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Exploding Toads Baffle Germans

April 28th, 2005 No comments

This is quite a funny story, about toads at a certain pond in German expanding so fast and so much that they explode!

It’s blatantly going to be somebody who has discovered that you can make toads explode by feeding them baking powder or something like that, and takes a visit back there on the way home from the pub every night.

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Why?

April 27th, 2005 No comments

Why does seeing the words “Deep Fill” on a packet of sandwiches cause me to smile?

It’s a childish joke, but one I can’t stop finding amusing.

Oh well, better go play with some stickle-bricks or something…..

God only knows how I managed it, but I spent a whole day with a packet of deep fill sandwiches on my desk a couple of days later. This kind of thing makes working much more difficult.
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Windows XP 64-Bit Edition

April 26th, 2005 No comments

… has finally been released. I noticed it in this story on The Register.

In typical El Reg style, they’ve ruminated and a performed in-depth thought processes to form the one conclusion that we’ve all been waiting for: Now, at last, the mass market will finally get to see how great 64 bit solitaire really is.Amen.

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Bottle Opener Sandals

April 22nd, 2005 No comments

Hey, now here’s a good, sorry I meant crap, idea.

Sandals with a bottle opener in the sole.

Next time I’m in a panic where to find a bottle opener, I’m able to think “Hey, if only I had those sandals where I could open my bottle using the sole, which is probably covered in crap and dog poo, and then stick the bottle opening, which has just come into contact with said crap and poo, near my mouth to drink!”

Brilliant idea Reef, wish I’d thought of that one. Retards.

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Google SMS UK

April 21st, 2005 No comments

Oh my good god.

This sounds amazing. Send Google a query via SMS, receive SMS replies. Brilliant!

(Thanks Richard).

It’s like having “Frink” in my pocket, but sooooo much more.

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Skype on Mobile Phones?

April 20th, 2005 1 comment

I don’t get this – it makes no sense.

Apparently, in the not too distant future, there should be a version of Skype available for Mobile phones (and may be on a variety of platforms).

My problem is this: How much is this going to cost? Yeah, sure the client is free, but the GPRS packets are likely to cost!

Lets work this out. Lets assume that for every 10Kb I send, it’s going to cost me 10p, and that the client sends roughly 10Kb per minute (Having never used Skype before, I’m totally unaware how many Kb it sends per minute, so I’m just coming up with a rough guess here). Therefore, it will cost me 10p per minute to use Skype.

Now, for my contract (which is quite expensive call-wise), I’m getting 200 minutes free every month to Landlines and other mobiles on my network, so whilst I’m in that bracket, it’s costing me an extra 10p per minute to use Skype to call home (assuming that someone is using a computer at home).

But to be fair, I would pay that price, no matter who or where in the world I was calling. So in actual fact, if I’m calling abroad, then it does work out a bit cheaper.

But, that’s not the full story. Now imagine that I am calling another telephone number using Skype (i.e. not to another computer). I’m then being charged 10p per minute, plus the cost of the Skype charges (of about 1p per minute), that’s 11p (for a landline call) – if that were in the UK, that would be free for me! Plus the rates go up if you are calling another network. And then you have the concern of your credit with Skype running out half way through a phone call.

And lets not forget that we are dealing with assumptions here. I’ve got a feeling the cost per 10Kb is much higher for myself (30p rings a bell), so instantly I’m being charged stupid money to call home.

Not for me I’m afraid. My advice – do the math first before you start to use it, it may cost you more in the long run.

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Aha!

April 20th, 2005 No comments

I’m still looking for my next mobile phone.

My interest has been partially peeked by the Motorola RAZR, but I hate that bulge at the end. (And the fact that the keypad is ugly, and Motorola’s crappy menu system).

Here comes a solution from Samsung – the V740 (look, no bulge!).

Unfortunately, it’s a Samsung, so it’s bound to have a crap battery life.

Come on Siemens, Nokia and Sony Ericsson – get with the programme!

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New Songs

April 20th, 2005 No comments

There’s been a raft of new songs from new albums that have been aired on the radio at the moment, and I’m not entirely impressed with them!

The new Oasis song “Lyla” sounds like something off their “Be Here Now” album, which came out when I did my GCSEs in 1998 – they seem to have moved back 7 years in terms of creativity!

I also heard the new Coldplay song “Speed of Sound” yesterday morning. It’s just boring. It’s not unpleasent, but it’s nothing special – it sounds like a filler track on on of their previous albums – it’s not the type of song that I would expect them to launch a very important album with.

Also just released is the new Jamiroquai song (sorry, but I can’t remember the name). This one is better than Oasis and Coldplay – because I feel indifferent about it. It don’t hate it, but I don’t instantly love it either. That usually means that it’ll grow on me with time.

Finally, I’m loving the new songs by Athlete, and Razorlight (I’m sure the Razorlight song has been released before though). I’ll definitely be looking to buy those albums at some point.

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Mmmm, warm inside

April 19th, 2005 No comments

I’ve just changed my email preferences for Amazon (Seeing as I bought my iPod from them 3 months ago, they see fit to email crap EVERY week – and it’s annoying!)

Anyway, they’ve ended their email withWarmest Regards…Oooh, I’ve got a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. It’s good to know that businesses “love me”. 😉

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Oh My God

April 19th, 2005 1 comment

Jesus, apparently this is designed to scare Newbies to the world of Regular Expressions, but it’s just ridiculous.

Apparently, the version in the Perl Library is actually broken down and explained, but this is just silly.

I’ll give you a small quote (it’s about 80 lines long, so I’m not going to quote the whole thing….)(?:(?:\r\n)?[ \t])*(?:(?:(?:[^()<>@,;:\\”.\[\] \000-\031]+(?:(?:(?:\r\n)?[ \t])+|\Z|(?=[\[“()<>@,;:\\”.\[\]]))|”(?:[^\”\r\\]|\\.|(?:(?:\r\n)?[ \t]))*”(?:(?:\r\n)?[ \t])*)(?:\.(?:(?:\r\n)?[ \t])*(?:[^()<>@,;:\\”.\[\] \000-\031]+(?:(?:(?:\r\n)?[ \t])+|\Z|(?=[\[“()<>@,;:\\”.\[\]]))|”(?:[^\”\r\\]|\\.|(?:(?:\r\n)?[ \t]))*”(?:(?:\r\n)?[ \t])*))*@(?:(?:\r\n)?[ \t])*(?:[^()<>@,;:\\”.\[\] \000-\0

Hmm, seems I knackered this post earlier on when I did a bit of minor editting. I’ve should have restored it, but I’m not sure whether there was anything on the end. Will have to wait until tomorrow until I can be sure!
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