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  1. Advertisement Wars

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    CAM
    , 18th August 2012 at 11:00 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    As a browser nomad, I find it hard to keep up-to-date with extensions and remembering to install even the basics when I jump from one browser to another. In the case of my work computer I have no say in the matter, but at home I have used no less then four different browsers since installing my OS. One extension I have routinely forgotten about is AdBlock, as you can probably tell from previous hilarious failures in targeted advertising.

    Unfortunately the landscape of advertising ...

    Updated 18th August 2012 at 11:03 AM by CAM

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  2. The Google Privacy Scandal And You

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    CAM
    , 1st March 2012 at 08:19 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    There has been some awful news coverage today of the privacy policy updates being carried out by Google. Many people are being misled by the reduction of the 70 seperate policies currently being agreed to down to 1 policy for 1 unified platform. It makes business sense and whilst there are always some concerns when changes are made to any organisation's policy, the storm in a teacup is being made worse by the media again.

    This morning on BBC News, the story broke about Google's changes ...

    Updated 1st March 2012 at 08:23 PM by CAM

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  3. HP Deskjet D2600

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    CAM
    , 21st December 2011 at 09:58 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    This has to be the most obnoxious printer I have used lately (with the exception of our new Ricoh at work but that's a photocopier and sits top of the evil hardware food chain automatically).

    I can't think of any printer that will jam it's print jobs, make you so frustrated that you turn it off....then print what you wanted to when you turn it back on a week later. And it still refuses to print what you want to print even if you power cycle it.

    This printer isn't just failing, ...

    Updated 21st December 2011 at 10:08 AM by CAM

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  4. Keyboard Cleaning

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    CAM
    , 22nd April 2011 at 12:53 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    As much as I hate Dell's hardware, PSU's in particular, I can't fault their peripherals. My monitor is still soldiering on after nearly 5-6 years of service and the keyboard has taken such a battering that the WASD keys are faded to the point of blankness. That's what gaming does to keyboards, punishes them. WASD in particular.

    So what awaits me when I pop the keys off one by one to see what half a decade of non-cleaning will reveal?

    Event Log Every 5 Mins in Windows 2k Server-dell-keyboard-gross.jpg ...
  5. Sandwiches

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    CAM
    , 15th July 2010 at 01:11 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    To my local newsagent, please correctly label your sandwiches. When I buy a tuna and sweetcorn sandwich I expect tuna and sweetcorn as a filling, not for half the tuna to be replaced with shredded cabbage. If the sandwich was labelled "Tuna and Cabbage with Occasional Flecks of Sweetcorn" I would have left it on the shelf.

    And thus, a rants category is born on the blog.
  6. Newspapers; From Bad to Worse

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    CAM
    , 3rd July 2010 at 11:18 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    This blog post breaks from the site's tech theme. I know, it's a tech site and this is probably a tech-based blog system but it's also my only blog at the moment. It gets a little political, think of it as a personal post.

    As some are aware, I've been taking an interest in the surroundings of the Hackney fox attacks and particularly the diabolical news coverage of it. One particular paper has been it's usual shameful self and I find it pretty sad I have to see it's front page when ...

    Updated 15th July 2010 at 01:02 PM by CAM

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  7. The Answer Is 1

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    CAM
    , 26th May 2010 at 01:39 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Back in the days of limited memory and general user-unfriendliness, cryptic error messsages were common place and understandable only by the computing elite. As time moved on, error messages became friendlier and geared towards the user by hiding the cryptic error codes and debug information. Microsoft even announced this as a key design concept of Windows 7 compared to earlier versions.

    However, some software manufacturers have other ideas, especially with SIMS (connection error ...

    Updated 15th July 2010 at 01:03 PM by CAM

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  8. When Undo Fails...

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    CAM
    , 5th October 2009 at 01:20 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    ...it fails dramatically. Such as not actually being an undo button but a "Too lazy to close and re-open the Marksheet Template without saving so here is a button to do it for you" button.

    Said button is mistakenly pressed after spending over half an hour assembling columns with great patience in Assessment Manager on the pretence that it will undo only one action. Instead it rolls back to when I last saved, which was over half an hour ago. It took so long as the Marksheet ...

    Updated 15th July 2010 at 01:04 PM by CAM

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