Server Update: Not Actually Hacked...

Seems I wasn't actually hacked while away. I must have got a new IP address and there must have been a problem with my dynamic dns update script. Oh well, should be fixed now. Sorry.

General Fun in Germany (including Oktoberfest!)

Update: Photos are now up! Meg's too!

Well, Meg and I are home now... and we had a great time on our vacation. As my last posting mentioned (and thanks again Kev for providing a temporary home for those posts) indicated, Meg and I moved on from Prague to Berlin. In our looking at things to see/do before we left for the vacation, Berlin seemed to have the longest list, but I was still a bit unsure about the city. I really needed no reason to be. We got into our hostel just before dinner and so were able to go find a quick dinner at a restaurant affiliated with the hostel. Meg was suffering from a cold so we decided to simply have a couple beers with dinner and then grab one at the hostel desk (only 1 Euro for a quart!). We sat around with one of our roomates for a while and he gave us the lowdown on the place.

Castles and Towers in Prague

Update: Photos are now up!

Well, Meg and I have been to Prague, and are now in Berlin. We arrived in Prague late at night, and after a little bit of searching found our hostel, only to be notified that our room was actually at another hostel just across the Charles Bridge. It was a bit of a pain, but we made do, treking onwards to the address. The hostel was a bit unorthodox, really being more of a rooming house. There weren't any real services there, though we could do laundry had we desired. The location was great though, just on the east side of the Charles Bridge (a beautiful cobblestone bridge with scupltures on each side, and towers at each end). Our first day we hiked up to Prague Castle and visited it and St. Vitus Cathedral. Both were very impressive.

Hacked while in England...

Update: Photos are now up!

Hey there guys... just thought I'd drop a quick note here on Kev's server (Update: Okay, it's been posted to my server now...) as he so kindly offered since my server has been hacked. Talk about bad timing (just as Kev mentioned).

Meg and I are now in Prague after having spent a couple of days in England.

We arrived last night and found our hostel (which doesn't seem too bad, but was nearly impossible to find - no signage..). Anyway we had a great time in London, visiting Buckingham Palace (the state rooms were open as the Queen is away at Windsor castle or something or other) and the Tower of London (very cool). We walked around Leicester Square and Covent Gardens and then Saturday rented a car and made our way towards Bristol. Driving wasn't bad once we got outside of London, but I did have to figure out the roundabouts then.

Embarking on a European Excursion

Well, it's almost time to hit the road (or the airways as it happens). Meg and I are heading off on a two week trip to Europe, hitting London, Bath/Bristol, Loughborough, Prague, Berlin and Munich along the way.
I haven't been to Europe before, and am really looking forward to it. Meg of course spent a year in England, and I know she's dying to get back there for some curry and authentic English pubs.
We'll check in along the way... until then!

My Car Turns 40

Okay, so not my car specifically, but the Toyota Corolla reached 40 years of production this year.

My Toyota Corolla is a 2000 year model, and according to wikipedia it is actually an eighth-generation model. I'm about ready to turf it after having had it for 6 and half years, not because it's a bad car, I'm just bored of it and want some new features. Mine has 183,000 kilometers on it or so, and has survived one of two break-in attempts (my poor Oakleys were pinched in the most recent one).

Texting/SMS as a Human Verification

I've noticed an interesting trend recently, where Internet-based service providers are using text messages or SMSs to verify if someone signing up for a service is a person. It's a neat idea, though I suppose somewhat limiting in scope (though really, who doesn't have a cell phone). With the rise of automation 'bots' on the web that deliver spam, etc. it offers an interesting way to authenticate whether the person signing up for something is actually, well, a person. I've seen Google use it for their GMail webmail service, and today I see that Toronto is using it for registrations to their free wifi service (article in the Star).

A Weekend in 'The County'

After our week 'roughing it' in Algonquin, Meg thought it would be nice to investigate the vineyards/wineries in Prince Edward County (known to locals such as myself as 'The County'). We planned to stay at my parent's place in Belleville as a homebase and venture into the county on both Saturday and Sunday as day trips.

We got up at a decent hour on Saturday (okay, so we slept in a bit...), had some breakfast and then I took Meghan to a massage appointment she booked. When she was done we took off towards Picton. We planned to first hit Huff Estates Winery at the crossroads of Highway 62 and County Road 1.


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