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Friday 2 January 2004

Ok, next question: how the hell do you post a picture rather than a link using Radio on a Mac? It won't work in either IE or Safari. WHY does working with Radio on a Mac have to be such a pain (you have to do more intermediate steps that you don't need to do in Windows...)?

Gone is the wysiwig editing unless I use Mozilla (thanks, I don't really want to have yet another browser installed, but looks like I'll have to -- I do not know enough html to make editing via html a fun and happy process. All of which underlines a point I made in a recent Guardian article -- weblogging software programs, ALL of them, remain too difficult for fussy or most people to be able to do much with them outside of the most basic stuff (however, I consider a Mac wysiwig editor to be a pretty basic feature)... No wonder there's such a high drop-out rate with blogs -- it just gets so damn frustrating sometimes dealing with the app, the servers, the hosting, the writing...

OK. I'll stop. No grumpiness on only day 2 of a fresh new year! Or only minimal grumpiness. And anyway, Jaspar just woke up so time to crawl on the floor and endure a puppy attack.
3:18:20 PM  #  your two cents []


Here's my new year's baby: Jaspar, my little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pup, who arrived in my house on New year's Eve. How can 2004 not be a blast with this little fellow around?!


3:02:14 PM  #  your two cents []

Monday 22 December 2003

Heh! From John Naughton's blog: Malapropisms

Quentin was looking for a B&B near Heathrow airport, and found a web page saying, "The bedrooms are specious...". Hmmm... Wonder if they meant "plausible but false" or "based on pretense; deceptively pleasing"? [Memex 1.1]
9:44:20 AM  #  your two cents []

Legal victory for file-swappers. A US court rules that the music industry cannot force internet companies to identify subscribers who swap music files online. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]
9:42:09 AM  #  your two cents []

Dutch Supreme Court rules Kazaa legal. But using it might not be [The Register]
9:40:39 AM  #  your two cents []

As Nanotechnology Gains Visibility, Venture Capital Begins Coming In. It may take sophisticated microscopes to see nanotechnology's products, but the money pouring into the field is hard to miss. [New York Times: Technology]
9:38:28 AM  #  your two cents []

Rustic found alphabet. "Dean Allen at Textism created a found alphabet in a rural setting. The alphabet has a pleasant rustic feel, using mostly earth tones."

Link...While you're there, check out his Daily Oliver, too...

[Boing Boing Blog]
9:31:25 AM  #  your two cents []

Bertrand Russell. "There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." [Quotes of the Day]
9:29:22 AM  #  your two cents []

International flying at a time of high terrorist alerts. Peace on earth, goodwill towards man.
9:23:40 AM  #  your two cents []

Friday 19 December 2003

At this holiday time of year, send some good thoughts in the direction of a small town in Wisconsin today. Yesterday my 95 year old, much-loved grandmother fell and shattered a thigh bone and had to have surgery. She is incredible -- lives alone, in her own little house. She's one of the people I care most about in the world, and I'm hoping she heals quickly. Apparently the surgery went well and her first words as the anaesthesia wore off were: "I have to get back home soon, since the dryer needs fixing." That's my grandma.

Many years ago, after my mom's father had died, and then my dad's mother had died, a romance blossomed between my mom's mom (who just had her surgery) and my dad's dad. They ended up marrying in the 1960s! Making my mom and dad step-brother and step-sister, all my cousins my cousins twice over, my brothers my cousins, and me, my own cousin. Confused?! I know, you practically need a diagram. Grandpa, dad's dad, passed on years ago so it's been grandma on her own for many years now. Well, surrounded by family, including 90-something sister and brother. At my aunt's wedding last May (she, in her 70s, married an 80-something) the mother of the bride -- grandma -- attended, and was first up to start dancing to Johnny Be Good. They don't make 'em like that very often. Here's thinking of you, grandma, and may you be up and about again before long.
10:27:13 AM  #  your two cents []

Wal-Mart Music Download Service Launches [Slashdot]
10:15:57 AM  #  your two cents []

Sculptures Reveal Artistic Mastery of Prehistoric Europeans [Scientific American]
10:14:56 AM  #  your two cents []

Got a science-y person in your life? Can't figure out a good gift? If you're willing to spend a bit (ie: the person is family, best friend, or partner) I'd highly recommend a subscription to New Scientist (www.newscientist.com). Sharp, challenging, endlessly interesting, and with good broad appeal to anyone who likes science, technology, and science issues. I finally got a subscription myself and must say it's one of the best purchases I've made this year. It's a weekly so it's always fresh news.
10:13:04 AM  #  your two cents []

Salon reviews the new Patrick McCabe: "Call Me the Breeze" by Patrick McCabe. A brilliant, hallucinatory fable of LSD, pies, "psychobilly" rock, IRA violence and Travis Bickle-style love in the sinister country-and-western Ireland of the '70s. [Salon.com]
10:03:51 AM  #  your two cents []

Thursday 18 December 2003

This morning I was up at 7:30 (not an hour favoured by journalists unless you are coming home...) -- in order to go for ice skating lessons at 9 with my pal Mark. This was so much fun! The rink (www.dublincityonice.ie), in Smithfield and a short bicycle ride from my house, is outdoors --perfect, as this morning dawned beautiful, clear and icy cold. I went to the rink last year and also once this year but going for lessons was a treat. Seven of us had the whole rink to ourselves rather than jostling with the crowds and Canadian instructor Lorelei explained how to do something I've wanted to be able to do since I was a kid -- skate backwards! By the end of a glorious hour I could go backwards without constantly whirling my arms like windmills -- what an accomplishment! We are going to go again in the first week of January -- who knows, maybe I'll be doing triple somersaults after the next lesson...
2:52:16 PM  #  your two cents []

Maybe 'interesting' should be in quotation marks...?! Novel uses boost picture mobiles. Mobile with cameras are set to be one of the hottest items this Christmas, as people find interesting uses for them. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]
2:33:42 PM  #  your two cents []

For the Deaf, Communication Without the Wait. High-speed Internet access and videoconferencing tools have given the deaf new access to a simple pleasure that most people take for granted: chatting on the telephone. [New York Times: Technology]
2:29:46 PM  #  your two cents []

The best of British blogging. This year's Guardian weblog awards. [Guardian Unlimited]
2:28:12 PM  #  your two cents []

Excellent: New York and Microsoft Expected to File Civil Suits in Spam Case. Eliot Spitzer, the New York state attorney general, and Microsoft plan to file civil suits charging one of the nation's most prominent e-mail marketers with fraud. [New York Times: Technology]
2:26:32 PM  #  your two cents []

It's not because I don't think they're important... Yeah, I know: I haven't linked to or commented upon any of the very recent Irish govt initiatives to provide broadband connectivity to Irish towns and cities, and to open up the ESB network and work with Esat/BT to push down domestic lease line/backhaul pricing. This is all good news but I want some time to read and think through the initiatives. Jamie Smyth in the Irish TImes covered the stories. I'll try to get some links up and some commentary in the next while.
2:23:49 PM  #  your two cents []

Coffee Shop as Office. Legal Grounds coffee shop in Dallas is the primary office for a number of independent workers: This story is a great peek into the lives of a handful of people who regularly spend most of their work days on their laptops in this coffee shop. [via techdirt]... [Wi-Fi Networking News]
2:20:06 PM  #  your two cents []

How the Entertainment Cartel Helped Promote Encryption. From Dan Gillmor: Speaking of worthy new essays, don't miss Clay Shirky's "The RIAA Succeeds Where the Cypherpunks Failed" -- a fine explanation... [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]
2:17:56 PM  #  your two cents []

Free online seminar features guitarist Pat Metheny. For any guitarists and/or Pat Metheny fans, this sounds like it could be rather cool: MacCentral reports that "Apple is offering musicians a free online seminar discussing guitars and the Mac. The session features legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny." [MacCentral]
2:15:28 PM  #  your two cents []

Wednesday 17 December 2003

Games publisher Electronic Arts Canada is running these amazingly geeky billboards that translate as "Now Hiring."


[Boing Boing Blog]
11:03:22 AM  #  your two cents []

Gov.UK touts Net access for all by 2008. [The Register]
11:01:54 AM  #  your two cents []

Zander to head Motorola. Ed Zander, former president of Sun Microsystems Inc., is returning to the corporate IT world as chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Inc. [InfoWorld: Top News]
11:00:06 AM  #  your two cents []

Wi-Fi Grows, but Profits Don't. As wireless Internet access becomes available in more and more places, businesses struggle to squeeze money from their networks. [Wired News]
10:58:33 AM  #  your two cents []

Dalek Xmas.

A little holiday spirit: Daleks eating Christmas dinner.


[Boing Boing Blog]
10:55:43 AM  #  your two cents []

Internet Merchants Struggle With Traffic. Several of the most popular online merchants have struggled to cope with heavy holiday traffic, a survey shows. [New York Times: Technology]
10:54:31 AM  #  your two cents []

Barney Cam Is 'Reloaded' for a Christmas Sequel From the White House. The presidential terrier, Barney, returned on Friday for his second annual dog's-eye view of the White House Christmas decorations in "Barney Cam II: Barney Reloaded." . [New York Times: Technology]
10:53:05 AM  #  your two cents []

Tuesday 16 December 2003

A question for anyone using Radio on Safari -- am I right in guessing you can't get the wysiwyg editor to work for posts within Safari?
2:12:43 AM  #  your two cents []

Will the REAL techno-culture blog please stand up? If you visited in the last two days and wondered if this blog had been replaced by a changeling (so to speak), the proper blog is back. The brief outage was due to me not getting the transfer done in all the correct bits, bytes and pieces from the Windows desktop machine to Mac laptop. In the interim some low-level panic stepped in, I admit.

It all had to do with macros and not re-putting in an ftp password and porting across too many root files and other things that make the head swim and go to show that doing anything more than the very basics with a blog is not for the faint-hearted (and I think Radio makes this easier than most). A few techie friends (I'm sure I have a few out there who will admit to being such) will acknowledge that while I am not a dab hand at the technical stuff, I can blunder along without constantly embarrassing myself (I only look like a total fool 90% of the time). But this was way beyond me, once I'd crashed and burned. Lawrence over at Userland Software kindly came to my aid via the discussion boards, so now I can go back to not having a life and posting to the weblog.

Move along, there's nothing left of the acccident to see any more, folks.

Meanwhile, I was looking at the Saturday Guardian arts section which has a review of the current Shakespeare on in Stratford which stars Dame Judi Dench, and a picture of the Dame. What a striking, beautiful, noble face she has as she has aged. How that aging becomes her. And how rare now to see that in an actress (or actor) in this age of botox and the Holy Church of the Nip and Tuck.

We are losing character on stage and on screen... indeed do we even see our stars age any more -- one day they are youthful, then they go into three decades of a holding pattern, then suddenly they seem really worn and aged (think Harrison Ford or Robert Redford). I've always liked Clint Eastwood because the lines just got deeper, he could deprecate his own growing decrepitude (Unforgiven) and the better and better films kept coming out of his head.
1:05:35 AM  #  your two cents []

Friday 12 December 2003

For Hearing Aids, a Lesson From a Fly on the Wall. A fly with extraordinarily sharp hearing inspires an advance in the technology of hearing aids.  [New York Times: Technology]
11:03:59 AM  #  your two cents []

Argh. I still haven't had time to either do a clean install of XP (you can imagine how high that is on my To Do list) or figure out why my DSL keeps disconnecting from my desktop PC. A reader sent me a likely reason to check out -- apparently people running DSL on XP have been having problems like this since one of the recent automatic updates (heh -- I mistyped that as 'aromatic updates'; I'll leave you to imagine likely scents!!). He's given me some helpful avenues to pursue and I'll make a bet that that's the problem. However, I don't want to fix it then have to do it all over again after I do the regular clean install. So the hideousness of a clean install must come first.

So the question is: will I get to this before heading for California for the holidays? Snowballs and hot places come to mind. In the meantime, I am trying to migrate Radio over to my Mac to at least make it easier to do blog updates (at the moment, I have to switch cables around and get a dial-up connection to do so, as Radio is on my PC. Ugh) but then I read of -- sigh -- 'issues'... related to Panther compatibility.

Tech hell, albeit not one of the nastier circles of same that one can inhabit.
11:02:23 AM  #  your two cents []

Attack on SCO's servers intensifies. A day-old denial-of-service attack on the Web server of the controversial SCO Group has been expanded to assault the company's mail and file servers, SCO's top network administrator says. [CNET News.com - Front Door]
10:52:43 AM  #  your two cents []

Top UK sites 'fail privacy test'. Some of the top UK websites are flouting new EU legislation that aims to protect the privacy web users. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]
10:52:04 AM  #  your two cents []

Iran's president defends web control. Iranian authorities have defended the country's web censorship rules at the UN's digital divide summit. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]
10:51:21 AM  #  your two cents []

Technology Makes Comeback in Realigning of Nasdaq Index. The Nasdaq 100, on its way to a very good year, is bringing in technology stocks again. [New York Times: Technology]
10:50:16 AM  #  your two cents []

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