Thursday, November 2, 2006

Updates & multimedia blogging

I'm going to get around to doing some updates that I've been meaning to do soon. Ben has updated his blog with a nice design and added some interesting stuff. I have seen some things I have been meaning to add, so going to get on the case with that shortly. There are a lot of new sites and ideas appearing so maybe we'll see some major changes in the blogging world that incorporates more multimedia. Regardless of what it is exactly, I think a move to more live or near to live as it happens information, vidoes, sound and pictures are what people will get used to. I've seen a number of video mobile type blogging sites and applications recently.

As more bandwidth and better price plans for data appear, along with better built in cameras on mobile phones, I think a new rush of reporters will appear. There is so much news that people with phones capture that TV crews might not, an interesting area that could be investigated.

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Monday, April 18, 2005

Time to open the achives?

It's been reported before about the BBC opening up the archive, to allow TV and radio shows from the past to be available to download. Some shows on BBC Radio 1 are archived and put online already, by third parties but there is a lot that I would like to get from the past, which although I could have recorded at the time, didn't.

The new Creative Archive License Group is a newly formed group that not only consists of the BBC but a number of other companies and groups. Check out the pilot information which details 4 stages over the next 18 months.

The BBC plans to make available 100 hours of programming in phase one, I'm not sure if this will be TV video footage only or if it will consist of other material too. I hope it includes old shows from the radio, if not I'm sure this will be supported later on.

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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Public battery charging

I have had the odd time where I have been low on battery power on my mobile (cell) phone and have been on my way to meet someone or their phone battery has died, which made it a right pain trying to meet up.

In Ibiza, they have public mobile phone battery charging points that have been provided by Orange, free of charge. It would be good to see something like that implemented on a wider scale, even a small charge for using the service would be fine, as long as it provides just enough power until later. I don't have a copy of my numbers with me when I am out and about apart from stored in my phone, so if the battery dies and I need access to the numbers it causes a problem & although mine does not die very often, when it does it's always at the worst times.

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Monday, September 20, 2004

Out with the SLA or not...

You might a a service level agreement with a provider of a service, however it does not mean that they will meet the criteria of it constantly. I've found that service requests from certain companies are constantly broken. Not good, especially when you are paying a lot of money in some cases for a higher level of service.

There is not much point in paying if you are not getting the service. I've found though, that some customers are not aware of what their service level consists of as part of their contract so because of this sometimes complaints are raised due to delay when really a company may well be within the SLA but due to the customer not being informed of their entitlement they are not happy, when really nothing wrong has been done. The key is to inform customers and set their expectations. If only more companies were doing this, there would be a lot more happy customers around!

Saturday, July 10, 2004

How annoying.

I've been searching for some records and have been filling up my cart over at Juno and just lost the entire contents of it, which is something that has happened to me a number of times in the past. I like Juno as the prices are good, but the shopping cart system is not that good. You have to watch that all of the items you have added to your cart do not get wiped out. It really needs some kind of facility to save your cart and other things you have come to expect from shopping cart systems these days. The system in use by Hard To Find Records is a lot better.

Over at Juno I tend to paste the contents of the cart into a file so in case it all gets lost, I can just enter the products again easily. I use Juno and HTFR initially and then if I can't find the record in stock on either of those, I check out Gemm, which is also pretty good & comes in handy when trying to find copies of older tunes.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2004

I'm still wondering why...

These spammers even bother. Like, I delete all spam comments that slip through the net, fairly quickly - so there is not much point. On another spam related note, Thunderbird seems to be doing a good job at filtering.

What I'll probably end up doing is redirecting mail which currently sits on various boxes all towards a single account, which I then check via POP3 or either forward to Gmail or Yahoo, which will allow for good spam filtering. Thunderbird provides a good level but it is not available from anywhere, which is an advantage that webmail has.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Do you still watch TV?

I've been thinking about this lately, since people say to me have you seen or that on TV and I say no. They seem to be shocked. Then I simply explain when I'm at home and have an opportunity to do things, I'm either watching films, chatting online & listening to music or doing other things.

That's when I'm at home & awake, most of the time though I'm out of the house either at work or doing sociable stuff which means when I am at home, the last thing I want to be doing it watching mostly junk on the television.

I've got Sky Digital & Cable yet I hardly even put the TV on in my room. There's things I notice in listings in magazines sometimes that I want to watch, but always forget or forget to record them.

The shows I do tend to watch are interesting, not the stuff your average person watches. It makes me laugh the people that watch the same shows day in day out with nothing else to do. They really need to get out more.

So, it really doesn't surprise me that most men aged 18-34 don't have time to watch TV as much as anyone else. For most, it's not that they don't have time it is more like there are much better things to do.

TV needs to become more interactive, even more so than it is already. Then we might see the figures reversed. There also needs to be some better things to watch, instead of the 90% of junk that is on now. Most of us get bored browsing through all of that before we find something we want to watch so we never get it to - the power has already been killed to the TV.

Then you've got to include all of the commercial advertising that is thrown in there which we don't care for. At least with email we can filter it. The best thing you can do with TV is switch channels on the breaks and come back in a minute or two.

Depends what you are interested in, I'd watch a variety of things if they were shown on TV but they are not. Music channels, Discovery and the things aimed at my age group are good but a lot of the stuff shown - It is hard trying to figure out just who it would be suitable for, that's the problem!

Thursday, February 26, 2004

ATM skimming

It's been talked about at the moment on various sites, but this kind of thing has been taking place for a long time. Only now, it seems to be on the rise as more people are installing devices on ATM machines to swipe user card details.

The units also incorporate a small camera so that pin information can also be captured. In some cases this information is transmitted to the criminals who could be located in a car close to the ATM.

It's important to watch out for these things, sometimes on certain ATM machines they will be pretty obvious, but in some cases to the untrained eye, they would sit there logging details for quite some time without being noticed.

Skimmers used in shops have been around for a long time but we are now seeing the migration to actual ATM's as well. There are various steps to take when using ATM's. In case there is a skimmer and camera present, it would be a good idea to cover the keys as you enter your pin, so if there is a camera present it will not have a shot at the keys being pressed which would invalidate the entire operation as most places are migrated over to chip & pin designs in stores.

I think there have currently been more reports of this taking place in the USA, but as skimmer units become more easily available as ready made units, we will see more people being targeted.

It all comes down to being alert and looking out for odd looking things on ATM's.
A bit of common sense helps a lot! If in doubt, don't use it and report the fact that something might be up, to the bank.

The question is, will banks cover any personal / business losses when you are the victim of this crime? If not, it's more out of order. If the banks cover the losses then it won't be as bad for the individuals pocket - banks can afford the losses, the general public cannot.

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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Sasha @ Godskitchen

Last night saw the man that is Sasha return to Godskitchen after 4 years. It was quality! The place was packed. Since the new room has been added to the club and different DJ's are being booked, playing different styles, the crowds have been a lot bigger and the vibe is back!

Roll on next week, Carl Cox and more will be rocking the place!

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

PSX - The new toy in town

Just reading a post over on Ben's blog about the new PSX. I've not looked at the news for today on The Register, ./ etc, but I'm sure this will be one of the more interesting new products announced today / recently.

Hopefully the PSX will be like the Tivo, so you can hack it and generally play about with it, much like you can with the XBOX for example.

Shame about the delayed launch over here, but you could always import one from Japan. Stuff like this gives even more weight in my plan to hit Japan and probably spend lots of cash on gadgets.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

PC stress & related violence

I can understand where the PC rage is coming from when users experience it. Just reading an article over at The Register, made me think and I can relate to a lot of it. It's very annoying when your pc runs slow, something won't work or an application crashes and you loose any unsaved work.

I quite often call machines fucking bastards and other names. When I was younger, I didn't like to swear, only in extreme circumstances. Now all these naughty vulgar words appear to be part of my common language, strange how things change. How people change, how their thoughts & opinions change...

One thing is for sure, computers and software need to stop doing things that cause us to swear at them and smash them to bits!

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Sunday, October 12, 2003

What is on that DVD or CD?

I appear to burn a lot of DVD's and CD's and not mark on them at the time what I've put on the media, which makes it a bit of a pain later on having to go back through finding out. Well, most of it is going to be pr0n anyway, but still!

Sunday, October 5, 2003

Cold Weather

I know that the winter is coming, since I'm inside and still cold. Maybe I should turn on the heating? Yeah, that would be a good idea. As well as having a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Monday, September 22, 2003

Magazines in the post

I seem to get loads of computing magazines through the post, at the moment there is a pile of about 5 unopened ones which have come recently. I suppose I should get down to reading! Actually they will come in handy when I go on the train on Wednesday down to London!

Saturday, August 30, 2003

Winter is on its way...

Well it is in the UK anyway. The nights are drawing in already! And it's getting colder in the day & of a night. I think I'll be tucked up tight in bed tonight!

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Thought Crime

I remember attending a talk on this subject at HAL 2001...err...where has the site gone?

I'm going to go and think for a bit...


Monday, August 18, 2003

Secure Server Rooms

People obviously always go on about system security, but a lot of the time they fail to discuss physical security or take this into consideration when formulating security procedures.

We are currently moving all of the servers located in my office at work and around various other parts of the office into an air conditioned secure room. At the moment, all of the servers are accessible to anyone who walks into our I.T office.

At the moment, the physical security aspect is based more on trust. But as we know in this world, you can't really trust many people! Some would have you believe that you can only really trust yourself, which is true!

At the moment the air con keeps our office cooler, but it is a bit load still with all the fans.

It will be a bit of a daunting task moving the equipment, but should be fun in the process and the end result will be better in all respects. I'll post some pics soon of how it currently looks and what everything is like after the move!

Sunday, August 17, 2003

Sharp GX10i

I have not managed to get the other mobile back, I think that is a lost cause. Why is it that the only time I choose to not bother with insurance as the trip was only going to be short, something happens where I could do with having it?! It's always the way! Anyway, now I have the updated model - Cost me 100 - has a better resolution camera, screen and is a darker colour.

The only thing which is annoying, is that I have lost all my numbers as well! I can't seem to locate the list on my PC, which I know I had! So, I'm currently in the process of gathering numbers...The pictures I had, are mostly lost :( Apart from the ones that other people have!

I shall be more careful in future, and make a copy of the numbers, etc...

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Blogathon 2003

Whilst following some links on Jeremy's blog to other sites, I came over Greendezire. Some interesting stuff on there! Also brought my attention to Blogathon 2003. Nice idea and quite a lot of people signed up for it.

I wonder how many will complete the challenge?

Friday, July 11, 2003

Example Exam Questions

As well as some good study, I think example exam questions are about the best thing to help you pass that exam. I've been looking around the net recently for sites with good questions on. A lot of them have a few free sample ones but for the full database you usually have to pay, which is something I prefer not to do when I can help it!

The other main problem with using example questions (free or otherwise) is that you can never really know how close they are to the real exam type questions, even if they are from an official source. I've found that some of the daily questions for various certification exams from QOD are good and others make me think...would that really be in an exam?!

I've come to the conclusion that in addition to good study, consult people that have already taken the exam you want to take!

Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Mobile phone chargers

I've just found out how much you can really miss a mobile phone charger! "What?! you crazy fuck!" I can hear you saying. Well, I've lost mine or temporarily disgarded it somewhere which is a bit of an annoyance when the battery goes dead. So for the moment I've reverted back to my Nokia 3330. I thought the charger for my nice Sharp GX10 was under all of the junk on the floor in my room, but since clearing it up it appears I was wrong! The quest to locate it continues...ahhh, maybe it's at work? If not, I'm all out of ideas...All I know is, I had it the other day!

Time travel

Indeed. After watching a program on tv the other day about it, I started to think. What would I do if I could travel into the future? I think I'd have to find out what the winning numbers are for the next lottery draw!

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

The idea is, to edit a config file.

Due to trying to set this up in a slightly tired state the other night, I failed. So I left it, to find out what I had missed..coming back to it at a latger date. I suppose just skimming through the config file and not actually changing it, would have something to do with it, for example.. wanting to use a mysql db as the backend, but not telling MT...duh... anyway before I had chance to come back to it and sort it all out, Ben sorted it for me! Sorted.