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Ferrets!

June 30th, 2005 No comments

This is quite funny. Apparently ferrets are very good at discovering KDE bugs (as indicated here).

It’s a bit weird actually, because on Tuesday night, I had a very weird dream about ferrets, and this has just brought it all back again.

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Wow! Cool!

June 29th, 2005 No comments
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I found them!

June 29th, 2005 No comments

For the past week I’ve been a bit worried that I’d mislaid about 5 of my new CDs. I couldn’t seem to find them anywhere. Rather annoyingly, it included Faithless’s new Greatest Hits CD which I’m loving.

Fortunately I found them this morning, in a carrier bag hidden in my bedroom (looks like I filled it with stuff from downstairs to put away in my room, but then couldn’t be arse with the putting away part). Panic over.

And whilst I’m on the subject of music, I’m not liking the new Basement Jaxx song (sorry, don’t know the name) as it just sounds too much like “Strict Machine” by GoldFrapp. But, I’m beginning to really love “Speed Of Sound” by Coldplay, having previously slated it.

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God Damn It!

June 28th, 2005 No comments

I’ve just come back from the vending machines in our office. I had exactly 50p in change on me – exactly the right amount for a can of coke.

So, I go up 2 storeys and walk to the other end of that floor to get to the vending machines. Put 50p in, press button. Can of Coke falls down, smacks hard into the retaining bar and splits open. Coke everywhere.

So, I stuck my thumb over the slit quick, pull can out, and release the pressure into the bin. Then I have a brain wave. We have a free coffee machine next to the vending machine which dispenses cold (and hot water), so I thought I’d get a cup of water, tip it away and pour the coke into the cup. Except it’s run out of cold water – simple, I’ll use hot water. It’s run out of that too. Next best bet – “Peach Water” – it’s water but with a hint o’ peach (god only knows how they came up with that name).

So I’ve just enjoyed three quarters of a can of peachy flavoured coke, at an even higher price. Damn it.

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I Need Some Of These!

June 28th, 2005 No comments

Aha! Well done Katie Williams, Industrial Design student at Brunel University!

She’s invented a pair of swimming goggles that measure your lap times and displays them on the lense of the goggles (Link). This is good, but it’s not what really excites me. They can count laps too! Genius! Everytime I go swimming, I can never remember how many bloody laps I’ve done! I’ve resorted to several techniques including asking the person I’m swimming with how many they have done (which works fine, until they forget….).

And what’s more, the goggles design doesn’t sound too complicated, so it should be fairly easy to miniaturise it. As long as they are not too expensive, and they are small enough, I’d probably buy a pair.

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Getting Excited

June 23rd, 2005 1 comment

I’m getting a bit excited at the moment, as I’m coming to the end of “The Bourne Ultimatum” by Robert Ludlum, and it’s getting to a good conclusion.

I’ve read the previous two books and seen both the films (in an odd order – First Film, Second Book, Second Film, First Book, and finally Third Book), and the books are all absolute killers. As I find with most book/film combinations, the books are far better than the films, but to be fair in this case, the first film takes the basic plot of the first book (man wakes up in sea, finds that he is an assassin) but not much else (just check out this “essay“), and the second film is so far off the second book that you simply cannot draw a comparison.

As with this guy, I’ve found “The Bourne Ultimatum” a much longer read, and some of the action doesn’t seem to be there from the second book (I seem to enjoy the Delta character more than the Bourne character), but it’s still a must read, especially if you have read the previous two books.

Overall, I’d recommend the books to any one who enjoyed the films and has a good six months at hand to read the damn things.

I’m kind of wondering now whether I should buy “The Bourne Legacy”, which was written after Ludlum’s death by a close literay friend, so I’m expecting a different style of writing and may be a different direction than Ludlum would have planned. Has anyone read it and can provide a good comparison?

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Time Flies

June 22nd, 2005 No comments

I realised the other day that I haven’t posted anything for sometime now. In all honesty, I’ve been quite busy recently, so haven’t turned on my computer for ages (well, long enough to find something to talk about).

On the other hand, I have been working quietly on a little extension for Internet Explorer that lets you examine the DOM of a web page by accessing it from a context menu – but it’s far from complete, so I’ll post more about that when I’m ready and it’s ready.

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News Flash: Toyota Installs 2 Giant Testicles in Car

June 16th, 2005 No comments

OK, so may be they are not actually testicles, but they sure as hell look like it.

Giant Testicles or Airbag?

The idea is simple: Split a car’s airbag on two so the pressure is on the side of your face and your shoulders. Brilliant idea chaps, shame about the colour.

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SSH Clients and Tabbed Windows

June 12th, 2005 5 comments

I was thinking the other day about “tabbed” programs – like Firefox, etc. – and how they make my life sooooo much easier.

As an example, I need to look at at least 4 web pages to do my work – if I were to use Internet Explorer, that 4 more windows I need open and taking up precious room on my taskbar (counting quickly in my head, I usually have about 12 windows open at any one time).

The one thing that I really need though is a tabbed SSH client for Windows (and a good one at that). At the moment I used PuTTY – it’s brilliant and I cannot fault it, but it doesn’t do tabs, and it would be so much better if it did. I’ve noticed that it’s in the task list for it to be done, but they are a bit edgy about it.

I did a quick search on that crazy new “internet” thing, and I found out that Apple developers are embracing it well, it’s just Windows developers that don’t want to make the leap (whimps).

Anyone have a any ideas for a Windows based, free (as in beer, but if it is free as in speech too that would be perfect), tabbed SSH client that is stable and useable? Email me, or drop me a comment.

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Good Row

June 12th, 2005 1 comment

I had a brilliant rowing session with my brother this morning (having got in a boat for the first time in three weeks on Thursday. Last time I went out with him, he and I seemed to be fighting each other, and fighting the boat. Today though was a very different story – everything was smooth, and controlled. And we were fast – really fast. Most people came off the water saying “So why aren’t you two racing together?” – praise indeed!

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