Entries from June 2005

Micronotwave

Posted on 30 June 2005 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

Microwaves aren’t particularly hard. You get a temperature setting and a time setting. Doddle. Dead easy. You pick your temperature and you pick your time. Any old muppet could cope with that. Now imagine you are presented with a

We Are Promoting a Dishwasher

Posted on 30 June 2005 in Internet (No comments yet - be the first!)

We are Promoting a Dishwasher. An immortal phrase from a spam email I receieved the other day. Didn’t say what the job was that the dishwasher had been given, but I’m sure it was the best candidate.

Aim and Shoot

Posted on 29 June 2005 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

Brighton was the first big test for the new digital camera, which we’d been merely pottering around with until then.

Sorry I’m Late Home. It Was Coldplay’s Fault

Posted on 28 June 2005 in London, Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

Which prat decided Crystal Palace was a good place to host a Coldplay concert on a weekday evening? I ask as one of thousands of commuters whose journey home this evening was made a misery thanks to countless train disruption on the Southern Metro network, caused by hordes of gig-goers filling trains and stations whilst railway staff struggled to cope with the crowds.

Closedown Cult

Posted on 28 June 2005 in Internet (No comments yet - be the first!)

One of the finest BBC websites around. One of the quirkiest, one of the most popular, one of the most imaginative, one of the most distinctive parts of the BBC’s online output. In fact one of the best pieces of online non-news editorial content the BBC has produced. And the BBC’s Cult website is closing.

Saving Money On The Trains

Posted on 26 June 2005 in Transport (18 comments)

One thing occurred to me recently - that a lot of people don’t know about some little money saving tricks…

Two Go To Brighton

Posted on 26 June 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Friday was a rare day off for Catherine and myself, so we decided to take ourselves off to the seaside to soak up some sun, and with Brighton being an hour a way, it was there we took ourselves.

Mandriva

Posted on 23 June 2005 in Computers (No comments yet - be the first!)

Funny isn’t it that you spend more time preparing to upgrade your operating system, then you do actually upgrading your operating system.

Holiday!

Posted on 23 June 2005 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

A couple of weeks ago I realised that not only was it June, but I’d had a whole of three days off work in the first five months of the year. And one of those was taken so I could do tourist stuff with my mother, so wasn’t exactly a carefree day of leisure.

Growing

Posted on 19 June 2005 in House (No comments yet - be the first!)

There’s something quite pleasing about eating something you’ve grown and you simply can’t beat the taste of freshly picked herbs in your food

Applicant

Posted on 19 June 2005 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

Some time ago the BBC redid it’s jobs site, and it’s rather handy cos you can save all your details on the site. Once you’ve inputted all your data in the first time, you can re-use it (and edit it if desired).

What’s The Scam?

Posted on 19 June 2005 in Internet (No comments yet - be the first!)

Most of my emails are spam sadly. I get far too much of it, but nestling inside the mortgage offers, people presuming I need some pills to get it up, messages from someone called Julie about her webcam, and a barrage of emails about all the email addresses I’ve supposedly added to my ebay account, came this one about buying my domain name.

Heat

Posted on 19 June 2005 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

I don’t do this weather. I melt. Slowly and surely.

Doctor… Can’t… Wait…

Posted on 16 June 2005 in TV Programmes (No comments yet - be the first!)

Less than 2 days to go now…

Crossing The NTL Bridge

Posted on 16 June 2005 in BBC red button, Interactive TV (No comments yet - be the first!)

NTL’s customers in the Langley region got our new look BBCi just over a month ago. Well on BBC One and BBC Two anyway. Until yesterday when they finally got the almost full suite with all the other BBC channels now having access to BBCi when the user presses their red button. Except on BBC Parliament - technical problem or somet.

Defrag

Posted on 16 June 2005 in Computers (No comments yet - be the first!)

There was a time when I used to rifle through my Windows looking for redundant .ini files, or unnecessary log files. Anything to give my hard drive some more space. And I’d diligently defrag it once a month to get that perfomance boost.

Alas Poor Toric, I Knew Him Well

Posted on 16 June 2005 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

Sorry, you can blame Kirk for that title, but today the torric contact lens went back. Well actually not the original - I gave up on that pretty quickly - but a second type of torric contact lens.

Willow The Wisp

Posted on 13 June 2005 in TV Programmes (No comments yet - be the first!)

Willow The Wisp is to return. Long live The Moog!

Doctor Who

Posted on 12 June 2005 in TV Programmes (No comments yet - be the first!)

Unbelievably I haven’t mentioned Doctor Who yet. This coming from a man whose favourite programme when growing up featured a blue police box and a sonic screwdriver.

No R and no D for me

Posted on 8 June 2005 in Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

Every year the BBC’s R&D department holds a host of open days in their lovely base in Kingswood Warren, to let people know what they get up to. And every year I get myself booked onto one of the open days. Every year I manage to miss them.

Oh To See! To See!

Posted on 7 June 2005 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

Bar a brief dalliance with them on Saturday when I had a trip to the opticians, I’ve not worn my contact lenses for almost a week, whilst I wait for another type of lens to appear, for me to try.

Teletext on ITV

Posted on 6 June 2005 in Interactive TV (No comments yet - be the first!)

Today saw the end of one of the great usability problems of digital text. Yes, you can now press the TEXT button on ITV1 and something actually happens.

BBC New Media brands

Posted on 2 June 2005 in BBC (No comments yet - be the first!)

Having had a few similar conversations on this recently…

To Toric or Not To Toric

Posted on 1 June 2005 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

After visiting the opticians the other day, I was given a new toric lens to try and counter the affects of a minor astigmatism in my eye. Or that’s the theory. In practise, it seems to have made the problems I’ve been having with eye strain recently have just got ten times worse.

Feed Changes

Posted on 1 June 2005 in Planet Bods (No comments yet - be the first!)

Those of you using the Atom or RSS feed might have noticed that I’m now sending through 25 items - quite a sizable increase on the 8 I was sending through before.

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