Pointing Out the Obvious…

Skype vs. Gizmo vs. Vonage

I laughed my head off at this. This really sums up the whole Recording Skype, pain in the butt senerio. Sometimes you are lucky if you get a garbeled mash-up. We are lucky at The Global Geek Podcast that we have a solution that works and gives reasonable results.

I will say and ask it again; why oh why do we not have a record button in Skype? I really hope that we will see it soon… maybe an update… please…

The wait is killing me. But if the wait means that the quality of the recording is tops; then that is fine by me.

Is this a PC or a Vacuum Cleaner?

Today a mate of mine who will be known hence forth as Webby was “donated” a computer that “would work if the power supply was replaced”. Webby thought this little number might be good for something so he set about dismantling it and making it work.

Power Supply RearHe knew something was up when he spotted the rear end of the Compaq… mmm a bit of dust is okay but I am not sure about all this rust. Upon inspection of the power supply it is little wonder that it was not working. All the vents were practically rusted over! I would hate to see what the guts of it looked like. But hey that is what was stuffed so it did not matter right?

CPU Fan on Heat SinkSo onward to the internals of the computer which was like trying to break into Fort Knox, these babies are just not meant to be modified or taken apart. How you are supposed to clean inside it is a mystery. The reason that I mention cleaning is once inside there were enough “dust bunnies” to make a coat! Or a small village of dust mites to take up residence! This might have been a contributing factor to the fact that it was stuffed, you think?

Heat Sink OffJust check out that main-board it is little wonder that the CPU fan was even going, let alone circulating the air. The whole interior of the case was filled with dust and rubbish from a life of neglect.

Even the peripherals were shot.

Check out this floppy drive picture. Not sure if this thing would even read a disk. Check out the light, yep it is getting power!

Let this be an advertisement for occasionally lifting the hood and cleaning the fans, boards and vents of your PC. Still very funny result that has given me some material to blog about.

Floppy Drive FrontTaking it apart was as far as Webby got. Not surprisingly the PC would not boot, it tried a few times and croaked a bit of a last gasp. The PC will now be put-down for reasons of kindness and humanity and the war dust bunnies. It is undecided if there will be a cremation of said dead computer.

Webby would like to receive actual computers rather than flowers. Or just send cash so he no longer has to try to resurrect dead computers or ones that are on their last legs.

Watching him deconstruct this thing on Skype was a laugh a minute (or more).

Update: The images for this post have been “lost” by the WordPress server. I am in the process of trying to find them again.

You Know It Might Not Be Safe When…

Council ManagementYesterday Adam sent me this picture that he took, what a laugh! He took it "five mins run away", I am guessing from his place. Not sure how far away that is and you can go run for five minutes to find out because I am not.

Anyways the alarm bells would be ringing if you saw this sign. Not a place to take the kids for a play in the park.

You have to laugh though, this is typical Council management. Although I think that for some people this might be a completely reasonable day: Get up (from the park bench), have a few beers (or fifty), go pick a fight or two and win some and loose some, after all that actvilty have a sleep, get up and do it again tomorrow. That day might be so good they get up and do it all again the next day. That means setting up a campsite!

Given that mentality I don't think that the persons that this sign is directed towards give a rats what it says. But at least the Cairns Council can say that they are managing the problem!

That's Council for you!

As a note; this is not a reflection of Cairns as a whole.

Man Survives by Eating Frogs!

I can’t believe it after my blog the other day about the increase in frog numbers at home… I find this!

This guy survives in the Australian outback by eating frogs! In case you had not guessed I love frogs, they are my favourite animals. Given that if I was in a survival situation I might do anything.

“I ate the leeches raw, straight out of the dam, grasshoppers I just ate them,”

“But the only thing I really sort of had to cook was the frogs which [I] slipped them onto a bit of wire and stuck the wire on top of my humpy, let the sun dry them out a fair bit until they were a bit crispy and then just ate them.”

Not quite sure that the technique described above constitutes “cooking” but I suppose that is as close as he could get. I don’t know that French chefs will be scrambling for his talents though. I feel sorry for the skewered frogs… I only hope they were not the green ones.