Bob the Builder scooter!

scooter.jpgHere’s Charlie with his new Bob the Builder scooter. It was a Christmas present from our friends Morag and Damien, but owing to mix-ups and other confusions, he’s only just got his hands on it. He absolutely loves it, but we will definitely be getting him a bicycle helmet (and maybe knee and elbow pads) before he is allowed outside with it. We don’t know how we will ever get him back on his tricycle!

Evil bots

OK, so I GREPed my access_log and, sure enough, the Cyveillance bots had been visiting on two consecutive days in March, only accessing about six pages in all. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for me, most of what is hosted at is password protected, so the bots got a 403 for their efforts . Then I ssh’d into Chris’s machine, where and this weblog are hosted, and found Cyveillance had been to the weblog about 355 times in the matter of a few days. I’m sure they found lots of
interesting stuff. Especially on Charlie, my three year old’s weblog.

I suppose the most worrying thing about all of this is that Cyveillance
is obviously something that lots of people already know about. Just
imagine the things going on that we have yet to uncover, keeping in mind
that the CIA has a venture
capital outfit
in Silicon Valley.

And closer to home, there’s Autonomy, once one of Britain’s
dotcom darlings, now, with more than a little help from Doctor Evil (aka
), making profits by helping Dubya & Co trample our civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism (those terrorists including among others, Seymour Hersh).

The answer to a web design headache?

Maybe you’ve noticed, particularly if you are a Windows PC user, that this weblog sometimes doesn’t display photos and other elements properly. Browser bugs are the reason. And when you work on a Mac and your website looks just fine, you have no way of knowing how it looks on other platforms. Until now, that is. Browsercam let’s you see how your pages will display in just about any combination of operating system and browser you can come up with. I’ve just started a free trial and think it’s a pretty darned good idea that should save me a lot of headaches in future. The screenshot shows how this blog’s navigation disappears in IE 5.5 on Windows 2000. Now all I have to do is figure out why!