John Robert Parker Ravenscroft: born today, August 29th 1939.

My world would have been much quieter and so dull with you.
John Peel Birthday Tribute 1939

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Bill Callahan BBC 6 Music Session

Bill Callahan and entourage in the BBC 6 Music studio
Bill Callahan is touring the country at the moment, and was in session for BBC 6 Music on Monday with Tom Ravenscroft. I’ve yet to listen back to the recording, but the playlist for the programme reads thus… Remember when we used to listen to radio live? Crazy days.

Broadcast: Mon 24 Aug 2009 19:00 BBC 6 Music

Bill Callahan — Jim Cain live in session
Honkeyfinger — I’m Your Witchdoctor
Girls — Lust For Life
The J. Geils Band — Peanut Butter
Part Chimp — Dirty Sun
The Champagne Socialists — Blue Genes
John Fahey — The Spanish Two Step BBC session
Nodzzz — Is She There
Jürgen Paape — Ofterschwang
Bill Callahan — Eid Ma Clack Shaw live in session
Bill Callahan — The Wind And The Dove live in session

Babes in Toyland — Laugh My Head Off BBC session
Sir Richard Bishop — Barbary
Smith Westerns — Be My Girl
Vivian Girls — Can’t Get Over You
Schlachthofbronx — Mad Instrument
George Dekker — Foey Man
Kanda Bongo Man — Sai BBC session
Magic Kids — Hey Boy
Richard Swift — Lady Luck
Health — Die Slow
Sonic Youth — Youth Against Fascism BBC session
Six Organs of Admittance — Actaeon’s Fall (Against The Hounds)
A.J. Holmes — Schloss Lanke

Firefox 3 Annoyances

Irritating Firefox Download Manager

Trainee download manager from Firefox

Trainee download manager from Firefox

I’ve been without Firefox for some time now since it change its download behaviour. The fact that it now inherits its actions from one’s Windows Security Policy is, to me, ludicrous.

Previous to 3.5, nothing I could do with any 3x versions would allow me to download a thing. Finally, the following tweak appears to have done the trick, as opposed to each file lining up in a state marked Cancelled this time, which admittedly was an improvement. [reference]

Bypass Windows Security Policy check

You can add the new preference, (available in current Firefox versions) and set it to true. This will bypass the Windows Security Policy check and allow you to download executable files. To add this new preference:

1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter/Return/Go, what have you.

1a. If “This might void your warranty!” warning appears, click “I’ll be careful, I promise!”, to continue.

2. Right-click anywhere in the list of preferences.

3. In the context menu, select New then select Boolean. The “New boolean value” dialogue box will appear.

4. Enter the preference name in the text field and click OK.

5. In the “Enter boolean value” box that appears, select true and click OK.

Firefox should now be able to download executable files.

As an alternative solution, you can also reset your system Internet security settings.

Opera Still Ahead

Opera stills reigns here as browser of choice, despite it’s own misplaced reasoning for changing it’s policy on cached files. [reference]