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Monday, 10 March 2008

Who wants Hillary for president? Jack does!

A couple of very funny Jack Nicholson YouTube videos have popped up endorsing Hillary Clinton as president.
Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Grand Prix Snooker Final: Fu vs. O'Sullivan

The final of the 2007 Grand Prix Snooker at Aberdeen see's Ronnie O'Sullivan play off Marco Fu. Its a tense match so far, with no clear winner yet!
Sunday, 21 October 2007

Legal Email Signatures - Fight back

Ever received an email with a paragraph or two attached to the bottom of it detailing what you can and can't do with the email? Accept it no more. Send them an invoice straight back for the time, cost and distress! Fight back.
Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Going to London - Train is 474% more expensive than Car

Driving to London from Scotland is going to work out 474% cheaper than taking the same journey in the train. So does the government really want us in the trains. Of course not. Drive and be proud!
Tuesday, 3 July 2007

John Higgins knocks out Ronnie O'Sullivan in spectacular fashion

Ronnie O'Sullivan gets knocked out of the world snooker championship in style by John Higgins. Out gunned at every opportunity, O'Sullivan had little hope but to watch.
Wednesday, 2 May 2007

PodServe moves to a paid-for exclusive service

PodServe moves to a paid for model signaling plans to stay around. Not every modern internet company has a land-grab mentality with a view for selling out to a Google or a Yahoo. Some like us, want to provide an honest service for an honest charge.
Friday, 23 March 2007

The new spam frontier - selling on eBay

Sold anything on eBay lately? How was the amount of eBay message spam for you? Time to fight back.
Tuesday, 13 March 2007

The guilty "Road to Hell" purchase

What does a 16year old that has just left home and has had nearly a thousand pounds deposited in his account do? He spends it of course!
Monday, 12 March 2007

Shoes, Porn and MP3 players -- Is the UK becoming a nanny state?

As I read various stories I am becoming increasingly concerned that our government is taking the lowest denominator and treating us all like we can't make decisions. Three stories in the last week has me concerned for our freedom of choice.
Monday, 4 September 2006

Open Source Java? - Why on earth would I want that?

Sun announced this week at LinuxWorld that they really are going to open source Java. But aside from the arm waving from the open source community what does it really mean for the humble Java developer. Will it impact them? Lets look and see.
Thursday, 17 August 2006

CB Radio - the original social network

The CB radio celebrates 25 years and any child of the 80s remembers their original handle and loitering in and around channels 14 or 19.
Tuesday, 15 August 2006

How America's news channels reports the events of the thwarted air plot

Here I sit in a San Francisco hotel watching the events of the day unfold via CNN and FOX. As I prepare to fly back to Glasgow tomorrow, if I was to believe everything, I wouldn't leave the hotel room! Check out some of the things they are saying
Thursday, 10 August 2006

eBay to buy Skype for $4.1B

eBay to buy Skype for $4.1B.
Monday, 12 September 2005

Adobe and Macromedia .. all good news

So Adobe is merging with Macromedia.  What does it mean to the CFML world?  At this precise moment, no one really knows, I doubt even Adobe even know what to do, considering they are a company that has little to no experience in the server side of
Thursday, 21 April 2005

The Segway is no Sinclair C5

The BBC writes this morning about the Segway and asking where is it in the UK.  With only 50-60 sales under its belt it is not the runaway success in the UK that the hype first promised.  That said is it ever?  What product (aside from the iPOD) e
Wednesday, 6 April 2005

You ever had to reboot you car?

My father was driving me to the airport on a cold Scottish morning. His pride of joy is one of the top of the line Mercedes Benz, with more bells'n'whistles than you can shake a stick at. We were heading up the road and he noted the car wasn't gett
Sunday, 27 February 2005

Why build your own grid when you can use ours for a buck an hour? [read small print]

I read that Sun have licensed their large Computer Grid to anyone that wants to use it; Jonathan Schwartz reported to have said "Why build your own grid when you can use ours for a buck an hour?". I thought that to be rather cheap ... S
Wednesday, 2 February 2005

Dealing with customer problems the ScrewFix way

Different companies have different attitudes when it comes to dealing with customers online. We have at one end of the spectrum, Simply Computers, that just have no notion of what it means to put the customer first (as I have painfully detailed).
Thursday, 4 November 2004

What I miss? Everyone is leaving

For one reason or another, I haven't had access to my daily RSS digest, so during a really dull episode of Eastenders I had a flip through what I have been missing.  Mass walkouts it would appear!  Three well known bloggers decide to call it a day
Thursday, 16 September 2004


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