One of the jobs I used to do, but I spend my life trying to escape from is IT support. Occasionally I get asked by a friend to help sort out their computer. Recently a friend was having all manner of problems with his Internet Explorer browser. This was reported to me as "I can't get on to the Internet". I went round, performed a couple of checks and found the Internet was fine. I then tried to run Explorer. It ran like a dog. I had a quick look to see if he had any other browsers installed. Sure enough, there was Google Chrome. So I quickly tried that and hey presto - S**t off a shovel speed response. I showed this to him and said "try using Chrome for a while and see if that is better". To be honest, I'm not a fan of Internet Explorer at the best of times. I put it down to an old version of this. I thought no more about it until this weekend. As I said, I've never been a fan of explorer, so I use Firefox at home. This has been trouble free. However over the last two weeks, it has been running like a dog. I had given my laptop to a friend to fix a hardware issue and since it came back, it hasn't been right. Yesterday I spent the day going through all of the normal steps to sort it out. This didn't work. That is why yesterday is the first day for months with no blog !
Anyway, in desperation, I decided to uninstall a stack of old crap that the kids had installed - old games etc. I then defragged the disc and rebooted. Still no luck. Then I happened to notice Google Chrome was installed. Out of curiousity I ran it. The response was awesome. I thought "Oh, I must have cured the problem", so I shut Chrome and ran Firefox - again response like a dog. Back to Chrome - superb. Anyway, I still didn't put two and two together. This morning, I had a meeting at the studios with a friend who is a graphic designer. He is doing some work for me. He mentioned that he has a Mac and normally uses Safari, but this has been "playing up" recently. He said he found that Chrome was more reliable recently.
So the question is "Does Google Chrome screw up other Browsers". Maybe it is just faster and better, but this doesn't really explain why other browsers suddenly seem to go wrong once Chrome is introduced to the system. I did. Now whilst Chrome seems to work fine (this blog is written via the Chrome Browser) it is always a pain migrating between browsers. Life for me is too short to spend swatting up on browser optimisation.
I did a quick search (using BING.COM) out of paranoia that google may nobble such a search and see no evidence of anyone else having such problems? Am I really alone in finding this problem?
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We the Undersigned, are totally opposed to the closure, sell off or downgrading of the Library service in the London Borough of Barnet.
We believe that Libraries are a vital part of the Borough and recognise the importance of having trained Libraries run by trained librarians. We believe that it is vital to have "quiet space" for students to study.
We believe that closure of the service would cause untold damage to the citizens of Barnet and is totally opposed by the vast majority of the population.
I got into blogging about politics by accident. I had intended to blog about local music.
I've run a music recording & rehearsal studio in Mill Hill, North West London since 1979. I play in a band called The False Dots, over the years we've played all over Europe, but now we mostly just play local shows as we're all too old and lazy. We play up tempo punky tinged rock, tinged with a very dark humour. We've bene joined on stage by various friends over the years such as Boz Boorer (Morrissey's Musical director) and Huw Lloyd Langton of Hawkwind.
I've organised many charity gigs with artists such as Kate Nash, Chris Spedding & Lee Thompson from Madness.
I also help organise many local festivals. I love a good row !!!! Oh and I did a blog on the Edgware Times for a while.
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If you have received a penalty fare at a Thameslink Station and you sent an appeal off to the Independent Penalty Fare Appeals Service, did you notice that this says at the bottom of the letter you got back "London and South Eastern Railways T/A IPFAS". In other words, it's not independent, it's an arm of a train company. They actually run Blackfriars station.
I believe that it is a scandal that this service calls itself independent, but there is no right of appeal and it's run by one of the train operators. I believe that the penalty ticket scheme is a scam to generate extra profits for these companies.
A little tool to help you defeat the invisible men
I've added an IP address lookup tool. If you get an email or you have a stats counter on your blog, you can see who it is and where they came from using this. If you've got an email from someone, view the email. Click on File, then click on properties, then click on details. Now click on message source
You will see some text as follows :- X-Originating-IP: [188.8.131.52]
Where I've put 184.108.40.206, cut and paste this number into the IP lookup and hey presto, you know where the email came from.
If it says it's from your bank, but the IP address is Freds chipshop, you know it's a scam.