Just off the A1(M)
Tue, 26 Jul 2005
Mon, 25 Jul 2005
I ought to have another go at installing the Pyblosxom comments system as well as upgrading to a more recent version. I think I failed last time due to complications with Apache.
At home I am making an effort to exorcise the last Windows PC. There's an old machine running Windows 98 that the kids use for various web games and to play a couple of old educational games we bought. I was curious to see if Wine could emulate enough of Windows to get them working. I've tried one of them and it comes up with lots of errors about not having something to do with music and Google has not found me an answer yet. I was quite impressed that I can now run Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and Windows Media Player on Linux now. I don't really need them, although the company website has a webmail system that doesn't work as nicely on Firefox.
I had a small victory when I tried my Canon i455 inkjet with Ubuntu. There is no specific driver for it, but the BJC7000 one works quite well. Better than I had it working on Knoppix anyway.
We saw Madagascar at the weekend with the kids. It's a fairly typical Dreamworks animation in the style of Shrek. Technically it's excellent, but I prefer the sublety of Pixar films. I put a brief 'review' on Multiply.
Wed, 20 Jul 2005
Mon, 18 Jul 2005
Modern high-end PCs use a lot of power, so the energy efficiency may be important to those who leave their PC on all day. Tom's Hardware have done some testing on this and it seems that the AMD PCs are much more efficient that the Intel ones. Under full load this can be around 150W as opposed to 250W. Over a year that amounts to a lot of money.
Of course, if you really want to save energy then go for something like the Mini-ITX that will draw a fraction of that power, but is probably not aimed at the power user. I would go for one of these as a 24/7 media PC or file server.
Sat, 16 Jul 2005
Maybe one day I will watch them with the various commentaries. That would absorb several days of my life. That may have to wait until I retire. Meanwhile I expect I will watch them again with the kids when I feel they are old enough, but may do the books first.
Thu, 14 Jul 2005
Mon, 11 Jul 2005
Sat, 09 Jul 2005
My first experience of being on-line was with a Teletype (an ancient device that was more mechanical than electronic and just printed everything on a roll of paper) and an acoustic coupler (a bit like a modem except that you put the telephone handset into a pair of rubber cups and the data was sent as audible noise). That probably managed a few bytes per second at best. Later I owned various modems starting at 14.4kb and working up to the heady heights of 56kb. So now I'm getting over 30 times that speed. The upload speed is a fraction of the download. So it's still going to take a while to send large emails. I wonder if this is just a tactic to stop people sharing large files.
Thu, 07 Jul 2005
I'm fortunate in that I'm fairly sure that nobody I know was hurt today, but my sympathy goes out to those who have lost someone and to those who will bear the mental and physical effects for the rest of their lives. It often seems with a disaster that you hear plenty about the dead, but less about the survivors.
I hope this doesn't result in knee-jerk reactions like the USA did back in 2001. If we all have to change how we live then the terrorists have won. See Bruce Schneier's comments for a reasoned look at how terrorism should be handled. London is riddled with CCTV cameras, but that didn't stop this happening. Would ID cards have made any difference?
Tue, 05 Jul 2005
Kino is a simple DV capture and editing suite. All I had to do was make the Firewire devices accessable and it worked. Now I have to work out how to get it into a suitable form for writing to DVD. There seem to be tools around that let you do menus and other fancy things.
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