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Creating Your Own Disk Images – Why And How

My old system has been sitting unused on my desk for the last couple of months. Part of the reason that I wasn’t using it was that I had installed Windows Server 2003 on it with the intention of using it as a web and backup server for my home LAN. The problem was that I had never used Windows 2003 before, so I was spending more time reading about configuration options, rather than actually configuring it.

Previously I had tried installing Linux on it but found that trying to get Samba, Apache, PHP and all the other pieces I needed to work was also too much hassle. Eventually I gave it up as not so much a bad idea, but just an idea that I didn’t have time to fully research and implement. I’d love to have the time to delve further into the Linux idea, but for the time being it’s not to be.

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Irish Soccer Management – In a Class of Their Own

Apparently the latest opinion from the FAI is that we have a world class management team in Steve Staunton and Bobby Robson. In what sport? I’d say tiddlywinks, but that would be an insult to professional tiddlywinks players.

Here we have one man who most of the time can’t string two coherent words together, and then we have Bobby Robson. When was the last time you saw him at an Irish game? Where was for the post-match press conference? In fact where was he for the preparation of any of our qualifying games?

I know that he’s been quite seriously ill, but does that not suggest that he is not the right person for this position? I have a lot of respect for Bobby, what he has achieved in the game is second to none, but he should have realised that it was time to retire several years ago and stick to the TV punditry.

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San Marino vs Republic of Ireland

What a disaster. Ireland may have won 2-1, but in all fairness, it’s a Phyrric Victory. We been humiliated by a team ranked about 150 places below us in the world.

The Irish team must have thought that all they had to do was show up and the win would be theirs. Fair play to San Marino though for pushing so hard for the win, and if there was any justice, they would have gotten the draw. Given that the winner wasn’t scored until the 5th minute of injury, Ireland certainly didn’t deserve to win.

This game just raises more questions about the Irish soccer setup. Why was a manager with virtually no management experience appointed to be the manager of an international team? Where is the pride in representing your country? Where was the leadership, both on and off the field? When was the entire board of FAI struck with selective blindness? It was obviously a gradual event, as the first symptoms first appeared when they were searching for a manager, and since then it has worsened dramatically. And of course the most important question, when is Steve Staunton going to be shown the door?

If you have any answers to the above questions, please direct them to:
The Football Association of Ireland
80 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 7037 500
Fax: +353 1 662 4630
www.fai.ie

Heineken Cup Semi-Finals

The draw has been made for the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup. If Munster can get past Llanelli, we’ll face either Leicester or Stade Francais.

On the other side of the draw, if Leinster get past Wasps, they’ll face Biarritz or Northampton, setting up a possible all Irish Heineken Cup Final.

Of course, that’s a long way away, but it’s something to look forward to all the same!

Heineken Cup Update

The draw has been made for the quarter finals and Munster have been drawn against Llanelli Scarlets. As one of the two teams that won all 6 pool games, Llanelli are going to be a tough team to beat. But once again, we’ll just have to do it the hard way.

The quarters take place at the end of March, and the 6 Nations finishes in mid-March, so that gives us two clear weeks to re-group and get our game together.

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To The Brave And The Faithful….

Yesterday brought the curtain down on Heineken European Cup rugby in Thomond Park as it currently exists. Given Munsters proud record in the Heineken Cup at the venue, it was disappointing to see them lose to Leicester.

Before yesterdays match, Munster had not lost a Heineken Cup match in Thomond Park in the 12 years since the Cup started. That’s an unbeaten run of 25 successive matches. No other team could claim to have achieved such a feat.

While the fans always knew that our fantastic home record would go some day, I don’t think anyone expected it to be yesterday. And especially not against Leicester.

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Dead Hard Drive

A couple of months ago I bought an external hard drive: it was a Seagate 320GB 7200 rpm. Now it’s a paper-weight. I felt that with all the data I had on my PC, it would be a good idea to have some sort of backup. That was the theory anyway. But of course, the practice was quite different. I stored all my data on that drive instead of on my PC.

There was about 200GB of data on that drive. That was until yesterday, when I committed the faux pas of plugging the wrong ac adapter into drive. My laptop uses 19 volts. The hard drive expected 12 volts. No smoke, no bang, just a continuously flashing LED on the drive. And no drive detected by the operating system.

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Internet Explorer 6 CSS Support: Another Update

What’s the point in having standards if they are just going to be thrown out the window and ignored? I really feel for the guys out there who do web design on a full time basis. No wonder they hate IE so much. I hit just one major problem, and it wrecked my head trying to sort it out.Anyway, after a couple of days away, I finally got a chance to sit down and do some research about my “position:fixed” problem. I initially thought that I would have to create two CSS files and then use some scripting to do some browser recognition and redirection. Turns out the answer was easier than that. Instead I used a CSS child selector to fix the problem. Continue reading

Internet Explorer 6 CSS Support: Update

Just an update on the CSS Problem. After a quick search on Google, I discovered that IE6 does not support the “position: fixed” attribute of CSS. I was using this attribute for the navigation bar, the external links bar, and the copyright bar. So when rendering the page, IE6 just ignored this attribute and laid out the different div’s one after another, which caused the messed up layout.

My original intention was to have those three blocks visible on the page at all times so that navigation would be easier. They also helped frame the content.

In the meantime, I’ve changed the attribute to “position: absolute”. So now the layout is nearly what I want. But not quite. I’ll work on incorporating the two style sheets, so that the true layout is available to those with compliant browsers, and IE6 users get the updated CSS file. That way, the site looks the way I want it to, and not the way that Internet Explorer, thinks it should look. At least IE7 does recognise “position: fixed”, but only time will tell what other parts of the CSS standard Microsoft have decided to ignore.

Thanks to my sister Lena, for pointing out the rendering problem on IE6. Kudos!

Internet Explorer 6 CSS Support

Here was I thinking that my site design was working fine, until I tried to view it on IE6. Oh. My. God. What an abomination. In Opera and Firefox it looks perfect. Even in IE7 it looked perfect, but in IE6, it was all over the place. For those of you on IE6, below is a screenshot of what it should look like. For those of you using a proper, standards compliant browser, there’s another screenshot of how IE6 renders my site. The problem is that the site does not use tables, but div’s and CSS to lay out the various sections.

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