Wednesday, 26 May 2004

Good news for digital photographers - the basic memory type (NAND) used in almost all flash storage devices is plummeting in price. This kind of memory is also used in those keychain USB thingies. Although Samsung and Toshiba together control around 90% of the market, at least three other makers in three different countries are coming on stream.

Yahoo! News - Flash Memory Prices Slump as Market Showdown Looms

Monday, 24 May 2004

A US analysts group is warning that the cost of ownership of MS Windows systems is rising do to the extra amount of time that must be spent securing (and disinfecting) them from viruses, worms and trojans. "Many of the vulnerabilities that continue to be identified in Windows ... are easily exploitable".

Sasser ups cost of Windows - Gartner | The Register

London Mayor Ken Livingstone again shows he's not afraid to speak his mind with his recent brandishment of 4x4 urban drivers as 'idiots'. "Such cars had no place in the city" he says - IMHO they have no place on the majority of this country's roads. Their continual use indicates that petrol cannot possibly be too expensive - if it were, why would people be willing drive these 20 miles-to-the-gallon monsters? Even more sickening is when you see one, dropping kids off at school, with a World Wildlife Fund sticker in the window.

BBC NEWS | Politics | Ken brands 4x4 drivers 'idiotic'

Monday, 17 May 2004

Managed to get a little sunburnt at the motocross at Toddington on Sunday. Whilst not a great course for shots of riders caked in mud, there are a couple of jumps you can get shots like this from - providing you have a long lens and can get into the right position.

Sunday, 16 May 2004

Covered my first cricket game of the season on Saturday - the OU team weren't doing a very good job and one of our best players managed to get run out. Still - early days.

Thursday, 13 May 2004


Just found out that not only is X-Men 3 in casting, but also that the fabulous Halle Berry is set to return as 'Storm'. Chuffed to bits about that!

Saturday, 8 May 2004

Using a demo copy of Macromedia's FlashCom Server, combined with a demo copy of Flash MX 2004, I've recorded a very short movie that demonstrates the Logitech QuickCam Sphere in action (requires the Flash plugin to your browser). The noise you will hear is from the camera's built-in microphone - which as you will find is essentially useless if you intend to pan or tilt the camera whilst broadcasting or recording! Note that the poor quality of the video is down to the heavy compression, not the camera.

Thursday, 6 May 2004

Good news for British Michael Moore fans who don't appreciate Disney's attempt to stifle the comedian's latest Bush-bashing movie Fahrenheit 911. Distributor Optimum Releasing will make the movie available some time this summer for a TV premiere.

Moore said Disney was "afraid of losing millions of tax breaks in penance for angering [state governor] Jeb Bush in Florida, where Disney have a lot of their investment".

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film | UK will screen blocked Moore film