Friday, March 30, 2007

AAA Cellphone

Philips Cellphone Supports AAA Battery Use - What a neat idea.... Damn you Philips, it'll probably suck in implementation.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Yeah, Applets are slow...

JPC - Computer Virtualization in Java, the dry and stuffy name for an x86 emulator written as a Java Applet, and yes you can try the demo in your browser, complete with games.


Friday, March 23, 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007

TFL mashing up

Check out TFL's own little mashup, google maps and traffic cameras as live travel news. Nice work. Now, can we tear off the camera bubbles and make a dashboard of live feeds?


So who reads this blog I wonder? Go ahead, drop a comment, and what you read it for.

Or I'll um.... post bad YouTube videos... Bwahaha!

Update: Apparently hardly anyone. So I resort to good YouTube videos first.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Reading problem...

A story about a Methane sniffing Mars Plane on Engadget... which I initially read as saying ...

then be able to detect methane at levels as low as a few farts per billion,

But, hey, that's kinda right isn't it?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

You've used the font....

You've used the font...

Now see the movie

(Actually, it sounds quite interesting...)

(Via Helvetica (

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

AjaxTerm - Thats quite neat...

AjaxTerm is a rather impressive bit of work. It's a python script you run which lets you point your browser at a port on that machine and get an Ajaxy terminal session which you can login in with.

Continuations for Curmudgeons

After the last LRUG meeting there was much discussion of continuations, and following up from that Ross pointed the LRUG irc channel at Sam Ruby: Continuations for Curmudgeons which explains continuations pretty damn well.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Acts_As_Ferret - Full text searching

This tutorial, Rails Envy: Acts_As_Ferret Tutorial strikes me as jolly interesting, and alleviates my fear that it would feed my models sugar candy till they go hyperactive like Kiki.

Did I mention I've been Railing?

Yes, I've been getting into Ruby on Rails and it is quite a pleasant place to work. I came to it with a purpose, to understand it's mojo so one can compare with the various Railsy frameworks popping up for Java, but it is tempting me to settle in and work a lot more with it. The current challenge, Converence; the prototype works, now to make it all shiny and slick. Oh and scalable. Ish.

Trying Marsedit....

As there's no widget at the moment, I thought I'd check out Marsedit.

Apparently it plays nice with New Blogger.

Update: Well, it does play well so far. This might be a goer.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Well.... The prototype worked.....

My little project "Rix" which was meant to be just an experiment with Ruby on Rails. Well, the experiment went pretty well; for the first time, I felt confident enough to try it out on a couple of folks and it seems to work. So, I'm killing "Rix", or more coopting it as the basis for Converence. What's Converence? It's my long running attempt to glue the threaded message style of conferencing with the immediacy of IRC and IM. I'm well impressed with Ruby On Rails, it's let me get something that works together far quicker than in the past. Now, the real test is how it'll all work out as I push the design forward and make the UI as natural and slick as possible.

I'll need something to think about over the next few months to stop me worrying about getting an ingrown toenail removed (and though that isn't that much of a deal, it is for me for when I was young, the same operation went bad and it has stuck with me since)... So I'll be getting plenty of screen time.

I do wish Blogger would sort out a MacOSX widget for the current Blogger; blogging is lacking it's immediacy.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007