Wednesday, March 31, 2004

A new typeface designed for easier reading on LCD screens. Quite interesting how fonts are designed for different media like stone cutting, paper etcClearType Step 1: Turn on Windows XP ClearType

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

What looks like a good aricle on migrating from windows to linux. might be tempted to try it now especially by using knoppix as a first step. Tom's Hardware Guide PCs & HowTo: Migrating from Windows to Linux, Part 1: Preparation - Downloading And Burning Linux
Here is a review of a book The Paradox of Choice with the difficulties of choosing anything from jobs to jumpers The New Yorker: The Critics: Books

Monday, March 29, 2004

And here is the latest new operating system to compete with Bill and Linus - Welcome! Based around the old Amiga core it will be interesting to see how far it goes - Lets Morph on
and my favourite radio station of yesterday is 40 today. | Radio | Radio's pirate queen still rules at 40 One of the reasons for moving to Cambridge from Sheffield. The reception was so much better.

Sunday, March 28, 2004

And this site folks is THE killer application! Par ExcellenceWelcome to Yep you enter a search term into pubsub, it then creates a RSS feed on that term. Then is it searches all published blogs now and in the future for anyone using that term. Once it finds a blog the aricle is published on my aggregator at This is so cool its awesome. Oh, and it works! and obviously Unclle Bill thinks the same way see here for how Microsoft are going to introduce an aggregator. no wonder Microsoft encourage Bloggers at work such as Scoble

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Here is a great idea in Germany, a more sophisticatedversion of the Cambridge green bike scheme. These bikes have GPS/GSMDie Bahn - English Summary. Wouldnt work in UK as folks would nick the electronics package.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Pretty amazing technology that stops a saw blade in 5ms if your finger gets into contact. SawStop Videos taken from the engadget blog
A wonderful description about the origins of modern wheat given by the man who has saved more lifes than any other. Borlaug: No. As a matter of fact, Mother Nature has crossed species barriers, and sometimes nature crosses barriers between genera--that is, between unrelated groups of species. Take the case of wheat. It is the result of a natural cross made by Mother Nature long before there was scientific man. Today's modern red wheat variety is made up of three groups of seven chromosomes, and each of those three groups of seven chromosomes came from a different wild grass. First, Mother Nature crossed two of the grasses, and this cross became the durum wheats, which were the commercial grains of the first civilizations spanning from Sumeria until well into the Roman period. Then Mother Nature crossed that 14-chromosome durum wheat with another wild wheat grass to create what was essentially modern wheat at the time of the Roman Empire.

Durum wheat was OK for making flat Arab bread, but it didn't have elastic gluten. The thing that makes modern wheat different from all of the other cereals is that it has two proteins that give it the doughy quality when it's mixed with water. Durum wheats don't have gluten, and that's why we use them to make spaghetti today. The second cross of durum wheat with the other wild wheat produced a wheat whose dough could be fermented with yeast to produce a big loaf. So modern bread wheat is the result of crossing three species barriers, a kind of natural genetic engineering. Taken from here

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Now we know why it was called bluetooth!. Toothing! - Toothing FAQ Especially like the utility called blue chat!

Monday, March 22, 2004

Another charlatan outed here The Doctor Is Out apparently the Dr in front of John Gray (Men are from mars) is one of the ones you buy of the shelf. Well done to the folks who dug deep and had to confront a lawyer! reminds me a bit of our own lovable Jeffery Archer. And here is the link regarding the shut down of John Gray's university. Interestingly latest copies of Men are from Mars have lost the Dr prefix.
A new version of Mozilla Mozilla 1.7 Beta given how much I like Firefox will downloadn this tonight. Should be good to hotsync tthe Treo 600 to it.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

An excellent article on what is web logging and its rise from the home page. Personally the main feature of weblogs is the facility of anyone adding comments, in fact the comments can become more valuable than the original article! | weblog | (Weblogs and) The Mass Amateurisation of (Nearly) Everything...

Monday, March 15, 2004

This is really the most incredible story of the British government demanding money back from people who were WRONGLY CONVICTED and thrown into prison. Thats right INNOCENT people having to pay the government!We locked you up in jail for 25 years and you were innocent all along? That’ll be £80,000 please - [Sunday Herald]

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Lucky British guests who stayed overnight at the White House between June 2002 and December 2003 and those who spent the night at Camp David last year::-
British Prime Minister Tony Blair
Alastair Campbell : British prime minister's communications director
Tom Kelly: Spokesman for British government.
Sir David Manning: Foreign policy adviser with British government.
Baroness Sally Morgan: director of government relations, British
Jonathan Powell : Chief of staff to British prime minister
Matthew Rycroft: British prime minister's private secretary
Taken from here
Thanks to Salon for original link.
A really tiny single board PC , smaller than a credit card. On board booting to linux. LinuxElectrons - General Micro Systems Announces Industry's Smallest SBC

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Just been bugged by an investment outfit wanting to sell shares in this outfit Welcome to CarBug interesting blend of GSM/ GPS/ GIS hardware and software product for tracing your errant wife or car only about £500 plus £10 a month for SIM card

Monday, March 08, 2004

Went to fascinating talk tonight on latest developments in India and how the economy is booming at 8% a quarter. Fascinating to hear differences between China and India especially how population of India is so much younger, speaks good English highly educated and a lot more time zone friendly for us in England. Splendid to hear how red tape and bribery is disappearing quite quickly. really made me want to visit!

Best speaker by a long way was Karan Bilimoria of Cobrabeer with fascinating tale about how Saatchi wanted to ship complete film production unit over to India to make adverts. and charge £1m Karan had to explain that Bollywood is bigger than Hollywood. interestingly Saatchi now use Bollywood for their other campaigns.
Cambridge Science Festival: 2004 EventsHere is the programme for Cambridge Science week taht starts on Friday. Some very interesting lectures especially opening one on autism and differences in our brains.
Here is a fantastic use of Instant messaging Science Blog - IM, machine translation on front lines of Iraq developed so that Americans, Polish, Spanish and Ukrainian can chat whilst in Iraq. A great use of technology just as the Iraqi bloggers are having a great effect by describing their culture and what is actually happening on the ground.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Interesting new product here that scans in all your credit type cards and then issues its own card after it recgonises your fingerprint. So you only have to carry this Chameleon Card around with you in its secure vault. Neat for 200 dollars or so

Monday, March 01, 2004

Oh boy the RIAA are going to love this. Read this scenario here The Shifted Librarian that would be wonderful, walk down the street with your mp3 player sharing songs using wifi with strangers. What a wondrous thought
Here is a link to a blog by Jim Moore which contains a synopis and link to the Pew report on internet usage by Americans. Which contains , to me, the amazing statistic that 44% of internet users have CONTRIBUTED to online content.
However, there classification of content creators into three types, seems a bit flawed. They have:-
Power Creators - average age of 25
Content Omnivores - average age 40
Older Creators - average for this group is 58

Trouble is if you read the report I fit into all three categories quite comfortably. I wonder why age is such an issue with those guys?

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