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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

www.flickr.com
More pictures from my phone


Saturday August 31 2002 at 13:22 GMT

Tonight in Edinburgh the Festval fireworks will be held. If there is one thing that I really believe Edinburgh can beat any other place on earth for, it is the fireworks - the displays at Hogmanay and the end of the Festival are truly incredible, which is good for me as I *love* fireworks. My parents are coming over (they won tickets to the gardens, as opposed to standing in Princes Street) and my sister should also be here, so it may turn out to be a real family event.

Friday August 30 2002 at 22:56 GMT

Think I may have to go to Australia - reckon I could win this.

Friday August 30 2002 at 22:49 GMT

I am finally on http://gblogs.threadnaught.net/ which means my RSS feed will now be here, and I can once again feel like I am down with the kids. No, that I *am* the kids. No, no - just that I know the kids, or the kidz. Or something.

Friday August 30 2002 at 00:19 GMT

Today my little sister, is ... one year older. Happy Birthday to her!

Friday August 30 2002 at 00:10 GMT

ONE: I am seriously thinking on this one - I have enough friends who back a good number of these companies, and I have to admit to enjoying a beer every so often - LINK
TWO: I need this t-shirt LINK. Unfortunately, I can't just buy it ... so I need to make it, or something (read: find someone to make it for me). Maybe I should make some martinlittle.com shirts made, in super-minimalist colo(u)rs.

[UPDATE]
Whilst I was surfing around the Web not looking for anything, after my daily check of all sites relevant, I found this links...

The WAR referred to in the second link, is for warchalking, not war per se.

Thursday August 29 2002 at 23:41 GMT

All I wanted for lunch today was a nice burrito - they are impossible to get in Edinburgh, which is really quite ridiculous. Please can someone open a quality burrito place in Edinburgh, then invite me over for quality assurance purposes?

Thursday August 29 2002 at 18:46 GMT

Finally I can discuss this! Last weekend Senator Richie, his dad (Commodore Lloyd) and I headed off to do our bit for the Degree Confluence project. Rich had seen this thing ages ago, forgotten about it, found it again, planned to do it ... planned to do it ... planned to do it, then finally he got it together! Sunday was absolutely GLORIOUS weather, and after heading off from Aberdour the views were incredible. It took us just over 45 minutes to get to the spot, and another 45 minutes to get a good picture of the GPS unit ... or so we thought. As it turned out, the first few Rich got clearly showed our exact postion, with zero speed and zero error (apart from the possible error of the unit itself, of course).

I then took some pictures to the south, east, north and west of the point, and some more on the way back to harbour. I'll post these soon - the weather makes them look SO good.

Anyway, you can see the confluence point that we recorded, as well as a few pictures, right here. We also make top billing on the front page of the site. I am HAPPY!

Thursday August 29 2002 at 00:04 GMT

Heh - I found what I was looking for ... and then 'borrowed' it. Not so sure it fits in that well, but it will need to do for the moment. Now all you need is a nice RSS reader. Remember, Google is your friend and knows all.

My blogchalk has finally showed up on google, too!

Wednesday August 28 2002 at 23:42 GMT

Has anyone seen a cool RSS image that I could use (for my shiny RSS feed)? I'm sure I saw a cool orange and red one somewhere, but I've lost it now.

Wednesday August 28 2002 at 23:16 GMT

My friends rock - check this out! Jams and Christie, looking good.

Tuesday August 27 2002 at 23:29 GMT

Monday August 26 2002 at 13:15 GMT

I have lots to update from the weekend, but most of it really does require photos and there are too many of them. I'm working on it.

Meanwhile, here's a fun story.

Sunday August 25 2002 at 16:56 GMT

RichLloyd.com, his dad and I are currently in the middle of the Forth, taking pictures. More, from dry land, later.

Friday August 23 2002 at 11:28 GMT

After seeing a Channel4 documentary on farmers and the state of farming, as well as getting some insight from my dad, who used to work in the meat business, I support what these guys are doing. Hope they get a good turnout for the weekend.

Friday August 23 2002 at 02:34 GMT

Since seeing the film, I have believed that we are actually living in The Matrix, or at least something very similar in construct. There now seems to be some further thinking on that.

When Senor Carlos was here, he told us that The Matrix film borrow quite a few ideas from Buddhism (which interests me). Have a look here here and here for more on that. Some good reading in there.

Friday August 23 2002 at 01:24 GMT

This morning my rents called me and said they were going to see the Falkirk Wheel - would I like to come. After a minute considering the other tasks I had planned, I headed out the door. The Falkirk Wheel was one of the things opened during the Queen's Jubilee Year, but I still went to see it (mostly after seeing it on Tomorrow's World). It uses less than the energy of ten household toasters to move two huge boats! According to my parents, there was also some Lego link, although I think this was a ruse to get me along...

I took my new camera, but I have not had a chance to reduce the filesizes, so best only to look if you have a phat connection. As I was going to the station, I took a nice picture of the Royal Mile filled with people.

The wheel moves round, taking one or more boat(s) from one canal to the other - it used to take an entire day for a boat to clear all 11 locks previously. Here are the pictures of the wheel moving two (tourist) boats (remember they are BIG): one two three four five six seven eight

A picture from the top of the wheel. All the boat trips were booked out. :-|

My parents were both looking very well, which was good to see.

Friday August 23 2002 at 00:50 GMT

If you ever need to know how something works ... check here, then you can ask me harder questions.

Friday August 23 2002 at 00:04 GMT

On the daily Festival round-up show on TV, Luma were shown. There stuff looked quite good ... however the various reviews indicate it is worth a miss. Oh well.

Thursday August 22 2002 at 21:26 GMT

Goodbye, friend of times past, friend who helped me through my University finals ... friend who had to be packed up with my computer so that I could DO my University finals...

Thursday August 22 2002 at 13:19 GMT

I found this photo on my Communicam from a long time ago. It looks like one of those club photos of lots of people having fun in a very cool, stylish way. As far as I can remember, we were just drinking a bottle of Makers Mark...

Thursday August 22 2002 at 11:03 GMT

Do you have different sized feet? Are you a jealous lover/strange?

Thursday August 22 2002 at 00:54 GMT

Cool! Some more extreme hype and lies on a BBC news report: RealVideo clip.

Wednesday August 21 2002 at 14:52 GMT

After a LOT of discussion, humming and hawing, I purchased a shiny new Canon IXUS V2 yesterday. This is the first real camera I have ever owned in my life. It is pleasing to look at and hold. So far, I've only taken a few pictures, but I am now on holiday for a week and the sun is shining, so I should get some good pictures around Edinburgh (can't afford to go anywhere now that I bought it ;-). I got a good deal - after a quick search on Kelkoo I contacted a local shop I had visited previously, telling them I had found it for 25% cheaper, but would prefer to do the business locally. They called me back within a few minutes to say they'd do it! Good work local dudes!
The second device worthy of mention today is the SonyEricsson P800, which seems to be turning into one of the most eagerly awaited product releases ever! Apparently, SE release an app dev kit costing USD995, but appear to be about to make it free for Linux users! Developing neat little apps for my own phone just sounds like too much fun. The phone should be here in September according to all the sites I have read.


Grant also seems to be feeling the need for new tech!

Tuesday August 20 2002 at 18:35 GMT

This is a pretty nifty application - one person sends a copy of a CD and the other person receives. Schweet!

Tuesday August 20 2002 at 02:20 GMT

I have planned to make my WAP site a bit more ... useful, but again, one of those things that just did not squeeze it's way into the schedule. John copied me on a mail with some information/sites, so I bashed something together. The only address you should now need for my site in either HTML or WML is http://martinlittle.com/. I just need to properly rework the site to give some useful content by WAP. Gelon still have their useful Wapalyzer for checking sites.

The script I used was the PHP version, from here.

Tuesday August 20 2002 at 00:25 GMT

I thought I'd done well, getting some wardriving done, but these boys in Perth, Australia have taken it to a whole new level, literally. They hopped in a plane and scouted for networks from the air. Good work, Australians.

Monday August 19 2002 at 15:09 GMT

Quite a few people have asked me what the excitement is over wireless networks. Rob Flickenger, who wrote the book on wireless networks I bought, has written a concise summary without getting into much technical language here. It is well worth a quick read.

Sunday August 18 2002 at 20:11 GMT

After what feels like a hundred years, it looks as if the very long-awaited Pavement DVD, Slow Century, may actually be going to be released! A remastered Slanted & Enchanted, their first album, also appears to be on the cards - both set for an October 22nd release. Even more happiness!

Sunday August 18 2002 at 18:43 GMT

Last night was most triumphant. Stuart and Sarah, who managed to pop up to Edinburgh for a weekend before disappearing off to New Zealand for a year, and I headed off to the Spiegeltent at the book festival. There was a wonderful big band playing there and the crowd were really loving them. They finished, but then eight of the members came back on and played some more excellent tunes. I would have loved to gone back and heard them play again, but that was their last performance.

The wonderful Christie then managed to sort us out some tickets to see the Happy Sideshow. These guys were truly mental with their blend of sword swallowing, nailing their tongues to tables ... then lifting the table. If you are in Edinburgh, you really should catch them - their show is very impressive and they put a LOT of effort into their act. At the end of the show, Stuart got a t-shirt, which the show members all signed. We then had a beer with them and also met Paul Xenon - another friend of Christie's.

Another friend had made it to town and we finally managed to catch up with him - which resulted in a long but very enjoyable night/morning. All in all, a good night.

Saturday August 17 2002 at 21:25 GMT

My feelings on Richchet returning are somewhat mixed. On one hand, it is good that wireless is being pushed further - there is so much scope out there. On the other hand, there is a lot of unused bandwidth that could be made accessible by some fairly strightforward WiFi technology.

Saturday August 17 2002 at 20:16 GMT

New York City is, at the moment, attempting to pass a bill, prohibiting people using their cell(!) phone in public places such as libraries, cinemas and restaurants. Hearing a phone ring during a film, concert or meal is something that absolutely infuriates me. It really is not that hard to set the profile/mode/whatever to silent and let a gentle vibration alert you to a call. If you can't work out how to do it, should you really be using a phone? Having a conversation during a film or whatever is downright rude, but the same could not be said for in a restaurant, as long as it is discreet - conversations are likely going on all around anyway; if not, is it the kind of restaurant you really want to eat at? The attitude of the restauranteur quoted in the article surely shows a significant degree of ignorance - if someone is going to be late to meet a fellow diner already at the restaurant or needs ask if they can bring a friend, there is a need for a phone connection. The business benefit to the restaurant is right there, at no cost to them! Will the restaurant also be pleased to have cops wandering between diners to issue the fines? Or will they pay to have phone signal blocking technology implemented and supported - instantly chopping out a potentially significant group of diners?

One glaringly missing consideration from the article is the use of SMS. American's [my experiences in Canada showed they are further ahead] really don't seem to have the hang on messaging yet - as was the case when I talked at Berkeley almost a year ago. Yes, the numbers are significantly increasing, but nowhere near the epidemic here in Europe. I am going to read some more and discover if SMS shall also be banned under this proposed law!

The solution to this problem is, as so often, down to people, not technology. Almost every phone has the ability to be silent - every phone I have owned since 1996 has had this feaure. Polite signs reminding phone users to silence their phones are a LOT cheaper and more efficient than using up police time to issue/process/chase-up a ticket or implementing signal blocking technology. I am willing to be employed by NYC to ensure this message gets across.

Friday August 16 2002 at 15:42 GMT

Martin Hartmann and I go way back - we both work at roughly the same time doing similar-ish things. He's been over in Edinburgh this week from Frankfurt, and it's been very very good to see him. This photo-ette was taken on my Communicam.

Friday August 16 2002 at 14:22 GMT

After all that dissing of MP3s and their negative effect on the pay of fat cats running 'record' labels, Forrester Research say it is good for the industry! Read the report summary here.

Friday August 16 2002 at 11:21 GMT

Edinburgh now has a Harvey Nicks.

Friday August 16 2002 at 11:12 GMT

Apparently we are creating a potential gadget stockpile. Men are worse than women for this, and Scots top the stockpiling list. Not looking so good for my defence now...

Friday August 16 2002 at 10:23 GMT

Well, my warchalk has gone from the wall - not sure if someone removed it or the torrential rain washed it away. Either way, I'll need to get it re-chalked over the weekend.

If you use the mighty Yahoo! Messenger on Micro$oft Windoze, then you should a) get the new beta release and b) use the new smileys. They rock.

Friday August 16 2002 at 02:23 GMT

Yes, a gadget blog exists, although it is a bit too American for my tastes - way too little phone information and everything seems just too big... I do not consider myself a gadget-eer, geek or nerd - just someone interested in maximising the potential of technology. Many people will argue that I do nothing like that, but I like to try at least.

Friday August 16 2002 at 02:20 GMT

Yesterday was Indian Indpedence day, so we a few of us set out to have a beer in celebration. Obviously, as our resident Indian, Anurag was our toast. Gerard got in on the action too and even the sun came out in Edinburgh, as a mark of respect.

Thursday August 15 2002 at 15:27 GMT

Why do I have so little to say today? I've got work to do, then RFCs 2045, 2046, 2047 and 2048 to digest.

Thursday August 15 2002 at 15:25 GMT

A useful MMS link.

Wednesday August 14 2002 at 16:58 GMT

Today we had a birthday lunch at the best Nepalese restaurant in Edinburgh, the Khukuri, for Senor Anurag - one two. Yeah, the people that I work with are a pretty scary bunch. ;-)

Wednesday August 14 2002 at 16:37 GMT

Being in a lift with HARTMANN and Mahyad can be a very scary experience!

Wednesday August 14 2002 at 02:29 GMT

After correcting the most basic error I made when setting up the comments functionality, it now works! Give it a shot. I've removed email address publication to stop commenters (for want of a better word) having their addresses harvested. From experience, I know that there is absolutely nothing more annoying.

The purpose of this feature is to allow you to tell me if something is useful or interesting and to add in links of your own that may be related or follow up on a particular post. Also, you will be adding interest to my site whilst I do nothing.

Tuesday August 13 2002 at 23:09 GMT

There are only 12 days until Burning Man begins. Next year, I will be there!

Tuesday August 13 2002 at 22:23 GMT

Orange have finally released their MMS service. Just in case you are looking for the settings (this is as much addressed to ME as anyone else - this site is my respository of links, dontchaknow), here they are:

Data communications:
APN: orangemms
User ID: Orange
Password: masked but is the right length for "multimedia"
Password request: off
IP address: blank
DNS address: blank

WAP profile: Orange MMS
IP address: 192.168.224.010
User ID/password: blank
Data mode: Connection oriented
Security: off
Show pictures: on

MMS message server: http://mms.orange.co.uk

I currently have no-one to send an MMS to, and it's getting pretty boring sending them to myself - I always know what is coming... If you'd like to send me a message, contacte me and I'll send my number.

I think I currently have a full compliment of technologies now. When is 3G available???

Tuesday August 13 2002 at 17:12 GMT

Any site with the name extremenetworking.com deserves a mention and especially if it has loads of good wireless info.

Tuesday August 13 2002 at 15:32 GMT

Yes, I have been trying some new things out with my blog. No, they are not quite working. This is really annoying - the posts look OK in the blog editor...

Tuesday August 13 2002 at 12:41 GMT

Will this work=3F

Tuesday August 13 2002 at 12:37 GMT

Apparently I signed up for the wrong Indian event - this is where I should be. They have magnificant food and then a film.

Tuesday August 13 2002 at 04:45 GMT

Tuesday August 13 2002 at 04:33 GMT

Here is a test using account2.

Tuesday August 13 2002 at 03:35 GMT


Tuesday August 13 2002 at 01:10 GMT

Tonight, after a pretty good Italian meal, I decided to go and see Dogtown and Z-boys - it is only on until Wednesday, and I feared that if I didn't catch it now, I would never... The film-umentary is basically about the evolution of skateboarding from surfing and how influential the Zephyr team were to the whole process, taking it through to where they all are now. It was very cool to see how everything moved on, and to see what people with real skill on a skateboard can actually do. Skateboarding always looks like so much fun in the Californian sunshine with some super-smooth pavement (American version) below your wheels. You can find out some more information about the Zephyr team here. Worth catching if you can.

Monday August 12 2002 at 18:20 GMT

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

Monday August 12 2002 at 11:44 GMT

Last night, I snuck out with some chalk and scrawled my warchalk on a lovely brick wall for all to see. This morning, I got a reasonable photo of it, for posterity.

Monday August 12 2002 at 04:40 GMT

This reminds me that I need to go somewhere. I hear California calling me.

Monday August 12 2002 at 04:27 GMT

I got in trouble for not posting these pictures soon enough after the wedding (last weekend): Steph's wedding.

Why did I not post them? They are HUGE and need to be sliced and diced! Without a shadow of a doubt, I will now be in trouble for posting them ... for some reason.

Monday August 12 2002 at 03:47 GMT

Just in case you are deperate to see my blog over RSS, you can now click here. I'm sure I should be doing something else with that link...

Monday August 12 2002 at 03:39 GMT

New template.

Monday August 12 2002 at 03:34 GMT

I just added a title field to my blog, purely so that I can set up RSS and have even more self-indulgent fun! The downside is that I kind of need to 'justify' every post I make now. That is just *so* wrong! I also feel that it is copying - Eric has been doing this since the day blogs began. It will never last.

Monday August 12 2002 at 03:25 GMT

Wow - someone requested some more wardriving videos! OK, here is what we got, in both WMV (yuck) and MPEG formats:


See what happens(ed).

Sunday August 11 2002 at 20:44 GMT

Before we went driving this afternoon, I thought I should wear my most tech t-shirt. Unfortunately, I realised I have none! The best I could come up with was a smart t with a URL on it. Please feel free to send me something more tech. ;-)

Sunday August 11 2002 at 20:27 GMT

I had an exciting thought earlier, that I would be the first person to publish from a mobile phone, but it appears someone has already beaten me to it. Ah well.

Sunday August 11 2002 at 20:26 GMT

Equipment:


Result: A very successful day of wardriving! We managed to pick up about 15 wireless networks around Edinburgh! Some of them were closed, but they all appeared to be in houses, so not too much corporate wireless nets up here that we found. I managed to get a few videos of our drive, just for posterity. Unfortunately they were/are in WMV format and converting them to MPEG has made them MASSSSSIVE (205kb -> 4017kb), so they won't be going up until I get that sorted out. If you have Windows Media Player (SORRY!) then you *may* be able to see this 49kb video. Here are some regular pictures: view from the car a test download and Rich

Sunday August 11 2002 at 20:19 GMT

I forgot to mention that Friday night was Matt's stag night, although it seemed to be more of a friendly get-together as opposed to a racuous event. Matt has always bee down with the way out tunes, but on Friday, I honestly would not have been surprised to find out that there was the largest selection of WAY-OUT-OBSCURE tracks this side of New York. It was truly fantastic what was being played - repect to those guys. There was also an interesting slide show of random images which seemed to fit the night well. Good work Matt & Russell.

Saturday August 10 2002 at 16:10 GMT

You can now get my blog by email (I think). Send a blank mail to thinkthin-subscribe [AT] martinlittle.com (replacing the [AT]). There is no reason to get my blog by email, but I could set it up, so I did.

Saturday August 10 2002 at 16:02 GMT

yo

Saturday August 10 2002 at 15:59 GMT

This article on hacking using a Dreamcast to hack networks is mad - just goes to show how vulnerable you can actually be. From now on, I shall be checking all visitors to my flat for extraneous technical equipment, so beware!

Saturday August 10 2002 at 14:48 GMT

This post here is a regular mail from my phone.

Saturday August 10 2002 at 14:19 GMT

Now that I've worked out how to type an email address properly, maybe updating my blog from my phone and I'll make it on to weblogs.com. Coolio!

[Edited to remove some nasty line-breaks.]

Saturday August 10 2002 at 13:35 GMT

I am glad to say that my teeth look *nothing* like any of these mouths.

Saturday August 10 2002 at 13:33 GMT

Saturday August 10 2002 at 13:15 GMT

Right - where are my posts, Mr Blogger???

Saturday August 10 2002 at 06:05 GMT

I've been using Blogger for a while now, but had not really explored the options offered by Blogger Pro (the pay-for option). For some reason, I just clicked the link to find out what it did and some of the new features sound like fun to play with ... so I am now USD35 less well off. On reflection, without Blogger, my site would take a lot more time and effort to maintain ... which just would not happen, so I am happy to pay. Watch out for new features appearing here soon!

Saturday August 10 2002 at 05:33 GMT

I work with a lot of Indians and many of them have become valuable friends, so I keep an eye out for Indian news and events these days: channel 4 has an Indian Summer season at the moment and then there is the cricket, of course. The BBC site is reporting a massive rush to see Shah Rukh Khan at the Edinburgh Film Festival so I have snapped up a ticket to see/hear the Indian Tom Cruise talk. I'm thinking I should also catch one of the three films he is involved with that are showing during the festival.

Saturday August 10 2002 at 05:03 GMT

I can't remember where I heard about this company, but their products seem quite mad. Basically, they are aiming to make an 'audio gun' which would be capable of stopping a human, as shown in Minority Report.

Saturday August 10 2002 at 05:01 GMT

Since I reconfigured my Linux router to handle the wireless AP, somethng has been up with it - it's just not happy and has been performing badly. Pretty sure it is a hardware issue, so I've swapped some things about internally. I really hope this sorts the problem, or else I could be into some expense to get a new cage for the cards...

Warchalking has just been covered on BBCWorld. It was a pretty 'lite' report with no new information or insight, but it is incredible to think that just a few weeks ago it was nothing at all!

Friday August 9 2002 at 23:29 GMT

As seen on Graham Norton's TV show (not for viewing at work)!

Friday August 9 2002 at 17:53 GMT

Friday August 9 2002 at 14:46 GMT

Eric has posted a few pics of the festival at the bottom of this page.

Friday August 9 2002 at 14:26 GMT

I forgot to mention that in line of sight from my flat, and in wireless connectable range, I have:
  • one church
  • one small park, with benches all around
  • three pubs - The Hermitage, Bennets (with beer 'patio') and the Canny Mans (with beer garden)
  • one tea room
  • one Pizza Hut (take away)
  • one pool hall
  • one flat belonging to friends


My aim will be to wirelessly surf from all of the above locations before the end of the year.

Thursday August 8 2002 at 16:58 GMT

When I got home last night, I was determined to see how far my wireless connection would reach. I took my laptop out and started wandering about - MAP HERE. I managed to get all the way from Jordan Lane down Morningside Road to the junction with Comiston Road & Cluny Gardens (just south of where the rail line crosses the road) with an 11Mbps connection, only fading to 6Mbps in a few places where the road bends away. The route is pretty clear of trees, which helped. When I swapped over to walking back down Hermitage Terrace (between Nile Grove and Cluny Avenue) I was down to between 1Mbps and 6Mbps due to the heavy foliage.

Maxwell Street and Nile Grove both allowed me limited coverage and in Jordan Lane I managed limited coverage close to my house. The building my flat is in is over 200 years old and made of some seriously thick stone. Not ideal for wireless traffic.

With a little help from Mr John Robinson, I got my router set up to correctly handle the wireless traffic, which is good. He also helped me fix my MP3 server. The next task is to set up additional security on the WAP. MAC address filtering should be on, but sometimes seems to lock even me out.

If you are in Morningside and would like to try out the access, then contact me with your MAC address and I shall add you in.

Thursday August 8 2002 at 14:13 GMT

I am trying to find a digital camera that will suit my needs - and my wallet. The whole thing is leading me towards a breakdown though. At least I know it is OK to have one nowadays.

Thursday August 8 2002 at 12:51 GMT

Ying and yang. I need money too. Please deposit in my bank directly.

Wednesday August 7 2002 at 14:38 GMT

This service from Sprint, the US telco, was recommended to me by an_unkown_indian. Using the multimessage service, I can log on to all the instant messanger services using one neat Web interface. Smart.

Wednesday August 7 2002 at 14:35 GMT

Orange have unoffically launched their MMS service. If you've got a MMS enabled phone, please send me a message - I'm fed up sending them to myself.

Wednesday August 7 2002 at 14:33 GMT

I further tested the Shazam service on Thursday night in the club/bar and it worked very well indeed. Respect!

Wednesday August 7 2002 at 14:31 GMT

I am also having some site difficulties at home, so please excuse the lack of MP3s.

Wednesday August 7 2002 at 14:30 GMT

PS You can read Eric's weekend review here.

Wednesday August 7 2002 at 13:56 GMT

Thursday - Tuesday update: Thursday was going to be a quiet night, ahead of a busy weekend, but turned out differently. Jams had swung some tickets for the The List party at Ocean Terminal (yes, the shopping centre). Last year, the beer was free and flowed until it finished. This year, it was 2.50 for a bottle of B**ks, which was also the only beer you could buy. Overall, poor deal to them all.

Friday, I was meant to meet Sandy at the train station to go to Steph's wedding (pics to come). Unfortunately, I was asleep at the time the train left the station. Respect to Sandy, though, who bought a magazine and chatted to her sister from the station, whilst I got my gear together. The first outing of my Little tartan kilt (although not my real one) went well, and I am pleased with the colours.

Eric and Karen were up for the weekend to see some shows at the Festival. This was the first time I had actually met them in person, although I had traded mails and IMs with Eric, as well as reading his site. I finally caught up with them on Saturday night, and we saw two guys from Boom Chicago doing Here Comes The Neighbourhood. Recommended. After that, we sat and had a beer, then wandered over the the Bridge Jazz Bar for a final drink.

Sunday started reasonably early with a good brunch. We caught quite a bit of the festival cavalcade, which went on for hours, then grabbed a few beers and sat in the glorious sunshine in Princes Street gardens. We had tickets for Mat and MacKinnon. At one point, they derided a newspaper reviewer for saying their show was "unsatisfying". I could not have picked a more accurate descriptor for their tired 'comedy'. Thankfully, we then caught up with my brother and saw Ross Noble who was fan-tas-tic, even though he did make fun of me. I am not Knick-Knack Man! We then got some pizza and headed home.

On Monday, I got to work, and actually felt like a had had a proper weekend. The sensation was wonderful. The sun coming out all day was a bonus, and a few beers with Jams and some of the peeps at the book festival topped things off nicely.

Word to Eric and Karen - some new friends! :-D

On Tuesday night, I finally got round to playing with the wireless stuff. I did get a connection then, but I really need to sit down and get the whole thing properly set up, which is increasingly looking like a weekend task!

Tuesday August 6 2002 at 05:06 GMT

There is so much to update, but I just have not got round to it. My wireless experiment is finally working though - I am posting this from a wirefree computer.

Thursday August 1 2002 at 18:51 GMT

Thursday August 1 2002 at 11:12 GMT

It's been a long time since I had any phone news on my site! Time to catch up... One of the coolest services I've seen is called Shazam. If you hear a tune that you don't know the name of, you call a number, hold your phone to the sound source and then you get a text message with the name of the tune! I've not had a chance to try it out yet, but reports from reliable sources have very positive feedback on the service.

3G, the next generation of phones, have not had to much positive press of late or, in fact, ever. Hutchison Whampoa, the company that launched Rabbit and Orange in the UK, is set to launch the imaginatively titled 'three' in October. Apparently handsets are going to cost 'less than USD2000', which is a relief and calls will not stay up when users move from an area provided with 3G coverage to one with 2G coverage, according to this Reuters report. I fear I am going to have to sit this one out for a little while...

Thursday August 1 2002 at 01:47 GMT

If you've never been to Edinburgh during the festival(s) ... this is why you should!

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