Sunday, December 23, 2007
Anyway, we moved on Wednesday and are about 60% through the unpacking process. There goes Christmas!
Tip no. 1: Don't move house. Ever.
Tip no. 2: If you absolutely have to, throw out your junk before you move. And then go through your stuff again and give away all the charity shop items before, etc.
Repeat and rinse! You won't regret it come moving day...
Friday, December 14, 2007
OK, so £250 (or $350 in the USA) is a huge amount to spend on a toy, but Pleo is halfway from toy to pet. And a pet that won't moult, poo or cost a fortune down the vets. Or eat you out of house and home.
Pleo is a robotic dinsoaur and I present my Pleo review here. Summary, cute, moderately cuddly and not that great a walker. 8-)
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Hmm... no videos found? Maybe it's still early days. I think the idea of video ads is OK, but I'm a little sceptical about how much page space the player is going to take up - web pages should be about their primary content, not the ads!
Monday, December 10, 2007
They all buck the rule that sequels suck. Star Wars 2 (or 5 if you're counting George Lucas style) - "The Empire Strikes Back" was arguably the best of the Star Wars movies, while the Apple iPhone v2 has yet to be formally announced but you can bet your last cotton-pickin' dollar that it's going to be vastly better featured than the original.
And now we have More Brain Training on the Nintendo DS and it's not just better than the original, it's light years better. To have gone from average to outstanding in one version jump is very impressive. Maybe they should have called it 'Much Much More Brain Training'?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
But THIS is why Google are so great. Using their might to help save the earth. http://blogs.business2.com/greenwombat/2007/11/googles-green-p.html
Investing 100s of millions of dollars, etc. I know they're not the only green company out here, but this sure is one more reason why I love Google!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Quite mesmerising, considering that this was his second performance on a live TV stage ever.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
At least the Americans and many other countries have the honesty to call it what it is: a sales tax.
Now, why on earth did I think of this criticism of the UK government when there's the whole juicy missing 25 million personal Id records saga? Can't think.
Friday, November 16, 2007
You can watch the Earth rise here, and set here. And yes, the little blue dot in the centre of the screen is OUR ENTIRE PLANET!
Very humbling in every respect, physical and spiritual....
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Now a really decent portable DAB radio has been something my wife and I have been after for ages. The existing hardware was either too big and heavy or had too small a battery life - but the PURE Move hits the sweet spot in many ways.
DAB radios are essentially portable computers and thus are real battery drainers. But PURE have solved the issue by including an internal rechargeable battery, phone style, so no more buying packs of AAA cells and no more lugging around huge mains DAB units. And life on a single charge is excellent, many hours, so this is the best of both worlds.
Build quality on the move is great, with a brushed aluminium faceplate and a rubberised back, with a fold out plastic stand to keep the unit at the right playing angle. There are no surprises in the main controls, which look tacky and plasticky but which work very well.
DAB reception's very good as well, better than on some mains radios and our biggest complaint by far was the audio quality over the built in loudspeaker. OK fro talk stations, switching to a music station reveals the cheap speaker, with no bass and plenty of middle and treble.
Still, a great DAB radio for anyone wanting talk and news stations!
Monday, November 12, 2007
So I was fascinated to read this article from 2003, including the following paras:
"The first involves a hormone called melatonin, which the brain churns out during sleep. Melatonin belongs to a class of compounds called anti-oxidants that mop up damaging free-radical compounds. With a disrupted circadian rhythm, the body produces less melatonin and the cell's DNA may be more prone to cancer-causing mutations.
The second link lies with a hormone called cortisol, which normally reaches peak levels at dawn then declines throughout the day. Cortisol is one of many hormones that help regulate immune system activity, including the activity of a group of immune cells called natural-killer cells that help the body battle cancer. "
So, don't short change your body by burning the candle at both ends. Allow enough time for sleep and make sure it's quality sleep. You'll do yourself a big favour!
And, since I'm curious as to how well it'll embed in a blog post here:
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
The biggest surprise was that all my applications from my XP era have installed and worked well, with only a very few minor problems.
It's still early days, but the tipping point is upon me and I suspect it'll be Vista most of the way home from here.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
So, we have this ridiculous situation where people turn up an hour early or an hour late for everything for up to a day, plus we have to change most of the clocks on most of our appliances, risk upsetting computer software and generally endure chaos. In the name of what, exactly? Sheer madness.
Friday, October 26, 2007
And now I've ended up with a Vista laptop that's configured like XP and runs only 20% or slow slower. Why didn't I get a XP-running laptop in the first place? Because you can't buy these for love nor money.... Sigh.
On the bright side, Vista's device discovery and driver installation has been great. No printer driver CDs or trying to find CDs for every other accessory acquired in the last few years - everything was recognised immediately and silently installed. Pretty cool and how computers are supposed to work....
Friday, October 19, 2007
Isn't that the way bands SHOULD distribute their music in this Internet age?
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
But Apple can update all iPhones remotely and there's certainly no shortage of functionality that they err... haven't got round to implementing yet. So with every update they're going to close the loopholes and exploits used by the current generation of hacks. And so the cycle will continue.
In the meantime, all the hackers have got to show for their efforts are a few bricked iPhones and lots of geek kudos and glory - maybe that's enough for them?
If you're a regular iPhone user, of course, just stay well away. Why risk bricking your iPhone for the chance to play with a few marginal third party applications for a few weeks until Apple closes the loop again?
Monday, October 08, 2007
Or just buy a Nokia N95 of course, and have really loud stereo speakers. Oh, and games, extra apps, 5mp camera, DVD video recording, TV out, etc.
No company has infinite resources, so strikes do seem to be to be 'cutting off your nose to spite your face'. And an anachronism in 2007. What do you think?
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
(sent from a mobile device)
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
With Google also giving away StarOffice, and with OpenOffice itself, all free, who on earth wants to pay Microsoft hundreds of dollars/pounds any longer for their bloated Office suite?
Thursday, September 13, 2007
While you're on his blog, here's a great tip about reading web pages with silly colour schemes (you know, pink on dark pink, etc)...
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
What sparked this off? I wanted to use a particular piece of royalty-free ambient music in my video podcast, so I clicked through the relevant site to the 'Ask us for a quote' section. All I wanted was a price, like "$10" or "$100". Instead I was presented with a five step 'Create an account' dialog. Guess which royalty free music site won't be seeing my money......
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
We cope, of course, but do sometimes regret not living near any relatives or playmate cousins who could help out time and interest-wise. Hey ho, here's to September!
Monday, August 06, 2007
A biblical quote springs to mind: "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have established [I am constrained to ask]; What is man, that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit [care for] him?” (Psalm 8:v3-4).
Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
But, come a few spare minutes, I thought I'd experiment and put the new tariff (£1 cap per day, £2/MB, up to 15MB) to the test. Hammering the Web and some downloads, I slammed 10MB through my Nokia N95 in about 20 minutes. Checking my credit afterwards, it had indeed gone down by only £1. I'm impressed.
Let's take stock for a moment. That's £1 for 15MB, effectively, on a single day, or around 7 pence per Megabyte, compared to £7.30/MB, a hundredfold decrease in charges. In fact, impressed is something of an understatement.
Finally, finally, the networks have got the hang of helping the mobile Internet and smartphones really take off. Well done to Vodafone in particular. I've been a customer of yours for over 10 years now and you just made me loyal for the forseeable future.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
If builders MUST build in a marginal area, at least build the houses up above ground level. Another friend of mine has a house that's raised up 6 feet above ground level. Sure it floods every few years, but the water's never yet entered her house 8-)
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Talking of hardware though, what device do I really rate, which one do I recommend people save up for? It's a controversial choice, but I'd argue an awful lot of people should start saving pennies for the Nokia E90 Communicator. One device to do everything except make the tea? Oh, hang on, there's a third party app that does that too....
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
But ultimately, long queues are signs of inefficiency. On the roads, long jams are easily noticed and usually rectified in the end with slightly bigger roads, one way systems, flyovers, and so on. But to go back to my retail example, regular, long, frustrating queues are simply poor planning by the shop owner. To have to wait for 20 minutes just to pay them some of your hard earned money makes no sense whatsoever. That'll be one customer who thinks of your store and decides to go somewhere else to avoid the queues. Simply reassign extra staff to the tills whenever the queue length gets above a certain low limit and all will be happy again. Then, once the rush has died down, some of those staff can go back to managing the store, stock-taking etc. Isn't this sort of thing common sense? Sigh.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Friday, March 02, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
- Roller skates, skateboards and ice skates are just as dangerous - and ALL should be ridden with appropriate protection for head and knees/elbows.
- As the wearer gets more confident, there's slightly less need for the above, but it still depends on whetherthe wearer is a demure little girl (like mine!) gently gliding along or some trick-addicted boy!
- The older the wearer is, the more damage you'll do if you fall over, of course. Kids under 18 seem to be pretty resilient, I wouldn't worry too much