Archive for the 'tech' Category

Recent Upgrade

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

I have just updated to the latest version of WordPress which is the software that runs this blog. If anything is strange, let me know.

More on Flickr: Save or Cancel

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Just what is it that makes Flickr stand out from other sites, so that it can boast an impressive 2,000+ photos uploaded per minute? That’s 2,880,000 a day, and over a billion – or a thousand million for those who think a billion is a million million – per year! Their tour covers some of […]

Why I use GMail

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

I manage four email addresses, each for different purposes like signing up to websites, personal email and mailing lists. Since GMail included POP3 access as part of the service, I have been able to get all of them except Hotmail together in one slick web application. GMail changes the way email is managed, abandoning traditional […]

Prepare your Wake Up

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

I got an unexpected present this Valentine’s day. Yasmina bought me a new alarm clock, and it’s unlike any I’ve had before. It works on the principle that simulating sunrise by gradually fading up a light until the alarm goes off helps to reduce production of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. So recently, I’ve been waking […]

Do You Have a Hacker Personality?

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

First of all, let’s be clear: a hacker is a computer enthusiast, and not a criminal. If you’re not already a computer lover, then you’re a web surfer (since you’re reading this via Internet transmission of some kind), so maybe you have some hacker traits. Here’s a take on what a typical “hacker” might be […]

The Death of VHS

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Nobody is going to buy a video recorder based on the VHS format this Christmas. Everything will be MiniDV (camcorders), DVD and hard drive based. In the US, the VHS format was recently declared dead. That’s perhaps a bit premature, it’s rather more of a retirement. VHS tapes will still be active for some years […]

Human Powered Distance Record Broken

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Greg Kolodziejzyk, a keen physical endurance competitor, has just broken the record for the furthest a human can travel under his own power in 24 hours. The photo is of the machine he did it in: a recumbent bicycle with a carbon fiber fairing into which Greg is taped shut for best aerodynamics. I discovered […]

Online Cyborg Sex Facilitates Human Connections

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

The article “Experts ponder a future of new sex gizmos, robots” caught my eye. People seem to have less and less time to spend really communicating with one another. After you get back from the office and attend to your chores, do you have enough time to really connect with people? Do you socialise as […]