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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This torrent was created by me, AngelJames, aka Tidosho. I've been a 
fan of racequeens for years, and started this collection when I 
joined in 2007, and, using eMule and other sites, have collected all 
the previous stuff now removed from TopQueen. I've
decided to provide the racequeen fan community with this single 
pack, as a tribute, and for avid TQ collectors.

I do a backup every few months, this is my first one, it fits on a 
single DVD, so my next torrent will be when i have 4.3GB
worth of the next 12 months. There is a recovery record included, 
to recover any damaged files.

It contains the following:

Maidqueenz

200803xx to 200905xx

Topqueen

200405xx to 200905xx

Topqueen Excite

200803xx to 200905xx

If you do share contents of this, I ask that you give me credit, as 
I've been paying subscription fees to TopQueen, MaidQueenz
and TopQueen Excite, they're all separate subscriptions, and it's 
cost me a lot. They're not free sites.

If you would like to donate for me to keep doing this, it would be 
nice, I don't ask much, but it will enable me to continue
paying subscriptions to provide you all with this sexy content. 
Just the odd £5 here and there, and I'll keep doing it as long
as The Topqueen Ltd group do. They win, you guys do, and I do.

Blog: http://tidelog.kitamuracomputers.com

Donations (Via PayPal): payments@kitamuracomputers.com

My company website: www.kitamuracomputers.com

Enjoy! Give me feedback, to enable me to keep this torrent popular! 
I'll seed until there are at least two copies of this, or
if there are too many snatch and grabbers keeping it from being 
seeded.

I've uploaded it to The Pirate Bay, too, click HERE to visit my 
torrent page. 

Click Tidosho's TopQueen torrent to download it from TideLog.

Tidosho

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There’s a bug I’ve just hit in Windows 7. Running Red Kawa’s PSP Video Converter, selecting a video in both Power Mode and Basic, then clicking Start Conversion crashes the frontend, leaving FFMPEG running in the background still converting the video, the only bad point to this is you can’t see the progress, or how long is left. Nor can you control the CPU usage, it ends up stuck at 100%.

VideoInfo.exe crashes, so you can't see the progress of conversion, but FFMpeg carries on running, converting the video!

VideoInfo.exe crashes, so you can't see the progress of conversion, but FFMpeg carries on running, converting the video!

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Everybody wonder why FirstGroup are slowing? I’m a shareholder, and regular traveller with them, and am getting sick to the back teeth of them. They’re failing on the following areas of their supposed “customer focus”:

1. They’re dropping services, leaving smaller companies/councils to pick up, leaving OAP’s and vulnerable people at risk, and breaking convenient routes.

2. They are fu**ing shite at bus repairs. Their vehicles are rattly, falling to bits, and are left for ages with faults.

Today I had a confrontation with a driver, on the 471 to Bolton, from Rochdale, on the way to my friend Jenny’s house for the evening. It was on one of their Scania OmniCity artics (bendy buses to normal folk, us bus techies use the word “artic”, for “articulated”) I wanted to get off, and was at the back of the bus, sat on the seat right in front of the bus cooling unit. I pressed the bell, a stop early. Nothing happened. As I was approaching my stop, I tried the FULL REAR set of bell buttons, before the artic concertina pivot section. They didn’t work. Just as we got to my stop, one of the front section bells worked.

The driver hit his brakes, sent me flying towards the front, and he decided to have a go at me. I said, “I’ve been on this same bus, driver, 4 TIMES in 2 MONTHS, the whole rear section of buttons don’t work, and I’ve REPORTED it to the drivers, and manager of the Bury depot, and it still hasn’t been fixed! I’m a shareholder, and you lot couldn’t give a damn about your buses, you just run them till they get scrapped, so don’t you DARE have a go at me!”

I was fuming, and am seriously getting so pissed off, I’m considering dropping my £35,000 shares. Anyone want them? I friggin’ don’t! I’ll put the money into Matsuki instead!

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