Archive for the 'Technical stuff' Category

No, you pay us

Monday, March 27th, 2006

The flipside view of the “Google should pay us for using their pipes” argument…

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Tightening the rules on “hacking tools”

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

According to the FT this morning, plans are afoot to tighten the laws around hacking, partly in response to last year’s acquittal of someone charged with an email-based denial-of-service attack.  That loophole has been closed, but more worrying is the clause regarding “hacking tools”.  To quote the FT:
Types of activities that will become illegal under […]

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Build your Linux on demand

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Confused about building a Linux server from scratch (let’s face it, who isn’t at times?)   Rather than battle your way through incomprehensible documentation, Euronode have come up with the neat idea of a web-based wizard that builds an ISO image of your chosen configuration based on answering a series of checklists: Build Your Linux On […]

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Friday, September 9th, 2005

An insightful rant about why the iPod is still - and likely to remain for the forseeable future - the dominant force in music players:
But every one trying to crack the iPod’s dominance is missing a really important point: Third Party Hardware Developers.


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A technical overview of Atom

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Here’s a technical overview of the Atom 1.0 syndication format, courtesy of IBM:
his article discusses Atom’s technical strengths relative to other syndication formats, and offers several compelling use case examples that illustrate those strengths.

Link to IBM site

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Blackberries and GTD

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Having given my Blackberry a thorough roadtesting over the last couple of weeks, here’s a few thoughts, particularly as far as GTD is concerned.
Overall, it’s nice to have a device where fast data entry is possible. The form factor isn’t perfect, but it’s an acceptable compromise and a big improvement on a pen-based […]

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RSS and Outlook

Monday, June 20th, 2005

If you live in Outlook (and let’s face it, with the ever-increasing integration with other systems, it’s what Microsoft want you to do) then it makes sense to use it as your newsreader. Up to now, the only Outlook-integrated newreader I’ve been aware of is Newsgator, although it seems that their focus […]

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Free hotel wifi

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

For the first time in a while, work patterns mean that I’m in a hotel for the week. It’s being made more bearable by the discovery that Radisson hotels (the Mountbatten in central London and the Edwardian at Heathrow) offer free (as in beer) wifi. Not only that, but it’s a […]

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GNER on-train wifi - an utter waste of time and money

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

As I’m spending 5 hours on a train to and from London today, I figured I’d use the time productively and get some work done - not least catching up on a backlog of emails. I’d thought this was going to be made easier by using the on-board wifi service on the GNER […]

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SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail

Friday, April 15th, 2005

This could be the functionality that sends Skype mainstream. They’ve just announced Skype Voicemail - which provides fully-featured offline voicemail capabilities; and SkypeIn - a fixed line number interface to your standard Skype account.
Both features are the kind of standard functionality that you’d take as read with a mobile or a fixed-line service, […]

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Folksonomic cookery

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

This post from Benblog articulates something that’s been bugging me for a while - that while <sarcasm>folksonomic wittering of the kind beloved of us “social software professionals”</sarcasm> is all very well, it’s still a solution in search of a problem to a large extent.
The idea of tagging recipes with ingredient keywords - so something that […]

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Blogging from a Pocket PC

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Prompted by an email from someone who found this site via Google, I’ve been playing with mobile posting from a Pocket PC to the blog. There are several Pocket PC clients out there - in more or less ropey conditions - but the one which seems to work the most consistently is SharpMT. […]

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Another cool thing to do with a Shuffle and podcasting

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Following on from our “business intelligence via podcasting” project, here’s something else we’ve done with an iPod Shuffle.
A client of a client of ours creates interactive exhibits for museums and galleries. In the past they’ve created exhibits that provide a commentary for visitors on a handheld device - as the visitor moves from […]

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Quorum visual workspace

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

The recent BPPM show in London was fairly predictably skewed towards software and training providers - but there were one or two notable exceptions. One of the most interesting products on show was Quorum - positioned as a tool to improve the effectiveness of meetings, it’s a device that allows multiple participants […]

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The Archers RSS Feed

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

You’ve probably got to be British to understand, but The Archers is a radio-based soap opera produced by the BBC that enjoys cult status in the UK and further afield. So much so, that the fan club is called Archers Addicts - and the name is not an understatement. They make […]

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A great introduction to threat modelling

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Here are two cracking introductions to threat modelling from Peter Torr - who does something at Microsoft, although his blog is somewhat thin on helpful ‘About me’ pages. Not that this detracts from the content - he’s clearly someone who knows what he’s talking about…
It fits rather well with a technique I saw […]

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Folksonomies, power laws and long tails explained

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Here’s the clearest (graphical) explanation I’ve yet to find of folksonomies (broad and narrow), power laws and the ‘long tail’ - all in a single post.
Worth a look if you’re interested in any of the above.

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Setting up a Pocket PC to use GPRS via Bluetooth

Sunday, February 20th, 2005

Another “simple job that’s taken all afternoon’ in a similar vein to the last one: this time, getting a Pocket PC (in this case a Dell Axim) to connect to the internet via Bluetooth and a GPRS mobile.
The prerequisites are as before - GPRS enabled on your mobile account, the phone set up with […]

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Setting up GPRS internet via Bluetooth on Mac OS X

Sunday, February 20th, 2005

I’ve spend far too long over the last few days trying to get a simple Bluetooth-and-GPRS setup working - so having eventually figured it out, here’s a guide for anyone who stumbles across it via Google.
There are some prerequisites: you’ve got a GPRS-enabled account with a mobile provider; your phone and Mac are paired, […]

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Friday, February 11th, 2005

Normally our web server sits in the background serving, and is reliability itself. I say normally, because last night it decided that the day after launching a new site was the perfect time to throw a wobbly. So although the web server came back up automatically as it should, the database […]

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