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    Funny How…

     Posted in Gripes & Annoyances & The Blog at 11:52 on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 by Mobile Rant

    I’m currently sitting in Starbucks, Birmingham, which one you may ask and I’ll tell you, at this present second, I’m plonked in front of my laptop typing this very blog post. However, I’m not writing it in the usual manner which would be to log directly onto WordPress and tip-tap away there and then and it would be uploaded immediately. I am, at the moment typing this into Microsoft Word. The reason behind this is that the T-Mobile cloud I usually use has gone down and I’m not able to connect to it or the BT OpenZone cloud. Both Services or maybe its my laptop but both don’t seem to want to work. It may have something to do with my Windows 7 antics and that Windows 7 is inherently security conscious and doesn’t let you connect to any kind of open WiFi network. At present, how to fix this issue eludes me.

    So I’m being forced to blog the old fashioned way that a journalist would, and then I’ll upload it when I’m home which is a bit of an arse as you can imagine. I like to be able to check my emails and make sure I’m up to date with whatever is going on in the world at this very second; it would seem that the Digital age which is so vastly complex sometimes it just can’t cope. Maybe it’s to do with the snow, you never know. It makes me realise how much I rely upon the infrastructure that is in place in so many places these days which allows a remote connection to the internet, and conversely a connection through to my house via my desktop pc which is acting as a server for network access. The very same pc is providing the host for the webcam, and periodically uploading an image to this website for you all to enjoy. It’s a complex web of cables at home right now as the server whirrs away attempting to provide me with a WAN connection. If I had an active internet connection right now I could connect and drop a copy of this file directly on to my pc.

    I’ve just remembered that I do have an active internet connection hence how you’re reading this before I’m back home.


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    Webcam is now online..

     Posted in The Blog at 9:42 on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    As a test for the next few months The Rantastic will have it’s very own webcam.

    Please note that currently we’re working on updating the way the webcam works.

    To view it please use this link: The Webcam.


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    Standby for some downtime…

     Posted in The Blog at 1:14 on Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    In the next few hours or so the site is going offline for about 6 or 12 hours to allow me to flush and rewrite the database.

    You will be redirected from this site to the backup server at http://www.storant.info/, however this site won’t be the full version.   It’s only temporary, and is necessary to allow a complete overhaul of the server databases and the site it’s self.

    An Update: The Site is now back online and fully functional again. See the update page for more details.


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      Written By Mr. Rant.

    A Christmas Message…

     Posted in The Blog at 9:51 on Thursday, December 25th, 2008 by Mr. Rant

    Two-Thousand and Eight is nearly over.  This year has brought many a challenge for people to cope with, the economic downturn being one of the most difficult.  For normal everyday people the credit crunch has been above anything we have has to cope with in recent years, but alas we have seen it all before in various forms.  For years the banks and credit agencies have been open with their wallets and people have been allowed to run riot.

    For one year, The Rantastic has been broadcasting messages of quality and discussion on topics (ish), close to every bodies hearts, and long may it continue.  I have been face with such great topics to talk about and for this I honour and thank all the idiots in the world which without your help The Rantastic would not exist.  Remember when you fall down the stairs or make a comment that you shouldn’t be making or when Alistair Darling takes away vat but makes charges elsewhere; remember its all ammunition for this blog and I’ll be using it in the best way to make you laugh, raise a smile or shock you.

    So, thank you retard for being there and giving me something to talk about!

    And last but not least, Merry Christmas, I hope you all have a wonderful day, and don’t worry I’ll be grumpy tomorrow.


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    The Upgrade finally Worked!

     Posted in The Blog at 22:37 on Friday, December 12th, 2008 by Mr. Rant

    Well, I’ve now updated this blog to the new version of WordPress, I’m happy it’s done now it’s a really good version of the blogging software.


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    There’s a rare wry smile….

     Posted in The Blog at 2:06 on Thursday, December 11th, 2008 by Mr. Rant

    …On Mr. Rants face today, yes that’s right this website has been around for a year!

    May it long continue….


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