TideLog Archive for the “Funny Web Stuff” Category

It doesn’t make sense to me, but now I’m making losses on auctions because of these stupid charges they impose. For example, here’s a breakdown on the Mac I sold:

Apple PowerBook G4 1.5GHz

Sold for £180 + £20 shipping  = £200

eBay listing fee = £2.99

eBay Final Value Fee = £18.00

PayPal fee = £7

Postage fee: £21.65

Total fees = £200 – £2.99 – £18.00 – £7 – £21.65 = £150.036

Which takes their total fee to £27.99.

My money was on hold while I shipped it, I had to fund that from other sources as they hold the full lot, instead of releasing the postage money to you. That means I’ve only made £50 on the sale, which makes me feel a bit ripped off. Even though the laptop was damaged, I wish I had sold it for more now.

An Insertion Fee, I can understand, as you’re using their services to list your item. But to then have to give THEM extra money for selling YOUR item, that YOU paid for is ridiculous. When I sell Ami for £300, the FV Fee will be more than this Mac was, so I’m risking having to counter it by making the price higher, which can result in a non-sale.

It’s like when they FORCE you to give Free P&P in certain categories. It COSTS MONEY, eBay, packaging and stamps aren’t FREE! That was supposed to stop excessive postage, but now people are just adding bits on to Buy It Now prices, and reserves, to counter it. I was all for defending eBay and PayPal when I was only buying stuff, now I can see the OTHER side of it. And why eBay blocked the use of Google Checkout (just after eBay co-incidentally bought PayPal)

eBid, and eBuyer, I might be swinging to you!

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I hate capitalism, especially on the Internet. One company does something, and a million follow suit! Here I’m talking about Rapidshare. They were the first in on this internet file distribution thing….now there’s millions of the darn things! I join a forum, and files are shared across MegaUpload, FileFactory, Hotfile…. and ALL of them impose stupid restrictions on you so you’ll get fed up and go Premium. It only used to be Rapidshare.com and Rapidshare.de (Rapidshare AG claim they’re both separate… not so! They still insist it, too!)

The restrictive side isn’t so bad. It’s when they start changing the CAPTCHA stuff that annoys the hell outta me. One minute they make you wait 30 seconds, the next you’ve gotta wait 30 seconds and then decipher some weird Captcha with colour noise, and then the next, they claim, (all servers are full, too many people are downloading. Wait 2 mins and try again. (Please note the server isn’t going to check). What??? This is Rapidshare.com’s current method, and it baffles me. Even after this you’re now stuck in the same loop, over and over again, until you buy Premium, or give up and go seek a Torrent out! The server isn’t full at all, they’re just annoying you to crack open your wallet, because those pictures of Akane Soma are supposedly (Ultra Rare!) as a forum has led you to believe. Some even make you wait 700 seconds between downloads, even though you waited 20 mins already (ahem, FileFactory, I’m lookin’ atchoo!!)

Wow. Why can’t FTP or standard HTTP be used, like it used to? Moneygrabbers! My lil lady Kasumi’s 120MB line and 3 Core i7 servers are probably more powerful than Rapidshare’s whole network, and she runs a FREE file hosting service for her hosting company customers!

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Jordan (aka Katie Price), makes me sick. What is it with the big fake boobed, no brained attention seeking plastic bimbo? She thinks she’s the queen, and as soon as the only bloke who will ever pay her any attention (Andre) dumps her, she plays the innocent wimpy slag that she is, and blames him? “He is boring, i’m now in love with another man”

Give me a break, Jordan, or Katie, as you insist everyone calls you. You’re plastic, fake, thick, and a big wuss to boot. Any woman who needs her boobs the size of Richard Branson’s Virgin baloons to get attention needs to go and jump off a cliff, because as soon as us guys look at you, you cry, “Pervert!” Now he’s realised there are REAL women made of FLESH with bigger REAL boobs than you, he’s woken up, and to be honest, i don’t blame the bloke. I might start respecting him, even though I think he’s a sad pipsqueak.

Sad pathetic BINT! Any woman who can’t age naturally, or be happy with her body the way God intended, and looks to YOU for idolisation must be totally brain dead, like yourself. Even Barbie turns me on more than you, at least her boobs are natural!

Jordan looks like a melted reject from an injection moulding factory! Big natural boobs are possible (Lucy Pinder, Michelle Marsh!)

Jordan (Katie), that proves how jealous you are of natural beauties, because they are what you will NEVER be. Smart, gorgeous, big boobed, and kind.

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I’ve bought a rather nice screensaver, and i’m going to share it with everyone. It’s called Marine Aquarium 3, and it is the nicest, most relaxing fish screensaver i have ever seen. If you like fish, you’ll love this. It’s like having a living tropical aquarium in your computer, only the fish don’t need feeding, or the tank cleaning out (I’ve done it, and it isn’t a nice job!), the computer looks after the digital fish for you. There are lots of fish to choose from, including:

  • Clown Fish (Nemo, anyone?)
  • Queen Angelfish
  • Flame Angelfish
  • Addis Butterfly fish
  • Regal Tang
  • Starfish

And lots more! There are lots of customization options, you can make it behave exactly how you want, you can even change the logo in the aquarium!

Once installed, use this serial to register it: TGWLE25RMSNNC567SJAM otherwise it will be evaluation only.

Aquarium screensaver

Aquarium screensaver

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A lot has gone on in the few months i’ve not posted. I’ve built Lucy, and nursed a Core 2 Duo Fujitsu Siemens Li 1818 back to life. I’ve decided to give TL an overhaul, and use my much improved Photoshop skills to redesign a new Dead or Alive theme and header for it. I’ve been working with my friend Rikku in Birmingham, she started a private bus company 2 years ago, and I’m her advisor/mechanic, and for any bus enthusiasts out there, have decided to post service information for Wrightbus, Plaxton and Alexander bus bodies, and service info for Mercedes, Volvo, and Scania buses/coaches. We’ve been running 2 Volvo B7RLE Wright Urban Eclipse buses for just over 1 and a half years, and the lack of body service info has really got to me, so I started writing my own literature, from working on them personally for Rikku. I’ll post any other stuff that’s bus/truck related too, those like me who are technically minded will make sense of it!

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Another PC port of one of my favourite games has arrived, Saints Row 2, and i like what i see. The original Saints Row was Xbox360 exclusive, so why they’ve decided to release the sequel on PS3 (JUUUNNNKK!), PC and 360 is beyond me. Not that i’m complaining, because i have a 360, and completed the original 4 times over, but it would be nice to be able to play it on Lucy alongside SR2.

On to SR2 and how it plays… Well, it runs nicely on my setup (see previous posts!), and i’m more impressed with it than the PC port of GTA:IV. Even with the settings on low as a stability test, the graphics were impressive, and the game runs smoothly. SR2 PC has a lot more graphics settings available, such as AA (Anti Aliasing), AF (Anisotropic Filitering) and depth, draw and shadowing. It works right out of the box with the Xbox360 wired USB controller too, albeit with the Setup A config, which i didn’t like on 360, i like the triggers as accelerate, brake and reverse, and the default uses Green & Blue buttons (A & X respectively). Changing the config isn’t as easy on PC, as you have to change each assignment manually, whereas the 360 has set schemes.

Overall it is a great game, and i’ll bring you some screenshots later, to do it justice!

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Check this safety video out from a bollard company… I don’t need to say more:

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This one made me laugh! This guy tries at some speed, in a crappy Ford Fiesta, the most plastic car ever:

Serves ya right, you twonk! It broke its car! Look at how the bits fly off!! MWAHAHAHA!!

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Bollards + bus lane + manchester drivers = muchos car damage!

Here’s a remix of the Manchester Bollard video, which shows drivers spearing their cars whilst trying to get down a bus lane in City Centre Manchester. Then they get out and look all confused, whilst one woman rescues her baby from her husband. Check him out at the end, I can guarantee you he’s called Claims Direct with neck pain like that! It hurt its head!

I can’t believe people still try to dodge these things! Dumbasses!

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Cars worth more than one million pounds have been stolen in Bury so far this year. Police have revealed that, since January, nearly 160 high powered and top of the range vehicles have disappeared after the keys were stolen from the homes of owners.

Only last week, a Jaguar and an Audi A3 were stolen from the Prestwich area. The Jaguar vanished when thieves forced a locker at the Fairways leisure centre in George Street and made off with the keys, while the Audi was stolen when the keys were taken by a burglar who entered a property in Bury Old Road through an open kitchen window.

Now crime prevention bosses in Bury are urging residents to tighten up security to keep out sneak thieves.

Gaynor Mason, from Bury Police, said “We can’t emphasise enough the importance of ensuring that house doors and windows are locked and not just closed and car keys are kept in a safe place, out of sight. Improved vehicle security gives thieves only one option and that is to obtain the keys by any means they can.

She added: “It is also important for everyone to be extra vigilant and think carefully while they’re out and about by ensuring that all cars and windows are locked and nothing is left on display as an invitation to thieves.

“It takes seconds to become a victim, but also seconds to stop a thief.”

Further information about improving house or car security can be obtained from local police stations or by ringing the Crime Reduction Unit on 0161 856 8046.

According to police, Volkswagen Golfs are top of the hit-list for car thieves in Bury. The top five vehicles stolen in the borough are:

1) Volkswagen Golf

2) Audi A3/A4

3) Honda Civic

4) BMW 3-Series

5) Mini Cooper

I’ve mainly posted this as two of our staff, Mitsumi and Rikku, both live in the Prestwich area. Rikku isn’t a worry to me, as she always keeps her keys with her, even at bedtime, and keeps her doors and windows locked. Mitsumi drives, but her car isn’t on the “hit list”, but her safety is of paramount importance to me, i always check on her, making sure she locks her windows and doors.

Crime sucks, and so do some nasty individuals, who resort to crime. Lets not give them a chance.

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Hello readers,

I know my blog’s a mess, i still have articles regarding Ryoko to put up yet, it will all get sorted, but in the meantime….

A new Apple store has opened in Manchester, UK, and myself and my new best friend Greg were there for the official opening. It’s another leap forward for Apple, another shop, another wad of cash!

We’ve recieved Apple t-shirts (i’ll put a pic of me wearing mine up soon). I’m actually considering buying an Apple machine, i’ve been interested in Mac OS since Kassie has been giving me lessons on using it, and after she recently got her new Mac Mini, i was in love, in fact, i’m typing this on one now, in the new store! Awwww!

You all knew that “Awww!” was coming, didn’t you?!? Kassie did, it’s my default reaction to all cute things Apple!

Apple product = “Awwww!”

If i do buy an apple machine, it’ll probably be a Mac Mini, as they’re all cute and small, but Kassie’s 30″ Cinema Display isn’t! I’ll still keep my Windows testbeds, and my Windows XP Tiny A440 laptop, as i’m still not 100% MacOS proof yet, i still need to learn my way round it.

Anyhow,pictures of the new Apple “Awwww!” store coming soon….plus a new organised TideLog!

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Australian environmentalist and television personality Steve Irwin has died during a diving accident. Mr Irwin, 44, was killed by a stingray barb to the chest while he was filming an underwater documentary in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

Paramedics from the nearby city of Cairns rushed to treat him at the scene but were unable to save him.

Mr Irwin was known for his television show The Crocodile Hunter and his work with native Australian wildlife.

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Hello everyone,
It’s been a while since i last blogged. I’m busy, and getting even busier, but i promise, i’ll try to keep up. Most of the stuff i’ve been getting up to hasn’t been worth blogging about.

I’ve recently fallen out with my “best” friend Richard, if i can call him that. Since myself and Kassie lost our baby girl Ayane, he and his dad have stabbed me in the back repeatedly.
They’ve accused me of being a skiving, useless, devious “idiot”. I have done so much for them both, i’ve stuck as a friend to Richard, when his other friends left him, i’ve helped him and his dad when they were burgled.

They started moaning after the burglary, that the insurance company wouldn’t pay out, and the stupid twats actually admitted to the following:

1. Leaving the front door unlocked!

2. They smashed their own alarm panel, to make the insurance surveyor think it was done by the burglar, when at the time, there was clearly no power to the whole system!

They also grassed a local lad up, when he was seen carrying a baseball bat on the streets, they reported him, and they now moan because he is out of jail, and is now smashing their windows, and throwing stones at the house.

I helped him and his dad out when i lived there for around a year, i helped out with the following:

a. Making the meals.

b. I repaired his washing machine, and helped out at the laundrette while it was out of action

I’ll post further, i’ll rack my brains and post a few pictures of his trashy house in a couple of days

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Kassie has come a stage further to becoming Stretford’s No.1 webhost, after upgrading the servers used to power the network. We now have a whopping total of 26GHz processor power, and 67 gigabytes of RAM.

She is also in the process of developing her own Google style search engine, which will be incorporated as part of KasNet, and will have a web scouring bot, called KasBot, or KasCrawler, the name isn’t finalised yet, and the engine is still under development. The whole thing is powered by a range of technologies, from SQL Server, to DreamWeaver MX, including PHP, CGI, and ASP.

The whole project is expected to cost in the region of £500, 000 to around nearly £1 million, and is funded by KJ Computers, and its sponsors.

Once the service is released, she plans to have free hosting, which consists of a basic package, and paid for hosting, including a KasNet domain, the schemes have not been planned yet.

For more information, visit http://kasumi.homelinux.com

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This is gonna come as a shock to those of you like myself & Kasumi who hate Dell, and love Alienware. Dell have only gone and offered Alienware a nice fat sum to buy it out!

This has caused a lot of outcry on the Internet.

While no word has been officially released from either Dell or Alienware, we heard from a reliable source this morning that the purchase has indeed gone down. Speculation began on March 5 after a blog post by Voodoo PC CEO Rahul Sood. The new source, a contact at a high-end vendor who requested anonymity, claims that two of his company’s suppliers confirmed that the deal has been done, and he also claims that his company has received an influx of resumes from Alienware employees.

An Alienware PR representative did not deny the claim but instead forwarded us a prewritten statement from the company that said: “At this time, Alienware will not comment on any speculative stories or rumors concerning Dell and Alienware’s association. While we do believe that news stories like this are ultimately a strong positive reinforcement of the Alienware brand and the company’s success, we will not comment on speculation or potential future events. As always, Alienware is committed to offering consumers and businesses with the best high-performance, innovative PC products on the market and we remain manically focused on that goal.”

Dell did not return calls asking for comment.

Dell has taken a lot of flak in high-end system reviews over the past year or so due to its exclusive use of Intel processors. Alienware, however, currently sells AMD-based systems through its Aurora line of desktops. Owning a subsidiary that sells AMD-based systems could be an easier path for Dell toward reclaiming the performance crown, rather than incorporating Athlons or Semprons into its current Intel-exclusive assembly line. We’ll presumably know more when the deal is officially announced, or whenever we learn the specifics of upcoming products.

I can see what’s gonna happen. Dell will turn Alienware as proprietary as themselves, and Dell’s proprietaryness has caused a lot of anger amongst consumers, and many I.T Companies, such as ourselves at KJC.

I’ll post more as i hear news!

Regards,

Tide

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