Posts By: Gary

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    Essential Mac Apps

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    What makes an essential app? One that you use every day? One that sits in your Dock and has the open at login flag set? One which will make your life just that little bit less difficult or consume a little bit less time? Probably; and I daresay a lot more besides. An essential app… Read more »

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    My Desk

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    My desk at work. Which merely confirms my suspicion that I’m a hardware hoarder. First off, there’s a Dell Optiplex GX260 (2.4 GHz P4, 1 GB of RAM, Intel 82845G graphics controller), running Windows XP SP2 …

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    Windows RDP and the Network Swiss Army Knife

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    Consider the following scenario for a moment; you have a home network, hooked up to a broadband connection. You’ve done your homework and have a firewall with little or no inbound access. You’re like thousands of other people and have a Windows PC running XP Home or XP Professional. You’d like to be able to… Read more »

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    John Peel’s Demographic Was Wider Than You Thought

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    Alison bought me John Peel’s (semi) autobiography The Margrave Of The Marshes for Christmas, which was a superb present as the venerable Mr. Peel was responsible for the formation of a sizeable percentage of my musical tastes. Competing with The Margrave was an unofficial biography, John Peel: A Life In Music by Michael Heatley, which… Read more »

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    Interview with NewsForge.com

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    Some people are sufficiently well quoted that they have their very own press cuttings folder, some are not. I’m definately in the latter category but I have been interviewed by NewsForge.com’s Jay Lyman about cross platform development, as a result of my current employer’s use of MainSoft‘s Visual MainWin. Despite my involvement they actually published… Read more »

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    Interview with Newsforge.com

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    Although both NewsForge.com and the company I used to work for, FormScape Software, are now both defunct, I was interviewed by Jay Lyman about cross platform engineering practices for NewsForge’s IT Manager’s Journal. It’s reproduced here as an un-sanctioned mirror. Title Developers are finding platform lines blurring Date 2005.10.18 8:01 By Jay Lyman Topic Programming… Read more »

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    Latest Musings

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    It’s not often that I have to struggle to finish a book but it’s taken me over a month to finally reach the end of Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln’s The Messianic Legacy, which is supposedly a sequel to The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail. The original was a work of genius; I didn’t believe… Read more »

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    The BSD on Alpha HOW-NOT-TO

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    New hardware, new operating system. I’d managed to get hold of a DEC Personal Workstation 433a, which housed a 433 MHz Alpha processor and decided that this was an ideal machine to test out the various flavours of BSD. Both FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD support the Alpha chip in a variety of hardware configurations so… Read more »

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    This Week’s Musings

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    Two ways to make money. The first, find a stray rabbit and ransom it on the net; give me $50,000.000 or I eat the rabbit. If you’ve got any spare cash then Toby’s owner would love to hear from you. The second way is software licenses. Windows licenses to be exact. Microsoft has finally started… Read more »

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    Conspiracy Theory … Or Not?

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    Last week I suffered a major hardware failure. We’re talking catastrophic failure here; a drive which does nothing but emit plaintive clicking noises and which won’t even show up in the BIOS. The drive which failed hosts this web site. Backup? Well, you’re amongst the poor deluded few who actual read this, so yes there… Read more »