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

Playing in my house right now...


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


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Tuesday August 30 2005 at 15:32 GMT

My current hosting provider has just bumped the space I have from 5GB to 12GB, and the bandwidth from 75GB/month to 125GB/month. That's a WHOLE lot of space and bandwidth. Time to find some use for it, I think. Any ideas?

Tuesday August 30 2005 at 15:25 GMT

Back in June, the P100/Hermione rumourmill was running ... then stopped, with the expectation of an announcement in September. Well, thanks to some silly (or not so silly...) Sony Ericsson lawyer styles, the mill has started up again.

There are plenty of sites to watch for news, but this one which has sprung from the ether seems to be doing the best job of keeping on top of the rumours so far. There was some debate as to whether this phone will have wifi, but opinions seem to point towards it being included. No doubt it's going to be pricey, but seeing as I haven't updated for almost two years, I'll be laying the cash down without question. Let's hope it's announced at the Smartphone Show on 11th October. I'm not sure my nerves can take much more...

Sunday August 28 2005 at 16:41 GMT

Friday August 26 2005 at 17:35 GMT

  • mobile web design, here for a reminder to me
  • Rui's guide to all things CSS
  • w00t.com, home of the one-day sale (via Russ)
  • Seeing as it's Friday, some funnies are in order:

    Wednesday August 24 2005 at 14:21 GMT

    Things I just don't have enough time to post about more fully:

    Wednesday August 24 2005 at 13:03 GMT

    Evans pointed out that Google have launched their IM service after ages pretending they had no plans to do so. All the cool kids are already using it. Seems to be some good feedback given it's an XMPP-based service with an open gateway. Google are BOUND to whack some great toys in there for developers to build out, so whilst the service is pretty basic just now, I'm putting my money there are already lines of code being laid down.

    The Windows client is OK (it's a Google client), but all other platforms are using third-party tools. If you want to talk to me, I'm martinlittle.com {at} gmail dot com (please do NOT use that address for email; I'm not reading it).

    Sunday August 21 2005 at 14:25 GMT [via mobile]

    Good turnout for the mass gathering. Nice weather too.

    Good turnout for the mass gathering. Nice weather too.

    Sunday August 21 2005 at 10:00 GMT

    My rents have been over visiting this weekend, so we've been seeing some shows:

    • on Friday night we saw Gill Bowman perform some traditional and self-penned Scottish songs, taking us from the cradle to the grave. As sometimes happens in Fringe shows, the audience was tiny, with just 9 members. It was a most enjoyable show that I would recommend.
    • last night we kicked off with The Magnets and their Magnetude show. These guys sing normal songs, but making all the normal instrument sounds themselves. It's a clever thing to pull off well, which they do, but overall the show didn't light my fire. On the other hand, my parents and sister loved it.
    • we stayed at St George's for Balagan which, as before, was excellent. Parents and sister all gave that five stars.
    Today we're off to see Pipefest, with over 400 pipe bands and they're going to march forward over 300 abreast. THAT'S going to be insane, not to mention VERY loud.

    Friday August 19 2005 at 02:38 GMT [via mobile]

    Jamie Theakston & Daniel Kitson in the secret special festival bar.

    Jamie Theakston & Daniel Kitson in the secret special festival bar.

    Wednesday August 17 2005 at 13:47 GMT [via mobile]

    Final picture.

    Final picture.

    Wednesday August 17 2005 at 13:45 GMT [via mobile]

    Wednesday August 17 2005 at 11:58 GMT [via mobile]

    Last night Hazel & I saw Balagan at Assembly @ St. George\'s. It was BRILLIANT! Music, gymnastics, humour, singing, acrobatics plus an incrcdible changing backdrop made for a great show. This is a must-see.

    Last night Hazel & I saw Balagan at Assembly @ St. George's. It was BRILLIANT! Music, gymnastics, humour, singing, acrobatics plus an incrcdible changing backdrop made for a great show. This is a must-see.

    Monday August 15 2005 at 01:10 GMT [via mobile]

    Playing old-school Asteroid at the EIEF.

    Playing old-school Asteroid at the EIEF.

    Monday August 15 2005 at 00:45 GMT


    On Saturday night, Hazel and I finally ventured out to test this year Fringe waters. Following detailed reseach, we selected Ben Willbond at Pleasance Above. The show was a series of sketches that as time went on became tied together into one cohesive story, from a hitman to a rocket scientist. It was a reasonable laugh after a slowish start, but I'd not rush back to see him. Thus is the lottery of the Fringe.

    On a positive note, we made it up to the Spiegel Garden, which was packed as ever, and had a great atmosphere on Saturday night, as it it does every night. Many of the shows are already sold out, which is great news ... unless you haven't got organised enough to buy tickets. Doh! If you're visiting Edinburgh just for a day or two, make sure that is on your agenda, even if just for a beer.

    In Fringe-related news, it's good to see the edfringe.com site now has reviews from the public on it, as well as an aggregate rating, although why it's at stuck at the bottom of the page I've got no idea. SMS voting has also been brought in, but no costs are shown on the page. Two years ago I had an idea for this, plus lots more. If only I'd had the time... Update: as I was browsing around, I found this page that says the costs are 25p per SMS. Naughty edfringe.com for missing that out!

    The wave of technology(!) has clearly been sweeping through the Scottish landscape, with the exciting news that the List has finally put it's listings online. Well done guys! All they need now is a WAP/XHTML-Mobile version, and they'll really be moving on.

    The List also has a Behind the Fringe blog, which bills itself as An inside guide to who's hot, what's rot, the laughter, the drama, the politics, the shags - as it actually happens during the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe .... That sounded very promising indeed and I'm sure there is plenty to blog about, but when one of your contributors is in London and repeatedly asks the same question ('seen anything good yet?'), and the other two aren't posting much, it has the feel of a lacklustre effort. Blogging isn't difficult, but The List are clearly discovering that blogging well takes effort.

    If you really want to know what's going on, stay tuned to Ewan's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast, as well as the moblog.

    Sunday August 14 2005 at 16:42 GMT

    Experian, via The Times, are offering a free credit report (you sign up for the 30 day trial -- here's the direct link).

    Normally these things turn out to have some catch, but this actually looks like a genuine offer. If you live in the UK, you should check it out. It's always good to keep an eye on your record.

    This public service announcement is now complete. ;-)

    Friday August 12 2005 at 00:14 GMT

    The BBC has a fun quiz identifying famous buildings. I got 6 out of 10; post your scores below.

    Meanwhile in Toronto, Pro, ever a man handy with a camera, has been starring on TV (or will star, when the programme airs later this year). He also build a model of an Airstream caravan-come-TV-kitchen-in-the-style-of-a-toaster, out of popsicle sticks. At speed, if the pictures are to be believed, and in the shadow of the ... OCAD building.

    Thursday August 11 2005 at 22:25 GMT [via mobile]

    Four player game craziness on the big screen at the EIEF.

    Four player game craziness on the big screen at the EIEF.

    Thursday August 11 2005 at 18:15 GMT [via mobile]

    At the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival. It\'s way cool!

    At the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival. It's way cool!

    Thursday August 11 2005 at 00:19 GMT

    Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival It's festival-o-rama time here in Edinburgh, and this year's Games Festival has a new look: the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival.

    There's the whole industry portion, but far more interesting is the bit where you get to see and touch the new stuff. You can fire in and play some games for just GBP 3 for 2 hours as well as meeting the people behind the games. With any luck, I'll be able to sneak a few hours in here and there. :-D

    Wednesday August 10 2005 at 19:27 GMT [via mobile]

    Ken complaining about a lack of site updates, when he should have been fixing the network!

    Ken complaining about a lack of site updates, when he should have been fixing the network!

    Wednesday August 10 2005 at 00:08 GMT

    last.fm has re-launched. All very nice and shiny. Here's my latest listening.

    Wednesday August 3 2005 at 20:44 GMT

    This was passed to me by a colleague, and it's just classic. It is a quicktime file and it takes a few seconds to load the page, but it is SO well worth it. Kudos to all those who manage to work in tech support on a daily basis. Watch the Jebs Jobs animations (with sound).

    Tuesday August 2 2005 at 17:12 GMT

    An interesting side effect from being on holiday and having time to really get into books has been my continued appetite to read the printed word, in book and newspaper format. In addition, my Su Doku addiction has meant that I've been getting a free paper with the puzzles each day. ;-) Alarmingly, I've been spending less time in front of a screen.

    Mostly I've been buying The Times so that I can one day win the competition Su Doku. Yesterday I tried out the Independent, just for some variety, and it was actually a pretty good read too. Some highlights:

    Somewhat surprsingly, the Independent has a pricey charging policy for some of it's content. Eighty pounds a year is too steep for me, and many others I'd guess.

    Monday August 1 2005 at 19:06 GMT

    Carlo Longino, friend since those halcyon Mobitopia days, has a guest spot on Gizmodo, covering mobile and wireless shiny things. Tune in now.

    Monday August 1 2005 at 18:58 GMT

    Seriously, there is a Pipefest in Edinburgh. 20,000 pipers are being called to Holyrood Park on the 21st of August. That's going to rock! I'll totally be there. Thanks to Richard for the pointer.

    Monday August 1 2005 at 18:56 GMT [via mobile]

    Sunday was a lovely sunny day in Glasgow. This is looking down the Clyde, towards the Science Centre, on the site of the Garden Festival.

    Sunday was a lovely sunny day in Glasgow. This is looking down the Clyde, towards the Science Centre, on the site of the Garden Festival.

    Monday August 1 2005 at 18:47 GMT

    Stirling Prize The nominees for this year's Stirling Prize awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects has been announced, and among them is our very own Scottish Parliament. According to the BBC site, the odds are pretty tightly packed, with the Parliament in joint second place.

    The awards dinner itself, taking place on the 15th of October, looks a veritable bargain at GBP 150 plus VAT, but I think I may wait for the vote to be announced in the media.

    Monday August 1 2005 at 18:03 GMT

    Somewhere along the line I missed the advertised fact that Ewan had moved to a new blog home. As such, I also missed the launch of Orgasmatones (the clue's in the name).

    Ever a man with a ready couple of hundred ideas, his latest plan for world domination is a podcast from the Edinburgh Fringe (note: the Edinburgh Fringe is an arts festival, not a haircut). It's an excellent idea, so download here.

    If you happen to be in Edinburgh and in need of free (as in no cost, just buy a drink/sandwich) wifi to hook up and download the latest podcast, then may I recommend the Jolly Judge a wonderful pub on the Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh (map here) or else All Good, a sandwich shop on Morrison Street (map here).

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