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Entries from August 2002


August 31st, 2002 · No Comments

Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun (well, okay, some fun) going around the web with Mozilla 1.1 and BannerBlind making all the adverts disappear. Between them, they knock out all popups and most sizes of ad banners. For all the other ones that remain, I just block the images coming from the server [...]

Tags: ad · web

Driving simulators

August 31st, 2002 · 2 Comments

Something I’ve been idly wondering about on and off for a while is why there aren’t any decent driving simulator/trainers for PCs (or consoles). Surely there must be a market for this sort of thing? If you sold a package with force-feedback driving wheel, pedals and gearstick, together with a fairly up to date and [...]

Tags: edu · games · spec

DDR and iPod

August 30th, 2002 · No Comments

I made my regular pilgrimage to the nearby bowling alley a couple of days ago to worship at the altar of the Dancing Stage Euromix machine they’ve got there (”I don’t want to go there just for DDR!” said I”), and was inordinately pleased to discover that you now get 5 songs for £1 instead [...]

Tags: apple · games

Daily Summit

August 30th, 2002 · No Comments

Nice to see that the British Council is running the Daily Summit weblog, providing continual coverage of the World Summit. It’s impressively teched up, with RSS feeds, and has a load of original content. I’d say that this was very forward-thinking of the British Council, but to be honest they’ve always sponsored cool stuff in [...]

Tags: politics · web

Douglas Adams

August 30th, 2002 · No Comments

I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed Douglas Adams’ writing until I started reading The Salmon of Doubt today. It’s not just his fiction that I like; his essays are equally – if not more – fun to read. Take this excerpt from his essay called Hangover Cures, for example, written in December 1999:
“What is it [...]

Tags: book · silly


August 29th, 2002 · No Comments

Easyweigh is a nice little cardboard letter-weighing gadget that you can get for free from the Royal Mail. No, I haven’t used mine yet, but I do send letters abroad every so often. That it looks cool was admittedly a significant factor influencing my decision to get one.

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iPod and RSS

August 29th, 2002 · No Comments

Apple, bless their souls, have just started shipping the Windows versions of iPod, along with the update and restore software that allows users to reset their iPods. Since the Apple and PC versions of the iPod are have basically identical hardware, it’s a simple thing to go and download the update/restore software and convert your [...]

Tags: apple · tech · web

Science Year

August 29th, 2002 · No Comments

I’ve just become a student member of the British Association of Science so that I can attend upcoming the Festival of Science for free. In the newsletter, I’m told that Science Year has been extended to the end of 2003.
I’ve never been a fan of grand gestures like ‘Science Year’, partly because I’ve never seen [...]

Tags: edu · politics · science

Metafilter on the AI game

August 27th, 2002 · No Comments

Metafilter’s talking about the AI game again. I’ve already said a few things in the thread there, but I thought I’d add something here. I’m always happy to see that there are still people out there who are interested in massively multiuser online entertainment (mmoe) of the AI variety, yet it seems that most of [...]

Tags: arg · mefi

Website improvements

August 27th, 2002 · No Comments

I’ve made some minor improvements to, by adding the little permanent link icons to individual posts, as well as the dinky little comment icons. I’d intended to add permalinks for everything a while back, since previously you’d have to sift through the monthly archives to find a particular post. When I upgraded to a [...]

Tags: meta