TideLog Archive for June, 2009

King of Pop Michael Jackson has died of a heart attack aged 50. He was rushed to an LA hospital after he stopped breathing, and suffered a cardiac arrest.

Paramedics were called to the singer’s home around midday local time on Thursday after he stopped breathing and suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.

He was rushed by ambulance to a local medical centre, but his death was announced shortly afterwards.

The star, who had a history of health problems, had been due to begin a series of comeback concerts in the UK on 13 July. It’s sad news. I liked his music, I’ve enjoyed his albums since the release of his Remember The Time single, back in 1992/93, and I’ve collected his music ever since. I’ve just not agreed with some of the things he’s done, such as the plastic surgery, and the child allegations against him after he allegedly let children sleep in his bed at his Neverland Ranch.

RIP Michael, you’ll be missed.

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I’ve got my 3 Mobile broadband dongle topped up. The last time I used it was about 7 months ago, and since then, a lot of other companies have got their teeth into the mobile network broadband phenomenon. T-Mobile, Orange, 02, and Vodaphone to name a few. And 02 is considering making me switch to them. They have more price plans, flexible, too, whereas 3 still have £10 for 1GB, £15 for 3GB (Where’s the sense in that? £5 more for an extra gigabyte?!?

02 offer a £2 3 days 500MB package, a £7.50 two week package, and £15 3GB package. Now I was one of the ones who jumped in to mobile broadband when it first came out, and only 3 offered it. But 3 are still cheeky beggars. They get you to pay to top up, then tell you, “If you don’t use it within 30 days, we’re snatching it back!”, so they get your money, plus any data allowance you have left. And they’re STILL using this policy, 7 months on. I can’t speak for the others, I’ve not researched, but it is daylight robbery. Mobile phones used to be the same way, I wonder if MB is going to follow suit?

Only time will tell, but I wish I’d waited. The luxury is nice to have, especially if, like me, you go to on site IT jobs in customer’s houses, and they have either dial up, or none at all.

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Debugging SparkIV in SharpDevelop didn’t tell me anything, it just crashes out, without any errors in the breakpoint watcher. Whether the situation is different in VS2008 I don’t know, as I don’t have it installed on this machine at present

SparkIV debug from source was inclonclusive. I expected the breakpoint watcher to detect a bug, but it didn't.

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I discovered this while setting up my SVN environment for debugging SparkIV. TortoiseSVN is my preferred program, but it is entirely context menu driven. You HAVE to use the Explorer context menu, otherwise running the EXE link in the program group results in this not-so-helpful dialog popping up:

Tortoise's not very helpful .exe message! What when the context menu doesn't work, huh?

Tortoise's not very helpful .exe message! What when the context menu doesn't work, huh?

Trying to run the commandline doesn’t extend to creating repositories, either, you HAVE to use the context!

Errr….DUUUHH!

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I’ve discovered a crash bug in both the stock Aru version, and KasSoft’s 0.6.2.1 custom version. Running the program, and pointing it to a stripped down copy of GTAIV works fine, but while browsing the audio, it randomly crashes when the “Auto Play on Select” is checked. It works fine under XP, but not W7. I have a portable stripped down structure of GTAIV with just the  ‘pc/audio/sfx’ structure, and the GTAIV.exe present, as Spark IV needs it. I’ve removed the rest, as at the moment I’m interested in the audio dialog only, to make a massive .NET GTAIV soundboard.

I still need to debug it, I need to run it through my programming testbed, or get Kassie to look at it for me, I should have more tomorrow. I’ve reported it to Aru at Google Code, awaiting his response.

Spark IV crash bug under Windows 7

Spark IV crash bug under Windows 7

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