Archives for: September 2006

A descant of a different sort

09/28/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
I'd not heard of "presbycusis" before the BBC article linked above, but I am aware of the issue of the range of hearing deteriorating as one ages. In addition to giving me another word I can use while losing at Scrabble, the article describes a gimmicky… more »

How do you identify music without a title?

09/28/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
This is more of a general musing. Recently a song came on my MP3 player. The song, recorded on tape from the UK's BBC Radio 1 sometime in the late '80s, is not by any artist I know of. There are no phrases that show up in any of the lyric searches. I've… more »

World's largest bug

09/28/06 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
Apparently the VW Beetle wasn't good enough for Germany. more »

Great sentences to start a post with

09/28/06 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh
Bugs, how I love them ... I love hunting them down and killing them. Hunting down and killing the developer who caused the bug would be just as much fun if it weren’t illegal in every country in the world, that and programmers would probably be an… more »

All true wisdom begins with Cecil

09/26/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly
I'm a sucker for trivia sites. The best I'm aware of is "The Straight Dope" which has the most entertaining bits of patter about the oddest set of questions. To person who swore that baked potatoes should always be wrapped in tinfoil with the shiny… more »

Your regular DRM update

09/21/06 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
Want to see why I'm moving away from Windows? OSX may not be better in the long run, but at least so far it's not moving in this direction. more »

Trackbacks gone again

09/19/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Whining
After a brief attempt to enable trackbacks on the blog, I've disabled them again due to the incredible spam load. Some people do seem to be doing their darndest to hobble the more interactive aspects of the web. more »

The most insane laptop ever

09/18/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Normally I'd say that Dell was smoking something particularly potent when they created the monstrous XPS M2010 but I know at least one person personally who would probably buy it. The scary thing is that it actually has a battery and runs for about… more »

Oh lordy, not more DRM

09/18/06 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
One of my hot buttons is, and has been for a while, Digital Rights Management (aka DRM.) The main overall change is that the content (the music, movie or book) is no longer considered to be sold but merely licensed. The ability to then sell your copy… more »

Weblog privacy

09/15/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
This one came up today in a discussion with a relative. She'd found a weblog belonging to yet another relative that was expressing some fairly personal information, and was wondering about the ethics of reading what's functionally a private diary. My… more »

Truth in preflight announcements

09/14/06 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
Being a regular flyer and having sat through years worth of preflight briefings, this little commentary from the Economist tickled my funnybone. Title links to the original. more »

Blogging at work

09/14/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Whining
Recently a new version of our employee handbook was posted on the corporate intranet. The interesting this is that it now has a section on weblogging listed amongst the bits on inappropriate computer use and workplace harassment. Item #1: Do not blog… more »

The cover of "The Time Machine"

09/13/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music
One of the tracks from Alan Parsons' "The Time Machine" came up in random shuffle. As with most Alan Parsons' albums, this comes with a theme, and not entirely surprisingly, it's time on this one. On my system, that means that the cover is displayed.… more »

Expensing computer use

09/13/06 | by Adam | Categories: Whining
Recently I bought a new laptop after deciding that none of the work laptops were appropriate for a business trip. When I asked my manager if there was a similar program to reimbursing personal car mileage for personal laptop use, I was told there wasn't… more »

Posts restored (mostly)

09/12/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Whining
I've restored all of the posts that were here originally, prior to the destruction of the original host. There's one I can't find as it was never cached by Google, but that's about it. Back up the site properly, Ritchie :) (Although I'm copying all my… more »
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