Monthly Archives: April 2006

Firefox fanboys again

Now I’ll admit I haven’t always given Firefox a good press. But sometimes I think they don’t set themselves up in the nicest way. The religious fervour of Firefox fans goes to the levels of extremism. Yes, maybe you like it. But it’s a web browser. Get a life. I had mixed feelings, therefore, reading […]

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The power of RSS

Somebody today said to me in the pub that he didn’t believe that I read every blog in my sidebar. So I thought I ought to show how it’s done. Here is a screenshot of Bloglines which I use to subscribe to RSS feeds: In the left-hand pane is a list of every blog I […]

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Has the independent gone barmy

This post at Harry’s Place discusses a feature in the independent giving credence to the old conspiracy theory that “The Jews control the world.” The theory itself, of course, is self-evidently nonsense (if it were true, the Palestinians would have been nuked long ago). What is disappointing for me is that the Independent has fallen […]

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Internet Explorer 7.0

I’ve finally installed it. It’s shiny. I like. I lost the links toolbar for a while, but I’ve found it now. Perhaps the most exciting thing was that it told me my security settings weren’t tight enough, but rather than just leave it there, it told me which specific setting was wrong (I was permitting […]

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Recognising mistakes

A while ago, I said (while discussing browser extensions for Internet Explorer): There’s extensive information about how to go about coding these yourself. The only thing that’s missing seems to be a real drive to produce these things. The only ones I’ve seen have tended to be produced by big companies, e.g. MSN, Google, Yahoo […]

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Those who can, do…

… those who can’t, teach. I was thinking about this today while watching a BSM driving instructor trying to park. Suffice it to say, it wasn’t impressive. Why do people allow themselves to be taught by monkeys?

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100th Post

In a sense I feel that this ought to be somehow exciting, and that I should have something really important to say. Unfortunately, I don’t, so I’ll just link to videos of people putting CDs in a microwave.

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George Orwell’s book…

…Animal Farm was once banned in the US, according to this list. How ironic that a veiled satire of Stalinism was banned due to Communist overtones. It’s also worth reading the original preface, which was cut from many versions of the book. It’s often quoted by those discussing freedom of the press. The discussion of […]

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Is Linux as good as I think it is?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a committed Windows user. I like the way I can mess with it and almost think I know what I’m doing. But this site has got me confused. It seems official enough. It’s a US site from the .gov.uk domain. It’s got a sensible logo. But it says this: […]

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Firefox isn’t as good as you think it is

This webpage is a rather exciting read. We have all seen these banners before or heard people say “Firefox is Faster, Firefox has Lower Requirements, Firefox is Secure, Firefox defends me from all Spyware, etc.” How misleading is it? Read on. There’s some great stuff in here, and it’s all well thought-out, well reasoned, and […]

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Open-source

The Euston Manifesto throws in a paragraph about Open-Source Software. As part of the free exchange of ideas and in the interests of encouraging joint intellectual endeavour, we support the open development of software and other creative works and oppose the patenting of genes, algorithms and facts of nature. We oppose the retrospective extension of […]

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The Euston Manifesto

In this New Statesman Article, Norm Geras and Nick Cohen explain the history behind a document which has become known as “The Euston Manifesto.” The Manifesto itself can be downloaded from here [PDF] or read on Norm’s Blog. I think I agree with most of it. Please read the whole thing.

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The Internet is Broken

This is the third time now in as many days I’ve had an error message on the internet. This time, while trying to comment on Oliver’s Blog, I got the error message: Space Not AvailableThe MSN Spaces service is being upgraded and is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later. For the record, the comment I […]

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An update on Polyphasic Sleep

This chap’s given it up. I’m still trying to find how I got to his site, however, as I never subscribed to it. I downloaded the feed for another site and got both of them. Oh well, we’ll see what happens. Maybe WordPress will sort themselves out.

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Web 2.0 again

Over at Chronotron, it’s Web 2.0 Week. All through the week (9th – 16th), Chrono Tron’s posts will be fully dedicated to Web 2.0, it’s various aspects and loads more to keep you interested. I’m going to be following it. Will you?

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What a load of old cobblers

This chap has finally gone totally bonkers. Here’s a sample: Acknowledge the math below or go to hell.4 Day Cube disproves 1 Day God.[...]4 Day math condemns 1 Day fools.These 4 absolute simultaneous days PROVES the1 day god, 1day academia, 1 day religion and the1 day media to be erroneous, fictitious and evil lies.Education equates […]

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Startup called Webaroo touts ‘Web on a hard drive’

The story is here. Basically, this company will produce for you a “web pack” containing about 10,000 pages. There’s a couple of points to go with this. The article makes an estimate of the amount of information on the internet: As Husick explains: “Let’s say the HTML Web is 10 billion pages — it’s actually […]

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Independent Inquiries

Whenever a pressure group asks for an independent inquiry, it simply means that they want an appeal. The last inquiry didn’t produce a result they were happy with, so let’s have another one. This idea came up in a blog post which, unfortunately, I forget. But it’s clearly affected me, as now I take any […]

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Plugging myself

I’d just like to highlight this though: “Every item on my blogroll to the right is read.” That is, every blog I mention on the right hand column is read by me regularly. I read every post of each and every one of them. This is powered by Bloglines, which is lucky. I like having […]

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PC Fridge

I wasn’t planning on posting much… but this is great stuff: http://www.hackaday.com/entry/1234000890073633/ The picture: So, who wants a coke cooled by PC? I think I do. Probably the best case mod I’ve seen.

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