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Created on Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:45 pm with 236 blog posts
I often think of stuff related to some of the Forum threads, but that may be longer in length, or off topic than a post would warrant. So thought I would try blogging extraneous this instead of putting it in a posting.

Frihost post numbers on 19 December 2017 in Forums with 3 comments on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:17 pm
Regrettably Frihost lost its count tool during the migration of our Forum from the US to German data center in July 2014. We have been unable to keep track of our post numbers since then. Bondings was going to do some programming to fix all of the tools, but somehow didn't get to it. Must say it's a tool that is greatly missed by me.

Today I had some fun with counting posts. It started with only trying to get the member number and post number, but expanded to all of the stats below. I'm hoping if all goes well to update these numbers in December next year on and around the same date. Would be great if Peter could add his stat magic with a graph if that is possible. Smile

Total Frihost members: 132,402
Total Frihost members who made posts: 36,304
Total number of posts that have been made: 1,183,014*

Breakdown of posts:
155 members made 1000+posts each = 360,202 (30%) posts
249 members made 500-999 posts each = 171,214 (15%) posts
1,560 members made 100-499 posts each = 343,417 (29%) posts
2,824 members made 26-99 posts each = 142,910 (12%) posts
31,516 members made 1-25 posts each = 165,271 (14%) posts

*If I counted correctly +/- 42,000 posts were spam posts (3.5%). I counted the ones in our spam can only. There could also be hidden spam posts that have been archived. The archived posts are all accounted for in the total number of member posts.

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Top Ten Posters:

1. deanhills 22702
2. Bikerman 13901
3. Bondings 13334
4. ocalhoun 12411
5. Ankhanu 7938
6. n0obie4life 7512
7. Blaster 6156
8. tidruG 6135
9. standready 5102
10.rvec 5091
Missing bag .... in Job Searches with 2 comments on Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:30 am
Doesn't happen often in my experience, but this morning at 4:00 a.m. when I landed at Oliver Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, my bag was missing. Like just standing there all bleary eyed and fatigued after a very long journey via Addis Ababa from Dubai - the red eye route to save much needed cash - and seeing that baggage carousel going round and round and no bag. Funny how one's mind just wants to recreate the bag on the carousel.

Anyway - I then was invited by a very sympathetic baggage guard (I didn't even have to tell her anything she approached me at her own initiative to give me the bad news - looks as though she's quite experienced at delivering this kind of news and advice) to report at the baggage inquiry desk and fill in a report form. So the silver lining in all of this is that I didn't need to lug a bag around to my next port of call in Port Elizabeth. Was a worry however, but tonight am a little more hopeful as looks as though they traced my bag to Addis Ababa. Now hopefully it will make its way to Johannesburg and couriered to me at my address as they undertook to do. When I was at the Port Elizabeth arrivals I noticed by fluke a section called "lost luggage", like I probably noticed it because it's become meaningful. Was a lucky interest as looks as though the guy running it may be the guy who delivers the bag - and I then handed my contact details just in case he gets contacted by Ethiopian Airlines.

Addis Ababa was a bit uncomfortable last night for the three hours of connection time. Like one doesn't get time to get a coffee. All of it is spent, even with being a transfer passenger, in a HUGE chaotic line-up and dash for security checks. Not dissimilar to what one finds with arrival at Heathrow Airport at its worst. I was very happy to reach my destination and surprisingly calm when I realized my bag was "lost" - maybe because of severe fatigue.

I still find it hard to comprehend - if one sends a package with Fedex, all one has to do is enter a code and one knows exactly where the package is. How on earth is it not possible to do it with a suitcase? I should be able to enter the baggage reference code on my ticket somewhere in the system and know exactly where it is. Don't they monitor these things? Particularly in this day and age of being super security conscious and wanting to account for everything in an air plane's hold. By name.

So another event when I finally reached "home". Looked as though the electricity had been down as the power had been tripped. It must have happened yesterday. Unfortunately yesterday was a hot day. My fridge was completely under water and I had to write off the contents of the freezer. Again couldn't help but think it could have been worse - like it could have happened last week - in which case the frozen fish may have written off the fridge. Guess I received a warning - not to have food in my freezer even for short breaks - electricity is not as reliable.

OK now hope the job goes the same too with a silver lining. The one job I was really interested in wasn't a rejection as such, but there was absolutely no feedback after a Skype interview in September - my e-mail inquiries have been unanswered - the recruitment process had been going on since end of June - anyway, maybe it's not to be. At least other meetings during my blitz visit last week look more hopeful than my visit in July - with no firm offers as such .... yet, but there were indications of genuine interest by people I know and like and useful meetings. Cross fingers!
Missing bag .... in Job Searches with 7 comments on Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:30 am
Doesn't happen often in my experience, but this morning at 4:00 a.m. when I landed at Oliver Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, my bag was missing. Like just standing there all bleary eyed and fatigued after a very long journey via Addis Ababa from Dubai - the red eye route to save much needed cash - and seeing that baggage carousel going round and round and no bag. Funny how one's mind just wants to recreate the bag on the carousel.

Anyway - I then was invited by a very sympathetic baggage guard (I didn't even have to tell her anything she approached me at his own initiative - looks as though she's quite experienced at delivering this kind of news and advice) to report at the baggage inquiry desk and fill in a report form. So the silver lining in all of this is that I didn't need to lug a bag around to my next port of call in Port Elizabeth. Was a worry however, but tonight am a little more hopeful as looks as though they traced my bag to Addis Ababa. Now hopefully it will make its way to Johannesburg and couriered to me at my address as they undertook to do. When I was at the Port Elizabeth arrivals I noticed by fluke a section called "lost luggage", like I probably noticed it because it's become meaningful. Was a lucky interest as looks as though the guy running it may be the guy who delivers the bag - and I then handed to him my particulars to contact just in case he gets contacted by Ethiopian Airlines.

Addis Ababa was a bit uncomfortable last night for the three hours of connection time. Like one doesn't get time to get a coffee. All of it is spent, even with being a transfer passenger, in a HUGE chaotic line-up and dash for security checks. Not dissimilar to what one finds with arrival at Heathrow Airport at its worst. I was very happy to reach my destination and surprisingly calm when I realized my bag was "lost" - maybe because of being fatigued. I still find it hard to comprehend - if one sends a package with Fedex, all one has to do is enter a code and one knows exactly where the package is. How on earth is it not possible to do it with a suitcase? I should be able to enter the baggage reference code on my ticket somewhere in the system and know exactly where it is. Don't they monitor these things? Particularly in this day and age of being super security conscious and wanting to account for everything in an air plane's hold. By name.

So another event when I finally reached "home". Looked as though the electricity had been down. It must have happened yesterday. Unfortunately yesterday apparently was a hot day. My fridge was completely under water and I had to write off the contents of the freezer. Again couldn't help but think it could have been worse - like it could have happened last week - in which case the frozen fish may have written off the fridge. Guess I received a warning as well - not to have food in my freezer even for short breaks.

OK now hope the job goes the same too. At least it looks more hopeful than my visit in July - with no firm offers as such .... yet, but maybe things may turn my way in January. Cross fingers!
Government control of the Internet? in Reflection with 8 comments on Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:09 pm
What happened in London last night was awful in the extreme, and I feel very sorry for what happened, however what really worried me out of all of it is the cost tag there is going to be in loss of freedom on the Internet. Governments have always been salivating for trying to clamp on freedom and privacy of speech on the Internet, and what has just happened seems to be a good enough reason for the UK to consider measures for clamping down on Internet corporations for providing access to media accounts. When Prime Minister May did a press conference she made a direct reference to this.

I wonder if it is really going to solve the problem, as wouldn't it be easy for the terrorists who have become more and more sophisticated, to just start their own networks? Is it really that easy for Governments to control the Internet?
Travelling again in Forums with 9 comments on Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:00 am
Looks as though I'm in travelling mode again - flying tomorrow via Johannesburg to Dubai and will be staying in the Emirates for two weeks to teach someone the job I used to do. It's taken them a while to fill my position, and whilst waiting I've been doing online assignments for them over the last months and need to do a handover of a kind. Cross fingers I get paid for what I did.

Still - going to be interesting. I'm flying with the cheapest airfare I could find - Ethiopian Airways - so hope I'll land in one piece at Dubai Airport with all bags accounted for. Razz
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