Upgraded To The Coltrane aka WordPress 2.7

At the rate that the good ole folks down at  WordPress are going, we’ll be upgrading WordPress version every other week. I had moved to WordPress 2.6.2in October and then to version 2.6.3 in November and no sooner did I get used to that when they started announcing that there was a new version, 2.6.8 or something. “How many times were they going to do this?”, I though to myself.

Well, pretty soon after that I saw the link that was letting me know that they had an even newer version out – 2.7 or “Coltrane” as they had nicknamed it. I’ve  downloaded it & upgraded (???)  my blog software. It has an entirely new looking interface which is cool, except that its mostly grey in colour. They’ve used user feedback and changed the design and it does seem more user friendly. They promise it will be quicker and it’s proven to be that so far as I can tell.

Coolest things is the new dashboard that you can arrange with drag and drop to put the things most important to you on top, QuickPress, comment threading, paging, and the ability to reply to comments from your dashboard, the ability to install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click, and sticky posts.

And they also promise that this may be the ” last time you ever have to manually upgrade WordPress again.” The new WordPress “includes a built-in upgrade that will automatically notify you of new releases, and when you’re ready it will download them, install them, and upgrade your blog with a single click.” Wow! I love you guy if that comes to fruition. We’ll I love you guys anyway cause WordPress is the best.

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So what do I have in store for me this Christmas day, you ask?

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  • Wake up lazy and drink coffee all morning and have toast fror breakfast
  • Celebrate this day by listening to Black Metal (anti-Christianity) music first thing in the morning
  • Download and install WordPress 2.7 or Coltrane as the company has named it
  • Chicken & rice for lunch
  • Mp3s blasting all day long
  • Watching The Dark Night in the afternoon
  • Reading blogs that I love
  • More coffee
  • Sleep

Not too shabby by any standards, I’ll say. So enjoy your day with the family dear reader on this day to commemorate a non-existent son of a non-existent christian god!

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It Was The Night Before Christmas

It was the night before Christmas and in my 7th floor apartment

Not a creature was stirring, except the lead of the training department

Cup of black coffee I sip slowly in a gifted mug

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No cake or tree or presents or a big turkey dinner

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A little poem I though up while on the bus trip back home. Enjoy the holidays if you have a few, enjoy your day off if you are not working tomorrow.

Development – Antoine Dufour

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Inspirations is up next and is probably the weakest track on the album. Funky Tonk Guitar Trio is a great track, uptempo and foot tapping and he does a wonderful work with the tune, making the guitar sound like a sitar in places. We close of the album with Oh Yeah!, slowedr and more bluesier. It’s a fitting end to a wonderful guitar instrumental album. Go get it guys! In the meantime, enjoy Memories Of The Future.

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Wow, I wonder what the smaller companies give out – a tea bag, handful of coffee beans, a sugar cube?

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However, perhaps more significantly, Arsenal remain out of the top four, now also behind Aston Villa whom they face away on Boxing Day. Arsenal’s frustrations were made worse by the loss of captain Cesc Fabregas at half-time with a knee injury which could keep him out of the festive programme. Here’s hoping that Cesc recovers quickly.

Some Folks Should Just Not Have Kids

I have been a staunch believer of the fact that most parents have no right having kids of their own. Some of the people I have been unfortunate to have known have no clue as to what it means to be a parents. Men who think that their part is over after the sperm has left their sack and attached itself to an egg and matures to make a human. Or if they feed, clothe and send it to school but have no knowledge of the individual behind the label of the kid. Or worse, parents who burden their kids with their own broken & shattered dreams or what their idea of a person should be. Be that in studies, career, music, hobbies, work, marriage, sex and/or kids.

Yeah there are some parents who regulate their kids sex life. Who to marry and when to have sex. Probably even which position to do it that night “daughter, tonite you will do the 69 with than man you don’t know at all but call as your husband!”. I can’t stand these sort of people, most of them in India and a lot in other parts of Asia. But atleast you can say that this is part of the culture and it’s not an individual thinking differently to do so. It’s no excuse but it’s explainable.

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I usually check the “deaths” of Wikipedia once a week, usually on Sunday. While doing so today, I noticed that they had announced the death of the “first lady of Star Trek” Maje Barrett-Roddenberry. Barrett-Roddenberry died on December 18, 2008, at her home in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California as a result of complications from leukemia. She was 76. The actress & producer was the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. She first appeared in the pilot as just “Number One” but the Network hated her character as well as the fact that Gene had cast her because she was having an affair with him. Her role in subsequent episodes of Star Trek was altered to that of Nurse Christine Chapel, a frequently recurring character, known for her unrequited affection for the emotionless Spock. In an early scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, viewers are informed that she has now become Doctor Chapel, a role which she reprised briefly in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

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She would return years later in Star Trek: The Next Generation, cast as the outrageously self-deterministic, iconoclastic Betazoid Ambassador “Lwaxana Troi”, who appeared as a recurring character in the series. Her character often vexed the captain of the Enterprise, Jean Luc Picard, who spurned her amorous advances. Barrett later appeared as Ambassador Troi in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, where in stark contrast, she developed a strong relationship with Constable Odo download the christmas toy .

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She provided the regular voice of the onboard computers of Federation starships for Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and most of the Star Trek movies. She reprised her role as a shipboard computer’s voice in two episodes of the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise. Less than 10 days before her death, on December 9, 2008, Roddenberry Productions announced that she would be providing the voice of the ship’s computer once again, this time for the 2009 motion picture relaunch of Star Trek.

Sean Rossall, a Roddenberry family spokesman, stated that she had already completed the voiceover work, approximately December 4, 2008.

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Tiffed Off With My ISP

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This time too I asked them to do the same. The call center agent told me it would be done. Their technical guys called up my landphone…again. My mom gave them my cell number and asked them to call me. I told the tech guy that I can check the connectivity only when I am back home and that I reach home only after 8 pm. They still called the landline 5 times later that day and kept asking my mother and once to my father, to check and see if the internet was back on. My parents kept telling me that they did not know much about it and to call me.

When I came home and they told me about this, I was livid. I was raging with anger. Enough was enough! I called up my ISP’s call center and I told them off. I told the guys who picked up (and who kept interrupting me by the way) that this was unacceptable and that I wanted to speak to his supervisor. This guy finally was the only fellow who told me that I could change the information by logging on to their website and changing my account information. I was then transferred to his supervisor and I told him how pissed off I was. I told him that I work in a similar industry and have been doing so for almost 6 years and that this kind of practise was unacceptable and that they should rectify their mistakes. I also told them that I can understand technical issues – that’s part and parcel of the whole deal. It will take time to rectify those but people issues are a different matter.

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His co-workers threw up the 60 year old man into the air, in a ceebratory gesture but failed to catch him on the way down. The man fell hard on the ground and the fall damaged his neck and backbone, leaving him paralysed and he eventually died of blood poisoning. The suffering lasted for 10 months before he finally passed away. His 59 year old wife has filed police complaints against the colleagues at the transportation company where her husband had worked for.

Netless For A Day….And A Bit More

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I’m back after a day’s gap. My internet connection at home was down for over 24 hours. It seems that there a cut in the cable quite near my residence and hence I was netless for that long.

I’ve been qu to borrow money ite busy at work as well; too busy to even check gmail, forget about blogging from the office. I’ve been putting in some hours on something really silly and stupid (but heaven forbid as the clients want us to do it for them so they can showcase it in their reviews). I’ve got a couple of posts in me  but it’s going to have to wait till tomorrow as I have to get to sleep now. So goodnite all!

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I’d Like To Thank The Academy For…….

I’ve been selected to be awarded this rather cool blogging award by the very gorgeous Technodoll. Look at the rather fashionable chick in those high heels and stylish outfit with the little doggy. This is what she typed about me in her award ceremonial blog post:

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Wow, that is so nice of her. She is a truly wonderful person and I love her blog and she is one hot woman as well. Seriously I have like a major crush on Techno who is a real doll!! (originality is not one of my strengths, ha). Now here is my acceptance speech :

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Badcomputer : Part Of The Problem Since 1976

This post if about my friend Darren. I’ve never met my buddy Darren in real life. I met him online through his geocities page (that was a long time ago) and I really like the custom design he had on it. From then we started exchanging mails & the occasional chat. We exchanged our life stories. He was born the same year as me and I stole borrowed his infamous line “Part of the problem since 1976”. He told me about his then girlfriend/wife and his son, a now 8 year old boy named Dylan. When I first read about how he met his ex, I was jealous as they seemed so perfect.

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Two nights later on the 8th, Ottawa lost in overtime to the Florida Panthers. Spezza, Heatley & Chris Kelly had the goals in that one. With 3 points out of a possible 4, Ottawa travelled to Chicago only to be shutout by the Blackhawks 0-2.

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Even more worrying was the game in the DC against the Capitals, who were Inspired by the return of Sergei Fedorov and Mike Green and maintained their home-ice dominance Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the Senators. Jesse Winchester prevented what would have been Ottawa’s second shutout in a row when he scored with about 2-1/2 minutes to play.

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