Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Jakob Nielsen reports on video clips

Talking Head video online is boring
Interesting eye-tracking analysis shows that traditional talking head reporting isn't suitable for an online environment.

WW2 on Flickr

World War 2 vintage photo pool has some interesting old photographs uploaded by Flickr members.

Watch the skies on Jan 15th

On Jan 15th, the Stardust sample return capsule will re-enter the Earth's athmosphere. It will be the fastest man made object to streak through the athmosphere. You will be able to see the light show if you live in the western United States.

Via Yahoo

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Robot develops self awareness
Can tell the difference between a reflection of itself and another robot that looks like itself.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Fedora Legacy

Fedora Legacy project
The goal of The Fedora Legacy Project is to work with the Linux community to provide security and critical bug fix errata packages for select Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core releases after they reach their EOL, thus extending their effective lifetime in environments where frequent upgrades are not possible or desirable.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

zero dollar

The Zero Dollar Homepage , where you cant buy a pixel.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

RIP Richard Pryor

The world just got a little less funny today

"Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings... and lawyers."

"I went to Zimbabwe...I know how white people feel in America now, relaxed! Cause when I heard the police car I knew they weren't coming after me!"

"When you ain't got no money, you gotta get an attitude."

"There's nothing worse than being an aging young person."

"There's a thin line between to laugh with and to laugh at."

Friday, December 09, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1973: Sunningdale Agreement signed
Tripartite talks on Northern Ireland end in an historic agreement to set up a Council of Ireland.
1993: Astronauts put Hubble back in action
A record-beraking mission to repair the faulty Hubble telescope in outer space is declared an unqualified success.
1996: Guilty verdict on school machete attacker
A man who attacked three children and four women with a machete is found guilty of attempted murder.
1992: American marines land in Somalia
American forces land in Somalia to begin humanitarian operation in famine-stricken country.
1987: Gatting row halts play in Pakistan
The England cricket tour hangs in the balance as a row erupts between England captain Mike Gatting and the umpire Shakoor Rana.
1957: Post Office issues Christmas warning
The Post Master General kicks off a campaign urging the public to send their Christmas cards in good time.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Louis Wain

Louis Wain was a calendar artist who went crazy in the late 1800's. He continued to paint as he went schizophrenic, and you can literally see him get worse in front of your eyes as you look at his work over time.

read more | digg story

Google Skynet

Speculation on what Google is doing with those rumoured shipping containers

"Google has several logistical problems which they solve ingeniously. They can't just go to the middle of Poland as Google and buy up the output of a small power station. No - they must secretly operate so the locals won't know its Google. They get the rights to the power they need to run and cool 4,000 CPUs in a box, without paying through the nose. They are doing this all over the world."

Pixel fonts for web designers

Pixel fonts are perfect for those intricate Flash, CSS, or HTML based websites that have a premium on real estate. Here's a bunch of free pixel font downloads.

read more | digg story

Google Transit

Google Transit has been launched. The Google Blog explains it.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Heritage of the Great War

Heritage of the Great War is an archive of WW1 photography, including some extremely rare French color photos. (not colorised - actual real color photography)

Monday, December 05, 2005

random stuff

infinite wheel

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Sober outbreak is biggest malware attack this year

Information Week report on the lastest Sober outbreak. F-Secure call it the "largest e-mail worm outbreak of the year so far".

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Mars Anomalous images

Mars Anomaly Research might be reading too much into certain Mars images, but i have to say, some of them are , well, strange. Visit the site and judge for yourself.

Friday, November 18, 2005

BBC - On This Day
2000: Hollywood meets Wales in 'wedding of year'
The film world celebrates the celebrity wedding of the year as film star Michael Douglas marries Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones.
1987: King's Cross station fire 'kills 27'
Twenty seven people are dead after a fire at King's Cross station in central London.
1991: Church envoy Waite freed in Beirut
Church envoy Terry Waite is freed by the Islamic extremists who kidnapped him in Beirut in 1987.
2003: High security as Bush visits UK
The US President, George W Bush, is on a state visit to Britain amid the tightest security London has ever seen.
1978: Mass suicide leaves 900 dead
The bodies of 914 people, including 276 children, are found in Guyana in South America.
1989: Protesters demand reform in Bulgaria
More than 50,000 people take to the streets of Sofia in Bulgaria demanding political reform.
1967: Moves to curb spread of foot-and-mouth
A ban on the movement of farm animals across the whole of England and Wales came into effect at midnight.

Thursday, November 17, 2005


Aurora - the secret hypersonic plane?

interesting read.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Google Base Launching

Yes , its apparently for real. Google Base is launching according to John Batelle.

Google sidesteps A.I. rumours

Google has sidestepped A.I. rumours and "has played down speculation that there is an artificial intelligence agenda to its book digitisation project".

Google's Levick did not outright deny that Google was developing AI technology. Instead he postulated that the Google employee's comments were probably referring to the idea of "intelligent networks" of information rather than artificial intelligence.

Albinosheep Flash

They're Taking the Hobbits to Isegard
Miko Miko Mouse
Britney Subliminal
Numa numa
Windows Noises
Badger Badger
Cha Cha Cha
Nerr Body

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Mysql & php coding tips
Gates sees future in 3d
catching up with Looking Glass.
Keep track of TV torrents
Evolution of computer viruses
A-life reloaded?
Fox says ok to Torrents?
Look at point 8...
Worlds smallest USB stick
2 gig of smallness
Firefox extensions recommended by a Google Engineer
Matt Cutts

Monday, November 14, 2005

Google Microfilm?

SearchEngineWatch has found some more domains that Google has registered including, and - well, we all know that there's an awful lot of microfilm and newspaper archives in libraries worldwide that needs to be digitised.

Friday, November 11, 2005

pink dot green dot illusion

Very cool illusion.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Suse founder walks out of Novell

Suse founder and kernel developer, Hubert Mantel, has left Novell according to ZDnet.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Random stuff

Gravity, extra dimensions and superstring theory
John Peel's special box of 142 singles
California suburban sprawl panoramic photo
Ramus Lerdorf's PHP tutorial on the Yahoo Geocoder
Fark makes violent video games more friendly
Cafe Press shut down parody t-shirt advertising a non existant drug
Sony CD installs a DRM rootkit

Friday, November 04, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1995: Israeli PM shot dead
The Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, is assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
1956: Soviet troops overrun Hungary
The Soviet air force bombs the Hungarian capital of Budapest and troops pour into the city in a massive dawn offensive.
1979: Militants storm US embassy in Tehran
Militant Islamic students in Iran storm the US embassy in Tehran taking 90 people hostage.
1980: Reagan beats Carter in landslide
Former Hollywood actor and Republican Ronald Reagan wins the US presidential elections by a huge majority.
1974: M62 bomber jailed for life
Judith Ward is convicted of an army coach bombing in which 12 people died.
Her conviction was quashed 18 years later.

Sunday, October 30, 2005


Rich Dawkins quotes
Government text message spin
American manufacturing posters
Sapien vertical bookshelf

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Wikipedia founder admits to quality problems
ESA readies Venus express for launch
Fundementalism versus Science
Kuro5hin talks about a New Scientist article
Torrential Reign
Fortune takes a look at Bram Cohen, creator of Bittorrent
Nokia engineers on KHTML
Nokia to use KDE components in next generation phones.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Google spreadsheet on the horizon
Inquirer scoop. Nothing official yet.
More Google subdomains discoverd, and more..

Friday, September 16, 2005


ESA launches Mars Express investigation
Xbox chipper jailed and fined
TechScape: Vint Cerf mulls the future
The Return of Saturn's Spokes
Tech Memeorandum
Japanese magazine scan of Katamari Damacy for PSP

Arstechnica reviews Sparkle
MS flash killer
IIS 7.0 goes modular
Just like Apache

BBC - On This Day
1986: Kinross Miners 'killed where they stood'
At least 177 people die during a lethal fire in a South African gold mine.
1978: Thousands dead in Iran earthquake
An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale hits south-east Iran demolishing a major city and dozens of surrounding villages.
1977: T-Rex singer killed in car smash
Pop star Marc Bolan is killed in a car crash in south-west London.
1992: UK crashes out of ERM
The government suspends Britain's membership of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.
1968: Post Office backs first class service
The new two-tier postal service proves confusing for customers, but the Post Office says it will raise extra cash.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Roman Villa discovered with Google Maps

Roman villa discovered via Google Maps
Very cool story. Might this spur on more people to do remote archaeology?

Small robot

Scientists build world's smallest mobile robot
Wow. this thing is SMALL..

Spam Map

Mailinator real-time spam map
Served up with Google maps goodness.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Alan Cox Interview

Interview with Alan Cox

Monday, September 12, 2005

Bad science and the media
Good article on why it happens.
10 stupidest utopias
from Plato to the internet
Demoscene javascript
Digital camera is 30 years old
On why Kodak buried its invention

Saturday, September 10, 2005

random stuff

Very long list of flash animations
One page, lots and lots of animations.

make your own South Park character
pick from hundreds of different elements.

Friday, September 09, 2005


Fossils reveal flying prehistoric giants (Reuters)
Computer error destroyed 1m UK tax records
DTrace ready to leave Solaris nest for FreeBSD
Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 Released
Researchers Say Human Brain is Still Evolving
BBC Opens TV Archive to Remixers
Using dates in shell scripts (8 Sep 2005)
An Annotated Lynx Keymap (8 Sep 2005) adds badges
Katrina conspiracy theories
Kanye West remix,

BBC - On This Day
1971: British diplomat freed after eight months
The British Ambassador, Geoffrey Jackson, is released eight months after being captured by extreme left-wing guerrillas in Uruguay.
1987: Liverpool fans to stand trial in Belgium
Twenty-five English football fans involved in the Heysel stadium disaster are extradited to Belgium.
1999: Report urges sweeping reform of RUC
The Royal Ulster Constabulary should undergo wholesale reform, a Police Review Commission report recommends.
1976: Chairman Mao Zedong dies
One of the greatest leaders of the Chinese revolution Chairman Mao Zedong dies at the age of 82.
1988: Indian cricket tour 'cancelled'
English cricket captain Graham Gooch and seven other members of his squad are refused visas to travel to India.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Wikipedia traffic surge

The Register reports that Wikipedia is increasingly being used by people to get more in depth coverage of news stories.

"Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia assembled in realtime, has reportedly experienced a 154 per cent hike in traffic during the last year"

"Wikipedia attracted 22.3 per cent of users searching for information about the Gaza Strip as Israeli troops closed down settlements and withdrew from the region. Wikipedia's market share numbers meant it drew five times more traffic than Google News, Yahoo News or the BBC and tied with CIA World Factbook for information on the strip."

Friday, September 02, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1945: Japan signs unconditional surrender
Japanese officials sign the act of unconditional surrender, finally bringing to an end six years of world war.
1979: Ripper suspected of 12th murder
Police discover the body of a young woman - thought to be the 12th victim of the "Yorkshire Ripper"- in an alleyway near the centre of Bradford.
1984: Seven killed in biker shootings
A 14-year-old girl and six bikers are killed in a gun battle between rival gangs in a suburb of Sydney, Australia.
1994: Roy Castle loses battle with cancer
Entertainer and television presenter Roy Castle dies from cancer at his Buckinghamshire home, just two days after his 62nd birthday.
1951: Designers prepare to dazzle Venice
British designers hold a fashion show of 40 outfits they plan to show at the Venice Biennale arts festival.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Building models

Great Buildings
Free 3d models of buildings from around the world.


Microsoft Fears Firefox, Lawsuits Over Bugs, SEC Filing Shows (TechWeb)
Disposable credit card? That'll do nicely
On blocking Chinese IP addresses
Saturn Moon Continues to Delight and Baffle
9 Weeks to Pump Out New Orleans?
Scientist Says Most Scientific Papers Are Wrong
Review of Pocketlinux (31 Aug 2005)
A Good Use for an Aging Linux Machine (31 Aug 2005)
Daily Links for 2005-08-30
Pandora Music Engine comes out of private beta
The Onion redesigns, opens complete archives to all
Lego Factory
NYT on Flying Spaghetti Monster
A judicial answer to the RIAA

Friday, August 26, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1959: US to 'stand by' West Germans
America will stand by West Germans in their efforts to remain strong and free, the US President pledges.
1975: Rhodesia peace talks fail
Talks between the Rhodesian Government and the African National Council collapse acrimoniously.
1985: Budd smashes 5,000m record
Controversial athlete Zola Budd breaks the world 5,000m record.
1994: Man gets 'bionic' heart
A man is given the world's first battery-operated heart in a pioneering operation in Britain.
1962: Abortion mother returns home
An American mother-of-four is on her way home amid a storm of controversy after having an abortion in Sweden.

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Scientists Present Rare Woodpecker Audio (AP)
Beyond CRM: Managing the Customer Experience (NewsFactor)
Public unaware of RSS
Robot Bat With Echolocation
AOL Fined for Making it Hard to Cancel Service
Laser Cannons Coming to an F-16 Near You
Enlightenment DR17 On the Linux Desktop
My Text Problem (24 Aug 2005)
Playing a Platinum Record
Is MySpace deliberately ugly?
Trackback: A Tragedy in Three Acts

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Quake 3 source code released

Man 1 Bank 0


World running out of time for oil alternatives (Reuters)
Japanese House-Sitter Robot Hits Stores (AP)
US tops poll of spyware purveyors
Ministers confront reality of climate change
Legal disassembly
Intel ready to begin Phase II of losing propaganda offensive
MS Speaks Out Against New Zealand's Anti Spam Bill
Unix Weblog Hacks (23 Aug 2005)
New user experience with Linux (18 Aug 2005)
KNemo: Network Monitor for KDE (17 Aug 2005)
VB developers embrace linux... say what??? (16 Aug 2005)
So many clueless people...
Finding needles in the growing Blog Haystack?

Friday, August 19, 2005

On This Day

BBC - On This Day
1987: Gunman kills 14 in Hungerford rampage
A man shoots 14 people dead in the Berkshire town of Hungerford.
1991: Hardliners stage coup against Gorbachev
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is overthrown in a coup as Communist hardliners take over.
2003: UN envoy dies in Baghdad bombing
A massive bomb wrecks the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 17 people including the UN's chief envoy to Iraq.
1942: Allies launch daring raid on Dieppe
Allied troops, mainly Canadian, pull back after nine hours of heavy fighting on the French coast at Dieppe, northwest of Paris.
1960: Moscow jails American U-2 spy pilot
The United States pilot, Francis Gary Powers, is sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Soviet military court.
1975: Davis campaigners stop Test match
Campaigners calling for the release of robber George Davis from prison vandalise the pitch at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds.

Friday, August 12, 2005


Spacecraft Blasts Off to Gather Mars Data (AP)
Sun to shed around 1,000 jobs
Wide open Vistas beckon for Microsoft in Germany
Scientists blame balloons for climate change debate
Gov.UK preps ID card contracts
Scottish Police Revert to Microsoft Office
Siberian Permafrost Melting
Talking about KDE 4
Advanced PHP V5 objects
Object Oriented PHP Programming

BBC - On This Day
1985: Hundreds dead in Boeing crash
A Japan Airlines jumbo jet crashes on a remote mountainside 70 miles from Tokyo in Japan.
1969: Police use tear gas in Bogside
The Royal Ulster Constabulary uses tear gas for the first time in its history afternine hours of rioting in the Bogside area of Londonderry.
1964: Great Train Robber escapes from jail
A massive manhunt is underway across Britain after one of the gang involved in the Great Train Robbery breaks out of a high-security prison in Birmingham.
2003: Gilligan: language 'wasn't perfect'
BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan answers questions from the Hutton Inquiry over his report that the government "sexed up"a weapons dossier on Iraq.
2000: Murdered schoolgirl's life celebrated
The family of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne is joined by friends and hundreds of members of the public for a memorial service.
1990: Briton shot by Iraqis
A British man attempting to escape in a convoy from Iraqi-occupied Kuwait is shot by Iraqi soldiers.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Desktop BSD
A BSD flavour aimed at the desktop.


Microsoft Trying to Fix Security Hole (AP)
AOL raffles spammer's gold bars
Six patches - three critical - in MS August patch batch
Linux-head runs Doom on iPod
Moody Non-Photo-Realistic Driving
Linux Kernel Code May Have Been in SCO UnixWare
Backups using hardlinks and rsync

Monday, August 08, 2005

Rocket to nowhere
a critique of the shuttle program

Lots of samples
100,000 bouncy balls


Weather Forces Discovery to Delay Landing (AP)
NASA Readies Next Mars Mission (AP)
Internet Scammers Keep Working in Nigeria (AP)
Public sector e-biz push threatens small firms
UK firm offers legal video downloads
March of the Penguins Tops Box Offices
When Microbes Ate the Ocean
Google Urged to Drop Images
Remote Backups With Rsync
Server Setup with Mandrake/Mandriva
In Pursuit of Good Desktop Linux
Making Firefox Handle Multiline Pasted (
Silicon Valley Real Estate is Crazy

Netcraft survey is 10 years old this month
There are now 70 million hostnames

Friday, August 05, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1973: Athens attack leaves three dead
Three people are killed and 55 wounded when two Arab gunmen open fire on a crowded passenger lounge at Athens airport.
1962: Marilyn Monroe found dead
Film actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her bed with an empty bottle of sleeping tablets by her side.
1983: IRA members jailed for 4,000 years
Twenty two members of the IRA are jailed for a total of more than 4,000 years following one of Northern Ireland's biggest mass trials.
1991: Toddler 'poorly' after dog attack
A two-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after being savaged by a Rottweiler dog.
1975: Deadly tree disease spreads
Dutch elm disease, which has so far attacked more than three million trees in Britain, is spreading, according to Forestry Commission officials.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Symphony OS
A Linux distro with a new desktop GUI called Mezzo

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Getting the monkey off Darwin's Back
Sceptical Enquirer looks at the common myths about evolution.

James Randi Encyclopedia

James Randi has put the entire debunking Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural online.

Remembering punch cards

How many punch cards would it take to read a 3 minute MP3? The answer is 40,960 punch cards , requiring a 228 cards per second throughput.

Flickr Explore

Flickr has just gotten a heck of lot more interesting with Flickr Explore and interesting photos in the last 24 hours and clustering of tags.

Monday, August 01, 2005

My grandfather - the Nazi

BBC article about Dan Tetsell, a British citizen, who discovered that his grandfather was in Hitler's SS in the second world war. But his grandfather wasnt your common bureaucratic Nazi type sitting behind a desk - he was in the elite of elite SS regiments - the Liebstandarte

Dan Tetsell's show Sins of the Grandfathers will be running at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 4-28 August.

The most compelling quote for me in the article is this one, where Dan Tetsell says:

"If it shows that my grandfather can not only stand aside while bad things happen but actively take part, then it could happen to any of us. It's a lesson that's been taught again and again, but in this anniversary year it's worth hearing again."

I couldn't have put it better myself.

Google - embrace the bleeding edge

The lead engineer for Google maps has urged fellow Web developers to abandon the lowest-common denominator approach to Web application design.

Daniel Burka on the redesign
Wired: Hacking a Hotel room TV


Discovery May Need Unprecedented Repair (AP)
Study: Warming Making Hurricanes Stronger (AP)
Yahoo to Partner With CNN, ABC for Video (AP)
Al Gore Debuting TV for Web Generation (AP)
Microsoft blogger: 'My toolbar vanished too!'
British Intel Shuts Down al-Qaeda Sites
Stealing Data? A Sniffer Shows it's Easy
Why Bill Gates Wants 3,000 New Patents

Friday, July 29, 2005

Lego Katamari Damacy
brick flick in production


Critics Challenge Shuttle Program's Future (AP)
New Super Magnet Weighs More Than 15 Tons (AP)
Embryos Help Demystify Long-Neck Dinosaur (AP)
Geeks Meet at 'What the Hack'Conference (AP)
IE7 nukes Google, Yahoo! search
Ex-Microsoft Exec Barred From Google Job
Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity
Microsoft Genuine Advantage Cracked in 24 Hours
At the Forge - Getting Started with Ruby
Theo de Raadt on Industry and Free Software

BBC - On This Day
1981: Charles and Diana marry
Thousands line the streets of London to glimpse Prince Charles and Lady Diana on their wedding day.
1993: Israeli court sets Demjanjuk free
A court in Israel says retired Ohio car worker John Demjanjuk may not after all have been notorious Nazi death camp guard Ivan the Terrible.
1968: Pope renews birth control ban
Pope Paul VI has confirmed a ban on the use of contraceptives by Roman Catholics in spite of a Church commission's recommendation for change.
1993: Lawrence murder suspects freed
Charges are dropped against two youths accused of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
1976: Fire engulfs Southend Pier
Fire has destroyed the famous pierhead at the end of the world's longest pier, in Southend on the UK's south-east coast.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Enceladus revealed
close up shots by Cassini

Monday, July 25, 2005

What the Hack
Outdoor hacker festival, southern Netherlands from July 28th to July 31st

Googlers and the Silicon valley property market
Prime real estate is being snapped up.


Hazy Cloud of Saharan Dust Nearing U.S. (AP)
Online News Consumers Become Own Editors (AP)
HP Labs also decimated
Free Beer That's Free as in Speech
Yahoo Purchases Konfabulator
Butterfly Unlocks Evolution Secret
E-Mail Snafu Sparks Spam Attack On Journalists
Unix Web Hacks
Tips for buying a Linux-compatible laptop
KDE Desktop From OpenSolaris Community
Made it to London and the BBC

Friday, July 22, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1977: Deng Xiaoping back in power
The disgraced deputy Prime Minister of China, Deng Xiaoping, returns to Chinese Government.
2003: Saddam's sons killed in gun battle
The United States says Uday and Qusay Hussein, the infamous sons of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, have been killed in a gun battle in northern Iraq.
1987: Cartoonist shot in London street
A famous Palestinian cartoonist is shot in the face and critically wounded in London.
1965: Sir Alec steps down from top of Tory tree
The leader of the Opposition, Alec Douglas-Home, surprises colleagues by resigning from his post.
1991: Citizen's charter promises better services
British Prime Minister John Major launches a citizen's charter to improve public services.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

casual games

Big list here of lots of flash games, with descriptions.

Infinite flickr pool
turn yourself into a singularity

Bad parking at Yahoo

Google Moon

"In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, we’ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing."

And when you zoom right in, the surface changes to Swiss cheese.

Google Moon

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Stuff i'm selling on Ebay

I've got some more stuff for sale on Ebay. You can view my ebay items for sale here

debating with creationists

How to debate creationists , without being boring - part one
and here's part two

How it works - the computer

How a computer works from the 1970s. A fascinating retro look at the technology of yesterday.

Monday, July 18, 2005


Study Says Ethanol Not Worth the Energy (AP)
Tiny Tsunami Reveals Big Gaps in Readiness (AP)
Hurricane Emily Lashes Yucatan Peninsula (AP)
Debian Linux: Living in Interesting Times (Ziff Davis)
Malware maelstrom menaces UK
Nigerian Scammers Brought to Justice
Desktop Linux Mass Migration
Interview with Fyodor of Nmap
Why I Like Lynx
London Geek Dinner on Friday?

Google License plate
Available from the Google store

Bob Moog

The inventor of the Moog synthesizer has a brain tumour. You can follow his progress and sign his guestbook here. My thoughts are with him and his family.

Friday, July 15, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1995: Serbs force Muslims out of Srebrenica
Thousands of Muslim refugees flee the captured "safe area"of Srebrenica - forced out by the Bosnian Serbs.
1997: Versace murdered on his doorstep
Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace is shot dead on the steps of his Miami mansion.
1966: Euston staff 'colour bar' ended
A West Indian refused a job at Euston Station will now be employed there after managers overturn a ban on black workers.
1971: Seals shot by government decree
The British Government endorses a cull of baby seals in the Wash.
2000: Police camera action violates human rights
Two men caught on camera for dangerous driving escape prosecution in a landmark case.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The spoof emailer

Slippery Orange Ballcock is a collection of obviously spoof emails to real life companies and their serious replies. V.funny.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Guess which movie
Guess the movie game , using a still image
Been Mapped
Bookmark the earh. Via Google Blogoscoped


Space Shuttle Countdown Enters Final Hours (AP)
How Dell made Los Angeles look like a sucker - in pictures
British government lost 150 PCs this year
EC officials raid Intel offices
BBC In Trouble Over Free Music
Granny Picks Linux
Disposable email addresses
Using BitTorrent on Linux
I should be in the spam business...
The Governator's Talk direc.tor
Technorati is for PR Professionals

Monday, July 11, 2005


Countdown Begins for Discovery Launch (AP)
Military's Energy-Beam Weapons Delayed (AP)
Microsoft Surprises with Linux 'Hands-On Lab'(Ziff Davis)
Mobile content market is booming
The patent vote: who won that round, exactly?
UK police chase pics, email, phone records in bomber hunt
Students refuse to buy a singlesong from Napster
Windows Longhorn Beta Screenshots
Microsoft's 'Hands-On' Linux Lab
Alex, The Brainy Parrot Who Knows About Zero
Drupal Needs a New Home
Be Your Own Hotspot
Rats in the security world
Linux in the Classroom: a Look Back
Surprise: People Are Lazy
Link Exchange Spammers Should Die
I think it's time to dump the Powerbook...

Friday, July 08, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1996: Seven slashed in school machete attack
Three young children and four adults are attacked by a man with a machete at an infant school in Wolverhampton.
1965: Ronald Biggs escapes from jail
Ronald Biggs who was serving a 30-year prison sentence for his part in the Great Train Robbery escapes from Wandsworth prison.
2003: Conjoined twins die in separation op
Conjoined Iranian twins who volunteered to go ahead with a major operation to separate them both die during surgery.
1971: British troops shoot Londonderry rioters
Two men are killed by the British army in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
2000: New Harry Potter most magical yet
The latest story about boy wizard Harry Potter breaks all publishing records.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

BBC eyewitness reports on London explosions

London bomb blasts flickr pool
Wikipedia entry

Thursday Linkdump
Wikipedia: History of the Goomba
Via Waxy
An illustrated history of every character from the Super Mario universe. Via Kottke
Google's Master plan
photo of whiteboard
Google maps transparencies
overlay map view with sat view
Found photos
Google currency conversion
neat idea

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The strange world of German cassette collectors
Trading old cassette tapes that are still sealed.

London wins Olympic bid

London wins Olympic bid


Olympic bid - live log
Live updates from BBC reporters in Singapore. digs up some kozmo artefacts

What did sell and why they went bust
In depth Google Answers reply on one of the darlings of the dotcom era.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

My stuff for sale on Ebay

I've got some items for sale here on Ebay. Mostly older computer books that i'm getting rid of.

Monday, July 04, 2005


Mission Accomplished: Probe Hits Comet (AP)
Best Live 8 Viewing Found Online (AP)
Are brains analog, or digital?
Windows Software Ugly, Boring & Uninspired
Linux &Scaling: the Essentials
My Web 2.0: Social Search

Saturday, July 02, 2005

WW1 Color Photo gallery

Fascinating online gallery here of World War One color photos.

Luther Vandross RIP

American soul singer Luther Vandross has died at the age of 54, two years after suffering a major stroke.


Here's an article about running a webserver on the Sony PSP

Friday, July 01, 2005

Iraq war casualty map
Google maps hack plotting where U.S. casualties have come from. Disturbing stuff.

Star Wars Google maps hack


NASA Sets July 13 Shuttle Launch Date (AP)
Internet offers Live 8 a shot at broadcast record (AFP)
Exec + PDA = security alert
BBC culls Cult website
Red Hat milks corporate Linux sales for strong Q1
Men blamed for spyware surge
David Clark: Rebuild the Internet
The 12-minute Windows Heist
Linux &Scaling: the Essentials
Interview with Ga?l Duval of Mandriva
Passing Interview Triage

BBC - On This Day
1997: Hong Kong handed over to Chinese control
Hong Kong has been handed back to the Chinese authorities - ending more than 150 years of British control.
1963: Philby confirmed as 'third man'
Former Foreign Office official Harold Philby is confirmed as the "third man"in the Burgess and Maclean case.
1994: Yasser Arafat ends 27-year exile
The chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, returns to the Gaza Strip after 27 years in exile.
1987: Stock-broker guilty of corruption
One of the City's top investment bankers receives the first conviction for insider dealing since it became illegal.
2000: Ex-Blair ally attacks prime minister
Millionaire novelist Ken Follett levels scathing personal criticism at Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Google Earth
Fly around the planet courtesy of Google. Windows only unforuntately.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Katamari Damacy fantasy night
Very surreal photo gallery
Single neurons may respond to concepts
Glastonbury blog roundup
uk festival blogorama


Fireworks Likely When NASA Blows Up Comet (AP)
EBay Losing Allure for Some Entrepreneurs (AP)
PayPal founder on Google's Wallet
Sun layoffs hit hundreds in US
Space Shuttle One Step Closer To July Launch
The Virtual Planet Explorer
1001 Ways to Harden Linux
A Festival of speech synthesis for Linux
How about, Don't Be Evil
Theo de Raadt talks about Linux
Surprising User Expectations

Friday, June 24, 2005

Sony Aibo dances to Daft Punk
Old American shopping mall photography
O'Reilly Astronomy hacks
Plane crash last words - mp3s and transcipts

BBC - On This Day
1983: US astronaut Sally Ride returns
America's first woman in space, Sally Ride, returns safely in the Challenger space shuttle after a six-day flight.
1974: Labour rift over nuclear test
The Labour Government admits Britain exploded a nuclear device in the United States a few weeks ago.
1968: Rail go-slow begins
The country's rail network is thrown into disarray as the National Union of Railwaymen begins its work-to-rule and ban on overtime.
1986: Ian Paisley's battle cry condemned
Hard-line unionist leader the Reverend Ian Paisley warns Northern Ireland is on the verge of civil war.
1993: Minister resigns over business links
Northern Ireland Minister Michael Mates resigns over his links with fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Secure PHP login

Creating a secure PHP login script
how to create an secure login using a mysql database, sessions, ip address tracking and cookies.

Wall Street Journal - eBay sellers go it alone
Thanks to Amazon's marketplace and Google Adsense, many online sellers are becoming less dependent on eBay

Pulp Fiction in 30 seconds
Flash required... very funny.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Geotagging Flickr with Google Maps and Greasemonkey'


CEO Says Google Won't Compete With PayPal (AP)
EBay Launches Site For Open-Source Developers (TechWeb)
Orlando axes free muni Wi-Fi
PetaBox: Big Storage in Small Boxes
Linus On The Future Of Microsoft
The /proc Filesystem as a Programmer Tool
Beginner's guide to Linux distros
The Kubuntu Distribution
Death to IMAP Clients

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Patent Absurdity

Richard Stallman writes in the Guardian about the European Parliamentary vote on software patenting. He argues that if the law were applied to the novels in the 1880s, great books would not have been written.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Leverage the power of internet social networks to get drunk, faster....


Russia Cargo Ship Docks With Space Station (AP)
Programming Jobs Losing Luster in U.S. (AP)
E-Mail Embarrasses 119 Failing Students (AP)
Report: Google to Start New Payment System (AP)
Google plans pay service to rival PayPal -WSJ (Reuters)
AMD dual-core Athlons 'sell out' in Tokyo
Red Hat and Novell salivate as Navy learns to count servers
Censored Nagasaki Bomb Story Found
Hunting for Botnet Command and Controls
Desktop Linux on x86 - Adapt or Die
Hardening Linux: a 10 step approach
Building Clustered Linux Systems
Installing Fedora Core 4, First Impressions
Benchmark Road and Recreation Maps
06/15 Damn Small 1.2.1

Open BSD honcho in Linux tirade
Theo De Raadt says that Linux is made up of 'cheap little hacks'

Saturday, June 18, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1972: UK's worst air crash kills 118
A flight from London Heathrow to Brussels crashes minutes after take-off killing all 118 people on board.
1979: Leaders agree arms reduction treaty
United States President Jimmy Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign Salt II, the first arms-reduction treaty between the two super powers.
1999: Anti-capitalism demo turns violent
Police and protesters clash at a demonstration against capitalism in the centre of London's financial district.
1965: Drink-drive limit to be introduced
The government announces it will introduce a blood alcohol limit for drivers with penalties for those caught above it.
1956: Truman rejects anti-Stalin talk
The former President of the United States, Harry Truman, dismisses suggestions Moscow may be about to turn its back on its Stalinist past.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Wikipedia animate
Wikidiff wiki diff competition
write a wiki diff animation tool - get $150 and a flickr pro account

Thursday, June 16, 2005

DJ Artyom - cassette tape mixer

DJ Artyom from Russia has created his own homebrew cassette tape mixers, complete with jogwheel, power on/off, treble,bass,mid and lots of other features - you can see his kit here and here on You have to see this to believe it - it's an awesome example of retro hardware hacking.

DJ Artyom casette dj website


Yotophoto is a search engine for free-use stock photographs. Some of the images are public domain and others have generous Creative Commons (or similar) licensing. Nearly all these photographs are free for personal and commercial use with minimal restrictions.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Ubuntu 5 reviewed
In depth review of the latest Ubuntu with screenshots.


Yahoo! Buys Internet Phone Provider (AP)
Sun Launches OpenSolaris Project (TechWeb)
10 vulns - three critical - in MS patch batch
Google finds web-only video clips
MS Patch Train Leaves the Station
Back to Moon in 2015?
Half Of Businesses Still Use Windows 2000
Dell Axim X50 Running Linux
Ajax on Rails
06/13 Debian 3.1 (AMD64)
06/13 Fedora 4

Seattle bus monster
Google maps hack showing bus routes in Seattle.

simple php gallery by celeron

Simple Gallery is a very simple PHP gallery script.

"You don't have to go into the settings and add albums or anything similiar to that. All you do is create a folder inside the Albums directory and you're done."

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Corrugated Tunnel @ Sonar

Friend of mine, CorrugatedTunnel , will be appearing live this Thursday, June 16 at Zentraus in Barcelona as part of the week long Sonar festival playing his brand of progressive electro.

Entrance to Zentraus is entirely free.

Zentraus dance club
Rambla del Raval, 41
08001 Barcelona
+34 934 421 323

Technorati versus Google

In Secrets of A List Bloggers , Tristan Louis compares the Technorati top 100 to the number of backlinks that appear on Google, and comes up with some interesting statistical analysis.

Monday, June 13, 2005


Date Palm Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed (AP)
Nokia to build phone browser from Apple tech
PC Prices Reach $300 Milestone
Using an Old Space-Suit as a Satellite
Puppy Linux Live Reviewed
Talking with Richard Stallman
Major Breakthrough in Linux Technology
IE Tabs Suck Memory Too
Examples of Really Bad Lock-In?
Financial Times Using Link Spam
Tech Recruiting is Hard
IE's Tabbed Browsing Embarrassment

Debian Sarge release notes

Debian sarge release notes
Upgrade issues
key point:
You are therefore strongly advised NOT to upgrade to a 2.6 kernel as part of the upgrade from woody to sarge. Instead, you should first make sure your system works correctly with either the old kernel or with a 2.4 kernel from sarge and do the upgrade to a 2.6 kernel later as a separate project.

other useful stuff:
Debian sources wikipage

Saturday, June 11, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1955: Le Mans disaster claims 77 lives
Seventy-seven people are killed and 77 others injured when a racing car spins off the track and into the crowd.
1998: UN warns of famine in Sudan
More than a million people in Sudan are facing starvation, prompting the United Nations to declare an official famine in the region.
1959: Hovercraft marks new era in transport
The Hovercraft invented by Christopher Cockerell is officially launched in Southampton.
1987: Thatcher wins record third term
Margaret Thatcher declares she is "raring to go"as she wins a record third term as prime minister.
1976: Mercenaries trial begins in Angola
The trial of 13 mercenaries - 10 of them British - begins in Angola with the public still in the dark over the exact charges.
1968: French student rebel arrives in UK
French student rebel leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit arrives in Britain stirring up fears of campus unrest.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Lamest edit wars on Wikipedia

This entry on Wikipedia lists the catfights and edit wars that have gone on over there. Highlights include
SkyOS - "Fast & furious kindergarten catfight with accusations of GPL violations, advertising, lying and fanboyism",
Exploding Whale - is the phrase "the blast blasted blubber beyond all believable bounds" worthy of inclusion?
and even the "Lamest edit wars page itself - "Edit war over what edit wars should be on this page"

Sequencing with seq24

In this Linux Journal article, Dave Philips writes about the seq24 sequencer. There is an example page too with some ogg format snippets. A follow up article talks about Qsynth and QJackCtl and how to use them with Jack


NASA space probe to slam into comet July 4 (Reuters)
Top CEOs Describe Future Technologies (AP)
Robots Dance, Play at World Robot Expo (AP)
Goggle, Yahoo Seen Boosted by Ad Surge (AP)
Public sector IT abuse still rife
Security Patch Creation at Microsoft
PC Case Made Completely of Fans
At the Sounding Edge: Using QSynth and QJackCtl
Performance analysis on Linux
Google's Polite and Human Take Down Notice
Asa Understands Normal Users and Firefox Users

A decade of PHP

If it wasnt for PHP..

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

gmerge shut down

Sad. The excellent Gmerge site , which allowed you to build wallpapers from Google Maps tiles has been shut down after Google pointed out that it violated its terms of service.

A pity. Being able to build a large-ish map of a downtown area (and then printing it out for reference in the real world) is a feature I'd love to see offered in Google Maps.

Google maps wallpaper generator
can generate quite large wallpapers using some nifty python hacks
Skype for musicians
New Justin 'WinAmp' Frankel project called ninjam
Ninjam announcement
lend us your ears
Darth Vadar on Wheel of Fortune
the force is strong
Black Holes on Google Maps

Everaldo of crystal icons fame has posted some very niceStar Wars icons on KDE Look.


Dolphins Protect Their Snouts With Sponges (AP)
REVIEW: 'Guild Wars'Removes Online Grind (AP)
Apple to Switch Macs to Intel Chips (AP)
Safari goes community - again
Error 404 at 40,000 feet
More outsourcing = more unhappiness
IBM and Sun dangle their blades at telcos
Schneier on Attack Trends: More Complex Worms
The Science of Star Wars
Message Storm Knocks NYSE Offline
iTunes More Popular Than Most P2P Sites
Disposable Camcorder
A Farewell to Transmeta?
Lock Down KDE with Kiosk Mode
An Interview with Dr. Ari Jaaksi of Nokia
Linux Games: An Interview With Michael Simms
Knoppix 3.9 Review
Google Sitemap vs. Ping Servers

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Windows 2000: Microsofts most successful failure
The Register looks back on Win2K and how it became a hacker target.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Optical illusion
dots before your eyes

Revenge of the Sith easter eggs


Schtuff is a free wiki service thats easy to use and has some neat features tacked on such as tagging, custom permissions and an image gallery.

XML Sucks
lengthy but interesting and in depth critique of all things xml

Saturday, June 04, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1940: Dunkirk rescue is over - Churchill defiant
As the last Allied soldier leaves Dunkirk, the British Prime Minister vows his forces "shall never surrender".
1989: Massacre in Tiananmen Square
The Chinese army storms an uprising by students in Tiananmen Square, killing several hundred people.
1977: Greece releases UK plane-spotters
Five British plane-spotters imprisoned in Greece for spying are released after 10 weeks in jail.
1991: UK army spending to be cut
Defence Secretary Tom King has confirms Britain will reduce the amount it spends on the army.
1968: Dover begins bird purge
Dover residents prepare to get rid of "these horrible birds"in the drive to create a cleaner, quieter seaside resort.

Friday, June 03, 2005

BBC site under the bonnet

Here's an interesting article by the BBC on the technology behind their websites. Turns out that they follow the K.I.S.S. mantra ("keep it simple stupid"). Apache/Linux technology with server farms in London and New York. They even provide a network diagram. There is a discussion about this on Slashdot

Sun want to share
new marketing campaign.

Skywalker Ranch, San Rafael

Google Sightseeing - Skywalker Ranch, San Rafael, California.

Europe falling behind on open source
well, that is , according to the EU Commission. KDE is Swedish/German, and Mandrake is French and Suse was German, to name but three.

Web apps compendium
Big list of seo, rss, news and other stuff from kuro5hin

EU I.T. plan
I.T. research spending to be ramped up.

3 stage Bagle virus alarms experts
beach-head established , then antivirus updates and firewalls disabled..

Thursday, June 02, 2005


EBay to Acquire for $620M (AP)
The Dot In Dot-Com's Now The 'S' In Sharing (Investor's Business Daily)
Acer Unveils Mini PC In Taiwan (TechWeb)
Europe reports broadband growth
SCO watches Q2 revenue and loss shrink
Parliament slapped for rubbish web presence
Europe Home to Majority of Zombies
Linux Geeks To Take Over World
Cell phones as Credit Cards
Hacking the Linux Desktop, Part 2
Boeing 777 Blog Rocks
Imitation and the Slippery Slope of Portaldom: My Google

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Longhorn to drop "My" prefixes

Technewsworld report that Microsoft will drop the "My" prefixes for Longhorn - "My Computer" will now be "Computer", "My Music" will be "Music" and so on.

Utterly amazing technical development going on there. ;-)

SearchBistro previews the mysterious It turns out (if true) that Google are using human raters from all over the world in the battle against spam results.

Google maps Hacking
lots of useful info

Spotted these Google Maps hacks:
Chicago Crime map
Cheap gas map

Blogging for paychecks
Slashdot point out the new phenomenon of blogger job adverts for corporate America.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Google Earth beta released

Slashdot mention that Google Earth has been released to Keyhole subscribers.

Monday, May 30, 2005


A Gamers Manifesto
20 suggestions on how to improve games.
Public web services
List of services available by xml interfaces.
Google Earth
Keyhole + Google
Jumbo jet landing in the Netherlands Antilles
Astonishing photo

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Airplane with 4 engines

Here's how to build a model airplane with four engines and some glue.

Microsoft Double Plus UnGood

Microsoft is running this curious Thought Thieves film competition for 14 to 17 year olds where the theme of submitted film shorts should be about "intellectual property theft". Of course, any films submitted have to be licensed to Microsoft on Microsofts own terms...

BBC - On This Day
1955: Communist states sign Warsaw Pact
The Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies sign a defence pact in the Polish capital, Warsaw, places all member countries under one military command.
1991: Mandela's wife jailed for kidnaps
Winnie Mandela, the wife of anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela, is given a six-year jail term for her part in the kidnap of four youths.
1964: Nasser and Khrushchev divert the Nile
The Egyptian and Russian leaders end phase one of the construction of the Aswan High Dam by blowing up a huge sand barrage to divert the course of the Nile.
1957: Cheers as petrol rationing ended
Relief across the country as the paymaster general announces restrictions on fuel consumption imposed during the Suez crisis are to be lifted.
2001: Scientists warn of more CJD cases
Variant CJD - the human form of BSE or "mad cow disease"- has been found in 99 people so far - but scientists warn a "second wave"in several years could be much larger.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Alternatives to Movable Type
Ann Arbor points links to alternative blogging software.

Thursday, May 12, 2005


FunnyFox has three humourous Firefox propaganda videos

BBC Backstage

BBC Backstage
Play with feeds - APIs coming soon.Slashdot mention it too.

My tag soup

Here's my variant on the tag soup idea , as initially developed by John Herren.

I hacked these together using my own coding along with some Magpie RSS , a Zend POST function and Yahoo content analysis services. Some jiggery pokery with my back-end mysql tables and an hourly cronjob and voila - a nice soup of news tags. It took about 4 or 5 hours of hacking about, but I have to say , its a nice idea. I sometimes find very strange keywords popping up , and just clicking through to see what the stories are. Its certainly a different way to browse the news headlines.

Tech News Soup
Business News Soup
TagSoup - my main blog posting about it.