Tiscali are just crap!

Having put up with 3 months of terrible service when I first signed up with Tiscali last year, I thought that all my problems were over with Tiscali. Now I’m having to put up with download speeds of 52Kbps from a supposed 1 Meg Broadband service, I mean how shit is that!?

Anyway, I’ve phoned them up and just asked them to provide me with a MAC code (Migration Authentication Code) which they were good enough to provide quite quickly. Now, surprise surprise, I’m getting a decent broadband service, it’s just too little too late in my opinion. If your thinking of getting broadband then I would spend some time reading the bulletin boards of http://www.adslguide.uk.org before making up your mind.

If your using Internet Exploder 🙂 you can have a look at my appauling Tiscali speeds here, I’ve had to put up with this for a month now don’t see why I should pay for the privalige of shit service any more, roll on my ISP migration. Seems I’m not the only person who’s had Tiscali problems, have a wee look here for more information.

Nildram are fantastic

Now moved to Nildram who are so much better, I suppose that you get what you pay for in the end. I payed £15.00 squid with Tiscali for a One Meg service that was shit. Now I pay just under £20.00 for a 2 Meg service that might be upgraded to 8Meg soon. I’m actually getting 2 Meg *fantastic* with a static IP and a configurable DNS Ptr record, happy days. 😉

Designing a MSN picture

I’ve just spent an interesting 10 minutes of my T-Break designing a new MSN Messenger picture, you can design your own here. After you’ve designed it to your satisfaction you can right click and select “Save Picture As” (If your using a PC). I usually save my MSN Picture in “My Documents\My Pictures” in a directory called “My MSN Icons” (Surpringly enough).

After you’ve saved your Icon, its only a matter of selecting Tools –> Options and clicking on the “Change Picture” button, then browsing to your new picture. If I remember rightly, pictures are only supported on Version 7 and upwards of Microsoft MSN Messenger.

Studying and And The Art of Fishing

Currently studying MCSE Windows 2000 Active Directory Services 70-217 and hopefully I’ll be ready to go for the exam in a few weeks, depending of course on how much time I can spend studying without my head exploding 😉

Currently I’m Cisco CCNA and Microsoft MCSA, I’m planning to be MCSE early next year with any luck. It’s just such a damn waste the I’ve never really used the things I’ve learned doing my CCNA (which I really enjoyed doing), that and I’ve still to retake the damn exam in June 2006 (Ohh bugger). Still it could be worse I might have been given a one hour a weeks study time (8 years to get a MCSA, clever!).

Connection to a public time server

I’ve been building a few servers at home recently and thought I would share a usefull link that tells you about public time servers. A very handy resource if you happen need to keep your server time accurate. You can read more about it here. Also saves you getting the error message

“This Machine is a PDC of the domain at the root of the forest. Configure to sync from External time source using the net command, ‘net time /setsntp:'”