know how many of you out there listen to the John
Oakley Show on Talk
News Radio CFRB1010 in the Southern Ontario
region, but it's actually a great show and I encourage
you to check it out if music at work is not your
bag. I've been a frequent and opinionated
caller to the show and have been on the air about
a half dozen times now after being turned on to
the station by Steve (Sgt.Slaughter)
McCoy at MTC
Computers about a month ago. Every Friday
before 5pm they have the “Best of Oakley” where
they sift through the hundreds and hundreds of
callers from the week and pick the top three…
You guessed it! Check out this little sound
byte if you want to hear me bash on “over
eaters” who are tying to get Handy Capped Parking
Permits using the rouse that a “Beer Belly is
an Eating Disorder” (…those of you who know
me, are well aware of my hatred of over-eaters…).
it's finally BTM week! We've still got a
full house even though we've had a few cancellations…
An automated notice will be mailed out soon (…for
those who've never been to a BTM…) confirming
your attendance and providing contact numbers,
our address and directions to the Abattoir.
big FYI here, although I'm always the first one
to speak about the “Murphy's Abattoir Rule”, which
of course states “Everything possible will go
wrong if you reload, upgrade or otherwise alter
your computer on a BTM week”, but I've broken
that rule. As of yesterday morning, the
Abattoir Lab effectively no longer exists!
Over the years, the Lab's seen a lot of traffic,
not only in people, but peripherals and such.
It's been far overdue for a “clean-out” and the
only way to get on top of a job this huge is to
start from scratch! That started Sunday
morning when every single item in the Abattoir
Lab was dragged out! I don't need to tell
you the magnitude of this job if you've seen the
room… Suffice to say, we're painting it
up and “re-loading” it as quickly as possible,
but it's going to take a little time. The
reason we're mentioning this is because the SuperFTP+
Server and Game Servers are all stacked neatly
in the Media Room and will be taking a couple
days off while their new home gets a scrub-down.
That means, no FTP, no games, no MeatCAM, and
no Abattoir Portal Web Servers for a few days
(…I'll also be a little “slow” getting to my email
of course...) Sorry for any inconvenience
this may cause, but it just had to be done!
my! It's my Sister Tracy's 30th Birthday
today! (…Oops, did I type that out loud?..)
Happy B-Day, Tracy! I'll take you out for
lunch today, spare no expense… You're choice
where you want to go, any drive-thru you like!
(…I'll even SuperSize since it's your big Three
still very tight lipped about release dates, or
pretty much any forthcoming information, the folks
are keeping us all guessing about UnReal2.
They have, however, recently popped out a few
more nice little screenshots and tidbits to nibble
on… Personally, I think it's cruel…
Kinda’ like waving a hot Pizza under Evan (DieJester)
Smith's nose then taking it away. Regardless,
take a peek at the new engine's great features!
loves Pop-up Ads? It's a fact that the Internet
is Ad driven, go to any site that hosts even a
remote amount of traffic and that becomes blatantly
apparent as X10 shoves their pop-up SpyCam ads
in your face, Casino ads by the millions, the
list goes on forever. There are solutions,
some better than others. One applet you
can run will simply stop spawn window ability,
thus preventing a pop-up from even stating to
pop. Yes, that gets rid of the ads, but
it can also hinder your surf experience by stopping
“legitimate”, useful pop-ups from starting (…the
Bonus info box that the Abattoir might pop-up
from the LAN Minutes occasionally, it contains
site specific news about the Abattoir, but you'll
never see it!..) Thanks to Jeff (Viking/Madball)
Walker's submission this morning, we're thrilled
to give you a great alternative! Go after
pop-ups can be “turned off” directly at the source,
the following are a collection of links that hammer
directly into the top Ad Servers and Opt-Out your
machine's pop-up ads! That's right, and
on your machine which literally say to the website,
“Yes, I'd love to see that X10 ad again for the
1,000th time!”. Well, this will tell X10's
own ad server that you've turned them off!
Click each of the following links below, that's
all you need to do! This will turn that
company's ad pop-up cookie OFF! It even
eliminates some banner ads! It won't stop
‘em all, but it'll sure as hell put a dent into
the number of windows you'll be closing during
the run of a day. I've tested these out…
of the larger adservers. Serves Gambling
and Casino ads. Often seen on Lycos, Excite,
Yahoo and others. Opting out of doubleclick
will also disable many in-line banners.
different type of ads. Seems to go down
frequently. If it fails, try later.
for the X10 camera. This link should opt
you out for 3000 days even though the
message says 30 days.
"click to win" type ads. Opting out of
this one seems to kill a lot of in-line
banner ads too. Might fail on the first
try. If it does, you'll be given
an alternative link at the bottom of the
page they direct you to.
serves movie ads. Seen on movie sites.
I'm not too sure, but I think this will
also kill-off several of those nice little
Flash Ads too!
and banners, seen at Yahoo! and others.
ad server. Handles a lot of different
for these links! Their site has a few more
obscure pop-up killing links so take a visit and
click like a friggin’ mad man! If you think
this was a useful LAN Minutes UpDate, just wait
till the Abattoir executes a few “Homies” later
this week! (…We're not kidding, stay tuned,
it's going to get ugly…”Yo-yo-yo-yo, Boizz!”…)
a shame! Dave Thomas, 69 (…the founder of
and senior chairman of Wendy’s
International, Inc. passed away early this morning
at his home in Florida from cancer of the liver.
Thomas had a carcinoid tumor, which is a slow
growing cancer, for more than a decade.
“Dave was our patriarch, a great, big lovable
man,'' said Jack Schuessler, chairman and CEO
International, Inc. “He was the heart and
soul of our company. He had a passion for great
tasting hamburgers, and devoted his life to serving
customers great food and helping those less fortunate
in his community.'' Thomas founded Wendy’s
Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurants on November
15, 1969 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. He named
the company after his second youngest daughter
(…Who oddly enough, was not named Wendy…).
I know that Evan (DieJester) Smith will miss him,
he eats the stuff daily (…or hourly, so it would
want to know why we have BTM’s? Here’s the
answer: “To have as much fun as possible before
we’re killed off by space rocks.” (…Huh?..)
An asteroid that could pulverize a country zipped
close by the Earth on Monday, only weeks after
astronomers first noticed the big space boulder
heading in our direction. The Near Earth
Object brightened enough for even simple telescopes
to spot just before it raced past our planet on
Monday, only two times the distance of the moon,
according to spaceweather.com,
a NASA-affiliated Web site. The range might
seem like enough to breath easy, about 600,000
km (375,000 miles), but many scientists classify
it as a relatively close call (…I’d call it a
near hit to quote George Carlin…) The asteroid,
officially known as 2001 YB5, measures between
300 and 400 meters (…1,000 to 1,300 feet…) in
width. If such a rock were to smash into
the planet, it would unleash the same amount of
energy as many nuclear bombs, astronomers estimate.
"The impact would be quite tremendous. It could
essentially wipe out a medium-sized country,"
said Benny Peiser of the Royal Astronomical Society
in Great Britain. "The environmental consequences
would be regional but the social and economic
consequences would be global." Close encounters
with giant space rocks are not uncommon. Asteroids
comparable to 2001 YB5 could strike the Earth
as frequently as once every 5,000 years, Peiser
said. Hmmm, anyone seen Armageddon?
If you want to see the pass, check out this
handy little applet!
X-Box from Microsoft made an appearance at the
Abattoir on Friday. We gave the game console
a go-over with four games, including Halo.
My impression? Great. Would I buy
one? No. (…will Microsoft donate one
as a BTM Door Prize? Buahaha!! We
all know the answer to that one already…)
Spend the money on your computer… At $450
and about $70 a game, it’s really not a bad value
for what it is, but something just rubs me wrong
about “buying another computer for games” that
you can’t run your own applications on.
We did put it on the 250” Wall
of Quake though, I don’t have to tell you,
Halo looked great on a screen that size and Star
Wars made just about everyone in the theater room
sick when we were flying though the asteroids.
Too much fun.
my God! New excitement has now arrived.
Looks like we’re now going to have “MeatMan vs.
407ETR”! I’ve just been called from a collection
agency claiming I owe the 407ETR $68.34!
“Pardon!? I have a Transponder that’s paid
from work?” Oh boy… I think I’m going
to have fun with this one! I’m calling now…
other news, it would appear our Chameleon Eggs
are duds… Sadly, they were removed from
the terrarium and put into a bed of vermiculite
to incubate. The next morning they were
flat as pancakes! Someone (…who’ll remain
unnamed at this point…) didn’t add any water to
the tray and the vermiculite sucked them dry (…or
at least, that’s what I think happened…)
Doesn’t matter really, they were “blanks” anyway.
We’ll let you know when she loads up again.
Folks! The New Year is here and with it new
hopes, aspirations and dreams. In my case,
it’s simply having a machine that will be able to
II (…Yes, I’m that shallow…) I hope everyone
had a great holiday (…is it over yet?..) and we’re
looking forward to 2002 and all its challenges and
next BTM is long since sold-out and now we turn
our attention to deciding what to play at BTM29.
As it stands, we’re going to have our first organized
tournament of 2002… Red Room vs. Blue Room,
it’s also time to dust off UnReal Tournament for
just such an occasion, so make sure you’re up to
speed! If you’ve not already done so, sign-up
on the Abattoir
BBs and join in on the discussions about what
you would like to see at BTM29, make your voice
it is with a very heavy heart that just a few moments
ago (...at the time of this writting...), I said
goodbye to John (CreacH) Creaturo who has just left
for Pearson International Airport for his flight
to Winnipeg. John’s been a good friend and
we love him dearly and wish him the best in his
adventures. I know I’m playing this up a tad
and making it sound like I’ve lost a friend and
brother whom I’m never going to see again, or making
it sound like he’s dying or something, but did I
mention he’s moving to Winnipeg? Regardless,
have fun John! We’ll see you in March when
you pop back down to civilization for a few weeks,
we’ll try to schedule a BTM around your trip back.
back to UnReal Tournament for a moment… Have
you seen the latest
screen shots of this up and coming masterpiece?
(…I don’t even want to know how many polygons it
took to render the breasts
on one of the models!..) I’m really looking
forward to this game!
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