Saturday, 31 January 2004

Glad to discover that there others who share my opinion of Bush's recent absurd decision to abandon the Hubble Space Telescope:

Save the Hubble

Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Our first Apple G5 turned up today (already out of date since they speed bumped the range since we ordered it in December). Started up OK but the optical media drive would not open to accept the system install DVD - had to take the thing apart to get it to work. Not good enough, Apple. One thing that I was pleasantly surprised at, however, was how quiet it was. Even in a pretty warm room (probably getting on for 80 deg.F) the fans seemed to be hardly ticking over.

G5 range

Monday, 26 January 2004

"I'm not from these parts... I'm from a little place called England. We used to run the world before you," quipped Ricky Gervais, the first UK actor to win a TV comedy acting award at the Golden Globes. His series 'The Office' became the first UK sitcom to win the best comedy prize.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film | The Office claims surprise Globes

BBC NEWS | UK | Microsoft creator to be knighted

"The king of computer software Bill Gates is to receive an honorary knighthood from the Queen for his contribution to enterprise in the UK."

Contribution - so that's what its called...

Sunday, 25 January 2004

Went to see the movie Paycheck Saturday evening. Based on a story by Philip K.Dick, the author behind the book behind Blade Runner, therefore an excellent story even if you don't like Ben Affleck, who I reckon did a pretty good job (as he did as Jack Ryan in Sum Of All Fears). Director is John Woo (who you might have heard of) but I thought the camera work was a little dodgy in parts.

Overall rating 8/10

Official Paycheck website

Tuesday, 20 January 2004

Another edition of BBC2's outstanding military history/technology programme Crafty Tricks of War on this evening, showing the sort of quality the BBC are still (just) capable of producing. What a contrast to all the drivel that tends to be on these days.

Even managed to learn something - before the introduction of rader, big concrete acoustic reflectors were built on Canvey Island to hear approaching enemy aircraft.

I've decided I HATE OS-X.

I used to be a big Mac fan - they were easier to use and easier to network. Then, for no sensible reason, Apple decided that the Mac OS should be based around Unix. And Unix means permissions. Now,even if you are the only user on the system, it still asks you for permission do do things (like update the system - which is frighteningly often).

And doing something simple, like connecting to a shared volume on a server, by whatever means, is a right royal pain in the backside. I wanted to copy a folder of JPGs over my home network from a Windows 2000 machine to a G3 Powerbook running OS-X. I don't use Windows Networking (aware that its a security risk) so I used an FTP server instead. Uploaded the images to the server then managed to log from the Mac. Can just about see the files and folders in a Finder window on the Mac but it won't let me copy the files. It won't even let me copy anything to the server - permissions again!

Sorry, Apple, but you've managed to put me right off the Mac.

Saturday, 17 January 2004

So the Hubble Space Telescope is to be abandoned because of Bush's aburd, election-winning dream of returning to the Moon? I hope someone at NASA realises just how daft this is - we know there's nothing on the moon, there's no point in returning and to do so, we have to abandon the single most successful space project of the last decade.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Death knell for space telescope

Saturday, 10 January 2004

Ah - what a lovely story!

Yahoo! Travel - Cat and bear reunited in Berlin Zoo

I do have to wonder about the sanity of big corporations sometimes: Banks plan Windows move for cashpoints

Monday, 5 January 2004

Do we really need litigation like this in the UK - or are we determined to turn the country into another US state?

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Chef sues hotel over cut finger

Sunday, 4 January 2004

Back catalog of MK Kings 2001/02 games now complete - 33 games in all. Enjoy.

Friday, 2 January 2004

I've decided to add some of the back catalog of photos taken at MK Kings games to my website. I've started with season 2001/02 which was the first season I shot digitally.

01/02 Index