If technology doesn't seem like magic, it's probably obsolete

I'm finding less time to update my blog these days, but my flickr photostream is often updated.

Playing in my house right now...

At 00:00 GMT on Thursday I was listening to:

More of what I've been listening to

Latest pictures from my phone
More pictures from my phone

Thursday January 31 2002 at 17:09 GMT

Check these things out: super teeny weeny statues!

Thursday January 31 2002 at 00:47 GMT

Heh heh - Linux on a PS2!!! Very cool - now I may need a PS2, too.

Wednesday January 30 2002 at 18:08 GMT

Sign up to be an American Patriot here. No, not really... just have a look for a laugh.

Wednesday January 30 2002 at 12:16 GMT

Even with quite a few of my friends shouting about how good OS X on the Mac is, the images in my mind from my high school days of using a nice interface, but being held back from tinkering under the bonnet have lived on. Ali pointed me towards two cool articles though, and I must admit I now really, really, REALLY want that titanium Powerbook.

The first article, on Apple's own site, covers many of the perceived problems when using an Mac in these Windows-bloatware-times. The second article, covers using OS X from a *NIX perspective (NOTE: *NIX is a term used to cover UNIX and Linux users - the *real* computing people :-). After a long time out of using any *NIX, it has been a real pleasure to get back into it, through using Red Hat 7.2 on my home server. It is just SO powerful, in terms of what you can do - everything is configurable, just the way I like it!

On a related note ... this anti-Micro$oft piece made me laugh.

Tuesday January 29 2002 at 02:13 GMT

This is a very cool story about getting an iMac back.

Monday January 28 2002 at 12:21 GMT

If you thought the end had come to real, proper Internet craziness ... check this out. Here is a link to the auction itself, which finishes at 1pm GMT (about 40mins from this posting).

Sunday January 27 2002 at 18:11 GMT

Or ... I hate my inability to use Word. :-(

Sunday January 27 2002 at 18:10 GMT

RRAAARRGGHH - I hate Word!

Friday January 25 2002 at 14:00 GMT

Good news for a Friday!!!

Wednesday January 23 2002 at 16:31 GMT

Micro$oft, what are you all about???

Wednesday January 23 2002 at 15:52 GMT

Last night was fun - catching a few beers at the ubercool Oloroso with Jams, Rich and a fine assortment of others. This place has super fine wines indeed, and the restaurant looks VERY expensive. The bar section has hugely lounge-able sofas! There were two problems, though. The first as that the Stella tap was broken; the second was that they had run out of Jack Daniels, our traditional end-of-night drink. The barman recommended Maker's Mark, at which we initially scoffed ... but have since embraced! Our helpful barman also informed us that MM is the only bourbon that spells 'whisky' without an 'e' - the same spelling as we use here in Scotland!

After Oloroso, we headed back to Jams and Rich's, where we had some fun with Jams' new camera. It was taking a very long time to get the pics back off the camera though, so the only evidence is here (big | small).

Monday January 21 2002 at 14:09 GMT

FINALLY!!! Wearable computers are coming to market. xybernaut have launched the poma, with a heads-up display, a 128MHz RISC processor, 32MB RAM and 32MB ROM ... runing WinCE. No HD is included in the US $1499 price tag, and there is no other connectivity (WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, InfraRed, ...) - but I still really, really want one.

Monday January 21 2002 at 13:24 GMT

Some quality genius from jmcd.

Question: exactly how quaint has 'www.' become? Is this as a result of all the W keys being removed from the White House after BillC left???

Monday January 21 2002 at 07:25 GMT

News just in from the Slandance (the alternative Sundance) film festival: Bill Gates is Dead!

Monday January 21 2002 at 07:24 GMT

Weekend has been fun - way too many people going to Australia at the moment though...

Jams is away for two months - at least that will allow us some time to recover from the last four years of Stella drinking! ;-)

Thursday January 17 2002 at 17:24 GMT

Scottish Hospital

An Englishman is being shown around a Scottish hospital. At the end of the tour he is shown into a ward with a number of patients who show no signs of injury. He goes to examine the first man he sees, and the man proclaims "Fair fa' yer honest sonsie face, Great chieftain o' the puddin' race!".

The Englishman, somewhat taken aback, goes to the next patient, who immediately launches into "Some hae meat, and canna eat, and some wad eat
that want it, But we hae meat and we can eat, and sae the Lord be thankit."

The next patient sits up and declaims: "Wee sleekit cow'rin tim'rous beastie, O what a panic's in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, wi' bickering bl'attle. I wad be laith to run and chase thee, wi' murdering prattle."

"Well," says the Englishman to his Scottish colleague, "I see you saved the psychiatric ward for the last."
"No, no," the Scottish doctor corrects him, "This is the Serious Burns Unit."

[Need help with your Rabbie Burns? Click here.]

Thursday January 17 2002 at 16:43 GMT

Today's links are:

- very, very, very disturbing (courtesy: Deek)
- very useful if you are planning to host a smallish site (courtesy: Ali)

Wednesday January 16 2002 at 13:12 GMT

My stars for today, courtesy of Russell Grant: Veer towards hi-tech, modern inventions in your efforts to get ahead in this life; the more up to date you are the better your chances of success.

Wednesday January 16 2002 at 11:45 GMT

Need lunch? Go here!

Wednesday January 16 2002 at 11:44 GMT

Last night was good and bad.

Bad news first: the K6 500 that John had spent quite a while putting together, needed a BIOS upgrade to handle the 60GB disk I'd bought for it. Whilst doing this, the computer freaked out, and stopped playing with us. Dead.

Now the good news: we chucked the 60GB drive into the Compaq machine that I'd been using at home anyway, and the BIOS there was quite happy. After some super good work by John, RedHat Linux was installed on to it. The machine is now all configured, although it seems to have fallen over at the moment! :-O

Tuesday January 15 2002 at 13:47 GMT

Anyone got music by these kids:

- karl zero
- la taverne du lac
- The gentle people

Tuesday January 15 2002 at 02:27 GMT

Since I got ADSL, I've had problems with the speed - it is not fast enough! Luckily, the mighty mighty Groove Salad has been there to get me through these tough times.

Tuesday January 15 2002 at 01:59 GMT

It is now time for me to be horizontal, with my eyes closed ... and reflect on the day past. Finally, after some time, I managed to meet jmcd, and on his birthday, too! My plan for tonight had been to go to Glasgow, and attend a Buddhist event there. But John had found a place much closer to home. We attended a meditation class, which was quite cool. There may well be more to come in the weeks ahead! Goodnight.

Tuesday January 15 2002 at 01:43 GMT

Tuesday January 15 2002 at 01:38 GMT

It is always good to look East to really find out what is going on in the world or mobile phones!

Tuesday January 15 2002 at 01:36 GMT

The blog frenzy continues apace! Today I ran through my now-famous (almost ;-) Mobile Internet presentation. Whilst I was updating some of the facts and figures (did you know that 77.5M text messages were sent in the UK alone on New Year's Day 2002, in comparison to 30M in NYD 2001?) I came across this cool article on one of my favourite sites, Technology Review. Why do Americans just not use SMS? Canadians seem to have the hang of it! :-D

Tuesday January 15 2002 at 01:28 GMT

I always wanted to get a Webvan delivery, but they are long gone now. They represented so much of the Dot Com attitude, and I loved seeing their vans scooting around San Francisco. Now the delivery trucks are all sitting in a field, just off I-85, south of Atlanta. It is so sad. :-(( If anyone happens to be passing, I would *LOVE* a picture of them all...

Tuesday January 15 2002 at 01:18 GMT

When I was searching for information on the Dominion cinema, I found this cool site, with loads of good quality pictures of the area surrounding my current house, and other areas I have stayed in over the years in Edinburgh. I really love this one (it is a pretty big picture, so have patience) - it captures Morningside in the sun so nicely. This one makes me pleased to live here (it is very big too).

Tuesday January 15 2002 at 01:07 GMT

Yes, this IS a Lego man playing the role of Brio, deciding whether to take the red pill or the blue pill, in the Matrix. See the whole thing in just six minutes here!

Tuesday January 15 2002 at 01:02 GMT

On Sunday night I finally saw Lord of the Rings at my local cinema, The Dominion. For the complete experience, I had my heart set on a big comfy Pullman seats, but EVEN THOUGH I BOUGHT MY TICKETS OVER 30mins IN ADVANCE(!) they were all sold out. Just means I need to go back, I guess.

The film itself was pretty good. Time certainly seemed to speed by, which was something I was worried about after having only just lived through Harry Potter. The story was well told, and the special effects were extremely well done indeed. Lots of people had complained about the ending, which is somewhat abrupt, but left me wanting more and looking forward to the second film. It also made me want to re-read the books, since it has been a LONG time! I was on the edge of my seat for most of the second half of the film. Recommended (like I had to say that...).

Sunday January 13 2002 at 05:07 GMT

Today I bought a 60GB hard disk ... am hoping to fit a few MP3s on that, to run on my edna server!

Ker's 30th party was a good laugh tonight - their flat is so nicely set up for parties! A building society below them, no-one directly beside the living room (noise), a deaf old woman above them, and an empty wall to the other side of them. Most importantly ... less than a minute's walk from my own home!

Friday January 11 2002 at 02:42 GMT

Courtesy of my brother, we have the Friday quiz! Can you name three out of the Seven Wonders of the World? I managed a massive one; he managed two.

When you're through with tearing your hair out, find out what they are here.

Friday January 11 2002 at 00:45 GMT

This was the site I was looking for...

Thursday January 10 2002 at 13:57 GMT

The geek in me is coming out ... I'm trying to connect my Mac Plus to my home network. Just because I can. :-D

Thursday January 10 2002 at 10:15 GMT

Crazy Indian hair-cutting-o-rama.

Thursday January 10 2002 at 02:32 GMT

A nice song for today - Tori Amos - Putting the Damage On. [Assuming that my ADSL connection is still going...]

Thursday January 10 2002 at 02:21 GMT

Right now I need something to look forward to. One thing that always makes me happy, is some new music - PLEASE can someone send me something, anything recommended to listen to? Any genre, apart from blues and songs from musicals is fine.

Spending money also makes me happy (I blame it on my star sign). My Grandma gave me some money at Christmas, and I plan to buy a kilt, but the choices of tartan I have are just too great - obviously there is the Little tartan (yes, it is a Scottish surname - originally from the borders; find out more about the Little clan here); my mom's maiden name was Anderson, so I am entitled to wear that too, and slightly further back in my family tree there are links into the Reid clan, so I can wear the Robertson tartans.

The Little and Robertson are just too red; Anderson Dress too white; Robertson (hunting) ... hmmm; Anderson, is looking the best - which is lucky, as that what my brother has! There are likely to be others I can wear too. The Anderson clan seems to have attached itself to a few others, complicating matters further!

Anderson Dress
Robertson (hunting)

Thursday January 10 2002 at 01:47 GMT

Too much time disappears whilst I have a computer in front of me - in fact, almost all day!

Tonight has been spent trying to sort out my ADSL connection, which is having some problems. It is SUPER slow ... I need it to be HYPER fast. I am MEGA unimpressed!

Instant Messaging is one of the coolest things EVER on the Internet. Right now, I am on a 'conference call' with my parents outside Glasgow and my brother in Sydney, Australia; a friend in Mexico City; a friend in Florida and a friend on the other side of Edinburgh. Wonderful.

Wednesday January 9 2002 at 11:27 GMT

Crazy ... posting from AIM...

Wednesday January 9 2002 at 11:26 GMT

is this thing on???

Wednesday January 9 2002 at 11:25 GMT


Tuesday January 8 2002 at 15:43 GMT

Oh-oh - more bad news! Eli Aquino, whom I met a good many years ago at our San Mateo office, passed away from cancer at the end of last year. Although I did not work heavily with him, when I did, he was an informed, good-natured, enjoyable person to work with. He will be missed. :-(((

Tuesday January 8 2002 at 14:22 GMT

Man, my life is taking a Baxter-esque plunge for the worse at the moment. I *STILL* have this blooming cold/sore throat deal, but I'm now back at work.

Lunch today was dis-gus-ting - I knew I never went to O'Briens for a good reason; UKP4.40 for a yucky sandwich and a pot of warm gunk.

Tuesday January 8 2002 at 02:30 GMT

Disappointment of the Christmas period has to go to: EH1, where we gathered before dinner on the 22nd. When I asked where the Stella Cam was, they said it was broken. Knew there was a reason I didn't like going there!

Tuesday January 8 2002 at 00:21 GMT

Now in the building ... the new iMac!

Tuesday January 8 2002 at 00:03 GMT

As did Jennifer Jane Brown, after a tragically short time in this world. :-(

Monday January 7 2002 at 23:59 GMT

Monday January 7 2002 at 01:48 GMT

Before I forget ... I did get a very cool plant for house - the first one. It is a Yucca, and I have to name it, so suggestion please, to (this is 4 REAL (as Nicky Wire said)). My plant-naming skills are limited, to say the least!

Monday January 7 2002 at 01:42 GMT

Coolest Christmas presents came from my siblings! My brother sent me a super-crazy-mad knife, from Nepal (I am very much against violence, but if anyone should attempt to break into my house, they will get a SERIOUSLY nasty surprise!) and my sister got me a cocktail shaker and instruction book, which was vigourously used at J&Rs party!

Sunday January 6 2002 at 19:18 GMT

Lately I've been really busy with ... stuff, so here is a very brief recap of what has gone on... Christmas really started on the 22nd, and a meal (another!!!) at Le Sept with Iain Nicol & Amanda Nye, Al Biggin & Helen, and his sister Kate. Food and wine were REALLY good, but the service was ... reasonable (it was Christmas time). We all headed round to Beluga, but the food had stuffed us, so Al and I stayed to catch up on events, finally making a quick stop off at Favorit for food.

Aileen arrived on the 24th from Boston, and we headed over to my parent's house. The biggest Christmas present was that my Grandma made it - she'd had a stroke recently, and we did not expect her to be able to come. Mom and dad excelled themselves with double-delicious meals on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. I think I managed four helpings on Christmas Day, and just two on Boxing Day. On Boxing Day, my aunt, uncle, cousin and my cousin & her husband (over from Vermont) were here. My cousin, whom I stayed with when I was in Vermont in October, had their two gorgeous girls with them. They tired me out SO much when I was over, they nicknamed me Sleepyhead ... and gave me an alarm clock for Christmas! :-)

After a few more days of eating well, it was time to return to Edinburgh. I clocked up a few more hours babysitting whilst Polly and John galavanted around the town (they went for a meal and a drink, at least ;-). Jams and Rich hosted a very informal soiree on the 29th.

The 30th saw Aileen and I checking out some of the Hogmanay activities, including the March of the 1000 Pipers. After freezing our fingers off (the weather was NOT being kind - minus 4C really is cold) we headed to the pub, where Rich and Gogs joined us ... then we met up with Jams and some of the other boys doing the sound, lighting and power for the various events. Again, we ended up back at J&R's...

On the 31st, we headed over to see an attempted record-breaking 2001 rockets being launched from Silver Sands beach in Aberdour. The fireworks were very good (I LOVE fireworks!), and there were only a few small mishaps! These guys were the 'pyrotechnical whizzards' who ran the show. After a swift beer at the Aberdour Hotel (NOTE: Rich was driving, so had Coke) we headed back into town. Rich and Gogs headed off to Princes St, and Aileen and I headed down to see Polly and John, then meet them on Princes St.

There was the usual madness on the stroke of midnight, and the fireworks from the seven hills around Edinburgh were brilliant! Once that had died down a touch, I managed to bump into Anurag, then we headed on to an After the Bells party, then, once Jams had finished work at about 3am, back there. Rich demonstrated his absolute mastery of the post drinking fry-up, with amongst other things, stacks of crispy bacon and some super-fine scrambled eggs with smoked salmon through it.

On the 1st, Aileen and I headed out for a traditional meal of ... curry, at the Bangalore, then on for some excellent comedy at The Stand. The headliner, Stewart Francis from Toronto, was really quite brilliant, although he was on for WAY too short a time in my opinion. Following some TASTY cocktails at Tonic, it was, once again, time to go to Jams and Rich's house...

The 2nd brought about the REAL New Year party at Jams and Rich's house, with cocktail shakers in much evidence! My black circle-spinning activity was somewhat limited due to a cold I had picked up... It was an excllent time!

Since then, I've had a cold, and have hardly left my flat! :-(

Wednesday January 2 2002 at 20:05 GMT

How does this Blogger thing work, again??? Too long...

Happy 2002 to everybody. I hope you all have fun!

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