Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Seekers

Watched them on 60 minutes. Still great after all these years...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Blackberry Help 4: Keepass

Number 4 in this series of Blackberry How To**

Running an old Blackberry 8310 v4.5 and you have great difficulty remembering all your passwords. You can't go past the the Password Keeper that comes with the handset. If you're using this handy application, you can and should do a regular backup.

But, what happens if your handset dies, can you read the backup file on the PC? 
Nope!! There is nothing that will permit you to read the data backed up in the Password Keeper. 

However if you have Keepass, you have a database file that can be read on the handset as well as on the PC.

Problem is compatibility. You need:

Keepass 1.23 for your PC and Keepass BB 1.2.1528 for the Blackberry.

** More as a memory jogger for myself rather than for any greater noble purpose

Customised training software

Hate presenting training courses at work. Staff get bored, I get annoyed by the sounds of ZZZZZZZ or BOOS!

Occurred to me that with the myriad of software available from Microsoft, there must be some way to devise a course, stick it on the intranet or shared public folder and get everyone to complete it. On completion, the "App" must be able to generate an email to HR informing that this staff has successfully completed the (boring) course.

Well, there is a way and Powerpoint is the answer. It's  a great piece of software. Some pointers are:

(1) The presentation must be saved as a Microsoft PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation (.pptm). This is the 'master' where you write your presentation and test quiz.
(2) When it's ready it must be saved as a Microsoft PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Slide Show (.ppsm). This is the 'show' users click on.

(3) You'll want to disable the [Page Down] and other keys so users don't cheat, racing (or Page Downing ?? is this a word) to the end. They can only move from slide to slide via the buttons (hyperlinks) you build in. To do this you set the presentation to Kiosk Mode. Side Show -> Set Up the Slide Show -> Browsed at a kiosk (full screen), then save as (2) above.

(4) To get the presentation to send a confirmation email, add a button on the last slide to close the presentation and generate the email. The VBA code when the button is clicked:

Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()

Dim olApp As Object, olMail As Object
Set olApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set olMail = olApp.CreateItem(0)
olMail.To = ""
olMail.Subject = "Completed ...blah...blah... Course"
olMail.Body = "Yay!! Finished"


End Sub

(5) To add a multiple choice quiz, the correct answer takes you to the next question via a hyperlink, an incorrect choice takes you to an error screen with a hyperlink button which take you back to the incorrect question.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Upstairs & Downstairs

Years ago before Downton, there was this TV series called Upstairs, Downstairs. It was about the lives of the servants who lived downstairs and their masters who resided upstairs.

I've got something similar at my place, me downstairs and the 'Family' of possums in the roof space. How they got there, I'll never know. Pretty sure all the gaps in the rafters have been sealed. What makes me think it's a 'Family'? Was ecstatic this weekend after I caught one, thinking it's the end but alas no, I can still hear the pitter-patter of little feet...

Friday, November 2, 2012


If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Weird question, it's kinda like if I can't brag or post photos online, did I really do it? Isn't it funny that I'm more concerned about taking photos for sharing rather than savouring the atmosphere and feeling the vibe....

The curse of social media I say!