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( May. 12th, 2010 01:47 pm)
I just bought a one Terabyte network hard drive. I remember when I was aspiring to own a one Gigabyte hard drive. (Come to think of it, I remember when I owned a computer without any hard drive at all... tell that to kids these days, they won't believe you... mumble...).

To be set up tonight as a central file- and print-server. (Yes, it does print serving. I was a little surprised when I realised that, but hey, I'm not going to argue.) Woo shiny tech!



I seem to be more optimistic about the the coalition agreements than a number of my friends. That's almost certainly because I was out of the country during the Thatcher years. (Okay, 1981–~1983 excluded, but I wasn't really up to forming political opinions during that time). But am I naïve in not knowing what Tories Are Really Like, or are others still living in the 80s? We shall see.

All I know for now is that I much admire any politician who uses the phrase "constitutional geekery".   8^)
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[personal profile] galaxy_girlThey're discussing moving the UK to european time.
[personal profile] spudtater*Splutter* Ridiculous! They should be moving to our time!

8^)

But seriously, the Prime Meridian is defined by the fact that the sun will be at its apex at 12:00. Sunrise and sunset, consequently, will be equal times before and after 12:00 at Greenwich. There's, like, maths and stuff. That goes out the window if we decide that we're going to start shifting the time forwards just to get people out of bed earlier (even if it is for their own good).

And I intentionally say start shifting the time forwards. Because what happens after we shift? One company and then the other will start thinking: "Hmm... our employees are very tired in the mornings and it's hitting productivity. Perhaps we should start at 9:00 rather than 8:30." (Or 9:30 instead of 9:00, or whatever). Eventually everybody will have shifted their effective working day an hour ahead, at which point some journalist or politician will say: "Hey, guys, I've just had an idea..."

So, yes, looking at the map, it appears that not only should we stay at GMT, but Spain for one should join us there. Arguments could be made for France, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg too.

Well, I can dream of date lines based on rational principles, can't I?   8^P
(I mean, Kiribati, Tonga: UTC+13? UTC+14? You're doing it wrong!)

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( Feb. 16th, 2010 01:23 pm)

Had heard briefly of these before, but only just got around to checking out Angus MacLane's CubeDudes Lego creations.

If you're at all a fan of Lego, they're well worth checking out. Models include characters from Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers, Marvel & D.C. universes, and many others. Some of my favourites:

8^)

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( Jan. 9th, 2010 09:36 pm)
So, recently I've been quite excited about Android phones, and have been meaning to get one for a while.

In a happy turn of events, my brother, who works for Google (marketing, not programming), has obtained a surplus GooglePhone (specifically, the HTC Dream) which is almost entirely working. Unlocked. Which he just gave to me.

Yays! I have installed the Android Scripting Environment, and now have sh and python shells on my phone. Geekiest... phone... ever.

Coincidentally, the Doctor Who episode that has just come on TV is the one with the Anne-droid.
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( Jun. 11th, 2009 09:23 am)
Interesting talks at the Tech Meetup last night. By accident or design, one of the talks (given by Kate — hi Kate!) was on developing for the iPhone, the other for Google's new "Android" platform. The contrasts were extremely illuminating.

Cut for geekery )

Anyway. I think my next phone will be an Android...
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( May. 20th, 2009 01:19 pm)
The receptionist at work greeted me by name today. When I looked surprised, she explained that she had memorised the names of every single employee. That's over 300 people. I told her that this was impressive, and she dismissively stated "it's my job. If you had this job you'd have done the same thing".

Err, no. I really wouldn't have. I couldn't have. I'd be surprised if I could recognise and name 300 friends and relatives, let alone co-workers. Currently, I could name maybe a dozen people at my work.

Now that I come to think of it, it's not the most impressive task I've seen. A headmaster of a school I attended could name every child in the school — that's several hundred children, with a new lot coming in every year, and everybody changing appearance constantly as they aged.

How is this possible?
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Saw the new Star Trek film yesterday, which was greatly entertaining. But I have to point out that it's not Star Trek.

It's sometimes trying to be Star Wars; at other times it's channeling Starship Troopers. Most frequently, however, it's pure Galaxy Quest. It's referential, tongue-in-cheek, and serves up in-jokes and clichés with a knowing wink. Its plot stretches credibility, and its science is patchy*.

But despite its rather piecemeal and ironic nature it does pull itself together into a cohesive and watchable film. It's thrilling and action-packed in the right parts, touching and well-acted in the right parts, and genuinely funny throughout. Crucially, the Kirk-Spock relationship is captured perfectly by both the script and the respective actors.

In conclusion, it's not Star Trek, but it is a great blockbuster movie. Probably the most fun film I've seen since Iron Man.

* Although kudos for the 'silent space' effect that it uses in a couple of places
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The Pionen data centre is situated in an ex-cold-war bunker deep in the bedrock beneath Stockholm, designed to withstand a near hit from a hydrogen bomb. The developers have taken that theme and run with it, taking their inspiration from the secret underground la-irs of various Bond villians, as well as "Logan’s Run, Silent Running, and Star Wars".

If anybody's wondering what to get me for christmas…? I've already got the white cat.

Am thinking any buyers will have to fight off bids from [livejournal.com profile] gominokouhai and others, though.
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*Hippy music*

"The Oracle sees all, the Oracle knows all. The Shared Memory Realm holds all your answers, and only the Oracle has the key to that realm. Today the Oracle will choose just one lucky one amongst you and answer whatever question you may have for him. Come now, the Oracle awai..."

"Wait, what?"

ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
ORA-27101: shared memory realm does not exist


"NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"
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( Aug. 21st, 2008 09:28 am)
<joke class="geek" type="obscure">
I guess I'll fly div-style-display-inline-air for a while, then.
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( Aug. 16th, 2008 07:00 pm)
I'm at it again! Sokoban (a block-pushing puzzle) for mobile phones. Level data shamelessly ripped off an online version.

Install (JAR)
JAD, source code

Let me know if you've had a play of it. I crave feedbacks!
Also, if anybody wants to have a go at crafting a level, please leave a comment.
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( Aug. 3rd, 2008 09:46 am)
I've been playing with Phun recently. Great stuff! I've never seen such a full-featured physics simulation — especially in a free product. Plus it is just genuinely fun to tinker around with. Download it. Play with it.



Plus: Random stuff connected to conversations last night:
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( Jul. 21st, 2008 07:59 pm)
I found myself typing in the following linux command at work:

man which

Mmmmn, manwich
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( May. 25th, 2008 11:58 am)
This is No Good. I cannot program to Dream Theater. The screen is moving up and down and up and down and up and down. And there is hair in the way.
You see a Ladbrokes sign:



...and you think "I'm not sure a regular expression is strictly neccessary in this context".
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( Feb. 1st, 2008 11:06 pm)
I is learned to knit! But not purl. I don't understand the typing system.
I is knitting scarf. It is quite satisfying.
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( Jul. 1st, 2007 06:58 pm)
Doctor Who Spoiler... and angst (?) )
And on a more humorous note... (YouTube)   8^D
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