Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

>Making some changes…

April 1, 2011 2 comments

>As regular readers can tell, I’m making some changes to the blog including the layout and new url. will still work but the main address has changed to

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>Things I don’t understand

>OK, how does this happen?

Shane Warne & Liz Hurley??!!

Or this?

Sean Penn & Scarlet Johannson??!!

But THIS is something I do understand.

George Clooney & Elisabetta Canalis…

What happened to his hand?

By the way, this is a photo of a young George Clooney…

…proving that for those of you that have kids who look like they were beaten with an ugly stick…there’s hope for them yet.

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December 22, 2010 5 comments

>There’s a lot going on.

I should probably consider a return to blogging.

(* Considering *)

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>Returning soon…!

April 26, 2010 4 comments

>In news that may or may not excite you depending on your point of view I shall be resuming blogging in the very near future.

Has anything interesting happened in my absence?

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>Thought for the day

November 23, 2009 1 comment


If the leftie health police are so concerned about the effect of advertising on children (and the rest of us) then how is it that 99.9% of people who work in advertising are lefties?

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>Reciprocating the LGF ban

October 3, 2009 4 comments

>Given I’ve been banned by Little Green Footballs, I’ve removed all links to LGF.

When Charles Johnson bans people like Tim Blair then you know he’s lost the plot.

The list of people banned by LGF is actually quite impressive.

Charles has gone David Brooks and decided there’s more money to be made by attacking his own side than maintaining what people thought were his principles. Perhaps those were a charade, as well?

Anyhoo, proud to be banned.

I’m in good company.

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>Banned by Little Green Footballs

August 17, 2009 2 comments

>Somehow or other, your erstwhile correspondent Jack Lacton has managed to get himself banned by Little Green Footballs.

For those of you who are regular readers of Charles’ site and mine this might come as somewhat of a surprise given how close our views are on most topics.

Dennis Prager describes LGF as ‘one of the most important sites on the web’ and I agree. Charles’ exposure of the Dan Rather phony Bush document and doctored Israeli missiles photo were extremely important. Hopefully, his vigilance can expose more fraud in the future.

Charles has a pretty much fair minded view of all topics and calls a spade a spade even if it’s against his own side, which I also do, as for example in my recent post on the Australian opposition’s emissions trading policy.

He and I agree on about 90% of topics including that Pam Gellar is a nut, as is alternative health ‘expert’ Jenny McCarthy. The nirthers are simply 9/11 troofers rebadged and the Republican cause is not helped by having people like Judge Andrew Napolitano and Glenn Beck feature so prominently on Fox. He also has a lot of fun with the Ron Paul supporters, as do I.

Charles understands that creationists dressed up in the Intelligent Design cloak are not only a threat to the Republican Party but also to Christian values in general, as when people reject ID they also reject Christianity, values and all. This will come at a massive cost to a fabric of society that is already being damaged by a myriad of left wing, activist groups.

We disagree on Climate Change. Charles seems to accept the so called ‘consensus’, which I put down to him not having delved into the issue in any great detail. He even provided a link to the anti-science climateskeptics propaganda site recently, which seeks to disprove all of the arguments put forward by we supposed deniers. He might like to spend some time at WUWT and Climateaudit to get a real look at the fraud behind the ‘consensus’.

The thing that I think I got banned for was giving this post a minus on the LGF post rating:

Is this photo funny?

Not especially.

Is it clever.


But is it racist?

Here’s where I thought that Charles had gone too far and why I gave it the thumbs down.

This is only racist if you only see President Obama as a black man and not as a regular human being.

Consider, is the following picture racist?

If not then why not if you’re using the same standard as the Obama picture?

Hitler is one of the most evil people to ever walk the earth. He was a white man. Why isn’t it racist to put Bush’s head on his body?

The answer is that his race had nothing to do with it.

The comparison is with the evil and not with the race.

The Obama photo comparison is with witch doctor-ism, not the fact that the witch doctor is black.

So, anyhoo, banned by LGF.

I used to think it was just the foul mouthed left and over zealous Ron Paulians that managed to get themselves banned. Maybe Charles thinks I’m one of them or part of the Gellar, Belien, Spencer unhinged crowd?

I still visit LGF every day and suggest you do also. Prager is right about it being one of the most important sites on the web. It’s just a shame that I can’t post comments or articles there anymore.

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>Boost performance of your Windows XP system

March 27, 2009 3 comments

>I don’t know about you but it seems that over time my trusty Toshiba laptop (with beautiful 17″ 1680×1050 display) has slowed down significantly and to the point of massive frustration.

I did give myself a performance boost a couple of months ago by exorcising Norton 360 from my machine but even with AVG running it has issues, especially when I have multiple applications running, which is most of the time.

Anyhoo, I wondered whether there was a setting in Windows XP that would give me a performance boost. I hadn’t looked before but am happy that I did, as my system is running at least 100% faster than previously.

Here’s the change I made…

Right click on My Computer and select Properties so that the following screen comes up:

Then select the Advanced tab:

Hit the Performance button and the following screen comes up:

You can see that it’s on the default setting “Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer”.

Simply select the “Adjust for best performance option” as per below:

Press OK and it’s all done.

What this does is turn off a lot of the screen rendering nicities, as you can see from the final image – the ticked options are now all unticked.

My background changed when I did this but all I had to do was restore it to what I had previously and it was fine.

Loading Office, browsers, running my database software is now at least twice as fast.

I’ll be doing some tests later on to see how much time my database analysis takes with the changes. I’ve already done some small tests and it’s much better.

Try it yourself.

If it doesn’t do anything for you then you can simply reverse the selection.

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>Best safety poster ever

March 16, 2009 3 comments

>Nothing to add, really…

….c’mon…who wouldn’t swap lives with Hugh Hefner…?

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Categories: Humour, Miscellaneous

>Beware of inexpensive office shredders

February 2, 2009 6 comments


So a colleague at work decides that we need a paper shredder in our new office.

It’s true.

Our office was sans shredder and thus incomplete and unfulfilled in its officeness.

He sees one in the local ALDI store at the quite reasonable price of $69. It’s sold under the brand OfficePro. We don’t need to shred heaps of stuff and it looks OK what with terrific features like confetti cut and separate slot for CDs and credit cards so he buys it.

Here’s the front cover of the box:

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He takes it out of the box, sets it up as per the instructions and places it on the floor next to the fax machine.

Wanting to test his new toy he turns it on, grabs a bit of paper and sticks it in the top.

The noise that emanated from the thing sounded like this:

Actually, it sounded much like a duck, having pissed off Saddam Hussein, being fed through a tree shredder at Abu Ghraib.

It certainly was unexpected, especially given what is clearly stated on the side of the box:

Having not read the instructions he then decided to see how many bits of paper it could handle so he grabbed 10 or 12 and stuck them in at which point it became necessary to work out how to use the reverse function.

A quick perusal of what passed for a user manual indicated a maximum of 7 pages at a time.

Clearly, in China they have much thinner paper than the 80gsm of standard office paper. 5 pages is more like the limit.

Well, at least the motor is durable if not quiet. Right?

Not according to the separate piece of paper found in the instruction manual.

How good is that, eh?

A whole two minutes of shredding before getting a 30 minute break.

It must have a labour agreement with the auto unions.

So a shredder sold under the brand OfficePro and featuring a “durable quiet motor” turns out not to be suitable for an office and has neither a durable nor a quiet motor.

I wonder how long it will last?

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