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Month: August 2005 (page 2 of 3)

Automated, Hands-Free Backups ::

OK, we all know that they are important. All that important information on our computers, and we need to make sure it’s as safe as possible ( after all, we use windo$e), but who wants to sit there with a bunch of CD-ROM’s, or being forced to remember to click an icon every other day.

Mark Wieczorek of MarkTAW has an article on some programs that will remember to do it for you. Sorry, Windows only.Automated, Hands-Free Backups ::

Mark also found SyncBack (Free) quite reliable. I like SyncBack (it’s made by 2 BrightSparks. Isn’t that a great name).

A couple that he didn’t cover

Cobian Backup

Zip Backup This is a ripper.

On Windows Vista, DRM, and new monitors

This from Ars Technica
On Windows Vista, DRM, and new monitors

Yes folks if the powers that be get their way, you will have to buy a nice shiny new monitor to watch your High Definition version of “the directors cut of the repackaged 30 minutes longer usual crap”. The “bad guys” (read RIAA MPAA and an assortment of government Free Trade agreements) have decided that seeing as how they can’t retrofit your eyes for DRM (yet) the next best thing is to make sure you can only watch on an “approved” device. This is happening at the same time as Hollywood is having it’s worst year for flogging stuff for ages. Believe it or not Hollywood is blaming piracy, home theatres, Playstations, the weather, the price of petrol, fire ants, black cats and just about everything else under the sun EXCEPT for the fact that they are putting out crap movies that no one wants to see once let alone buy on DVD.

But lets get back to the monitors. This restriction also applies to the High Definition Televisions that are coming on the market. As devices converge PC’s/Televisions/Sound systems/ the fridge and coffeepot (now there’s a thought someone needs to come up with an algorithm that predicts when the next ad is due on the tele… face it, it wont be that long, and tell the internet enabled kettle to start so that it has boiled for when you dash out during the ad breaks). The situation will probably arise that the $6000 42″ LCD television you are considering buying ( and aren’t we all) won’t play a DVD off your media PC. Free trade agreements, Digital Rights and all the other stuff doesn’t affect you. Want to make a bet… lets say $6000.

¤ c i r c l e m a k e r s ¤

What can I say. As the 2005 Crop circle season comes to an end , it’s time to pop in to ¤ c i r c l e m a k e r s ¤ and see what the state of the art looks like.

Dont forget Crop Circle Connector 2005 Season, always worth a look.
Buckinghamshire. Reported 10th July. Lane End Down, nr Winchester, Hampshire.. (photo fromThe Crop Circle Connector
Some of them are pretty spiffy this year. It’s worth wading through the ads and the clutter.

JustBlogIt with a simple right-click.

OK Now this is more like it. JustBlogIt with a simple right-click.

Add this to the “Reasons to move to Firefox” List.

I found this mentioned on the Sitepoint site and it is just wonderful.
JustBlogIt with a simple right-click.
». Using the Just Blog It extension for Firefox, I can blog about anything instantly, hmm time to find that article on loading Firefox onto a USB flashdrive.

Later Addition
The Load Firefox onto a USB Key is at John Hallers Portable Firefox Site as well as Portable Thunderbird and some other stuff. Highly reccomended

Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” 20050822

Good Morning,

And welcome to some new people (you know who you are). More websites that are either so damn silly or so amazingly well done or just made me laugh.

The “Obsessive of the Week” winner this week goes to (drum roll and the envelope please…)

First there was On The Road, hurling across Amerika in a car with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady at a million words a mile. Jack Kerouac’s book inspires a generation to follow suit. Next we have Easy Rider, the ultimate 60’s outlaw image,Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson ride across America at 25 frames per second and re-inspire a generation.

Now we have 10mph. Two guys quit stodgy corporate jobs, scrounged up all the savings they could, collected credit cards, and stepped – or better yet – scooted forward to follow their biggest dream: to become filmmakers. Josh Caldwell rode a Segway from Seattle to Boston, while his buddy Hunter Weeks directed a film they both shot about the experience and about the moments leading up to this crazy twist on the American road trip. From cubicle farms to the open road, the film chronicles how these guys ultimately changed their lives forever (which is the whole point of road trips). They did what so many of us have always wanted to do – gave it all up for the passion inside.

Somehow I don’t see a generational paradigm shift with this one (although I do love the scene in the clip that involves a Segway, a rubbish bin and a wet drive way, play it in MEDIUM if you’ve got the bandwidth).
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Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” 20050807

Good Morning,

A fun day coming up today as you stroll through this one. Get yourself a coffee, get comfortable and kiss the morning goodbye.

A quick one to get warmed up. 40 Things That Only Happen In Movies

Lord Vader reads your mind. This is hilarious.The Sith Sense (Flash)

Yet Another Virtual Bubble Wrap. These regenerate after a second, giving lots of satisfying action. No clicking required. I tried to see if I could write letters & numbers in the bubble wrap. (Flash)

Ultimate Guide to Shooting Rubber Bands. Rather self explanatory I thought. Who new there were rules?

Play the original version of Price of Persia online all thanks to Gamespot. Volume warning, turn it down.

A quiet game? Perhaps? Zork Online (HTML) “You are in an open field west of a big white house with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here”, and to think that this is where it all begins for a lot of us.

I loved this. I quote from the site. “A short film that is played entirely in reverse and involves the “reverse destruction” of balanced rock sculptures. There is one character in the movie that appears to magically create these sculptures. Although the film is played in reverse it appears as the man who is doing his magic is going forwards in time. The movie is intended to be very meditational and is a manipulation of gravity and time though the simple effect of reversing the film. The movie is shot in two locations, both in Colorado, the first one Aspen at Weller Lake and the second in Boulder at a sandstone outcropping.”


(currently listening to David Knopfler songs and waiting for a Java program to compile.)

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