Monday, November 14, 2005

Sony's Insideous DRM

Once more, some fool at the top of a Corporate tree has taken a decision whilst Whacked on Bolly and Charlie I suspect. It has been discovered that, bless and their latest effort at Digital Rights Management which actually installs software on Windows PC's without permission or even a EULA. Worse still, it uses technology widely used by the shadier side of the Programming fraternity to hide its existance, doesn't offer an uninstall routine, and even sends info about your system to Sony.

These people are NOT above the law, and we simply have to punish these people for thinking they can impose themselves on us in such a manner. I will be posting in more depth in the near future about this, but for now, take a peek at the list of CD's you SHOULD NOT BUY. I would suggest that you also sign the online petition, although the best way to hit them is by LEAVING them if you are a band or artist currently signed to a SONY/BMG label, or not taking their stinking cash if they offer you a deal.
**UPDATE** Microsoft moves to disable rootkit

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

I Waaaant it2!

Another in my mini-series of 'I waaant it' is this Oculas, made to promote H2G2. Unfortunately, Anna can't think of anywhere to put it, so we can't buy it :-(

ANYWHERE DAMMIT!!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Girls: its for Yooo Hooo!

Just suppose the human race were being observed by friendly aliens, just waiting for the one last criteria to be fullfilled before starting 'intervention', what do you suppose this earth-shattering event would be. Would it be the discovery of desktop Nuclear fission, true, workableAntiGravity, or would it be the SMS-Fired Bluetooth Vibrator?

Well quite obviously the latter...prepare for a visit from the Grays any day now.....

Saturday, October 22, 2005

How good can life get...3.30am

I have just managed to get home after a British Rail train dumped me, and three others, at East Croydon station, three minutes late for our connecting train to Brighton. But they didn't leave us there, shivering, sharing the last of the cigarettes..oh no. A guy known only as 'Dex' not only herded the four of us onto a platform, but phoned through to Three Bridges and organised a mini-cab for us the 20+mile back to Brighton Station. At no time in my life have I experienced a better Customer Service than tonight.

From a British Rail employee.

Christ, I can hardly believe it myself.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

iPod Nano 200Gb Hack

iPod Maxx

It didn't take long for someone to get the soldering iron out and hack the iPod Nano to a more reasonable storage capacity. Once the domain of propellor-hatted geeks, Hardware mash-up projects have become more accessible year on year, and where they are going is hard for anyone to say.


Hard to predict, but not impossible. I can see in the not too distant future the ordinary man on the street having the ability to tinker with home computers, HiFi components, even making basic changes to their own car, all without the help and assistance of specially trained technicians or engineers.


Many thanks to Frasch for this tip, keep an eye out for the next logical step, a 19" screen upgrade....

Monday, October 03, 2005

Heavy handed...

If a picture paints a thousand words then Uzi Nissan's webpage dunks a Hurst-like Calf into Nissan Motor Co's Tank of Formaldehyde. If all aspects of this case are as they seem, then the stupidity of the aforementioned car manufacturer beggars belief. How much is this bad publicity costing them? Actually, if you take a peek at some of the other dubious activities they appear to have been involved in (allegedly), it is not so surprising!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Silicon Heaven


Although (to my knowledge) the phrase Silicon Heaven was first used in a magnificent Grant & Naylor show Red Dwarf, the Internet Archive: CLASP is doing a fine job of trying to make one here on earth.

I have spoken to a number of people in the past on this subject, not least Pete and Andy Hood of AKQA when last in New York, but to be honest, I've never really had a bit of a dig about to see what was out there.

I'm glad I did, because not only does this offer some hope for those mini-masterpieces created by true pioneers, but they are part of Archive.Org, which has groovy features like the WayBackMachine (ever wondered what the Microsoft site looked like back in '96 when the didn't really believe in the Internet?!) and a real mother-lode of music and audio files. I just did a search for 'Hollingsworth' and ended up listening to the excellent Phil Lesh and Friends.

I apologise, I appear to be a little linky tonight!

Friday, September 30, 2005

At last, intelligent beermats



Beer mats that can re-order your Guiness 180 seconds before you need it? Inspired. And it can be used for voting (and the perenial Puc Quiz by extension). Lovely.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

In just 4000 days


I am halfway through reading possibly the finest article I have ever digested. Anyone that hasn't got the August edition of Wired magazine should stop reading and go get it. Page 91 is the beginning of the most amazing, eye opening stream of statistics I have ever seen. It's ironic that this article is about the Internet explosion, and I'm beseeching you to go and contribute to the demise of another acre of rainforest, but then, the world is a funny and unpredictable Sim.

Place. I meant place.

For those of you who are too tight, stoned, lazy or unbelieving to have got a copy by now, here on My Blog (one of 50,000,000 in existance and rising at the rate of one every 2 seconds) I will snarf some of their truly astounding stats.

My son is curently 11 years old, and since he was born, the number of webpages has risen to.....600 billion. Just think about that number for a moment. There are only 6 billion people in the world for heavens sakes! Apparently only 40% of the web is commercial, judged I assume, by content rather than address, and yet eBay hosts 50,000,000 auctions per month. Hell, last year it sold $11,000,000,000 of vehicles alone, and that's billion, not million for those like me who are prone to BND (Big Number Dyslexia).

Judging by the distance travelled in the last 10 years by the Internet, I can't see the traditional forms of news disemination lasting very much longer in its present form, at least I hope not, because if I was asked to point the finger at the single most contributary factor in todays troubles, it would be aimed squarely at the outdated methods we curently employ to Pass information around.

Finally, the article suggest that in the near future, there will be more content provided on the web than can be be consumed, and that that is just fine, the audience often isn't important, its the contribution to the network of social creation that matters. So if by letting off steam to a non existant audience I can add to the new order of opinion and vocalisation, in a strange way I have reserved my place in history and social heaven.

Friday, July 22, 2005

We HAVE to keep perspective...

The report on CNN.com today included the worrying paragraph: "'They pushed him onto the floor and unloaded five shots into him. He's dead,' witness Mark Whitby told the BBC. 'He looked like a cornered fox. He looked pertrified,' said Whitby."


Whilst vigilance and the preservation of innocent life is paramount, we MUST take care we do not descend into the kind of 'justice' administered by Judge Dread - "I am the Law!"


UPDATE - Another eyewitness report describes the man shot as wearing '...a bomb belt with wires visible..'. Whilst this appears to justify the Police actions, I maintain that we should be careful about policies and instructions given to officers. A split second decision by a well-trained police officer is miles away from an official 'shoot to kill' policy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Surprise....Feds Want to Tap In-Flight Internet Communications

In a move that will surprise absolutely nobody, TechNewsWorld reports that the US Federal Gov. is moving towards demanding access to tap, track, and presumably store, info passed across the ever-increasing number of HiFlyWiFi hotspots.


You will be similarly unsurprised to learn that these proposals include the ability to '...intercept, block, or reroute e-mail to and from any airplane'. Part of their concerns appear to be based around fears that terrorists could detonate explosives remotely using Internet-accessed systems.


Yet again, a thinly-veiled attempt to control Information in the name of making the world a safer place. Yet again the core aim of this intrusion will be blurred and buried from view in the complexity of the arguments designed to make us all feel somehow un-patriotic, or even suspicious.


Why the bloody hell would terrorists want to risk failure of months of planning because of a dodgy Microsoft OS or flaky hardware, when they have literally *scores* of people willing to sit there at 30,000ft and manually pull a pin out.

Friday, July 08, 2005

London bombings

I am in New York, and as such am safer today than I would normally be. Ranting and speculating is best left to news networks (and I can almost see the excited news editors salivating over the gore and sorrow) but what is more concerning is two little words that have just popped up along the strapline on CNN. "Rail Insecurity"



Having had to run the gauntlet of US immigration on the way into the country (they now have my photo and finger prints, and I have NO idea what they intend to do with them, who they are going to pass them to, or how long they will be kept) I am more than aware of the dangers to civil liberties, panic and over-reaction can be. As I speak there army personel outside Penn Station, not Police mind you, but full-on, camo-clad gun totin' Army folk. Who or what do you think they are looking for? What nationality exactly makes up Al Bundy? Go on, what do they look like? Got a picture yet?



Worrying isn't it.

BJ Hollingsworth (via Blackberry)

Thursday, June 30, 2005

...it made I laugh!

I posted this figure an got a comment back from Cassidy saying I should post it to the Stick Figures in Peril Flickr group. I'm so glad I did, this is just a fantastic use of flash and psychology. I have been a member of Flickr for over a year, but it is the one single site that has consistently maintained my interest. Silly and so funny/fascinating it is perfectly astonishing!


Even if you are VERY familiar with Flickr, there are still 3rd party sites such as the Colrpickr that should amaze and amuse. I defy even the most reluctant of Interior Decorators to not be creatively zapped.


Go Play, its free and they don't annoy you.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Naughty Anna


So those of you who don't know Anna (thats not her up above, thats Colin, this is her with Abigail...), she can speak her mind, but she does a really good 'Snooty" when she needs too. Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth often, but today:

Late afternoon, all doors are open, a warm wind blows the new Polyphonic Panasonic plays Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy in a way best described as 'twee' (on second thoughts, its probably best NOT described at all.)


Anna trips lightly to the phone, reaching to gentle pull a clip-on earing from her left side:

Caller: Hello there, is that Miss Moore? I'm Ruby and I'd like to ask you a couple of questions for market research on Home Improvement, would that be okay?



Miss Anna Moore: F**k off Ruby. Click

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

WiMax -vs- 3G


The news of WiMax has probably crept up on many people, but with trials in the UK (Canterbury, Kent) kicking off soon it is looking like fiction no longer. Whats the big buzz? Well, those of us who are hamstrung if the pub we are meeting mates in DOESN'T have a Looseconnection will understand the significance of WiFi with 70Mbit/s and a range of 48km!

One strange section in the article ponders whether WiMax has arrived too late to make significant inroads into the wonders of 3G as at the moment it is only suitable for fixed broadband connections. Hmmmm, let me think.....

  • have the WiMax hardware developers had to pay a Government BILLIONS of pounds for the right to broadcast? Nope.
  • can you put Telephone conversations (Voice over IP), video signals, data etc over WiMax without paying ridiculous prices per Kilobyte? Yep.
  • is the WiMax kit EVER likely to haemorrhage from your laptop (see pic below on the PC-Prolapse in question) in a fashion that makes decapitation a certainty, or insists on tripping innocent Gin 'n Tonics when placed on the bar? Nope.


The tricks that WiMax have, that 3G don't, are versatility and penetration. Sure, when it kicks off, WiMax connection is going to cost, but as we have seen with WiFi, it won't be long before alternative cost-models (those more friendly to end-user pockets) bubble to the surface.

From there, it is a short skip-and-a-hope to a mobile-enabled version, making streaming to WiMaxiPods and stereoMobiles a reality, thus changing the cost models for Music and other content Providers, and finally, World Domination.

Probably.

Friday, May 20, 2005

One of those weeks....


Last weekend saw the end of the roll-out of a Cisco 'phone project at the Company I am working for. Without Chirag's dedication, BT's ineptitude would have turned it into a COMPLETE fiasco, but as per usual, assess were pulled from the fire with much gritting of teeth and ranting at so-called 'senior' management.

As one would expect, our users took it all in their stride, getting on with their work and leaving us alone for the most part(ish!)!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Yahoo or Yah-Boo?

I saw Pete’s entry about iTunes getting heavy and selfish about where you are allowed to keep stuff you have bought (i.e. Music!) and it coincided with a bitch I have had brewing for a couple of days now...

We have spoken on a number of occasions about the future of Music Licensing and my views are fairly simple: the idea of being responsible for your own recordings is likely to become out-moded very soon; online storage and playback by web-enabled devices will become the norm.  We even have some sexy ideas about how to license/charge/maintain such a system if anyone cares to listen (and pay reasonable consultancy fees!).

So when Yahoo! Announce that their Music Unlimited service is available to the prolitariat, it is with Glee and aSkip in my Step that I trundle in, only to be confronted with oh-so-familiar “Windows
Only” requirement.  Yet again, to ensure that we all subscribe to the Record Distribution ideal that payment does not confer ownership, the availability to restricted to a medium that can best be Nobbled. Oh yeah, and its only for
those in America, godammit!

It’s like the Government enforcing an After-Dark curfew to reduce burglary.  Or National Identity cards to stop illegal immigration for that matter.....

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

..Another reason why the BBC is great...

I can't help it, I'm a radio junkie. Only since we were visited by the Broadband Fairy, it is rarely the actual Wireless Set I have playing in the parlour, it's Internet-based streams. And 90% of the time, this means BBC's excellent Audio on Demand service.


The BBC's programming is exemplary on radio, and despite arguing with Pete on a regular basis, I am actually perfectly happy to pay a license fee so the rest of the World can listen-in; those that appreciate class is happy when it is spread a little, innit.


If you only listen to one show online this week, try Bobby Friction and Nihal for some minds-eye opening Asian music, and if you are going to listen to more, continue with the finest comedy in the universe, Sorry I haven't a Clue.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

WaWiFi

Wide Area WiFi is coming courtesy of (da da dah DING!)....no more hanging-out at Starbucks with over priced coffee...hooray!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

definition of 'Pirate'?

It really doesn't matter if you think the people behind Isohunt.com and its counterparts are Crusaders in the new Age of Aquarius, or selfish, shortsighted fools with morals but no useful opinion as to a viable alternative. Either way, I DREAM of being described in such pompous terms as those recently attracted: isohunt.com is a content agnostic search service

Monday, April 11, 2005

Inter-Justice

Anna said tonight, "9 years for Spam? thats mad!" In actual fact, if you compare what these disgusting leaches do to a perfectly good concept like the interent, I think they are let off lightly. Those of you who know me well enough, will be aware that 'someone we know' just happened to be caught preparing to drive a speedboat away from the scene of a crime (with a few million pounds worth of Diamonds on board, it must be said!) He got 5 years. And never actually stole anything.

These bastards steal your money, and mine every morning, noon, and night, by eating our bandwidth and hogging our time by having to filter their pointless, useless crap.



HAH!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

---90's stop-press!--

No head-hanging in shame this time...oh no! Chesney Hawkes is playing
Bognor next weekend, and has a number of Celeb appearances lined up
(not all of them successful according to his
site...http://www.chesneyhawkes.co.uk)

He's a nice guy, knows nice people, is well-grounded and I have his
Piano, so if he gets big, I can e-bay it (again!)

Mobile Geek Nirvana

Further to my previous post about the (alleged) WiFi facilities that
those lovely T-Mobile people are putting on Brighton-London
trains.......I'VE FOUND THEM!

Yes, I'm sitting on a train, doing Umptity Miles per Hour, watching a
blurred landscape and I'm online!

I am not going to measure the speed of the connection or deliver a
critique on its coverage from one carriage to another, I'm just bloody
glad I've found it at last....

Thursday, March 31, 2005

How to make very Boring things very Interesting

How to make  very Boring things very Interesting

Herr Cleese (don't mention the War) has been doing work-advice 'shorts' for
years, but very few of them are as funny and well constructed as this

And when the video has finished, make sure you take the Virtual Tour, it is
inspired!

Finally, make sure you don¹t press the THIRD button.....

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Put your hands in the air and (radio) wave

The BBC report this week that 24-hour partying at Glastonbury is on the cards at last...courtesy of Radio headphones! The photos of hundreds of Ravers off their heads, and totally WITHIN their heads really should be amusing!

Monday, March 07, 2005

Someone up there is listening

I've been transferred to the W1 office. I therefore no longer spend 5 hours per day driving to and from work, but rather bask in the relaxed luxury of a Pullmans carriage, (you can see the novelty has not yet worn off!) And to make things even better, T-Mobile have announced they are putting WiFi hotspots on the the Brighton-London train! Wahay!

Friday, March 04, 2005

Not so Noxious Emissions

Friend Kirsteen brought my attention to the Friends of the Earth email campaign to place pressure on Gordon Brown in light of his upcoming address on Climate Change. Its just an email petition, but as we all know (Jedi in the UK Census for example?!) we wield enormous power in numbers...

I think even more interesting is their email campaign to hit George Dubya, as those bastards can't even be bothered to play the Kyoto game!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

SkypeHype...

I know Pete has blogged about the up side and down side of Skype, but with tie-ins like this, I can’t see how they can fail (or at least someone with a similar business model)

How Joe90 is that handset!

Thursday, February 24, 2005

oh boy....

Self expression is one thing, but this is quite another!

Ummmm.......errrrr...............a must see (especially late at night
with the giggles!) but I defend to his right to do it!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

All things come to She who waits....

A well-deserved success today from Ness, supremo at Java Glass, scored today by selling 160 individually crafted pieces in 20 minutes on the QVC channel (as I understand it).  Ness and Marc have been enormous bad-luck magnets over a few years now, and I sincerely hope that this marks the start of a fantastic, long and contented period.  Go to the site, have a peek, stock up for Christmas!

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

General Election is coming....Nobody Panic



After
the Fizzing Vitriol (good name for a Toilet cleaner) of the US elections, we
would be remiss if we didn’t start making a fuss over the UK General Elections
coming up.  Now I’m sure there are plenty of sites out there trying
to rally people from their stupour, but BackingBlair.com has my vote as one of
the funniest and most practical.  Look
at it, enjoy it, AND USE IT!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

How sad, I'll tell you how sad

....listening to Adam and the Ants playing 'Beat Me', thinking of John Peel and Scottie, who is in a hospital in Spain.

You?