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Time Management for Anarchists

I stumbled across this article while looking for a new organiser (dont ask) some weeks back and loved the title.

The post Time Management for Anarchists is by Jim Munroe. He’s a novelist who left HarperCollins to showcase and propagate indie press alternatives to Rupert Murdoch-style consolidation.

It is a great article and the points he makes about getting “organised” you will find fairly universal.

Jools works out of a paper diary, I keep my act together with an Ipaq ( a nice shiny new one that Jools bought me).

There are a bunch of DIY media resources also available at the site.

Culture Music

Have your song featured in Guitar Hero II

Working on the PT Barnum idea of “Every crowd has a silver lining” RedOctane has launched a competition in which budding musicians can get a song of their own featured in the next Guitar Hero II game.

This is a competition in which the winner gets their original song featured in the game. To enter simply submit your song at before 11:59 p.m. PST on June 30, 2006.

Here are some of the rules.

# In order to be considered in the Contest, the Song you submit must satisfy ALL of the following criteria:

(a) Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Genres. The Song must be in the “Hard Rock” or “Heavy Metal” genres.

(b) Feature Guitar Throughout. Since the Game is a guitar-based game, the Song must feature a lead guitar throughout, have a strong bass or rhythm section and include a solo for the lead guitar.

(c) No Offensive Lyrics. The Song MUST NOT contain any swearing, hate speech or otherwise offensive, derogatory or lewd lyrics.

(d) Duration. The Song must be between 2 to 5 minutes in length.

(e) Original Song. The Song’s music and lyrics must be original to your band and may not be based on a song, music, story or other source not created and owned entirely by you or other members of the band. (f) Not Previously Published. The Song may not have been (i) previously published by a third party record label, or (ii) included in any movie or any interactive media game.

It’s almost tempting…


HACE – Mmm

So you’ve been running on the same installation of Windows for ages and you may have noticed that some of the software you have installed adds stuff to the right-click menu, and you have also noticed that the rightclick menu is getting as long as a Chinese restaurant menu. While all these options can be handy, it can make it hard to find something when there are a lot of entries, particularly when you rarely use the vast majority of them. Windows can also take some time to render a complex menu, particularly when the menu items have icons associated with them.

Mmm Free by HACE helps you deal with this problem by allowing you to completely remove any context menu items that you never use, and move those that you rarely use onto a Rarely Used sub-menu. This can significantly speed up the rendering of the context menu, and make it much more convenient to find those menu items that you actually do use often.

Useful little tool.



I like obsession and you really have to see this one to believe it. Some one has decided to to try to amalgamate the latest version of every known software driver in the universe onto one CD for the purposes of creating an unattended Windows XP setup disk that would work on literally any PC.

And he’s making extremely good headway on this project!

I’ve started these DriverPacks because I wanted to achieve a Uniform UXPCD. Why in the world would you want support for all available hardware, I hear you thinking. Well, that’s easy to explain: to be able to use these unattended Windows XP installation CD’s on any computer (of course one that’s capable of running Windows XP).

There are 8 driver packs that make up the project, and they cover
Chipset, CPU, Graphics, LAN, MassStorage, Sound, and WLAN
Driverpacks BASE contains all the required documentation and batch files to slipstream the drivers onto a Windows XP setup CD, and even includes an UpdateChecker to ensure everything is as up-to-date as it can be.

Way to go.

Speedup Adobe

We all are driven crazy by Adobe reader and it’s lack of speed on startup. It seems that it is loading a driver or dll for just about everything under the sun and well it turns out that there is a easy fix for it.

Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat x.x\Reader\ (the x.x will be the version you are using) and move EVERYTHING from the “plug_ins” directory into the “optional” directory.

This will prevent all the plug-ins from loading during the initial load and will only load them when needed.

You’ll notice a huge decrease in the load time.give it a try.

This was on one of the geek lists that I subscribe to. It worked for me but as usual be careful.

Technology Trust No One

Change your USB drive letter

You know the problem, you walk up to a PC and plug in the USB key and it does the little dance ( a few pop up ballons and stuff) and then tells you “Your Drive is ready for use”. You open My Computer and it’s not there.

The computer lied. Well yes and no

You see there is probably a mapped drive letter sitting on top of your key and it won.

Here is the Microsoft Technote

How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP
How to assign a drive letter
To assign a drive letter to a drive, a partition, or a volume, follow these steps:
1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.

Note If you do not see Performance and Maintenance, go to step 3. Performance and Maintenance appears in Control Panel only if you use Category view. If you use Classic view, Performance and Maintenance does not appear.
3. Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
4. Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
5. Click Add.
6. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use.
7. Click OK.
The drive letter is assigned to the drive, to the partition, or to the volume that you specified, and then that drive letter appears in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool.

Here is a slightly quicker version

RIGHT CLICK on My Computer , click on MANAGE
Click on Disk Management in the left pane.

Follow the above instructions from 4 onwards.
If you aren’t sure about which letter to change it to Use Y or W if they are available.

Be careful you are playing with live ammunition.