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This site has evolved from being my test folder for scripts and designs into what you see today.;sonic

[Halo 2 [PC] - Guide for Windows 7 x64]Saturday 9th October 2010

AerganHalo 2 on Windows 7 x64, who would have thought that the pair would be so incompatible with each other.

Guide [Updated]:
1. Uninstall Windows Live Essentials, Reboot.
2. Install Windows Updates. Make sure that all Visual C++ ATL Updates for x86 & x64 are installed & reboot.
3. Install Halo 2.
4. Install Games for Windows Live from Microsoft.
5. Run Games for Windows Live, supply Windows Games Live account details & sign in.
6. Install Windows Live Essentials.
7. Reboot.
8. Save the below as "Halo 2 Fix.bat", you must run with elevated permissions if UAC is enabled.

@echo off
color 0a
echo ===========================================
echo Halo 2 - Windows 7 x64 - Aergan 2010 V1.0
echo ===========================================
echo Please run with elevated permissions.
net stop cryptsvc
echo Removing old dir
rmdir /S /Q "%SystemRoot%System32cr2old"
echo Renaming Catroot2
ren "%SystemRoot%System32Catroot2" "cr2old"
net start cryptsvc
echo You may now run Halo 2.

I have to run the script after before each time I want to play Halo 2 [PC]. The game creates a load of crap in Catroot2 when connected to Windows Games Live which causes it to fail on next run. I think it tries to clear the files on exit but doesn't on Windows 7 x64.

Steps above are at your own risk, I take no responsibility if it screws up your machine [Although with Halo 2, that happens all on its own]

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[Halo Avatar Unlocks]Monday 27th September 2010

AerganLoving the avatar unlocks & Market Place:
./images/GFX/Avatars/Kat-avatar-body.png ./images/GFX/Avatars/Carter-avatar-body.png ./images/GFX/Avatars/Emile-avatar-body.png ./images/GFX/Avatars/Jun-avatar-body.png ./images/GFX/Avatars/ODST-avatar-body.png
Just need to earn Jorge's helmet and for Microsoft to send me Noble 6's.

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[Halo: Reach]Sunday 26th September 2010


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Pre-order bonus of Recon helmet for in-game.

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[DeathSpank 2 - ToV XBLA]Sunday 26th September 2010


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Time for justice!

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[DeathSpank: ToV]Monday 6th September 2010

AerganCan't wait - 22nd September 2010 for XBLA.

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[iPhone 4.0.1 OS]Sunday 15th August 2010



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[HTML5 & PHP5 Update]Saturday 7th August 2010

AerganDropping <TABLE>, adding DIV. HTML5 Spec & CSS 3.0 Spec taking over. Site validating as HTML5 & CSS 3.0 compliant via W3C.

Server host is now running PHP 5.3.X.

Not all pages updated yet but will be soon.

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[Now with YouTube Embed Code Cross-browser Support]Thursday 5th August 2010

AerganThe following code is HTML5 compliant / WC3 Validates, works in; Safari 5.x, FireFox 3.6.x/4.0 Beta & Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.
<SPAN CLASS='YouTube'>
<OBJECT NAME='' DATA='' TYPE='application/x-shockwave-flash'>
<PARAM NAME='allowFullScreen' VALUE='true' />
<PARAM NAME='allowscriptaccess' VALUE='always' />
<PARAM NAME='movie' VALUE=''>
<A HREF='' TITLE='Visit :: Get Adobe Flash Player' TARGET='_blank'><IMG SRC='' ALT='Get Adobe Flash Player'></A>

Valid code that works cross-browser for Flash Embeds and Internet Explorer? Apparently so.
The secret? Notice no <EMBED /> tags & sets both DATA= and NAME= in <OBJECT>.
Size is controlled via <SPAN> and its style CLASS. Here is the CSS Code:
/* YouTUBE */
.YouTube { width: 640px; height: 380px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; border: none; border-collapse: collapse; background: none; text-align: center; }
.YouTube OBJECT { width: 640px; height: 380px; padding: inherit; margin: inherit; border: inherit; background: inherit; text-align: center;}

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[DeathSpank]Sunday 1st August 2010

AerganOne of the best games to grace the XBLA.

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[WoW Endeth]Sunday 1st August 2010

AerganI stopped playing a few months ago WoW [And canceled my account recently] so I've turned off the "WoW Armory" character listing for performance reasons.

Unsure if I shall return with the new expansion. Probably not.

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[iPhone Vs CSS]Sunday 1st August 2010

AerganFatality! CSS Wins.

Fonts now rendering correctly on iPhone thanks to the below nifty bit of CSS.
html { -webkit-text-size-adjust:none ;} Bloody thing has been bugging me for a while.

Now to bring in PHP to avoid breaking W3C CSS Validation:
//iPhone Detection
Echo "
/* iPhone CSS Hack */
html { -webkit-text-size-adjust:none ;}

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[Ubuntu 10.4]Monday 10th May 2010

AerganInstalled Ubuntu 10.4 over the weekend, running great so far.

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[Bug Fixes]Wednesday 31st March 2010

AerganFinally updated all remaining sections to reflect layout changes.

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[2010]Friday 1st January 2010

AerganHappy 2010 to all.

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[Rage For Christmas No1]Tuesday 30th November 1999

AerganRage Against The Machine won in the UK charts for Christmas Number One.

Proof that the internet is mighty and broadcasted karaoke is not.

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[Domain Change ::]Friday 4th December 2009

AerganI have registered a new domain

I've felt that the name is too long to keep managing and various other sites use "3vil" that are no way affiliated with my or my websites.

As of April 2010, will probably (At time of writing) vanish into the ether as I do not have plans to keep the renewal active for this domain name.

Not that I have a large target audience, but to those who have bookmarked my site please update them.

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[Modded iPhone 3GS]Monday 23rd November 2009

AerganWith a bit of further modification:

Screenshots/iPhone/IMG_0091.PNG Screenshots/iPhone/IMG_0092.PNG
In other news, Puzzle-Bubble on Xbox Live Arcade is amazing.

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[Guestbook]Saturday 31st October 2009

AerganCurrently down whilst I think of a sure way to remotely eviscerate spammers.

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[More Updates]Sunday 27th September 2009

AerganError detection as to what status Blizzard's Armory servers have is very much a work in progress.

Site now set to 800px instead of 600px.

Major code optimisations, should load a lot faster compared to previously.

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[Updates :: WoW Armory]Monday 21st September 2009

AerganBeen having a good time with reverse engineering the EU World Of Warcraft Armory's XML output and phrasing it via PHP. It's been a lot of fun so far and quite educational considering my experience with XML before this point has been sod and all.
Currently I'm able to request any character and recycle each request due to function definitions. Experimenting between a couple of ways to GET the XML output from Blizzard's servers at the moment to see which yields better performance.

I've also started to recreate site graphics in higher resolutions in Fireworks CS4. This is only the third time I've ever changed the main images for this site. These probably wont be done all in one go.

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[Back In Black]Sunday 23rd August 2009

AerganMy web host's web server (That my site was hosted on) was hijacked by a Korean MMORPG company to use as their server. Gotta love that.

I've since moved to greener pastures in that I'm now hosted at >[PHP Webhosting] which I've been involved in using in many of my past web endeavors.

It's taken a while but I've managed to make my site and control panel PHP 5.X compliant. In other news the font sizes have gone up as I realised that I'm no longer running 1024x768 on a Dell 22" Widescreen.

All in all, welcome back.

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[Father II]Friday 13th March 2009

AerganI'm a Father... Again!.

My son Aidan Lloyd Lock was born on March 11th 2009.

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[Xbox 360]Saturday 7th February 2009

AerganI now own one, nice to be able to finally play Halo 3.

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[Father]Thursday 10th April 2008

AerganOn 22nd March 2008, myself and my partner Hannah celebrated the birth of our baby girl Aerith Wynne Lock.

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