Editorial: February 4th 2004
G'Day Blokes and Sheilas!
Another day another dollar. I am not feeling the best today, yet between the dog and my inability to sleep during the day I am going to have a go at writing this issue! The dog has already informed me that she is bored. Sydney has gone through her toy box, savaging her lion, and chew toy, and violently shaking her rope thingy! She wants to play so badly. She also expects to go for a ride in the Miata. Oh well maybe later! Oh no, now she is on the deck barking at the meter reader.
On to this issue. I have completed a number of small changes to the web site that I have been wanting to do for a while. I still have to reformat a number of the old issues, however everything else is set up to work using CSS for layout and presentation. The big thing is my version of something my friend Marcus Gatt created for Sausage and HotDog, it is updated and now called NetBloke NOW! I shall go into more detail in the Web Site Review section, however I think it will be fun and help not only me but you fellas too.
I am onto the final stages of Project Step Up. I discuss the components in this issue's section. I also received some wonderful feedback on online photo developing options for Aussies. I will go into more detail next issue but here are some options; BIG W and Hamilton Island Photos Online where I created a quick album.
Until next issue, have a great life!
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Software Review: TextPad 4.7.2
I believe I reviewed TextPad when I was writing the Sausage Sizzler. Nonetheless I believe it is worthy of a mention in NetBloke. It is my choice as a replacement for Notepad. As it is shareware (with occasional nags) you do not have to purchase it, but as with all shareware it is encouraged to do so.
I use TextPad to edit all of my text files and to do quick changes to web files. As it is not a full blown Web editor it loads files quickly and includes some highlighting but it does not include all of the extras a Web editor would.
It supports multiple languages, can remember what documents you had open previously, has a tabbed interface for multiple documents, spell checker, along with everything else you would expect from a supercharged text editor.
License: Shareware - Approx US$30
Version Reviewed: 4.7.2
Supported Operating Systems : 95/98/Me/NT 4/2000/XP
Definition: Stone the crows!
Stone the crows! I can't believe how quickly 2004 is going!
Ok now don't write to me and tell me I am being cruel to animals. This phrase simply is a nice way of showing how you are shocked at something. It is used to add a bit of passion to an otherwise simple exclamation.
Project Step Up: The New Components
Last week I had the dilemma of what to salvage off the old machine. There was not a lot so in the end I am sticking with the CDRom, hard drive and Floppy. As I am trying to keep this cheap these items can be upgraded at a later date.
After some searching I decided to go with ZipZoomFly.com (formerly GoogleGear.com) as I know they deliver and have great customer support. Better yet they offer free second day shipping on most items.
So here is what I ended up with;
For a Grand Total of $204.39
So all up with the case we got away with spending about $250.
I did make some assumptions as this machine will not meet everyone's needs;
- Your using an existing external modem or the onboard Ethernet connection
- Reuse hard disk, floppy and CD-Rom
- There is an copy of an OS available
- Onboard Video will do the job for Windows and non graphic intensive programs
Some of the benefits of new system as I see it include;
- Easily upgradable
- Easily moved around
- Looks cool (most important)
- Can add up to a 8x AGP Video card if you get into serious gaming
Now this machine will do the job for most people, who use the computer for word processing and Internet related activities.
Next issue we will look at putting it all together, which I have already done
Putting it Together
Quotable: Dame Edna Everage said...
My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.
Web Site Review: NetBloke NOW!
Yeah, Yeah so this is a little bit of blatant self promotion. However note the more people that read this newsletter, the more likely I can make a quid of it and in turn provide more quality information to you all. So it is a bit of a scratch my back and I will scratch yours.
Some of you may remember that we had a similar program at Sausage called HotDog NOW! Well I contacted Marcus Gatt who wrote the code, updated the code a little, tested it out and Bob's your Uncle, NetBloke NOW! was born.
Basically what this is is a way to track the number of people referred from your web site to mine. In turn there are monthly totals that show the top ten referers for the month, last month and all time. Based on this I can award prizes each month. Now unlike at Sausage where my hands were tied, I can guarantee that each month someone will win. Note however that if you can only win twice in a twelve month period. This way I can spread around the joy!
So all you have to do is Sign-up and put the code on your web site. The image is served from my server, but there is no reason you cannot host it on your own if you prefer.
There are more details on the site. I really appreciate the feedback and help I get with this newsletter and believe this is a great way of letting more people know about it. So thanks in advance for reading this and possibly considering joining.
The Great Australian Joke
Here is part of a list that my mate Peter sent in to me. Peter is an Aussie living in Victoria BC, Canada who goes off for years at a time to work on Russian energy projects (I hope I got that correct!).
A Definitive Guide To Aussies
- The bigger the hat, the smaller the farm.
- The shorter the nickname, the more they like you.
- Whether it's the opening of Parliament, or the launch of a new art gallery, there is no Australian event that cannot be improved by a sausage sizzle.
- If the guy next to you is swearing like a wharfie he's probably a media billionaire. Or on the other hand, he may be a wharfie.
- There is no food that cannot be improved by the application of tomato sauce.
- On the beach, all Australians hide their keys and wallets by placing them inside their sandshoes. No thief has ever worked this out.
- Industrial design knows of no article more useful than the plastic milk crate.
- All our best heroes are losers.
- The alpha male in any group is he who takes the barbecue tongs from the hands of the host and blithely begins turning the snags.
- It's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to hold.
- A thong is not a piece of scanty swim wear, as in America, but a fine example of Australian footwear. A group of sheilas wearing black rubber thongs may not be as exciting as you had hoped.
- It is proper to refer to your best friend as "a total bastard". By contrast, your worst enemy is "a bit of a bastard".