Thursday, March 29, 2007

Visitor Stats

I use Statcounter to track hits on this blog, and, thanks to a comment on Wil Wheatons blog, and links from British poker bloggers web site following last Sundays British blogger tournament, I'm getting more than I've ever had before. Therefore, there is actually some volume of data for Statcounter to report on:

Operating System

Perc. Operating System

49.00%Windows XP


9.00%Windows 2000

3.00%Windows 2003

1.00%Mac OS X

34% of visitors to this blog use Linux. I'd like to say that its a sign of Linux taking off, but it's really because of a post I made about wireless networking on Ubuntu. Given that wireless networking is one of the biggest problems in setting up a Linux system, it's been quite popular.


Perc. Browser Name Version









Similarly, the reason for Firefox topping the browser stats will simply be because of the high proportion of Linux users coming here.

I haven't got any weird search keywords bringing people here. The most common is "ubuntu wpa-key".

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Man Behind Bodog

The BBC has an article about Chris Ayre, the founder of Bodog. The article is of course on the back of the on-line gambling ban in the States. Ayre argues that the Bodog brand is what differentiates him from the other on-line sites. I would have thought that it would be his brand diversity that will be the key to Bodog's success, music, publishing, TV, his more limited exposure to the American poker market (unlike Party!) that will continue to make Bodog a success. The brand does nothing for me, but perhaps a married 30 something with 2 kids isn't his target audience. To me, Bodog is loud and brash, with an ugly poker client.

Monday, March 26, 2007

In the Nuts

Just when everything seemed to be going well, my flopped set of Kings turns into a boat on the river, but it gives my opponent quads!

PokerStars Game #9097380666:  Hold'em No Limit ($0.01/$0.02) - 2007/03/26 - 10:52:30 (ET)
Table 'Montefiore' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: Me($1.73 in chips)
Seat 2: givusabreak ($5.08 in chips)
Seat 3: Nobdi ($4.28 in chips)
Seat 5: MILFmeister ($1.37 in chips)
Seat 6: estellairina ($3.51 in chips)
Seat 7: DWolf3 ($5.39 in chips)
Seat 8: VinoDivino ($2.68 in chips)
Seat 9: DISH DOC ($1.61 in chips)
VinoDivino: posts small blind $0.01
DISH DOC: posts big blind $0.02
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Me[Kc Ks]
Me: raises $0.10 to $0.12
givusabreak: folds
Nobdi: folds
MILFmeister: calls $0.12
estellairina: folds
DWolf3: folds
VinoDivino: folds
DISH DOC: folds
*** FLOP *** [Th 8c Kh]
DISH DOC is sitting out
Me: bets $0.10
MILFmeister: raises $0.10 to $0.20
Me: raises $0.30 to $0.50
MILFmeister: raises $0.75 to $1.25 and is all-in
Me: calls $0.75
*** TURN *** [Th 8c Kh] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [Th 8c Kh Qc] [8h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Me: shows [Kc Ks] (a full house, Kings full of Eights)
MILFmeister: shows [8s 8d] (four of a kind, Eights)
MILFmeister collected $2.67 from pot


Had a great time last night playing in the inaugural British bloggers tournament on Pokerstars. Ironically I found out about it from an American blog (Thanks Al).

There was a decent turn-out of 22 people, mostly British, but with a couple of celebrities from over the pond, in the shape of Al Can't Hang, and Katitude.

I started out playing fairly tight - not that I had a great deal of choice , the cards were crap - but finally on hand 47 I picked up 10s Ks. Not great I know, but after the rubbish I'd had up until then they looked good to me. BB was 50, I mini-raised, and was re-raised by Rosie up to 350. I called. Flop came 7s 2h 4s I bet 150, Rosie re-raised to 550. I really should have folded at this point, but, I'd had nothing up to now, I had a King high flush draw, and I convinced myself that Rosie was making a continuation bet having missed the flop! Do I feel lucky punk? I did, so I went all in, and Rosie showed 10c Ac - she had missed the flop, I had 12 outs for either a flush or a pair of Kings, she only needed an Ace. The turn was 2s, and she was drawing dead. Thats me up to 2645, and Rosie down to 650.

3 hands later in the small blind I'm dealt Qc Kc. It's folded round to me and I miniraise. Rosie is the BB, and she goes all in. I've easily got it covered, and I call. Rosie shows a pair of nines, so she's ahead. Flop is J T K, putting me in front, a 2 and a 7 don't help her, and so Rosie is out.

Much later, I'm dealt Jc Kd. BB is 200. I raise 600 preflop, everyone folds except a10419, who re-raises 2000. I have a rush of blood to the head and call, going all-in. What a donkey. He shows a pair of Jacks, so only a King is going to help me. Flop is 5 K 9 rainbow! an ace and a 3 follow, I undeservedly double up, and take some flack from the rail (thanks Rosie).

I eventually went out in 5th place, my 10 J going down to LepRecon777's K 8. Sadly only the first three places were paid. Congratulations to Al Eleven, who came back from being short stacked to beat Cadmunkey.

Thanks to Acorn and BurnleyMik for setting this up. Ihad a good time, got to drop the hammer, and narrowly avoiding a price being put on my head - Apparently being a Preston fan is acceptable to BurnleyMik, but if I had been a Blackburn Rovers fan it would have been a different matter! The banter was great, and people generally stuck around after they went out to cheer the survivors on. Hopefully this will be a regular event, and I can make it again next week. You can find another write-up of the tournament here at The Cloud's blog.

Friday, March 23, 2007

It;'s All Over Now

Well, third interview out of the way, and I've just found out I didn't get the job. Got all the usual lines - it was a tough decision, you were very close, sure another opportunity will come up for you - but bottom line is, they didn't think I was as good as the other guy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

3rd Interview!!

I have now been invited for a 3rd interview. I am assured that this will be the last. One way or another, it will all be over next week.

Ubuntu Unleashed!

I have managed to convert my wife to using Linux, specifically, Ubuntu.

She didn't actually have a great deal of choice. We have a laptop which has developed a faulty disk controller. Sometimes it recognises the HD, most of the time it doesn't. Tried different HDs, same problem.

So, do we bin the laptop, or find a way of making it work without a hard disk?

The answer to my need was found at

I now have a fully functioning installation of XUbuntu (the lightweight version of Ubuntu) working on the aptop. I've even got the integrated Broadcom wireless network card working without the need for Ndiswrapper. It includes OpenOffice, Firefox and Thunderbird, plus the Linux version of Solitaire -everything she could possibly need.

Friday, March 02, 2007

2nd Interview

Well, I either did really well or not quite well enough at the interview, because now I've got a second interview. This time it's only 20 minutes from home, rather than the 3 hour drive each way I had this week.