Posts Categorized: Journal

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    Do You Know These People?

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    I get spam email; so does everyone I know with an email address. My mail client of choice is currently Apple’s Mail.app and this includes a Bayesian junk mail filtering system which, after a bit of training, is very effective. About once a week I check my junk mail folder. Just in case. There’s one… Read more »

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    More Artic Driver Than Road Warrior

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    First there was the paperless office which was going to free us from the drudgery of sheets of paper. That was first mooted as an idea in 1975 and my desk is still covered in the stuff. Hmm. Then there was wifi which was going to liberate us from wires and turn us all into… Read more »

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    Look Behind You

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    There used to be a time when, if you were driving on a motorway or dual carriageway, you looked in your rear view mirror and you would see, approaching rapidly, very rapidly, a Bedford Astramax van. You would be safe to make at least one of the following assumptions about this van. It would be… Read more »

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    Lists Don’t Need To Be Essential

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    A lot of blogs have lists of essential things and sheep like, I’ve done the same for my take on apps, one list for the Mac and another for Windows. Which is all fine and good. But it’s nice when you see a different take on this sort of list genre and these two lists… Read more »

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    My Desk, Part 2

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    My desk(s) at home, in the office. Actually, we’re being polite here and we call it the office so as not to offend it; actually it’s one side of the loft room – hence the 45 degree angle of the ceilings in some of the photos. And so, in a clockwise direction we have an… 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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    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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    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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    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 »