I have a life… (now?)

Even though I have not just been diagnosed with COVID-19 (some kind of influenza, speak to you in 10 years time), I am pleased to report that now more than 10 years after my initial Posting about this matter, I now do have a life.

And a Nice one for that matter ūüôā

It was quite fun to read back what I wrote then, the state of the web, what was going on around it and my state of mind, today though, it is quite different: I don’t get involved much about what is going on on the web, except I still am on Facebook, only on the PC though, I rarely comment but like a lot of stuff… I removed it from my phone, like a lot of people seem to be doing these days:

I have also decided to screenshot articles, as link rot is very prevalent nowadays.

Funnily, I had completely forgotten about PLAXO, which is totally rotten dead.

So is Google Buzz (knew it, didn’t like it), Twitter, on the other hand, seems to do quite well, and there is Tik Tok (tried it, useless c**p if you ask me, but hey, your call). Will it stay? Jury’s out!

Instagram, also done it, no longer, I don’t see the point really… But my wife, uses it, as she’s (still) a marketing guru, but instead of big animals it is rather smaller furry (or shall I say hairy) ones now.

Which is also my life now, in my lovely renovated Perthshire Cottage at the edge of the stunning Scottish Highlands.

Me doing a barbie, what else?

My keyboard is trying to tell me that I should also use #hashtags these days. Never saw this coming, but it kind of makes sense, if only some folks could spell, there is one thing I HATE above all, that is news reports (soon to be dead I also hear), littering their “report” with Twitter and other Instagram links.

If I want to read twitter, I blooming well will go on twitter to read them, which I don’t so don’t spam my reading pleasures with these ugly snippets of badly spelled nonsense, please! Another thing I would not miss at all.

The children are now in their late 20’s, one is working, one is on the dole (as a career) and I am desperately trying to boot my last one out of the house, left, came back, left came back and so on for the last 10 years. What is is with this generation? They blame me for all their bad choices, not me sorry, it YOUR life, all I will say is that gaming at home when you’re nearly 30 is not natural… we’ll see in 2035 perhaps it might have changed and I will be near retirement.

Apparently in 2036 there could have been a planetary disaster but it seems that fake newssss was the culprit. #99942Apophis here it comes aargh. but it may get my 40 something out of his room and look up, just maybe.

so enough for the once in a decade rant, see you in ten years I guess.

Thunderbird: There was an error saving the message to Draft. Retry?

There was an error saving the message to Draft Retry? = Crash

A nagging problem has really made me crazy today, so much so that I finally decided to fix it. As usual this problem is probably not common, basically I could not save messages in the draft folder on one of my accounts. I don’t usually use the Draft folder, however Thunderbird does, automatically, try to save messages into draft after a set period. Having a problem saving to draft always led me to lose very long messages for ever (having to restart the whole thing really did it for me!). So¬† I tried the following:

  1. Compact folder (a popular one for Thunderbird users)
  2. Changed the folder permissions
  3. Deleted the folder and the Draft.msf file
  4. Repaired folder (under folder properties)

None of the above worked.

The fix

So if this happens to you also, this is how I finally fixed it:

  • Closed Thunderbird
  • Created a new folder under the Mail directory
  • Changed the local folder in the account settings > server settings in Thunderbird to point to the newly created above folder.
  • Copied the content of the old folder to the new one (I omitted¬† the Draft folder¬† and draft.msf file though, they were empty – remember I could not save into it)

Restarting Thunderbird made the problem go away. Finally!


How Exciting!

Just added a new Plugin on this Blog to enable me to be more creative. I am still experiencing with it. I am glad to see that one of the biggest issues with CMS systems is still their level of complexity.

The most important barrier to past, modern and future technologies is simplicity and foremost usability and ability to remember how it works. In 2001 that was when I saw a website called Superupdate, now Hannon Hill advertising their CMS, I looked into it, it was relatively simple. So I though, I can easily do that even easier and simpler and created my own CMS system A very simple system, so simple that It is for people that are barely able to use Computers at all. Most of these people being the mature generation,

This is not a problem for things that you’re using all the time like Smart phones (well how much do you actually know about the phone you’re using? Do you know for example it’s got a feature allowing you to make phone calls). It’s more like when you tend to not do it often and you’re not an Internet Guru, let alone a PC wiz kid. For most people having or managing a website is not necessarily something they do on a full time basis. like the chairman of a Club or a charity or a one man business. That is my target market. My website design site provides an unique design plus the ability to edit the pages easily and fast without having to hold a degree in Computing Science. My clients only contact me when they need technical assistance, it works because it is KISS.


This CMS system is quite good I must say, (the one that I used to create this content.), it is relatively simple, the strategy is working great especially the Plug-In system, although I must say that I struggle, it’s getting too complicated for me already.

How Exciting?

Now the reason, finally, of my excitement is that when you are using WordPress you tend get a lot of spam messages (well this site does). I am happy to announce that on this front there’s¬† been a development, with the use of a Plug-in called Spam-stopper which is the easiest one ever. I have yet to receive a single spam comments ūüôā or any comments at all for that matter.

Fruit shopping

As I went to get some fruit from my local Supermarket, I decided to take a look at their Country of origin, the Bananas where from Colombia, the Apples from Brazil the Corn on the  Cob from Portugal and a salad from Morocco.

There were no British Fruit, This is hardly promoting local Producers. It is amazing that despite the transport cost, it still make sense to have most cheap products imported from half way across the World than help the economy by buying and producing British. But ah, there’s a problem, buy British and face a sensible increase in price. Yet the economy is on its knees, no-ones buying local produce and no-one’s getting paid …Once in the hole….

I recently bought very cheap (and very good when Barbecued) Lamb steaks, coming from New Zealand, dear Lord! My regular Bacon is from Denmark thank God(!), not too far off then. I buy British, sorry, Scottish Chicken*, which is less than half what you’d be expected to pay for a similar one in Switzerland (yet the price of milk is about the same).

I decided to get my Free range eggs from a local Neighbour like I used to do a couple of months ago, the eggs are really good and they charge ¬£1.50 for half a dozen. Try you get “as good as” Eggs in a shop at that price since January this year.

But the plans is really to get my own Hens and have my very own Free Range Eggs in the not too distant future.

I think I will start to grow my own, again… We should all do. At least we’d have more money for Fuel. Now how much is recycled plastic sheeting?

*And very good too with Roasted Potatoes (which are also Scottish phew).

The situation on planet Earth, especially Europe.

I have been pondering about Europe, Syria, Scottish independence and I think that there’s a lot of stuff I learn through the media and always think, based on that, what do I think about¬† all this?

Well, Europe’s at a crossing point, the future is “apparently” bleak and the UK Government has taken “contingency” plans to prevent influx of non longer European migrant from Greece and other possible countries likely to break up from the Eurozone.

That’s all media reporting. Europe is at a critical point but it’s not really sunken in that everyone’s into it: We’re still paying for the mistake of the past, Banks like the England’s one still trying to pump money into the economy to try to keep a system afloat that is controlled by mathematicians tweaking their computer program algorithms to extract every single bit of profit from the “hunt”.

Let me rephrase that:

Once in the hole, stop digging

Yet that’s exactly what’s happening at the moment. Europe as we know it is doomed, there’s a lot to contend about the Greek government, yes I hear that people in Greece try all to avoid paying tax if they can. The Greek people are amongst the people that work the most hours in Europe.

These people make the economy what it is. Their transactional policy is cash, probably more than it is elsewhere in the EU. it’s not hard to confirm that the Greeks are simply using cash more than other, still they work hard for their money and the price of everything is well known to them for sure, more than can be said about people in any other EU countries, it’s not a secret that Tax is not really coming into the equation with cash.

So can they be all lazy? come on! Think about it, they still need to function, they’re people like us, living a life like us, they’ve just been profiting from the boom as well as we all did, however they’ve not been too lucky and, what would it be if it wasn’t the job of the Government to make sure it didn’t happen? When I see the head of Government of Greece he doesn’t look like he’s been depriving himself has he? The guy can barely move in the hot Greek weather so unfit and fat he looks. That one of the problem; European bureaucracy has brought so much red tape, subsidiaries and other help, yes to make it easier to trade on the wider area that is Europe, but at what cost? visibly a ruinous one.

Let’s not kid ourself, it’s a time to start to see that the system is wrong and needs to be corrected. The German people, again show that they’ve got it sorted, it’s a bit like Europe is only Germany at the present time, to be able to bail so much money to other, at VERY high risk is showing real community spirit, almost like communism.


Syria’s a nightmare, It’s not Libya, there’s a lot of affinity with the West for many aspect not least Israel. A hot pot of pro American policy and yet people are massacred in their very own streets? Where does the blame lies? The Government, the rebels? I am unsure. The neighbouring Liban is starting to become unstable again, it’s worrying.The UK Prime Minister must know something that we don’t when he recently commented about the “dreadful regime” in Syria (Hein? Quoi?).

Also Iran not being far away, can only add more fuel to the fire, Egypt’s also moving toward People elected Government, I say Bravo, a country where people decided to take their destiny in their own hands.

Scottish independence

I am not Scottish, so I can’t decide. I think it’s risky, very risky, it can pay off in a big way with Scotland becoming able to use the Euro currency to trade with the rest of Europe. But hang on, the European system, with its single currency is no longer, well not presently, a viable route, so what are the Scots going to use for currency, the ¬£ Sterling?

If the people of Scotland (that’s interesting to see what the Greek people are going to decide about staying in Europe, apparently most of them are willing to.) decide to indeed go independent, I say go on, however somehow I¬† think, that it would be wise to look into¬† past similar experiments for lessons to learn.

There’s a apparently 75 years period before history tends to repeat itself, well at least Adam and Eve are far enough to have been forgotten (Really?!). So where are we at? 2012-75= 1937, two years before the second world War, funny that we’re 4 year in a crisis, does not seem that it has been so long has it? But I digress. Funny too that This time its not land but money that created this mess and Germany rules again (?!) and the worst is yet to materialise. Sounds familiar


As a Swiss Citizen, I am however able to say that us Swiss, have been independent for 721 years, we’ve build a nation of high working with high core values. (I have read references as “mildly repressive”, give me a break!) people that take work as a passion with high rewards, Switzerland is one of the wealthiest nation on earth and it’s one of the tiniest as well, (Hey Scotland take note) .

Ok, ok, I hear you say “the second World War, the Nazi Gold, the Bank secrecy…” Are we to blame for doing a good job at everything that we do? Is it our fault if people in other parts of the World (rightfully) see this a a safe place with lots of advantages (the fiscal one being a prime example). Sorry for just being too good at minding our own business(es) when it comes to minding others.

Switzerland’s a unique World experiment where everything is “propre en ordre” (clean and in order) where everything is just the way and what it should be. The people decide for everything if enough of them feel like it is worth deciding in the first place, it is called Direct Democracy, sorry wrong link: here it is Direct Democracy.

So when it comes to all this, I think that Europe, like Communism, Capitalism and whatever else is a very good idea really, but it’s not really working in practice. Man has always been driven by survival, survival of the fittest. Somehow there’s a strange connotation with what we’ve been, we are and will be experiencing in the inexorable advance of that elusive particle, time.


As far as 1996, some Analyst thought that the idea of Europe and the single currency was a good idea in theory, but in practice, as Europe was becoming less industrial, the idea was out of date, that is why Germany is very good for the European system, others like the Greeks aren’t. So let’s rework this coherently.

Besides I am also looking forward to what’s going to happen with that French President? I will not be surprised if he falls flat on his face (d√©sol√© Monsieur Hollande, pardon, Mr le Pr√©sident, rien de personnel).

Wind power

I am beginning to wonder if this wind turbine mania is going to be a regrettable experiment in years to come. I am currently located in an area where they seem to be sprouting like mushrooms.

I am all in favour of natural progression of human kind and preservation of natural resources for future generations, so wind power is a good idea as such, however I am not sure that this will turn out to be such a good strategy once most of the country has more wind pylons than trees, and by the look of it it’s not going to take long.

Let’s wait 20 years from now and see if the result will be like other “big investments” that turned to be detrimental in the long run. I for one think it’s going to be one of those “money spinners” that made sense at the time but turned out to be a waste of money in the end.

What’s going on with the Google and the back button???

For the last few weeks, Google seems to have adopted a new way to serve search queries, it seems that they’re using some some of JQuery or AJAX within their results. each time I go back to Google (using the back button) the search query in the input field is wrong, as it’s a former search Query??

Google’s messing up with the fundamental way of web surfing, that cannot be good!


The power of Twitter

Twitter, for me is a new thing that I found quite challenging to understand. Being a Web veteran is sometimes hard to grasp the latest crazes. So I think that the solution from now on is to just use what’s available to its best potential and “go with the flow”.

Not only that but…

I just found out that SEO wise, Twitter can be a very very powerful way to spread something quickly to a vast number of people. Create a web page and not 5 minutes later, a large number of hosts are requesting this new page. That takes SEO to a whole new Level.

Les Etats-Unis veulent que la Suisse applique les sanctions contre l’Iran. – swissinfo

Les Etats-Unis veulent que la Suisse applique les sanctions contre l’Iran. – swissinfo.

Le Gouvernement Americain commence vraiment a me casser les pieds! Il n’y a qu’un seul mot pour le qualifier: une brute!

Le seul lien entre tous les conflits arm√©s du Moyen Orient ces derni√®res ann√©es se sont centr√©es sur un seul point commun: Le p√©trole, donc tout pays potentiel n’entrant pas dans l’id√©ologie americaine face le risque d’etre sanctionn√©e et mis a l’ecart. Ceci est scandaleux! Quant alons nous nous reveiller et commencer a leur botter le cul?