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Nokia Sports Tracker

So here’s a handy little application that my Dad discovered a few days ago …

Nokia Sports Tracker is a GPS-based activity tracker that runs on Nokia smartphones. Information such as speed, distance and time are automatically stored in your training diary, and on this site you can store and share your workouts and routes.

I haven’t installed it myself but from screenshot, it looks like a nifty way to record your stats on a walk, run or cycle.

You can upload your workout summaries to the Nokia Sports Tracker online service so you can share your progress with friends and they are also working on a way to allow users to automatically update their blogs with this info.

The download page is here, if you’re keen …

How to use Notepad as a diary

This is nifty!

And so simple … I love this because we setup text files for all the sites that we do maintenance on and we log each change that’s done. I think this little trick is going to save us some time (and every second of time is money when you’re looking after nearly 2000 clients!)

I’m sure there are many personal uses for this too.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open a blank Notepad file
  2. Write .LOG as the first line of the file, followed by a enter.
  3. Save the file and close it.
  4. Double-click the file to open it and notice that Notepad appends the current date and time to the end of the file and places the cursor on the line after.
  5. Type your notes and then save and close the file.
  6. Each time you open the file, Notepad repeats the process

This is driving me crazy

I’m using Outlook 2003 on XP Pro (don’t start your Mac/Linux evangelism please!)

So one of my guys sent me a task 2 weeks ago but I think it’s corrupted or something.

Firstly, the task does not display in the Reading Pane.
And then, if I try to open it, move it or delete it – I get this:

And I have tried EVERYTHING I can think of to get rid of it.

Any ideas? ‘Cos I’m going mental with this “thing” polluting my nice clean Inbox!


Doing my bit for autism awareness

There’s a lot of publicity around about autism at the moment, what with the Jail4Bail campaign being in the spotlight while Gerhard Pieterse, the Executive Director of Autism Western Cape (AWC), remains locked up in his cell at Canal Walk Shopping Centre until the AWC R1 million target for donations has been reached.

Some time ago, I wrote about ZAC, a web browser designed specifically for autistic children, and I thought that now would be an appropriate time to dig that post out of the archives and republish …


Thanks to my RSS feed from The Download Squad, I recently came across ZAC (Zone for Autistic Children), a web browser specifically developed for autistic children and decided to share it with a friend of mine.

She has two little boys who are both displaying signs of autism and she really has her hands full! I was hoping that this piece of Windows software would be helpful to her as the poor girl struggles to keep her boys stimulated and hardly gets a second to herself.

“ZAC is the first web browser developed specifically for children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and PDD-NOS. We have made this browser for the children – for their enjoyment, enrichment, and freedom. Children touch it, use it, play it, interact with it, and experience independence through ZAC.”

And here’s what my friend had to say:

“Just wanted to say thanks for this email! I have installed it and the boys LOVE it!!! They both love the PC but I’ve never let them go on it ‘cause they end up trashing my stuff but now it entertains A for an hour every afternoon 🙂 ”

There you go!

So if you have a young child with autism, then ZAC may help you. Oh, and by the way, it’s completely FREE =)


You can donate to the Jail4Bail campaign by by SMSing the word “Vuka” to 38010.
Each SMS costs R10, and puts you in line to win a Vuka skuta.

And I called it – match drawn

England vs SA 1st Test at Lords.

I shoulda bet right?


Every time I bet on ANY game, I lose! Sir G made sooooo many ronds off me from previous bets that I thought were a sure thing, I stopped taking him on. And now? Now that I’m not putting my money where my mouth is, my predictions come true! That’s not right …

Anyway, I’m glad we managed to draw the game by batting so well in the second innings after our piss-poor performance in the first and being asked to follow on. Well saved SA.

The next test is at Headingley in Leeds and starts on Friday. Yaaaaay!

Yeah, I love my cricket =) I can sit and watch every delivery of a 5 day test, totally enraptured … it’s such an awesome game. Sometimes I wish I was a guy just so I could have played myself.

Ok, that, and:

  • not having to spend flipping hours getting ready in the mornings (blow drying this long hair in winter is just the most annoying waste of time ever!)
  • having people assume that I don’t like standing around the fire at braais enjoying a cold one and talking about sports
  • having the ladies assume that I just automatically want to sit inside with them and chit-chat about their dahling new kitchen curtains (or the colour of their kid’s poop)
  • being mistaken for the owner’s wife (now ex) or the receptionist of my own bloody business!
  • being expected to wash the dishes just because I have boobs

Oh gosh, don’t let me get started …