Monday, December 26, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Only problem is the foreign charger - so I am hoping for a UK version at some point.
Edit - Further to Michael Harrison's comments about Batterygeek. I have started to think that a homemade solution maybe a better way to battery power the iPod.
The solutions offered by Drew Perry and Chris Diclerico (Verson2 and Version3 seems a reasonable way to approach this.
The 8 hours seems a reasonable amount of time to get the iPod back to a power source and extra batteries could always be carried.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway (NCN 7)
Glasgow to Loch Lomond mainly traffic-free path for cyclists and walkers 20 mls
Lochwinnoch Loop Line (NCN 7)
Paisley to Kilbirnie mainly traffic-free path for cyclists and walkers 14 mls
Hillend Loch Railway Path (NCN 75)
Airdrie to Bathgate mainly traffic-free path for cyclists and walkers 14 mls
Paisley and Clyde Railway Path (NCN 75)
Paisley to Gourock mainly traffic-free path for cyclists and walkers 20 mls
Garnock Valley Cycleway (NCN 7)
Irvine to Kilbirnie 18 mls
Ayrshire Coast Cycleway (NCN 7)
Irvine to Ayr traffic-free route for cyclists and walkers 19 mls
Cunninghame Cycleway (NCN 73)
Kilmarnock to Ardrossan traffic free path for walkers and cyclists 17 mls
Clyde Corridor Cycle Route (NCN 75)
Heart of Glasgow to Uddingston traffic-free walking and cycling route 12 mls
edit one more from the East Coast -
The Esk Valley Cycle Route
Musselburgh to Dalkeith largely traffic-free route 5 mls
What says love more than handcrafted Duct Tape Wallet.
You can use Gaffer Tape which I find comes in prettier colours than duct tape, has better adhesive qaulities, sticks when it gets cold and stays stuck, and comes off with no adhesive residue (also it does does not remove paint when you remove it). Gaffer Tape comes in more sizes at well from 1" to 4" rolls (the latter is great for sticking cables to carpets).
The alternative Duct Tape cover for a HipsterPDA could also be considered the perfect gift.
edit - more great ideas for the that great tape called Gaffer.
Friday, December 16, 2005
He comes back and informs me that I will be able deposit this cheque into my account. I ask "how much will it cost" (the original question) and he tells me that I need to ask my branch. I then ask how long will it take for it to clear, and he tells me to ask my branch again.
So, I phoned their helpline and was answered a question I did not ask and was told an answer I already knew. How can they call this a helpline?
British Banks range from incompetent to evil. This event is more incompetent.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
It may not be the most boring town in North America - top ten but not the most boring.
Met up with some friends from Mac and their new spouses.
One of the things that have thrown me is that everyone looks a lot older. Wayne Gretzky is really showing his age.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
This is not the only case of unwanted software being installed by music corporations on individual's PCs.
So, unfortunately now Van Zant, who I assume had no knowledge that their CD would be carrying this software are now having their CD slammed on Amazon.
The only reason I can see that the large music corporations are doing this, is to kill the CD format. As they continue to limit the uses of CDs through the use of more restrictive DRM, the attraction of online sources with their well published DRM becomes apparent. In addition, P2P sources allow people to gain access to uncracked versions of music that they have already purchased.
This fight has only just begun and already the music corporations are losing.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
This is important on a lot of the fronts that I am concerned about - the opening up of scientific literature to those who would benefit from it, and the ability to read articles on sleep, since I live with someone who has sleep difficulties.
That is surreptitiously placed on your computer and acts a lot like a rootkit.
All from Sony - the music company you can trust.
Update: Another completely unrelated story has Sony in a pissing contest with Apple using DRM as the main weapon.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Tiny yellow dots have been discovered by the EFF and have published DocuColor Tracking Dot Decoding Guide to show you how this printer is encoding every page you print with a forensic tracking code.
Here is a list of printers that have been found to do the same.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Monday, October 10, 2005
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
Just when we needed some stability in the National Health Service, a new initiative comes along to mess it all up.
They are saying that people will ciculate posts, I see a hemorrhaging of IT Staff from the NHS.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
I am wondering what this discussion on the End of an Era actually means on the ground. Is it the impeachment that met Nixon when his numbers got as bad as W's? Or just a change in perception that the smugness is arrogance and not confidence.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Friday, September 02, 2005
You could say that the The Rawker is like the Star Wars Kid, if you replaced the kid with an aging southern lead singer and the lightsaber with a microphone.
The story is on the website that explains the whole thing.
I do not know how long this site will be up. As soon as, they get broadband into the trailer park andThe Rawker learns how to hook up an ADSL modem, this site is gone.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
I sent a cheque for £15.50 to ipodstop and received a replacement battery and the tools needed to open the case.
The kit showed up in two days and using the instructions and their online video made replacing the battery very easy.
I left the iPod to recharge for a full 24 hours and it now runs like a dream. The new battery actually should be able to run longer than the original.
Being without the iPod for a couple weeks was a complete pain in the butt. Nice to have it back.
It also is nice to know that the battery is replaceable, so along with the iToque this iPod should last a while.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Who could resist the temptation to enter their personal details after recieving this one?
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Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Monday, August 01, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
I have succumbed to the Blog and various videos, which tend to dilute the print edition.
But now they have released the entire Volume 3 in Digital form. I need to resist this temptation, since I know it will simply diminish the joy of that little square package coming through the door.
So, I will get the Digital Edition (for no extra cost) but only after the print edition is in my hot little paws.
Stopped at Clyde Tunnel Corner
Originally uploaded by MrLithic.
I took this photo this morning and then read the article by Lionel Shriver.
This photo is a perfect example of what she is talking about. The construction crews have not considered anyone but motorised traffic by laying these cones up to the center-line. If they had left a 2-3 foot path for cyclists, we would not forced into the right-hand lane, on an already dangerous intersection.
The Cycle Chat at Lochwinnoch
Originally uploaded by MrLithic.
I saw these two guys chatting away on the shore of Near Castle Semple Loch and had to get a photo.
The Castle Semple rest area is a regular stop for cyclists and there were dozens of bikes and their associated riders out that day.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
I am looking for something that has secure online storage with the ability to link to other web services, like Flicker, Gmail, and a web Calendar and do basic office functions (word process and spreadsheet type stuff).
The evolution of my Hipster
Originally uploaded by MrLithic.
This is shows the stages that my Hipster PDA has undertaken.
I gave up the 3x4 version, since I needed to cut 4x6 cards in half to get the right size cards (it originally made sense). Also the 3x4 cards were not compatible with Douglas Johnston's DIY hipster pages which I really like.
The 3x5 one is much easier to refill (open pack of cards - job done). I then made a gaffer tape cover for it and chucked in a couple DIY cards and dividers between sections.
Finally, I tried to make a better gaffer tape cover and turn it into a gaffer tape envelope to hold the cards. Unfortunately, this is not very easy to open and make quick notes. So, I pack it into the rucksack and use it to carry extra 3x5 cards and DIY pages. Works a treat.
I use these along with a notebook for projects to keep myself organised. Not sure if I am doing this right (still find processing a bit difficult) but it definitely makes it easier to sleep at night when I am not trying to remember everything I need to do.
Monday, July 11, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Thank God for the bombing of London's subway today
What is the current American rule on groups that sympathise with terrorists?
Time to take out Kansas.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Saturday, July 02, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
I will blog more on GTD later. I have been completely rethinking the way in which I organise my time and actions.
D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Early use of Google maps to tie web elements to the real world.
Are these photos improved by knowing where they were taken?
I can see some uses for this.
Archaeological sites and their associated site photos is my first thought.
But a photo of someone's ugly kid in front of a tree does not improve with geotagging so that you know where the tree is.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
I will get a list of the podcasts I subscribe to up here soon. But right now I am subscribing to a load of crap shows and I need to trim it down before I post it here.
One crap show I have on my iPod is the Richard Vobes Show. I tried to listen to it a couple days ago and it made me ill.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Now to see what people do with this. Real estate, renting, cab availability etc.
All we need are the Satellite photos to start Google sightseeing UK (here are three to start, Edinburgh Castle, All of the Premiership grounds and Stonehenge).
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Monday, March 21, 2005
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Pull out the crap VGA camera and put a 1 Megapixel version in it.
Motorola are doing some good thinigs - I am waiting for Nokia to heads out of their fashion asses and start producing the phones we need now.
A Nokia 6230 with a better OS and better camera would get me to upgrade. But there is nothing else out there. Unless Nokia want only the Schoolbus SoapBar market, they need to wake up and get the better phones out.
Cycling has been off for the past week.
This head cold has floored me since Saturday. Trips outside have consisted of going to the shops and then getting back to the flat to try and warm up. The weather has not been cold but the sickness has brought some bad chills with it.
I hope to be back on the bike soon.
Monday, March 14, 2005
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
The mist was rising and the sun was a bit blinding but I am not complaining. It is a lot better situation than ice and darkness.
The tops of thighs were burning but the ankles and achilles tendon got a massage from Liz last night, so no problems there. Stretched the thighs out did some calf stretches. Everything seems better now.
I will do some riding this weekend and I hope to be riding everyday next week.
Monday, March 07, 2005
The cycle computer is hooked up and working.
I found out that I am running 80% of my max heart rate for roughly 30 minutes in the morning. Not sure if this is a good thing.
Also the distance is not as long as I thought it was, but I will stick with my original estimate since it sounds better.
Average speed was 23 Km/h
Top speed was 37 Km/h
Traffic was fine. I started a little earlier jusat in case I needed to slow down due to the ankle. The ankle feels fine and the ride was quite enjoyable.
Friday, March 04, 2005
I blew out my ankle on Wednesday and had to take two days off work. By 'blow out' I mean, ankle took too much abuse and the calf went into spasm. The anklle itself swelled up and the back tendon was really sore.
Liz did some massage on it and I rested for the two days and it seems much better now.
I really pushed it on Wednesday. I cycled in and out of work and went to the gym at noon for an hour workout.
Too much, too soon. I want to start including the gym in the weekly routine but this is a strong suggestion that I need to build up the body a bit more before that happens.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Cycle Diary - 20050216
The mornings are still cold – near freezing, but thankfully there is no ice on the roads.
I know this stage of cycling. I still have some energy in the legs. Soon there will be a time when the energy is gone, that is when the building of the legs and the cycling begins. You attack the hills that almost stopped you a couple months earlier.
The traffic is pretty light and I am leaving a bit later than I did when I was in full swing last year. I will heading out earlier as the days get longer.
Did not cycle back due to a late day and haze, which made visibility an issue.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Inspired by Sparkes tales of avocational agriculture, I decide that it may be interesting to blog the daily cycle to work, if I can manage it daily (that refers to both the blog and the cycling).
Weather - Cold this morning - 0C, warmed up in the afternoon, possible tailwind inthe morning, no wind on the return. The cold really froze the ears though, might try to see if I can wear a toque under the helmet.
Traffic - nothing major. dodged between a trinity of buses this morning, which made the middlle portion interesting. We travelled at roughly the same speed, so I was passing them (and being passed) for about half the journey.
The StrathClyde Police Station Roundabout is still a mess with large barricades blocking the left hand lane. Means I have to start my run earlier when approaching that roundabout to get myself in the right hand lane. Not a big deal but it really burns the legs.
Messed up the Mario Pizza corner (I will find the street name later). Thought I could run up the middle line and get myself in position to avoid the left hand turners. Mistimed it and got caught out on the wrong side. Dived on the pavement and used the pedestrian crossing to get out of that mess.
Other Stuff - pedalled behind a kid who has been cycling over the winter. He had good pace and I struggled to keep up. Hopefully that situation will change as I continue to cycle to work. It took me about a month to get my legs and fitness back last autumn. I have started to cycle in a lot earlier this year and I hope it pays off.
Monday, February 14, 2005
I remember visiting a friend’s cousin’s place when I was growing up. He was a record distributor for the music publishers. He would drive to the small towns of
There were hundreds, possibly thousands of records in that basement. It was time when you bought a record to be able to hear that song whenever. Cheap re-issues were not prevalent and “Best Of Albums” were only put out by bands that had a solid career not only a single LP.
I think back on that time and it seems both magical and other-worldly. To be in a time where music is heard only by those who own a particular piece of plastic seems very strange. The music held a greater significance, but that position came at a cost.
It amazes me that music seems almost disposable in this current age. That people will purchase music online then delete it when the next single comes along seems strange to me.
If the cost of this new access to media is to diminish it to a recycle bin, then maybe it is too high a price to pay. I still think back to that time when each album was held by the edges and in esteem. Hearing something from a rare recording was like vintage wine. Only to be enjoyed by a few.
Maybe the new access to music has opened up a world that was unobtainable before, but it has come at a cost. These will have to be tallied before we know if it is too high a price to pay.
Monday, February 07, 2005
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
The mornings are a bit dark, but I have some lights on the back of the bike. I may need to look into getting some more reflectors and some lights for the helmet.
The early morning ride has reinforced how my easy life over winter has softened me up. So, I am getting myself back into my previous shape.
The construction on Paisley Road West has definitely added some edge to the trip.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Monday, January 31, 2005
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Friday, January 28, 2005
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
But their latest howto on turning a Mac mini into a media center is something that I will use.
- After reviewing the comments, maybe I will continue to look at building a MythTV or Freevo PVR with a Shuttle-esque box.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Monday, January 03, 2005
A good start for the New Year.
A New Year rant.
This is just a quick one for the folks at Novell. They have taken some brave decisions in the past year and it they have started a process which is going to completely change their business.
However, despite the fact that several parts of the company have changed not all of the departments have adopted this new attitude, mainly the folks who send out the disks.
Novell are currently the large player in an environment dominated by small startups invigorated by the open source marketplace. Novell need to step-up to the challenge and undergo a change in attitude if they are going to compete in this arena.
Basic to this is getting your product out to those who will use it. That is not happening.
I defended Novell before when people were commenting on their failure to deliver disks for the Novell Nterprise Linux Services Evaluation Kit.
But now it is becoming increasingly difficult to get the Novell Linux Desktop. We went to the trouble of ordering two disks from a supplier to be told that these disks had to be sold in batches of twelve. Getting the media has also been a troublesome task, and finally the downloads seem to constantly fail and deliver bad images. The last I would blame on my connection or download agent except that this seems consistent with several organistaions I have talked to.
So Novell, get your act together. Figure out what you want to be.
If you are going to be an Open Source Company – then start acting like one.