# Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Like many other people I have often thought about satisfying it would be to spend time tracking down spammers and killing them but have also wondered how much effect it would actually have. This article gave me new hope. According to the article after one company was closed down email spam dropped by 75%. The company McColo.com is believed to host some of the largest spam operations and has been turning a blind eye to a number of criminal organisation. Two major internet providers cut off internet access to the company last week in what has been called an unprecedented move. It is estimated that spam rates fell by up to 75% shortly after the company's servers were disconnected. Unfortunately the levels of spam have since picked up again as other spammers fill the void. This goes to show that my plan to track down spammers and kill them, could in theory be effective, now where can I buy a ninja outfit?

posted on Wednesday, 19 November 2008 22:43:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

PDSA-Veterinary-Nu_1115322c This is Tinks and he could be Britain's fattest cat. Along with seven dogs he will be competing to win the title of the UK's biggest animal slimmer. Tinks weighs over 11kg and as a result suffers from heart problems and spends most of his time sleeping. This is one seriously fat pet that really needs to go on a diet and exercise program to lose some of that extra fat. Lets hope the 100 day fitness program will help him to do this. He makes my cats look thin in comparison.

posted on Wednesday, 19 November 2008 13:49:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 18 November 2008

This is interesting, it suggests that Microsoft dismissed an employee over a photo he took of Apple Macs being delivered to the Microsoft loading dock. The photo which was taken at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond a shipment of G5's arriving at the Microsoft loading bay. It was accompanied by the headline "Even Microsoft wants G5s". Microsoft maintains that the employee was sacked because he had committed a security violation but some people think its simply because they were shown to be receiving Apple computers although I'm not sure why that would a be an issue, Microsoft do produce a lot of software for use on Macs, they must have to test it on something.

posted on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 09:19:26 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 17 November 2008

The Royal Society of Chemistry has issued a recipe for the perfect Yorkshire pudding. Apparently the puddings should be at least 10cm high and based on the following formula carbohydrate + H2O + protein + NaCl + lipids. The full recipe is below

The Royal Society of Chemistry Yorkshire Pudding


Tablespoon and a half of plain flour.
1 egg.
Half milk, half water to make a thin batter.
Half a teaspoon of salt.


Put flour in a bowl, make a well in the middle, add the egg, stir until the two are combined then start gradually adding the milk and water combining as you go.

Add the liquid until the batter is a smooth and thin consistency.

Stir in half teaspoon of salt and leave to stand for 10 minutes.

Put beef dripping into Yorkshire pudding tins or into one large tin but don't use too much fat.

Put into hot oven until the fat starts to smoke.

Give the batter a final stir and pour into the tin or tins.

Place in hot oven until well risen - should take 10 to 15 minutes.

posted on Monday, 17 November 2008 10:25:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 16 November 2008

This article suggests that sleeping for less than seven and a half hours a night can raise the risk of heart disease by up to fours time. On average people in Britain get about seven hours of hours by a third of people in Britain only have five hours of sleep or less. Scientists have blamed the trend towards shorter nights' sleep for increasing the risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. The research was based upon studying 1,255 patients with high blood pressure over a period of 23 months. 1,007 people slept for more than 7.5 hours a night and 248 slept for less time. Getting less sleep was associated with a 27% increase in the risk of heart attacks or strokes. Based on this, I think I need more sleep.

posted on Sunday, 16 November 2008 10:30:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 15 November 2008

This is an interesting idea from Lancashire police. They are distributing cat bells for elderly people to attach to valuable items. The idea is that when someone tries to steal a handbag or purse that has bells attached, it will ring as an alarm alerting the owner. The use of cat bells in this way has already proved to be a success in other areas.

posted on Saturday, 15 November 2008 11:51:20 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 14 November 2008

This is quite interesting, its a new scheme being offered by Sainsbury's that will allow staff to gain a qualification through on the job training. They will offer a qualification in shelf stacking and stock taking and a GCSE in literacy and numeracy. They will also give staff on the job training which will count towards an NVQ. The company currently has around 150,000 employees and hopes that about 25% of its work force will get one of the qualifications in the next five years. Investing in your staff can only be a good idea.

posted on Friday, 14 November 2008 12:49:47 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If your cat has been giving you evil looks recently, then it might be planning to kill you. This useful checklist will help you find out whether your cat is plotting your demise. It includes useful tips such as when the cat pummels you with its paws, it is not a sign of affection, they are actually checking your internal organs for signs of weakness and digging in the litter box is practice for burying bodies.

posted on Friday, 14 November 2008 12:46:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 13 November 2008

You don't see much odd shaped veg in the the supermarket but that could be about to change. Current EU regulations mean that there are strict guidelines as to what fruit and veg can be actually be sold. Cucumbers for example cannot be sold is they are crooked or if they have blemishes and apples under 50mm in diameter cannot be sold. The regulations are now due to be relaxed because every year tonnes of perfectly edible produce is discarded because it does not meet the guidelines. Personally I am not too bothered whether my carrots are a little bit crooked or potatoes misshapen, as long as the veg tastes good I am happy to buy it.

posted on Thursday, 13 November 2008 12:07:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 12 November 2008

According to this article owners of fat pets could be fined or jailed under new government rules. The rules set out a pet code of conduct and owners could be penalised with a fine of up to £20,000 if they fail to follow it. The rules are designed to protect animals from cruelty but many of them are just common sense. They include providing mental stimulation for pets, giving animals somewhere suitable to live and to go to the toilet and making sure upstairs windows are cat proofed. It all seems a little simplistic and in my opinion any responsible pet owner will already know they need to take these measures.

posted on Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12:00:03 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback