenever anyone says something, laugh loudly as if they have just told and extremely funny joke.
127. Phone McDonald's and try to make a reservation for that evening.
128. Spend an entire weekend pretending you are R2-D2.
129. Phone random numbers and tell them you are holding their daughter hostage.
130. Recite the first 4,000 decimal places of Pi. Then ask if people want to hear it in binary, too.
131. Pretend you have gone completely deaf.
132. .sdrawkcab etirW
133. Walk into people's houses, go straight to the fridge without saying hello, and help yourself to their food.
134. Speak so quietly that people always have to get you to repeat it.
135. Loudly recite people's most embarrassing secrets in restaurants.
136. Play the electric guitar very loudly and badly, then when the neighbors ask you to turn it down, play even louder. When they come round to complain again, say, "Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you asked me to turn it up!
137. Try to fit the word "cornucopia" into every sentence you say.
138. Drive on the wrong side of the road.
139. Secretly learn to play the piano, then go to a friend's house who has a piano. Claim you've never played before then play Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring perfectly the first time. Then say, "I guess I must kinda be a natural."
140. Go canoeing and sing the Hawaii Five-0 theme.
141. Claim that until recently, you thought Michael Jackson was a woman.
142. Wear your cap backwards and say "Yo, wazzup?" a lot.
143. Go to a Metallica concert wearing a Michael Bolton T-Shirt.
144. Tell everyone you are Bill Clinton's cousin.
145. Take photos of people walking down the street and then run away.
146. Dedicate your life to politics, become president of the United States, then raise all taxes to 90%.
147. Down a can of Coke in one drink and then burp loudly.
148. Insist that it was Bobby who shot J.R.
149. Bark like a dog whenever anyone says the word "the."
150. Wire up people's cars so the horn comes on as soon as their car is started.
151. Ride a unicycle to work.
152. E-mail Microsoft to tell them about bugs in Windows XP that aren't actually there.
153. Stare at people for about five minutes, making sure they know you're staring at them. Then, slowly sneak up to them while humming the Mission: Impossible theme. Sniff their head, then run away. Repeat.
154. Continuously mumble during a conversation.
155. Take off the eraser to every pencil in your house, or better yet, someone else's house.
156. When in a chat room, spell everything incorrectly.
157. Insist on "Weird Al" sing-a-longs.
158. On a hot summer day, ride up and down the road and drench pedestrians with squirt guns.
159. When walking down a main road, act like a drunk.
160. Wear nothing but white and go mud wrestling.
161. Walk up to someone eating. Lean over and stare at them intently until they notice. Continue to do so until they ask what you're doing. Reply, "I've been watching you eat for the last 30 seconds.. You're weird!" Leave the restaurant.
162. When walking, talk to yourself constantly.
163. Move people's bookmarks ahead three pages when they aren't looking.
164. Call the operator. When asked, "Can I help you?" reply, "No thanks, just browsing."
165. Go to a gumball machine insert coins until you have a matching pair of fake eyeballs. After attaining these, record the theme song of The Twilight Zone over and over again. Drive down the street wearing the eyeballs and playing The Twilight Zone theme very loud. When you get pulled over, leap into the passenger's seat and claim, "He was here a minute ago, officer!"
166. On a night other than Halloween, get a few friends together and dress like Jason from Friday the 13th. Have each of you stand a mile apart on a highway.
167. After visiting the local donut shop, sit on the floor cross-legged and insist in a childish voice that you haven't received enough chocolate sprinkles.
168. Push a raisin into someone's cream-filled donut. (I don't get this one.)
169. Spread fertilizer on half your neighbor's lawn.
170. Add A535 (liquid heat) to that little hole down the center of someone's anti-perspirant.