Hiroko Mima – Miss Universe Japan 2008

Hiroko MimaHiroko Mima has won the 2008 Miss Universe Japan. Hiroko, a university student and athlete from Tokushima in Western Japan, was selected from amongst 9 other beautiful ladies to represent Japan at the Miss Universe competition in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 14 later this year.

Having had the pleasure of meeting Hiroko, and two of the other competitors, Kana Anan and Yoshimi Sato, at the Emerald Ball in March, I can honestly say that the photos do not do them justice. The girls are much more beautiful in real life, and after putting up with 20 drunken Irish young lads at the Westin Hotel, they are great sports too.

I wish her the best of luck in the competition in July. I for one will be cheering for her.
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Getting Started with Android

ImageAndroid is an Operating System and application suite for mobile devices. It is being developed by the Open Alliance Project, with Google being a major partner so its is developing a lot of interest. The $10 million in prizes they are offering for the best Android applications may also have something to do with it.

I decided to give it a go. Installing it and getting a simple application running on the emulator was a breeze. The installation instructions on the Android site were relatively straightforward, and the videos helped getting the application to work. Continue reading

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Reinstalling the .NET Framework

Having trouble with your .NET framework? I had a difficult time getting Windows Update to install Hotfix KB928366 on my computer. No matter what I did, I couldn’t uninstall or fix the .NET Framework. After a lot of Googling and trying different suggestions, here is what worked for me.

How to re-install the .NET Framework 1.1

  1. Remove the .NET Framework 1.1
    1. Download the Microsoft Windows Installer Cleanup Utility and install it.
    2. Run it from Start > All Programs > Windows Installer Clean Up
    3. Select .NET Framework 1.1 from the list and click Remove
  2. Download and install the .NET Framework 1.1 Redistributable
  3. Download and install .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1. Ignore the message saying it is already installed, go ahead and reinstall it.
  4. Download and install .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 Security Update (KB928366). Reboot when asked to.

If this doesn’t work for you, here are additional instructions for repairing .NET version 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0.

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Tokyo Motor Show 2007

Went to the Tokyo Motor Show in Makuhari Messe today and met up with Hiro and Kesava. The new concept cars range from extremely cool to butt ugly. Check out more photos here.

Mazda Taiki Toyota Hi-CT Suzuki SX4 4 Suzuki SSC
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Essential WordPress Plugins

404 Notifier helps you identify any broken links in your site. Great if you move posts around and need to update links. Note it only works with pretty permalinks (2006/12/30/post-name), not ugly (?p123) ones.

Redirection Manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.

AWSOM Pixgallery an Image Gallery/Archive plugin designed to make it easier for Artists or Webcomic creators to set up a portfolio of their artwork.

NextGEN Gallery a Gallery plugin using jQuery and Web2.0 features.

WPAds is a WordPress plugin for showing and rotating ads in your blog. You only have to define the ad positions and the ads you want to rotate in each position, and WPAds will serve your ads randomly. WPAds can show contextual ads (ie, Google AdSense, Yahoo Publishers Network, etc) and also image banners.

WP Plugins Tracker This plugin helps webmasters to track new releases of the plugins they are using in their website from their admin panel.

TubePress is a WordPress plugin that displays YouTube video galleries in your blog.

FireStats is a very detailed web statistics system

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Have you seen my iPod?

PIC_0032 Ed mislaid his video iPod last night. Luckily enough, Greg noticed it and put it somewhere safe so it wouldnt be stolen. He was even kind enough to leave a postit to mark the spot.

Too bad the postit blew away…


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The New Mailboxes

PIC_0031 The new in-out trays have been installed, complete with instructions.


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BTO Party

PIC_0027 IT had a mid-project party in Andys Bar in Yurakucho. We set out to beat the budget of ¥500,000.

The 8 pint Guiness was popular – we went through at least 3 of them.

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Start Synergy before the Login on Ubuntu

If you have a Linux Synergy client connecting to a Synergy server on another machine, you’ll want the client to start up with GDM so that you can access the mouse and keyboard to log in. Here’s how to get it working Ubuntu, although it should work on other distributions too.

Edit the Default file

sudo gedit /etc/gdm/Init/Default

and add these lines to it

#Synergy - place this line somewhere before the "sysmodmap=/etc/X11/Xmodmap" line
/usr/bin/synergyc serverComputerHostname

Where serverComputerHostname is the host name or IP of your Synergy server.
Also edit the PreSession/Default file:

sudo gedit /etc/gdm/PreSession/Default

And add these lines to it:

#Synergy - place this line somewhere before the "XSETROOT=`gdmwhich xsetroot`" line
/usr/bin/synergyc serverComputerHostname

Logout and now you should be able to login to Ubuntu with your server’s keyboard and mouse.

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Yodm – Yet Another Desktop Manager for Windows XP

Yodm 3D is a virtual desktop manager with the fashionable effect : the rotating cube. If you’re using Windows and are feeling left out because all the other cool operating systems like MacOS and Linux have cool special effects (check out all the Beryl and Compiz videos on YouTube) for even the basic functions like changing desktops, then look no further.

Now you too can impress your friends by getting your desktop to spin like a cube. Download YODM free from keznews.com

Or better yet, switch to Linux!

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