A friend writes:

Just tried to order a pizza online. Checked out and clicked the payment button only to get a “page not found” page!

Such reports are impossible to investigate unless the user supplies the official HTTP (Heating, Topping, Tracking Pizza) error code. For future reference the codes are as follows:



April 17, 2018. Food, IT, Silly. 1 comment.

Cambridge Ana… Oooh! Squirrel!

Now, I am no great fan of Facebook. I’m pretty sure that the list of things they have done wrong is only going to grow. By the end it will range from the merely dickish to the really quite serious and they do need to answer for the more serious stuff.

Nonetheless, people need to remember that it is not Facebook that is accused of undermining the integrity of elections, and democracy more generally, in multiple nations. In this context at least, Facebook are just some dingbats who were too lazy/stupid to see that they were enabling the real bad guys to do this.

We are in danger of getting distracted here!

People who have knowingly engaged in conspiracies to subvert elections or referenda, whether in their own countries or elsewhere, are among the most dangerous people in the world. We need to see them go to jail for a very long time. We cannot allow them to wriggle out of their responsibilities by diffusing the blame over the internet in general, even if some parts of the internet have been culpably incurious about what their services were actually being used for. Facebook need to sort themselves out but this is not fundamentally about Facebook.


March 30, 2018. IT, Law, Media, Politics, Rigged Polls, Sensible. Leave a comment.

My Evil Empire of Counterfeit Cabbage

counterfeit cabbage

“Did somebody say stupid?”

I discover that I have the top Google ranking for the term “Counterfeit Cabbages“.

That’s stupid.


December 5, 2017. Counterfeit cabbages, IT, Links, Money, Silly. 1 comment.

Correct Horse Battery Staple

BBC reports: Password guru regrets past advice.

“For example, the more often you ask someone to change their password, the weaker the passwords they typically choose.”

And I have only been screaming this for the last 20 years! Nice to see that these shibboleths are finally getting re-evaluated.


August 9, 2017. IT, Security, Sensible. Leave a comment.

MacOS Terminal Server?

I must admit that I had never seriously used a Macintosh until the nice new iMac turned up in our office with its big, shiny, wipe clean screen (for when the Apple fanboys lick it). (more…)

August 28, 2011. IT. 2 comments.

Quiz: chmod

I know I haven’t posted much since I got the new job. I’ve been busy. Anyway here is a quick question for you:

Can anybody think of a (non-medical) reason to ever type “chmod 600 /dev/null“?

What next? Restricting /dev/zero so no bastard can steal all the zeros?

March 10, 2011. IT, Silly. Leave a comment.

I am Web Monkey

I have now taken over responsibility for all my Dad’s websites. After a frantic period of getting access to his various logins and accounts I have finally got everything consolidated onto one server. I still need to clean up some of his other old hosting, so that Googlers only find the latest versions, and hunt down the last few dead links, but it is going OK. It is all very Web 1.0, which is just how I like it.


August 8, 2010. Daniel, IT. Leave a comment.

Office Web Apps vs Google Docs

Microsoft is making its Office Web Apps available free to personal users as part of its SkyDrive (a name slightly redolent of Skynet) cloud service. This is meant to complement the full MS Office suite but I am more interested in seeing how good a job it does as a stand-alone package, like Google Docs or even OpenOffice. After all, wouldn’t it be cool to be able to run genuine MS Office from Linux for free? OK. Don’t answer that. Lets just give it a try and see how it faces up to Google Docs.


June 30, 2010. IT, Links, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Social Networks and Land Grabs

I just got talked into registering a Gmail account by some friends (a different bunch to the ones on Facebook). That’s not so bad. I had been meaning to investigate Google Docs anyway. The problem is that they want to use Google Buzz for chat and microblogging and all that modern nonsense. Oh noes! Its like Facebook all over again!


June 9, 2010. IT, Media, Sensible. 1 comment.

Oh noes. I has a Facebook!

Remember only a few days ago how I was saying how I was avoiding Facebook and running down its denizens? Well now I am one.

Some University friends persuaded me to join and I am sort of glad I did because now I can see exactly how identities get stolen. (more…)

June 4, 2010. IT, Media, Security, Sensible, Silly. Leave a comment.

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