Archive for the 'tech' Category

From a programmed sequence…

Monday, April 10th, 2006

In 1993, a young first year undergraduate student walked down the corridor of the French department into a small room with a single computer terminal. It was a UNIX terminal linked to the campus network, and a login prompt blinked on the screen. Next to it, a note saying “login with guest as a username […]

Once a Dream, Now Ubiquitous

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Or getting a WiFi connection. When I was still at junior school at less than 10 years old, we got our first home computer. It was a ZX81. With 1Kb of RAM, adverts at the time of initial launch in 1981 said it could run a nuclear power station. Since installing a WiFi card in […]

New Fujifilm Finepix E900 Zoom

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

After some time without a digital camera to speak of, I finally took the plunge and bought the Fujifilm Finepix E900. It’s a 9 megapixel camera in the “serious amateur” price and quality range. I learned the technical side of photography when I inherited my grandfather’s old 35mm reflex camera. It’s a Prinzflex with an […]

A New Home

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Hello! Welcome to my new domain. After troubles with my other host I decided to move. I have just finished migrating my blog, comments and theme to this new server, which is all hosted under my domain name Now I have a couple of issues : redirecting traffic from the old site is no […]

Blog Down Over Weekend

Monday, October 10th, 2005

The server hosting this blog was working very slowly and/or not at all over the weekend. Most of the time requests were coming up as a blank page. Initially I thought there was a problem with the configuration, and I upgraded to WordPress 1.5.2 (Strayhorn) without success. However, this morning things were back to normal […]

They Put a Man on the Moon

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

In thirteen years from now, with a budget of at least US$108 billion, NASA plans to once again put a man on the moon. In fact not one, but four at a time. Perhaps even a woman this time ;-). The major difference in the new moon launch plan – and something no doubt which […]

Incremental Improvement

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

I was chatting the other day with the owner of this site : When Tara Met Blog. I mentioned that the sidebar wasn’t particularly easy to read because the background of cocktail glasses with red liquid inside tended to obscure the black text and links. Since Tara told me that she didn’t have full control […]

Digital Rights Management. Right?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Sarah in Tampa, a blogger and sysadmin for a small business, probably knows enough about technology to live happily with her PC. When it came to getting some Madonna tunes she purchased from onto her iPod she was bitten by misguided DRM technology which is there ostensibly to prevent copyright violation. She had to […]