Stuff I need to do to finish my assignment

(c) Science Cartoons

Who would want to be king?

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemies eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
"Now the old king is dead, long live the king!"

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt, and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword, my shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
Once you go there was never, never an honest word
That was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild win
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string (Ooooh)
Ah, who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Ooooh Ooooh Ooooh Ooooh Ooooh
(repeat with chorus)

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword, my shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world
Oooooooh Oooooooh Oooooooh

{Kudos, if you figured it out – it is not that difficult and btw I love it and think  there are so many different levels to it and see some elements of this in everyday life}

Maybe time to upgrade to Firefox?

This is not one of the "jokes", but is one of the "real" ones I got. Maybe about time I got around to installing Firefox 3 then. 🙂

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Live Mesh Update

As I said in the last post I have been using Live Mesh for a few weeks now. Since then, Microsoft has released an update to Mesh; those of you who are using it and not updated it yet, I would suggest you do. It will restart the Windows shell once the update is finished, but I would recommend to save your work before you start the update and bounce Windows after that (even though it does not require it).

  • Live Mesh is now available in all English-speaking countries (not just the U.S.)
  • Removed the User Account Control (UAC) requirement when installing and using Live Mesh with Windows Vista SP1
  • Index for Desktop Search now works with Live Mesh folders
  • Fixed bug where an underscore in a Hotmail account name returned an "Invalid Hotmail Address" error
  • Fixed bug with Silverlight 2 Beta 2 failing to load in Silverlight Media View
  • Fixed bug where the notifier tool-tip incorrectly indicated that Live Mesh Remote Desktop was unavailable for a computer running in non-admin mode
  • Fixed bug where the Live Mesh folder icon was not displayed in the e-mail inviting someone to share a folder
  • Fixed one of the bugs that caused Live Mesh to fail to start
  • Fixed problem with Live Mesh returning errors when waking from sleep/hibernate

Live Mesh – Tech Preview

You might have heard of the new "Cloud" service from Microsoft called Live Mesh. You can get more details on the team's blog and a few videos.

While I have the Mesh bits installed for a few weeks I only recently started using it and was very handy when I wanted to get to some information on one of the Wiki's running at home.

I have some of the machines on my home network connected on the mesh now (see screen shot below) – they all are running Vista. It is quite useful and much easier to use than trying to RDP into various machines (assuming you can fwd the ports for various machines on the router). Another cool feature is I don't need to have any bits installed to access them (say from a corporate environment). You only need a browser to login to the mesh and get to the machines (I only tried this is IE 7 btw).

I have used a little bit of this so far and do find it quite useful; there are various elements of this that I have not really used yet (such as the sync. features).

I wonder if there will be an interesting convergence between this and WHS at some point in the future?

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Interesting Find #13

Pure coincidence that #13 is posted on Friday the 13th!

  1. Goosh – the Unofficial google shell (very cool)!
  2. Zamzar – free online file conversion.
  3. FlashEarth – switch seamlessly between Google maps, Microsoft Virtual Earth, Yahoo!, etc.
  4. SiteAdvisor.com – McAfee's free offering that automatically alerts to Web sites that use or have links to spyware, adware, spam and other nasties.
  5. Live SysInternals – all of SysInternals on your figertips. e.g. in a DOS prompt enter: dir \\live.sysinternals.com\tools
  6. Windows Search 4.0 – new and improved? Only time will tell.
  7. TFS does not have any features for gathering requirements, but if this is something you prefer then check out Caliber RM and TeamSpec. Rosario though might have these out of the box – but only time will tell.
  8. BizTalk dev tools – it is almost an year old, but still a very cool list of tools if you are using BizTalk.
  9. Xobni (mirror of Inbox in case you did not notice), is Outlook add-on which helps you deal with emails better.
  10. Office Search Commands – helps you find commands, options, wizards, and galleries in Office 2007 Word, Excel and PowerPoint; check this out if you are wondering the rational behind it.

Making your TyTn Stable

Over the last few weeks I have heard a lot of people complain about the HTC TyTn (and more so these days with the new iPhone out now). But the phone itself is not bad – but if you are still running Windows Mobile 5 on it then sorry you don't get the rights to complain – that OS itself has loads of issues. So, if you are like me with a TyTn I would suggest you get on a Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM and get some peace of mind. I am running the 'Diamond Look-alike" Mobile 6.1 ROM and it is rock solid – I highly recommend it. I have been running it for a few days and am very impressed.

Of course, I was contemplating between the Diamond and the Diamond Pro, but now with the iPhone 2.0 – the water is as clear as mud on which one I should pick! Sigh!

On a somewhat related note, if you were thinking of getting a Diamond from Expansys, I would hold off as all of their phones are imports and technically grey market imports which HTC does not and will not support. But despite Expansys, why would anyone pay so much more for a HTC Windows Mobile, when you get a similar spec'd iPhone for much less?

Shame on Expansys for selling them as "UK" phones. Sad

Diamond vs. Diamond Pro vs. TyTn

I currently have a HTC TyTn and was thinking of getting either the new HTC Diamond or the HTC Diamond Pro and was not sure how they stack up size wise; but that is there sizeasy.com come in the picture and help me see what the three of them look like together.

Diamond Pro is a little thinner and lighter than the TyTn, the question for me is do I really need the keyboard or can I live with something like the Diamond. Hmm … decisions, decisions, decisions.