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And thud back down to earth we go….

i wonder who that mystery sender from Down Under was….

Its been a whirlwind week here for all of us. Monday was met with a visit from the Brantford Police @ Lansdowne. The boy was not quite sure with the six men in black standing in his therapy room..(though Mom was quite ok with it!!!) but perked up once we got outside and he was able to sit in the cruiser and then the van. The patient officers let him sit in both and even press the buttons. He even gave out a few high fives before we left!

Unfortunately it was pouring rain so a bit difficult to get some good pictures, but I did the best I could.

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Tuesday was a school day, so off he went on the bus while I ran off to pick up his Angry Birds cake (which he wouldn’t try despite many attempts) that the rest of us ended up enjoying + the…

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,200 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 16 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 121 posts. There were 22 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 21st with 41 views. The most popular post that day was Australia, its now your turn.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were web.vee.net, facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, thedocnetwork.net, and twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for nerf minigun, nerdy girls, hot nerdy girls, hot geeky girls, and nerd girls.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Australia, its now your turn January 2010
3 comments

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Apparently Nerdy Girls are hot… March 2009
2 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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Christmas Wishes and Nerf Guns December 2008
2 comments

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Nerf Vulcan: First Fire Video March 2009

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Image Hosting Reviews: Photobucket March 2009

DocNetwork <3’s the Gadget Girl

I regularly browse the blogosphere, looking for inspiration for new articles, and in some cases, just for a laugh, so I was pleased when Trapper, one of the many readers I have met personally, passed on the URL for a blog I have previously hadn’t visited, specifically the blog of the Queensland Courier Mail’s Technology Writer. Under normal circumstances I don’t visit the blogs of staff writers, as nine from ten, they are either as tabloid as the papers they work for, or they are simply not that entertaining…

The Gadget Girl just happens to be the exception to that rule, as not only does Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson cover all things tech, a task I would love to be able to do, but she shares the DocNetwork’s ambition to ‘Fight the Good Fight’ so to speak, and has on several occasions, she has spoken very critically of Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and the Mandatory Internet Filter with a number of rants akin to my own, the difference being, is that she gets paid to do it, and her following is at least four times that of mine.

This witty Brisbanite has been working at the Courier-Mail for a number of years now, moving from Pop culture, to a place that she has become quite adept at, that being technology reviewer and all round Gadget-girl. I encourage all readers of the DocNetwork to pay her blog a visit, as its a great read, and it’ll give you something to do between my updates.

While I regularly visit her blog and enjoy her articles, it is doubtful that she has reciprocated, even if our presence has been made known to her.

The Gadget Girls blog is updated on average twice a week, and can be found at http://blogs.news.com.au/couriermail/hitech/

And now something completely Different…

Big T swung by the DocNetwork’s offices yesterday, as I had him in do help me out with some typing jobs I had piled up, I asked him if he had a Gripe List under his hat for us.

While he didn’t have a Gripe List available, he did have a brain teaser, that racked the minds of my staff, though it took me about 15 minutes, I’m pretty sure that my readers can do it faster.

My first is in ruins as time takes its toll

My second in unicorn never in troll

My third never in always but always in never

My fourth is intelligent and also in clever

My fifth in first but also in last

I am but a symbol of things from the past

Instead of having people comment the answer, and ruin it for everyone else, email me the answer, or what you think the answer is, and I will let you know if your right or not.

I will post the answer in a week

No I am not related to you.

I’ve recently been inundated by messages from associates of mine, asking me if a message they received from Facebook stating that I was related to them. Now I would like to point out that I am not related to most of those people, and the reason for that query is due to a piece of scamware that has popped up on Facebook.

Using the commonly used Relatives application as a front, a piece of scamware called Zuggio, or something similar, will automatically send all your friends a message stating that you are related to the original sender. However all this does is propagates the scam, as soon as you click on the link to figure out just what the hell Joe Bloggs thinks by adding you as a relative, it sends the same link to all your friends.

This article is not without its caveats, considering the fact that this is for lack of a better term, a harmless piece of scamware, it does point out a large security flaw in Facebook. If this application can exist, and spread like the proverbial virus throughout the site, this also means that more malicious applications, things that may steal identities or install viruses, may do so with impunity. How do I know that this situation exists? Because it happened to me.

Facebook, you’ve done so much in recent months to try and fix bugs and vulnerabilities, unfortunately you also don’t have someone vetting applications to make sure things like this don’t exist.

Sorry for the disappearing act, I have a website, and a costume that needs working on so I have put this thing on hiatus until such time as either of those has been completed, I have a few articles lined up and I will get getting them out ASAP.