Archive for the 'TechStuff' Category

The Youtube higher-res video thinger

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Having got round to buying and watching Once, I had a wee look around youtube for clips and found their Oscar acceptance speech, closely followed by a performance of Falling Slowly backstage at Sundance. I then got around to trying the Youtube URL manipulation for higher-resolution clips, given the quality of the clip presented. Compare […]


Sunday, November 25th, 2007

The Stanley Fubar

Technological Marvels…

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

A recent find (I think, originally, via a Userfriendly link of the day) was that of Strandbeest. Strandbeest are large-scale machines constructed by a Dutch artist/ engineer called Theo Jansen. They use wind power to transport themselves across beaches and the like. There are some videos of them in action on the website, it’s well […]

Open DNS

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

I just set my broudband router to utilise the OpenDNS system instead of my ISP’s default. I gotta say, i’m impressed by the speed increase; Previously, my firefox tabs (of which I tend to have about 10 on-the-go simultaneously) would take a good five seconds before they began loading. Now, it’s pretty much instantaneous. If […]

Today’s minor task…

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

…was breaking this apart and extending it. As you can see, there’s a slight issue with the, uh, bit I forgot to order. It was a square and we’re adding another section; I ordered four bits instead of five… oops. New bit arrives Tuesday. To give you an idea of scale, each straight truss section […]

Windows for Warships…

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I don’t usually link to such things, but despite being posted on The Register, there’s a very well thought out essay about the UK Navy’s decision, via it’s BAE Systems/ Insyte contractor, to implement command and control systems running Windows 2000 on it’s Type 45 Destroyers, and eventually potentially retrofit it to attack submarines including […]

Someone tell me…

Monday, February 5th, 2007

What the hell is the ‘Alt Gr’ key for? I can honestly say i’ve never used it, never even hit it unless i’m hoping it’ll magically turn into an ‘Alt’ key and do something useful. *sigh*


Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

I was sure i’d posted a rant about the retardation present in the products of Thomson, makers of the Speedtouch USB DSL Modem. However, it seems not. Suffice to say that my laptop is too new, as they don’t make drivers for intel-based macs yet. I mean, they’ve only been out a year now… Anyway, […]

stuff happened

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

so yeah, i was back in IE for new year. Thankyou to all, especially those whom I imposed upon for accommodation and similar, it was really appreciated. Back in the world of work, i’m looking for a way out. (Still. But more seriously I think.) I am also interested to note the publishing of a […]


Friday, December 29th, 2006

Courtesy of an ageing Toshiba laptop i’ve been poking… Truly, i feel more protected all the time…