Friday, July 08, 2005

Don't be a sheep be a fox

A Poem from www.spreadfirefox.com


Don't be a sheep be a fox.

Sheep are fluffy white things that look like clouds.

Foxes are things that are slim: chased by hounds.

To be a sheep is to follow the crowd,

Whereas, the flame red fox just flits around; proud.

In to nets the explored sheep's wool goes,

Blue are the letters to be patched - or sewed.

Think of it laterally my friend the fox does all

That work without a hitch or a stitch.

As the opera starts, out come the crowds,

A singer who is big and round.

Not like our fox who just flits around,

From the fire she comes – standing out from the crowd.

Prehistoric, the lynx with roots – good, and just,

No one questions your might, not the fox, not

Tonight. Your quarry is not that of the fox,

We salute you oh hunter of words in a box.

Old safaris are banned, new safaris are born;

Tourists look on. No sheep to be found,

As they browse around – what's that they see

Flitting around? A lynx? No, not an explorer,

Navigator or hound.

Their vision is just flitting around, as they watch

This fox outsmart the crowd.

Their eyes stop as the net burns through

There is no singer left to sing a tune,

The fox takes flight and burns right through.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Important Update!!!

Word on the street is that you can now post pictures directly to your blogger blog. Google (who own blogger) have given us 300MB of storage space to use to store our JPGs, GIFs, PNGs, TIFs or BMPs.

So....whats new?

Not a lot

Firefox is still great, Google is still great. Microsoft is evil.

Im getting my rowing machine tomorrow. Im getting it for £40 cheaper than the price mentioned, coz im cool. Dave's also coming tomorrow.

Well that's all for now folks, take care of yourselves, and each other

Thursday, April 28, 2005

in other news.....

Toadologists are awaiting with eager anticipation the identification of the cause of the exploding German toad

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Guess the google

Guess the keyword used to the images from google image search.

Its fun...... for at least a few minutes!

Guess the google

Saturday, April 23, 2005

DRM (A whole other story)

This post started as a comment but got to big to be a comment, now its a post.

Digital Rights Management.

Technology to control what you can do with a peice of media (audio video etc) once you have bought it.

For example, how many of your computers can you play the track on, how many people can it be streamed to on a network, how many times can you burn it to a CD. That sort of thing.

It is claimed that DRM is there to prevent piracy. Ironically, it is actually keepy piracy alive, as people expect to be able to do what they like with things once they buy them, and so are more likely to get an illegal copy which doesnt place any restrictions on them.

Most people dont object to paying 60p to £1 for a track. But many wont do this due to the fact they feel like they dont own the music they have bought as their computer can stop them doing certain things with it.

On the face of it Apples fairplay DRM doesnt look overly restrictive.

But their system has it's flaws. If one of your computers is authorised for playback, and something happens to prevent you de-authorising it (e.g. unrecoverable disk crash, computer gets stolen), that is one less computer you can play back media on. An extreme example maybe.

What's more concerning is when you pay for music with certain digital rights attached and then Apple takes some of those rights away from you. Feels a little illegal to me but im sure they've got themselves covered in the small print.

If apple can do this once, what's to stop them doing it again?

If you do use iTunes and are have concerns over DRM then help is at hand in the form of software that allows you to buy music from the iTunes Music Store without DRM stuff attached.

Pymusique (non windows)

SharpMusique (windows)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

The latest reason to buy an ipod*

Is there no end of ways you can adapt your ipod to do cool stuff?

http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2005/04/diy_ipod_sock_p.html


*There are also reasons not to buy an ipod. For example DRM, but thats a whole other story

Monday, April 18, 2005

it's s a very very......Mad World

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4454285.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4454485.stm

Dont you think?