Lance Armstrong’s Bike Stolen

Lance Armstrong has had his bike trial bike stolen and there is a reward for the safe return of it. The bike is unique, one of a kind, with a picture below:

Lance Armstrong bike stolen

You can see Lance Armstrong’s Twitter status on this here: http://twitter.com/lancearmstrong/status/1212580498

Once again, we can see the power that Twitter has to break news! Please Retweet and spread the news.

Google Haunted House 404

Are you getting a 404 error on the Google homepage link? The link in question is:

Apparently it is an issue which is only affecting countries outside the US. To take a look at what should be there visit this proxy or any proxy based in the US:

Choose the “United States”, enter the URL, “www.google.com” and click on the link on the Google Homepage.

I’ll see if I can find out more about why this is happening or whether Google are purposefully restricting people outside the US.

Vista System Icon Problem

Having been using Vista for around a year now, I have very rarely experienced any glitches which weren’t easily solved. However, I have come across a problem with the system tray icons (the Volume, Network and Power icons in the bottom right) not appearing after Vista has been started up from being completely switched off.

Normally you can just turn these on by going to the Task Bar and Start Menu properties, then selecting them in the Notification area. When I have tried this these options have been grey and I’m unable to change them. After digging around I have found a solution for this bug. If you have also experienced this problem I will explain how to remedy this with a few screenshots.

Vista Icon Problem Screenshot 1

The problem as highlighted above is that the System icons do not load up. We first start by opening the Task Manager, either by CTRL + ALT + DEL, or by searching for “taskmgr” in the Windows search bar.

Vista Icon Problem Screenshot 2

Once we’ve loaded this, we want to kill the process, “explorer.exe”. As shown below, right click on that process and choose to end it.

Vista Icon Problem Screenshot 3

As this process is critical to the operating system, we need to run the process again, simply by clicking “File” in the top left, and choosing New Task (Run…).

Vista Icon Problem Screenshot 4

We then simply create the new process “explorer.exe” and click OK.

Vista Icon Problem Screenshot 5

Then, as if by magic, your icons will be restored in their rightful place and you can then check them and uncheck them as you would normally in the Task Bar and Start Menu properties.

Vista Icon Problem Screenshot 6

Unfortunately this bug hasn’t been squashed by the Vista dev team in the new release of SP1, but hopefully there will be a permanent fix in the future for this.

Threadless Newsletters

Threadless Stickers
Photo by ir0cko

I absolutely hate Threadless Newsletters because I love Threadless! Damn them. They sent out a newsletter saying that they have extended their sale and within 15 minutes I had bought 1 t-shirt for myself and 1 for my girl!

Two t-shirts each $10, and $8 for the shipping. Coming to a grand total of £14! With exchange rates like I love the demise of the American Dollar because it means that I get original t-shirts which very few people in the UK wear. If you are from the UK, don’t check out Threadless because that means that I will be slightly less cool as you will end up buying something from their awesome range!

Future Plans

Business Planning
Photo by Jacob Bøtter

If I can I like to take the chance to kill two birds with one stone (Metaphorically speaking, poor birds.) As part of my assignment I have to design a portfolio website, and as this site is in need of a branding/positioning makeover then it seems like the perfect opportunity.

At the moment it’s just a plain ole’ blog powered by WordPress. Don’t get me wrong, I do really like WordPress, but it simply doesn’t beat my favourite CMS which is still relatively unknown. For my needs, Website Baker has always remained the number one tool, it’s simplicity, and as I’ve got to know it inside out; it’s power.

In combination I want to maybe add a more interactive point of view with video media, and will definitely be integrating Twitter and Flickr into the site. I’ll be working on a concept over the next few weeks, and hope to release something fresh. I’ll also be tackling the issue with the growing mobile Internet users, by also adapting the site for mobile content. I’ve recently experimented with this on a client site, and it’s been a great success so I hope I can reproduce similar results!

Also in the pipeline is a new media company, a venture with a great American counterpart, and another personal venture targeting the lower end of the market. Obviously these are secret works in progress but will be discussed more here once released!