Friday, October 15, 2004

The Google Desktop is now available.

So set it up and then google your hard drive and email.

I have been waiting for this one for a while.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

I was over at the in-laws last night and Moira had found a brilliant book up in the spare bedroom (aka Dalgetty Library). Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is a completely addictive tome with loads of completely useless but interesting information.

What is the relationship between Virgins and Unicorns, Who is the King of the Fairies that lives in Kensington, and which group suffered from the punishment of immurring - all these questions and more answered.
Well, the weather outside is misty and autumnal. The mornings are too dark to ride in to work.

So the bike will be used on weekends for trips to the West Coast and up to Loch Lomond.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

This comic is funny because it is true.

BTW anybody want an invite?

Why don't google just open it up now and let everyone have their gig of mail space?

Sunday, October 10, 2004

G.W. & Crew - Flip Flop

Brilliant commentary on the real flip-flopper in U.S. Politics.

Friday, October 08, 2004

So I have just started to find the centre of the explosion that is podcasting.

This type of communication satisfies so many of the criteria that I believe are necessary for New Media to succeed. It makes use of some nice tehcnologies out there RSS and audio blogging. It allows people to listen/view the media on their own terms (when they want, how they want and not force them to listen to the whole thing), finally it automates the process that was involved in trying to listen to audioblogs and online radio shows on your mp3 player.

The current topic on most of these podcasts seems to be either how to podcast or personal opinion pieces.

I am very interested in seeing where this goes. Maybe we should get the SLUGRadio team back together and podcast it.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

So the Anthropological Quarterly has a collection of papers on the Creative Commons and Open Source "Culture".

I have not read much Anthropology theory recently but I would like to see how they view this growing perspective of opening sources and making information available. Unfortunately, only one of the papers is available for download. I do not believe that AQ is one of those publications making it's papers available online.

I never read Anthropology Quarterly and tended to read American Anthropologist and others but these normally only put their table of contents online.

Academic publishing needs to change. There are various models out there that they could follow. So before Anthropology Journals start to offer a "critique" open source and commons licensing, they should examine their own state of opening up information and content.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Right, so I have jumped on this bandwagon. Podcasting.

I can just see the benefits of getting content downloaded for your audio device just as you would use a newsreader for your PDA to make it mobile.

I am not sure if the content available is the content I want on my iPod. I regularly listen to various audio sources. If these could be made available through this system, it would turn podcasting from a geek toy to a brilliant tool.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Just some pictures from the September ScotLUG meet.

Willie can move fast for a big man Posted by Hello

Gordon looks stunned Posted by Hello

Kenny in the pub Posted by Hello

BigKev survives his BSD talk Posted by Hello

Neil and work pal Posted by Hello

Mr Ben is looking forward to his curry Posted by Hello

BigKev at pre-meeting pints and curry Posted by Hello