Home entertainment system

Parents have gone away for the week to Spain, I’ve not got a job to go to for another week and a half, could there be a better situation?!

Left with an empty house, Laura and I are just lazing around the house, watching movies, episodes of Simpsons/Friends/Young Ones/Only Fools & Horses on the TV that I’ve hooked up to the PC.
It looks great in here, a full on home entertainment system.

Got the Laptop sharing the internet connection with the PC, so Laura and I don’t have to fight over internet access.
Got the PC outputting downloaded episodes of the above programs to the big screen TV and the Playstation 2, for which the amazing game “Manhunt” arrived the other day, is hooked up to both the big screen (for when we’re not watching anything) and a portable TV (for when Laura is watching something that I don’t want to watch).

I have to say, I’m considering keeping the PC down here, the 17″ TFT monitor goes well and looks good in here.

The parents will be back on Wednesday though, bah.
No work until Monday though. Oh happy day :)

My first Stalker

I’m so happy :)

This guy is hilarious, he really is.
A few weeks ago, I wanted a Gmail account, so went to the site “GmailSwap.com” and swapped a years free hosting on my dedicated server for a Gmail account. Great, I thought.

So anyways, after a few weeks of happiness and not hearing anything about my new hostee, my sysadmin Nick gets back from Spain to find a message on his answerphone from our network providers, Ev1servers.

The message contained news that our server had been used to attempt to hack into and launch DDOS attacks on other servers. The server had to be unplugged from the network for several hours resulting in downtime for my site and all of Nick’s customers.
The logs that Nick received from Ev1 pointed the finger firmly at the user “smcinaz”, which was my new hostee, Sheldon Cooper. Nice.
Nick immediately suspended his account so he could no longer get access to it until we had launched a full investigation.

After perusing the logs and beefing up our security (which involved totally reinstalling Redhat, resulting in even MORE downtime) I decided to completely cancel his account and remove all trace of him from the server.

Since then, I have given him back a Gmail account so he is not out of pocket, but Nick and I have had many hours of aggrevation, not to mention all the time I’ve spent deleteing defamatory emails, comments posted to this site etc. etc.

This “man” claims to be a father and husband.
If this is true, I feel very, very sorry for his wife and children as he seems to be on a very low level of maturity himself.

Bearing in mind that all I did was cancel this persons account on MY server which I have a right to do as I own the server and make the decisions, and have never spoken a word of verbal abuse about this man (I have in fact been very calm with him, despite wanting to lose my cool on many ocassions),
Lets read some excerpts from his emails and you’ll see what I’m having to put up with:

Delivered-To: charmingman@gmail.com

You are definitely a mental case-get help, asshole, and maybe you can lead a productive life instead of being a piece of shit loser like you are now.
God, I wish I had you in fromnt of me right now-I would beat your skinny loser ass into a pulp for fucking with me, you stupid cock sucker.
Go kill yourself.

Here’s another..

I am really enjoying posting ALL OVER your lame shit site, Mr. LIER.

I will harrass you into oblivion if you do not refund my gmail. I have your
address and phone number now, too, so you can count on a few surprises soon.

Wow! If this guy has a wife and children, should the time he is spending writing defamatory emails to me be spent actually going out to work and making some money, instead of worrying about a stupid Gmail account or hosting for his very badly designed website.
A tip for you dude, clashing colours do not work and really do hurt your eyes, blue on blue? If I needed a computer technician and I saw your site, I’d laugh and go onto the next site of an engineer with a decent looking site, not one that looks like its been made with the “Geocities homepage creator”.

If you want to see Mr Coopers site, check out http://www.sheldoncooper.net and see what I mean, ewwww.

Oh, and if you want to email him on my behalf and tell him exactly how childish he is, the address is sheldoncooper@cox.net

:)

Doom3

I’ve been playing Doom3 for the past few days, and man is it immense.
Easily the best role playing game I’ve ever played.

It’s so amazingly scary, not just because zombies and monsters jump out at you past every corner, but also the way that the developers have used lighting effects to their advantage.

In some areas, the lights will be flickering, in some they will be totally off, except for maybe some red or green coloured lights coming from computers and wall panels, and in some areas, the lights will be on, but then all of a sudden just shut off, so it’s pitch black, and a pair (or more) of glowing red eyes can just be seen as it leaps towards you and starts to unsparingly maul you.
Wowee.

Heres one I shot earlier..and he still seems to be on fire (yea, he walked out through a broken and alight gas main, as you do)

I suggest that anyone who is a fan of any game whatsoever purchase, or at least play this game at a mates house and you’ll see what I mean, total carnage, but a great storyline too.

Belated birthday wishes

I didn’t mean to take so long wishing a Happy 18th Birthday to my amazing girlfriend,

We had an amazing week off work together, during which we spent Wednesday evening at the Hard Rock Café in Cardiff with a group of Laura’s family and close friends, where I discovered that not all ribs are as bony and meatless as mine and it can become quite a deal to eat all of.
After that we spent the night at the swank new “Holland House” hotel on Newport Road in Cardiff. Even though from the room I could see my own house, it is definately somewhere I want to stay again as it was an absolute pleasure, the room was brilliantly modern and great looking, I really couldn’t believe we were still in Cardiff! :P

We finished off with two days of shopping in Birmingham on Thursday & Friday, staying at the Copthorne hotel in Merry Hill and shopping for almost two days solid at the absolutely huge Merry Hill centre, after that, the words “No Laura, I don’t mind going shopping with you!” will never be uttered from my mouth again, and I warn all you men to take heed of this warning!

(ps. Laura. I’m sorry it’s so late, I just wanted to have the picture up too to go with it.)

replication

I’ve been meaning to post this for over a year now, finally got around to it.

I just find it amazing how this spoken by Bill Hicks way back in 1992, still holds it’s own today and the same scare tactics have been brought over to Gulf War 2.
In the early days of this current “war” all the news was plastered with was talk of “The Republican Guard”, and once again, they didn’t materialise and speak of them stopped, brushed under the carpet.

Nobody is to ever utter a word as to why the Americans faced absolutely NO resistance when rolling their tanks into Baghdad.

It’s so scary watching the news, how they blew it all out of proportion, like Iraq was ever, or could ever possibly, under any stretch of the imagination be any threat to us whatsoever. But, watching the news, you never would have got that idea. Remember how it started, they kept talking about ‘the Elite Republican Guard’ in these hushed tones like these guys were the bogeymen or something.

“Yeah, we’re doing well now, but we have yet to face-THE ELITE REPUBLICAN GUARD.”

Like these guys were twelve feet tall, desert warriors.

NEVER LOST A BATTLE! WE SHIT BULLETS!

Yeah, well, after two months of continuous carpet bombings and not one reaction at all from them, they became simply, ‘the Republican Guard’. Not nearly as elite as we may have led you to believe. And after another month of bombing, they went from ‘the Elite Republican Guard’ to ‘the Republican Guard’ to ‘the Republicans made this shit up about there being guards out there’. We hope you enjoyed your fireworks show. “It was so pretty, and it took our mind off of domestic issues!”

- Bill Hicks, 1992.