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 April 30 2002 at 13:57 GMT

This is why I bought a 60GB disk drive, kind of (to share the wealth, not to get into Wired - although that would be cool!).

Tuesday April 30 2002 at 02:24 GMT

Mmmm - I just found Looplabs. Much fun...

Tuesday April 30 2002 at 02:05 GMT

SonyEricsson haven't quite got a nice picture of this phone/PDA on their site yet ... but I _want_ _one_. It looks just so good, and, according to the information on here, the phone is actually smaller than my Ericsson T68!

Tuesday April 30 2002 at 01:49 GMT

This is mail catch-up time for me! Mozilla (nee Netscape) have finally released a version of their browser. I used to LOVE Netscape browsers, but then they just became big, fat and slow ... and IE became the way to go. If they manage to pull out a nice product, then I might just think about going back!

Tuesday April 30 2002 at 01:41 GMT

I've just signed up for a service called Oddpost - seems to be a much nicer way of collecting mail whilst not at a real computer. Check it out...

Monday April 29 2002 at 21:08 GMT

Well ... been back for ages now. Washing all done ... but presents nowhere near all delivered. This always takes me ages!

Thursday night was fun - a few of us headed out to a wine bar(!) and had a LOT of Champagne. Very enjoyable indeed. The weekend was pretty quiet - a few beers around town...

Now it is back to the drudgery of work. And a distinct lack of sunshine and beers outside.

Thursday April 25 2002 at 00:28 GMT

Damn - no-one in Barcelona stopped me and said 'stay longer, we'll pay', so I am now back in Edinburgh. Oh well...

Wednesday April 24 2002 at 13:16 GMT

Now this tiny computer is pretty much just what I need! That, along with my phone, would have me sorted. USD 1000 is quite a lot though ... for now.

Off to continue the hotel-hunt for Mr Bansal!

Tuesday April 23 2002 at 13:08 GMT

Mmm - have just been searching for some flights to get me to Geneva, so that I can see Nitesh ... but, before I actually change my flight home from Barcelona, it is going to cost me over €300. Looks like I will need to organise myself, and book some tickets in advance.

Now I am off to enjoy the sights & sites of Barcelona.


Tuesday April 23 2002 at 12:55 GMT

In two days I will be *older*. Midday crisis! Must buy a sportscar.

Tuesday April 23 2002 at 12:41 GMT

I am quite impressed with this cafe, but I think the proxy server is having some issues - it won´t let me see my home server, nor will it let me see what I type in Yahoo! Messenger ... or what others are typing to me.

Tuesday April 23 2002 at 12:40 GMT

Neil successfully survived his stag weekend, which was pretty good work ... although we were pretty gentle on him. The whole event went very well - organising 20 guys is not an easy thing to do. There was PLENTY of cerveza, food and fun clubs for everyone.

I think this is the second longest time I have been without my laptop ... and I am very pleased to say that I am not missing it. Too much. I could really do with a small device to pick up my mail on and do some very brief surfing (for location-information) ... but I did not have time to organise everything and bring my Communicator. I am sure I could have bought a pay-as-you-go SIM that would have let me achieve what I wanted.

Thursday April 18 2002 at 01:25 GMT

Today I leave for Neil Stark's stag weekend in Barcelona. I'm just about to start my packing - this is pretty organised for me!

Eric recommended that I take a look at Netjuke as a replacement for my streaming MP3 server. Thus far, I am impressed - some nice new features added in along with login for people to store their personal playlists. Click here to check it out.

Friday April 12 2002 at 15:32 GMT

neil_stark2001 (03:24:30 PM): have you ever eaten Stefano's kebab pizza?
neil_stark2001 (03:24:38 PM): actually not bad tasting
Martin Little (03:24:40 PM): no way
Martin Little (03:24:43 PM): yeah?
neil_stark2001 (03:24:53 PM): not bad
neil_stark2001 (03:24:57 PM): his pizzas are good
neil_stark2001 (03:25:00 PM): and cheap
neil_stark2001 (03:25:21 PM): and you get to watch the man himself, in his natural habitat for fully 5 minutes
neil_stark2001 (03:25:27 PM): a wonder to behold
Martin Little (03:30:08 PM): you make it sound as if I should actually go there, just to see it all happen!
neil_stark2001 (03:30:29 PM): he truly is a master

Thursday April 11 2002 at 20:55 GMT

Congratulations to Grant & Maki who got engaged yesterday!!!

Wednesday April 10 2002 at 02:16 GMT

Last night I managed to get my parents computer sorted out - all their mail and files are transferred from the old one and everything configured nicely. Hopefully they'll like it! Now I kind of have a spare computer in the house - it's just a P100 with 24MB RAM and a selection of 170MB, 270MB, 800MB, 850MB and 6GB drives attached to it.
One of my friends gave me a (perfectly legal) copy of Solaris8, but it complained about the lack of memory. I'd always fancied having a quick play with one of the *BSD OSes and now was my chance. First up was FreeBSD but it just wouldn't quite configure, so I decided to give NetBSD a shot. Totally insane is all I can say - I made two floppy disks for it to boot from and it worked out my hardware configuration, grabbed some DHCP settings to get on to the network and then downloaded the entire OS via FTP! I sat there as my ADSL connection got some serious usage.
The whole thing was really pretty painless and I was left very impressed. I've still to configure the X server completely, but the main problem there is due to my monitor having some bizarre settings. A good night!
Tomorrow, John has volunteered/been press-ganged into going to pick up the Javastations (five of them), so hopefully tomorrow I will be able to add another OS to the list that is running in my flat now: Win98, Win2k, WinXP, Linux RedHat 7.2 and NetBSD 1.5.2.
The only thing I am short of now is some PS2 mouses & keyboards and another monitor, so if you have any of those lying around, please let me know.

Sunday April 7 2002 at 23:04 GMT

David Soul of Starsky & Hutch fame was in the Apartment restaurant tonight.

Sunday April 7 2002 at 22:36 GMT

Use Yahoo!? Read this.

Friday April 5 2002 at 19:43 GMT

Today I have come to the decision that there is too much tech in the world and not enough time. You see, I finally got my flat into a reasonable setup with my home network - I bought a Compaq Deskpro EN Small Form Factor PII 400MHz, which now has a mighty 320MB RAM and 60GB hard disk in it, running Red Hat Linux 7.2 for my firewall/Web/MP3 server. At the moment, it's going into a 10Mb hub (although all network cards are 100Mb), so that I can set up my parent's computer (which was the one running my firewall) and feeding through to my brother's room; 10Mb is fine as we rarely do any file transfers between the PCs and ADSL only runs at 512k. For this alone, I have enough ideas to keep several hundred full-time Martins working for years!

Then my old Uni friend Gav Park pitches up out of nowhere with a broadband cable connection AND a wireless network at home. Wireless is something I have been planning to do for some time anyway. If I am going to go wireless, then I should really get a new ADSL modem/router as ZenADSL are now making it possible for me to have multiple IP addresses for free (which would mean each computer inside my house could have it's own IP address), to keep things tidy and to remove the USB connections from my system (for something else???). Next thing you know, it's costing upwards of 400 pounds. Money I just cannot justify - and that is saying something.

Then my friend John bought an SGI Indy the other day - it seems SO much cooler to have one of those compared to a PC. I got checking on eBay to see what was out there - did a quick search on 'Sun'. Managed to turn up a few servers, but also some Javastations. Way back when I had just left Uni, I remember reading about them - and now I had the chance to buy one. I whacked in my bid, and got it. After some quick consultation with John@DoctorBooze, we have a masterplan - and another four requests for machines. I'm now looking to buy a job lot of ten of them and distribute the other few to friends or family who are interested. Drop me a mail if you have a broadband connection and an interest - we plan to run Linux on them, linking back to a central server for software, very much along the lines of this LinuxDocs article. Now I am looking for a Sun server - just for kicks.

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday April 3 2002 at 00:55 GMT

What are the Yahoo! kids up to??? If you don't want to get a stack (more) of junk from them, click, go to the middle of the page and under email address click "Edit your marketing preferences". Follow that, and set everything to no. [This orignally came from Mr Garrett Walker.]

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