Archive for September, 2004

Geek grub

Sunday, September 12th, 2004

This morning’s Sunday morning surf introduced me to the delights of Micahel Chu’s Cooking For Engineers, a recipe blog with a different way of presenting recipes. Rather than me explain it, pop over and have a look – there are some lovely looking recipes to drools over, whether you are techical or not.

iTunes aggro

Saturday, September 11th, 2004

A public service announcement for the uninitiated iTunes user (i.e. new iPod owners like me). If your PC* refuses to rip/inport more than one CD in a row, don’t waste hours trying everything under the sun, simply run ‘msconfig’ from Run and then uncheck the “Shwicon2k” item from the list in the Startup tab in the System Configuration Utility window. For a step by step guide to doing this, check out the iTunes Only First Audio CD Is Recognized page.

*Like my top end multimedia HP Pavillion. Ironically (but not in the corrupted Alanis Morrisette way) , Apple use the exact same model in the above picture which features on their iTunes webpage and which, according to a few forums is particularly susceptible.

Tax Free MP3

Saturday, September 11th, 2004

Tax free shopping for SWMBO and sprogs

  • Chocolates
  • Mini Dime bars
  • Bags and bags of Haribo
  • Gouda cheese with cumin
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Cashews

Tax free shopping for self

  • iPod

Seems fair to me.  So why am I getting the skunk eye?  I mean the kids have shoes on their feet, clothes on their backs and food in their stomachs, don’t they?

A morale maze for our times

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

I have spent the last two evenings ripping my CD collection into iTunes ahead of a possible iPod purchase when I fly to the Netherlands tomorrow. Strange then, that whilst I am doing so I should click onto Cory Doctorow’s Boing Boing post concerning Should I Rip This? v1.0.


Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

The folks over on the alt.comp.freeware newsgroup compile a list each year of the freeware programs that they have voted as the best of the best.  The result is a website that serves as both recognition of the author’s efforts and a handy one stop shop for some truly excellent apps.

via Ian.

It has been 2186 days…

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

…since Google popped onto the scene. Happy Birthday Google!


Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

The Google/Blogger relationship just got a whole lot more incestuous. Jonathan Hernandez’s GPL app Gallina means that Gmail can now be your blog posting interface as well as your email client.

Absent friend

Sunday, September 5th, 2004

Lambertus J. F. (Bert) Koster

1959 – In Memoriam – 2004

The Tour comes to town

Sunday, September 5th, 2004

The Tour of Britain rolled to a conclusion in London today, with some of the world’s top professionals competing in the 45 mile Stage 5 race around the streets of Westminster. The 30 degree heat did not deter the large crowds who lined the barriers of the 1 mile loop, though the free water handed out from vendor trikes proved very popular.

The inclusion of London’s cycle-mounted cops in the warm up parade lap made an interesting addition before the main business of the day got underway. Sadly, as I was at the last corner 400 metres from the finish and, at the time of writing, the Tour of Britain website is down, I am unable to report who won.

Furl – Gmail for bookmarks?

Saturday, September 4th, 2004

Checking a few backlinks this morning, I stumbled across my blog listed in someone’s Furl archive and headed over to check it out. As I’m in a lazy mood, I’ll let the Furl folks tell what it is all about.

Furl is dedicated to making it easy for users to archive, recall, share, and discover useful information on the Web. With a couple clicks, Furl will archive any page. You can easily find it by browsing your personal directory of web pages or by using the full text search that only searches pages you’ve archived. It’s like having your own Google.

Not just limited to archiving pages, Furl also gives you the best ways to share content. Furl makes it easy for your friends to decide which categories of links they are interested in and receive a daily “newsletter” of links. Furl also generates RSS feeds for your links and makes it simple for you to integrate this content into an existing website.

I like these last two – the fact that, just like BlogLines can be used as a feed for your blogroll, Furl can be set up to feed a configured ‘furlroll’ to your website and that you can set up RSS feeds. In addition, a good number of export option exist to move your archives to a more ‘local’ location if you wish. These include XML, zip archive Internet Explorer favorites and Mozilla/Netscape bookmarks formats, not to mention 5 citation formats as well.

As someone who is increasingly moving towards web-based solutions for much of my online requirements, I shall be interested to see if it fits in with the way I surf. For those with the usual privacy/what’s you business plan/what if they go bust/how can I get at my data? concerns, the FAQ answers all that and more.

Furl – and the GtD folks who visit here – might be of interest to the team over at the Keeping Found Things FoundTM research project of the Information School at the University of Washington. The KFTF team are looking into the key challenge of information retrieval, namely simply put, helping people find the things they are looking for (books, articles, web pages, CDs, etc.) from a very large set of possibilities. Their primary focus is actually one step further than that – how are things organized for re-access and re-use later on? Hence the Keeping Found Things Found moniker. Check out the Papers section for some very interesting and enlightening material on how we store and find things.

Talking of Gmail, like the world and his wife, I have more invites – if you are a GtDer, friend, colleague or regularly comment here and you want Gmail, let me know.