Archive for May, 2006

Visual Task Tips

May 21, 2006

Visual Task Tips is a very lightweight shell enhancement utility. It provides thumbnail preview images for each task in the Windows Taskbar, like in the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista. It's simple to use, just download and install it. Best of all, it's completely free (for non-commercial use)

Click here to visit their home page: Visual Task Tips Home


My petrol’s cheaper than yours!

May 18, 2006 allows users to search for the cheapest petrol in their area quickly and, if they choose, receive regular e-mail alerts so they will always be the first to know when the prices change.

They have petrol prices for over 10,000 stations and receive approximately 8,000 daily updates, By using to check the price of petrol across stations in your local area, you could make substantial savings on your motoring. Searching for petrol prices in your local area or across the UK is completely free of charge. Once signed up, you will have 20 petrol price searches to use each week, helping you cut your motoring costs. All major service stations are covered including BP, Shell and Texaco as well as smaller chains and hundreds of independent stations.

Charley Says…

May 15, 2006

Remember all of those public information films from your childhood?

Clunk Click with Jimmy Saville, Learn to Swim, the Green Cross Code Man or Charley Says?

Well now you can watch all of them for free on the National Archives Website, just click the link below to watch the public information videos from 1945 – 2066

The National Archives | Public Information Films

Get Sticky!

May 13, 2006

If you use a USB pen drive, then it’s worth taking a look at

Stickydrive is a free app which sits on your USB pen, it’s a file, program and document manager that lets you run software applications directly from your flash drive.

Stickydrive can be installed on any type of external memory, you can view your photos, play music, run Firefox (and many other apps) all without having to install anything onto the computer.

Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It

May 12, 2006

While stumbling around the net I came across a great little article, written by a girl, which pretty much hits the nail on the head 🙂

In the wide world of dating, there are many options. Do you go for the flashy guy with the smooth smile, or the dude in the corner typing away on his laptop? The following are reasons why I think my fellow females should pay more attention to the quiet geeks and nerds, and less attention to the flashy boys.

1.) While geeks and nerds may be awkward, they’re well-meaning 9 out of 10 times. That smooth dude with the sly grin and the spider hands? Wonder what HIS intentions are… plus, I’ve never had a geek guy not call me when he said he would. Score major points THERE.

2.) They’re useful. In this tech-savvy world, it’s great to have a b/f who can make your laptop, desktop, and just about anything else that plugs into a wall behave itself.

3.) They’re more romantic than they’re given credit for. Ok true, their idea of romance might be to make up a spiffy web-page with all the reasons why they love you, with links to pics of you and sonnets and such… but hey. It lasts longer than flowers, plus you can show your friends.

4.) Due to their neglected status, there are plenty to choose from. You like ‘em tall and slender? There are plenty of geeks/nerds who are. You like ‘em smaller with more meat on their bones? Got that too.

5.) They’ve got brains. Come on now, how can intelligence be a bad thing?

6.) Most are quite good at remembering dates. Like birthdates and such, especially if they know it’ll make you happy. Due again to their neglected status, they’re more attentive than guys who “have more options”. Plus, with all that down time without a steady girlfriend, they’ll likely have mental lists of all the things they’d love to do once they GOT a girlfriend.

7.) Sex. Yep. Sex. I’m not really familiar with this myself, but I’ve friends who’ve been intimate with geek guys and it’s raves all around. They say a virgin wrote the Kama Sutra… all that time thinking about sex, imagining sex, dreaming about sex, (they are male after all) coupled with a desire to make you happy? Use your imagination.

8.) They’re relatively low-maintenance. Most can be fueled on pizza, Twinkies and Mt Dew. No complicated dinners needed here, so if you’re not the best cook, eh. Can you order a pizza?

9.) Most frequent bars as often as slugs frequent salt mines. You won’t have to worry much about your geek guy getting his “groove” on with club hotties because, frankly, he’ll be too busy rooting around under his computer wondering where that spare cable went. You won’t have to worry about him flirting with other women because, 9 out of 10 times, he’ll zip right by them in a perfect b-line towards the nearest electronics store. I’ve seen this happen. Me: “Eww. Victoria Secret’s Models… They’re so skinny. How is that feminine? You can see her ribs!” Geek Guy: “ooooooo…” Me: “Hey!” *notices he is staring lustfully towards the computer store* Geek Guy: “What?” Me: “Never mind…”

10.) Although he may not want to go to every outing with you, you can arrange swaps, as in, you’ll go to his Gamer Con dressed as an elf princess if he’ll take you to the ballet. Plus, if he doesn’t want to go someplace with you, you won’t have to worry much about what he’s up to. You’ll probably come home to find him asleep on his keyboard in a sea of Mt. Dew cans with code blinking from the screen. It’s ok. He’s used to this. Just toss a blanket over him and turn out the light.

11.) His friends aren’t jerks. I can’t stress this enough. You’ll more likely get “Omg! A GIRL!! Can I see?!” than “Hey hot stuff back that ass up here and let me get some grub on…” They’re awkward geeks too and will, 9 times out of 10, treat you with the utmost respect and, more than likely, a note of awe. A cute girl picked one of their clan to date? It could happen to them! Hope! Drag some of your single girlfriends over, open up a pack of Mt. Dew, crack open the DnD set and get working. Nothing impresses geek guys more than a girl who can hack-n-slash (well ok maybe if she can code… a geek can dream).

12.) They’re rarely if ever possessive. They trust you, so you can be yourself around them. You like to walk around the house in a ratty t-shirt for comfort? He won’t care. He does too! They won’t get pissy if you don’t wear make-up or don’t want to bother primping your hair. If you gain a few pounds, they won’t try their best to make you feel like crap.

13.) They’re usually very well educated. Physics majors and the like. See #5. You won’t have to listen to him blathering on about his car (ok maybe a little), he’ll have loads of other interesting things to talk about. Politics, world events, how much the chicken burgers down at the local place rock, so long as you douse them in hot sauce…

14.) You’ll almost never have to hear, “Yaw dawg whazzap!!” plop out of their mouths. Unless it’s in jest. They spell properly, use correct punctuation, and are able to tell the difference between the toilet and the floor. They almost never get “wasted”, so you won’t have to worry about coming home to find him and his friends passed out on the floor amidst a pile of beer bottles. Mt. Dew cans, perhaps…

15.) And the final reason why geeks and nerds make great boyfriends: They actually give a damn about you. Not how you look (though that’s a plus), not how skinny you are, not how much make-up you primp yourself up with, but they like you for you. That kind of thing lasts longer than “DaMN baby you got a fine ass!!!” Believe me.

Read the original article here: Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It…

Show/Hide Filenames in XP’s Thumbnail View

May 10, 2006

Did you know that if you hold down the SHIFT key when selecting Thumbnails View or opening a folder, the Filenames for the items will not be displayed?

I got this little tip from a brilliant blog that I read from a Microsoft guy – Omar Shahine. You can read the original article here: Show/Hide Filenames in XP Thumbnails View – what’s hot on the web

May 8, 2006

PopURLS is a great site which brings together what's popular on the web. It describes itself as "The mother of aggregators capturing news from all major buzz and news sites."

It pulls together links from sites such as, and along side of media from, and

Links are updated every few minutes, so if you want to find out what's hot on the net, then take a look at

Smartphone Full Screen Video Sync – at last!

May 3, 2006

If you've ever tried to sync any videos from your PC to your SPV C600 smartphone, you'll know that they play back in a postage stamp size.

On the SPV C500 it is possible to change a registry key to correct this behaviour but this isn't possible on the C600. However – Andy at found a solution which works for me. This is a modification of his original post which can be found here.

  1. Copy \Windows\WMSyncCaps.xml from your phone to your PC

  2. Rename the file to WMSyncCaps2.xml on the PC

  3. Open the file in Notepad and change all the 'height' values to 240, and all the 'width' values to 320.

  4. Save the file

  5. Copy it back to \Windows\ on your phone

  6. Using a registry editor for your phone, edit HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WMDM changing the value WMDMCapabilities to point to the new WMSyncCaps2.xml file

  7. Delete WMPInfo.xml from the root of your storage card

  8. Disconnect and reboot your phone.

  9. Start Media Player on your PC, from the Tools menu, selection Options, the Devices, the click the Advanced button. Finally click the Delete Files button to remove any cached files.

  10. When your phone has rebooted, connect it to your PC and try to sync a video to your phone.

Peat Bog Jumping on Kinder Scout

May 1, 2006

Last weekend we went on a practice walk for the 3 Peaks Challenge, it was an 8 hour walk over Kinder Scout in the Peak District. We had a great day, but on top we found a lot of peat bogs – this video shows how we had to cross some of them!

Don't forget that you can sponsor us by clicking on this link Justgiving – NDCS 3 peaks Challenge to pledge your money

You can see some of the photos from the day on Flickr by clicking this link