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A horrible experience

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2005

I had a horrible experience yesterday. Too horrible to speak about. Far too horrible to even think about.

So I’m going to make you all read it.

Leaving a press round table at the Savoy I took a wrong turn, and very nearly gatecrashed a launch party for…

The Choirboys

[FX: runs away screaming]

At least they weren’t singing “Walking In The Air”…

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Clogged internets alert

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2005

Word is that Firefox 1.5 will be hitting the download sites shortly.

Let’s hope the sites are appropriately throttled…

[Update: downloading now from ftp.mozilla.org – the main site hasn’t updated yet]

Photoeffects

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2005

A. B.

Two attempts at a night time view of Tower Bridge using a Casio Exilim EX Z4. The only difference (apart from where I was standing) is the white balance – one is set for natural light, the other is set for tungsten lighting. I’m not saying which until we get past this little poll, and to the other side of a cut tag…

A is natural light, B is using the settings for tungsten lighting.

Of course you can guess which is which based on my previous posting…

A SciFi Skyline

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2005

Winter Thames
Originally uploaded by sbisson.

Looking up past City Hall, and along the wintry Thames, from Tower Bridge. A rather Jim Burns or Chris Moore view – you can just see the vaguely organic starships flying into Heathrow…

Long exposure, using tungsten light white balance.

London, November 2005

Buckminster Fuller goes to the loo

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2005

The art on the doors of the toilet cubicles at London’s Design Museum are pictures of famous designers.

Here’s Buckminster Fuller, sans geodesic dome…

London, November 2005
Crossposted to

Useful link of the day: TPS online complaints form

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2005

Need to complain about someone calling a number that is registered with the Telephone Protection Service?

Just click here for the official complaints form. It’s worth bookmarking in case you need to get at it – and remember always ask for the name of the company calling you. Googling them can help fill out the form details quickly and easily.

Registering for BT’s Privacy At Home will automatically put your number on the register, as well as enabling caller ID.

Sorry folks – it’s UK only

Today’s useful software: Foldershare

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2005

I had a couple of hours to kill yesterday afternoon, between meetings, so I sat down in a Starbucks to do some work. Unfortunately the files I needed were on a PC at home, and working with a VPN over GPRS is tedious to say the least…

No need to worry – I’d left the PC on and running Foldershare‘s satellite – so I could fire up a browser session, connect to my account on their web site, and copy the files I needed onto my PC. I was able to get what I wanted written, and still have time for a venti chai latte and some lemon ginger cake…

Foldershare used to be a pay for service, but after Microsoft bought it, it switched to free. There are OS X and Windows clients, so you can copy between OSes happily – and you can have more than one PC associated to your account. You can use it to automatically sync files between machines, but I’m sticking with just using it as a low bandwidth VPN solution.

A useful widget.

…and no spyware or adware either

Shameless self promotion: New title for the business card…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 28, 2005

Latest issue of Server Management is through the door, with my second messaging column (on Blackberries) – and a posterised picture of me in the list of regular contributors, listing me as Messaging Editor.

Simon Bisson, messaging editor, is a freelance IT consultant and writer, and a veteran of messaging from Usenet to IM. He has run the technical side of a national ISP and worked as a consulting architect on many larger web applications.

Go me.

Today’s useful software link: GeckoTIP

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 28, 2005

If you use a Tablet PC and use any Mozilla browser, you’ll find that it wont work with the Tablet PC’s floating recogniser, the TIP. You need to have the lower half of your screen filled with the standard recogniser – not to bad if you have a big screen, but a pain otherwise. If you wanted to fill in forms, you really had to use Internet Explorer.

At last, however, salvation is here! Here’s GeckoTIP, which allows Mozilla to work with the floating recogniser…

Very useful indeed.

Huzzah!

And they said it was impossible…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 25, 2005

…make your own classic Apple Mac by following the instructions here.

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