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

Tuesday February 26 2002 at 13:32 GMT

My brother will be back on these shores in just 12 days! :-D

Tuesday February 26 2002 at 13:30 GMT

Due to my extreme surfing antics, I've started to notice my arms getting sore ALL the time. Knowing that this is not a good thing, I've been trying to surf less, and read more. I got some good recommendations for books from lots of people, including some of my Indian colleagues from Infosys. Reviews will be posted in time.

Now, when I get old, and have done my 35 (gulp) years of work, I fully intend to enjoy my life to the max. My financial advisor dad has already got my saving hard, but according to this article, even if I am saving 11% of my earnings, I will still need to work until I am 72! Seventy-two!!!!

Tuesday February 26 2002 at 13:13 GMT

Work has really been getting in the way of updating my blogger. What is up with that??? So many things to report...

Rich and I went and saw Vanilla Sky. At the end of it, we were both totally unsure as to whether it had been a good movie or not. I enjoyed the story, but the soundtrack was VERY good indeed. Rarely do I buy soundtracks - indeed I have only three: Shallow Grave, Trainspotting(???) and Finding Forrester - but I think this may have to be purchased.
Remaining on the film front, I also saw Ocean's Eleven last weekend. It was a reasonably entertaining story, and Brad Pitt played a quality role. Literally, it was light entertainment... NOTE: both of the aforementioned films are remakes of originals. Allegedly.
Now on to music, of which I have been on something of a buying spree after abstaining for some time due to a belief that innovation had been banned . Loss, by Mull Historical Society has re-instated some of my faith. These guys really have some good tunes, and are most certainly worth checking out. Their site has some sound samples on.

Wednesday February 20 2002 at 15:54 GMT

And now we have Web Rage! According to a Mori study, reported on the BBC site, more than half of Web users go crazy at their computer at least once a week. There must be some very relaxed people out there - I'm sure my once daily rant must be putting the statistics out somewhere... ;-)

Wednesday February 20 2002 at 00:30 GMT

How did I forget ... yesterday I had a very cool lunch with Kirsty, a good friend from University days, and her fiance Daan. We went to Yo! Sushi - the first time for all of us. It was not cheap, but the food was very tasty, we did not have to wait for food and it made a very enjoyable change to a sandwich. Now I am hungry! :-((

Tuesday February 19 2002 at 13:17 GMT

Tuesday February 19 2002 at 10:23 GMT

Afghanistan is going wireless - BBC story.

Friday February 15 2002 at 17:32 GMT

It seems that it's not so easy to buy a husband after all! Following on from a story I had in here about a month ago, the woman who tried to auction her hand for marriage, has discovered that the bids were hoaxes.

Tuesday February 12 2002 at 14:27 GMT

Mikey sent me this. Make sure your sound is on, but not too loud!

Tuesday February 12 2002 at 02:10 GMT

On Sunday, Gerard and I popped down to see Graham and his pigs! Have a look at some pictures of the pigs. Why the Porsche logo? Why that was how I got there, of course! With a BIG smile!

Today has been good ... incredibly, since I got up ridiculously early (7am!!!).

Sunday February 10 2002 at 09:23 GMT

It is WAY early on a Sunday morning to be up, but more on that later.

This has been around for a while now, but many expected it to blow over - BT are planning to attempt to enforce their alleged patent on hyperlinks. On one hand, BT are allegedly cutting the price of ADSL here in the UK, to encourage the take-up of home broadband, whilst on the other they are attempting something (seemingly) SO stupid and pettty, it is laughable. This is going to be painful to follow, and could have some serious effects on my life. After each post would I have to send BT some money from my PayPal account???

According to GYGAX!!!, my favourite band Pavement are about to put out a new CD containing some new material (they've been split up for over a year - I saw the last ever gig in London). Yes, this can be seen as blatant profiteering, but, you know, this is Pavement, so it's cool.

Yesterday I installed WinXP, despite my reservations that it looks like a toy. Overall, I must say that I am impressed. Right now, I'm trying to find a nice Aqua interface for it.

Thursday February 7 2002 at 16:51 GMT

Continuing in the Mac vein, they are hosting some OS X sessions around the country - find your closest one here - but don't try to go to the Edinburgh one! It's full already! :-|

Thursday February 7 2002 at 03:20 GMT

Fancy one of these implanted inside you? This 'fairly typical American family' want to the the first in the world to do so...

Wednesday February 6 2002 at 13:58 GMT

Jams has finally got around to putting a site up - have a look at for all the latest danger spots, I mean where he is, in the world!

Wednesday February 6 2002 at 10:13 GMT

Today the electricity is my flat is off, as they are repairing the main cable in the stair, and giving us new fuseboxes. As I was sitting having my breakfast, with no music on and unable to pick up my mail, everything suddenly seemed so very quiet!

Wednesday February 6 2002 at 03:06 GMT

ADSL does not mean that I surf all night; just faster, for longer and more often.

Wednesday February 6 2002 at 02:49 GMT

Jams has just sent back over some pictures from after his proper going-away get-together. The big pictures are about ~1/2MB (small are ~20k), so you need a phat connexion to check them, or else you'll be waiting for a while!

Rich, me and Jams getting the pose right - BIG|small
Now we're sorted - BIG|small
Jams and Rich turned into cans of Stella at the end of the night, and then the camera demanded that it be in the pictures too... - BIG|small

(You are right, there is no real need for these ... but it's my site, and I'll do what I like. Until the police get involved. Again. ;-)

Wednesday February 6 2002 at 02:09 GMT

Trying to catch up on way too many Wired newsletters right now. This article brought back to mind some of the 'great' sites I used to frequent on a daily basis when 'dot-com' was the third word even luddites used. The Web and surrounding industries/activities/whatever is in an interesting flux just now. People are getting used to paying for services that used to be free (yes, they really are) and those companies that have kept their costs down and fresh ideas coming are reaping the rewards; the tricky part now seems hitting the pricing sweet-spot - generating enough cash to manage to keep going and developing, but not overpricing so that paying users feel they are getting a good deal on the service. Oh yeah ... just like the 'old world' economy.

Even Blogger is getting in on the deal, with the shiny new Blogger Pro. Speaking of blogging, the Bloggies have sparked a whole load of new interest in the area, with the BBC and Time informing readers how easy it is, and setting up Blogs on their respective sites. Mr Barclay from work has finally taken the plunge.

As an antidote to too much tech, the BBC has an article on how radio is bringing the Internet to a small community in central Sri Lanka. My first thoughts were on a tech level - 'how can it do that???' - but the article explains all! Sometimes it is too easy to forget that I am 'informationally rich', and that the digital divide is a real issue is many parts of the world.

Monday February 4 2002 at 00:06 GMT

Sometimes the Internet makes me laugh. Using MSN Messenger to talk to my parents back home and my brother in Australia is one of these times. However, using the much mightier Yahoo! Messenger to connect with Rich on the other side of Edinburgh and Jams in Adelaide ... as well as a full camera from each location makes me laugh very hard. Here's a screenshot of the proceedings. (NOTE: I was not looking at any dodgy sites, before you ask - the 'Ars...' at the bottom(!) of the screen refers to a wonderful tech site, Ars Technica.)

Sunday February 3 2002 at 12:39 GMT

Friday night was fun - Rich and I tried to get into a few different bars, but they were full (rugby weekend...), so we ended up in the Dome, having a good chat for HOURS. A good end to the week.

Unfortunately, on Saturday Scotland got hammered at rugby by England. Our boys played well, but our kicker was way out of form/luck, missing three or four efforts. England were the better side, but a 3-29 score does not accurately reflect the difference in quality of play!

Last night then turned into something of a film-fest. First up was This Year's Love, which was OK - nothing fantastic. As good an actress as Kathy Burke is, I just can't take her out of Harry Enfield sketches.
Next up was a good Robert Altman film, Cookie's Fortune. Altman's work is always interesting, and requires thought to watch - this is no different, and was an enjoyable contrast to This Year's Love.
The evening rounded off with a Richard Linklater film, Dazed and Confused. I've seen this film so many times, and it always makes me feel happy. The acting and story have nothing special in them, but the whole movie effect is enjoyable to the max!

This morning, I discovered that Morpheus, my P2P software of choice (think Napster) has got a big ole security hole, allowing people to potentially look at my hard drive. The computer I run Morpheus on is very well firewalled, but people can still get files from me via Morpheus ... so my usage is currently stopped. :-(

Friday February 1 2002 at 11:49 GMT

Jams sent in a nice picture (BIG|small)of wireless Internet access from a Palm device (and his travelling companion, Nick, on the left), currently in use at Singapore airport.

With so much scepticism in the market in general at the moment, and an even greater level with regard to emerging technologies, of which Bluetooth and 802.11(a/b/c/...) are, it is very cool to find somewhere that is actually, right now, embracing them and opening up the opportunity for the public to use them.

In other traveller news, my brother is leaving Sydney this weekend, and completing his world-circling tour. On Sunday, he will be heading for a few weeks in New Zealand...

Friday February 1 2002 at 11:37 GMT

I'm afraid my blog is becoming even less about me, and more about links ... this is just a phase. I'll grow out of it!

First up today, some really smooth little games, from a person called Ferry Halim. Make sure you try out Hydrphobia (the one with the frog).

Next we have a REAL use for GPS. Some dudes down at Bristol University have put GPS into a wristwatch, that can tell the wearer the location of the four closest pubs.

Finally for today, the world's largest blind date is happening in London, just after Valentines Day. Called the 'Desperate and Dateless Ball, the event is a charity event supporting the British Red Cross, and is aiming to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the largest blind date EVER.

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