30 December 2005
29 December 2005
45 CDs = 512 MB iPod Shuffle
65 CDs = 1 GB iPod Shuffle
85 CDs = 2 GB iPod Nano
110 CDs = 4 GB Nano
130 CDs = 30 GB iPod
175 CDs = 60 GB iPod
These are the swaps available from a new service in the US - details here. I like it. There is no answer to the first commenter who asks if the service takes AOL CDs.
28 December 2005
Yahoo, accelerating its bid to dominate the social space, will announce that it is buying the actual societies of 32 cash-strapped governments. Citizens will be allowed to link their existing names to their Yahoo accounts.
"Buy someone a specific song through an online music store the way you might buy someone a CD?"
And how, "down the road, when there are no more CDs and all music is bought online, [do you] pass your life's music collection onto someone else when you die (the way you can pass on LPs and CDs today)?"
Of course, you know the answer already - you can't. EMI, Sony et al working on a solution? I'd posit not.
27 December 2005
BTW, check out the nails on the guy on Yahoo's photo - ugh.
1. Google will buy into satellites.
2. Downloading music will continue to boom, both legal and illegal, but illegal will be on the upswing again. Music companies will continue to diversivy - there may be a leaked memo or two indicating that, near the top, they realise the game is up.
3. The internet and your mobile still won't mix owing to high charges for the combination - business use will grow but individual consumers will be nonplussed.
4. TV on your mobile will grow but very slowly - the hopes of the giant telecomms for a big uptake for the world cup will be dashed.
5. Riya will finally launch ... to mixed reviews.
6. Your granny will work out how to use a mobile.
7. None of the big tech companies will stand up against China's human rights abuses - plus ca change...
8. Interest in blogging will peak.
9. A small search startup will badly dent confidence in Google's core business.
10. Mrs Lemon's will remain a niche interest.
23 December 2005
Nine police officers disguised themselves as Victorian carol singers to carry out a drugs raid.
The Dorset Police officers were dressed in cloaks and
top hats and were carrying lanterns when they arrived at their intended
target in Weymouth.
Apparently they made a number of arrests. As I have always said, when it comes to Victorian carol singers, shoot first and ask questions later.
.... amendment, which is attached to a bill on intellectual
property rights, [which] states that ``authors cannot forbid the
reproduction of works that are made on any format from an online
communications service when they are intended to be used
privately'' and not for commercial use.
22 December 2005
While I am here, may you learn something from me: never post when you have had more than one glass of Lachryma Christi.
21 December 2005
20 December 2005
Sadly it has turned a bit panty and I am sometimes getting error messages (error #3 Object:object if you are listening guys). Still, it is a beta release so bugs are expected I guess. Watch this space - when it works (so far most of the time), it is beautiful.
19 December 2005
There's something about working for a large company that often alienates one from the concept of "Free Will". Starting a corporate blog just highlights the fact.
[NOTE TO SELF:] Some people thrive in "Slave Mode". Whatever. Nobody cares.
Hi Patrick, I'm looking for a companion for a cookery school. I've joined this site (cookery school). Where else could I contact other people who may like to join a cookery school?
18 December 2005
18th December 2005 Currently bookmarked blogs. The list changes frequently but there are some on there that have had a long shelf-life. Not included but regularly used is Boing Boing.
BTW, this is for N&L who have a tom making their own cats' lives miserable - Cats International - your cat problems answered.
Now, where is the Resolve?
17 December 2005
Sunday evening and it's still not fixed - maybe it is a weekend thing? Here's hoping. Site Surf will be removed and reinstalled tomorrow if the problem persists.
16 December 2005
15 December 2005
The government came under renewed pressure in the Commons today amid "widespread public disquiet" about allegations that the US is using UK airports to transfer prisoners to be tortured abroad.
As members of the all-party parliamentary group on extraordinary rendition put a series of detailed questions to the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, Liberal Democrat and Tory MPs launched fresh challenges on the issue.
At question time yesterday Tony Blair said it would be "completely absurd" to investigate every US government plane which flew into the country.
Which is nice. It wouldn't be "completely absurd" to look for non-existent WMD for months on end though. He really has got to go what with the torture- goodbye Tone - we have had enough of you.
14 December 2005
(BTW, have not been back to that music locker thingammy in a while - will update you if I try it again or leave a comment if you have some experience of it).
(Parenthases - do you think I have a problem?).
13 December 2005
Quelle surprise (for South West Train employees, that is French for “what a surprise”. It is generally used in an ironic way. If you have trouble with the word “ironic”, speak to your timetable composers). Since stopping giving the rebates on ticket prices owing to their exceptional performance over the last five years (if your definition of the term “exceptional” means hitting targets about 90% of the time – try telling that to a manufacturer of brake units for cars, let's say, or traffic lights, boilers, aeroplane engines...), guess what has happened to the trains on the SWT network? Of course, that’s right, they have improved their efficiency…..
Actually, no. Since they stopped it has, of course, all gone to hell. It must be great working for a company where no one gives a flying shite about anything but when they can knock off and go home, although I suspect in the long run employees might, just occasionally, feel a nagging sense of guilt and that this probably accounts for their inability to empathise with their passengers (sorry, “customers”, though of course “custom” implies choice and there is none of that from where I’m standing which is normally on a cold and very overcrowded platform listening to some tosh about moving further down so as to create more space by the bagel bar).
12 December 2005
12th December 2005 I could have sworn the Standard said that London was going to be covered in filthy smoke from the Hertfordshire fire this evening....
11 December 2005
BTW, if you are struggling to see the video when you get there because your connection is too slow, now really is the time to upgrade your connection - developments over the coming months are likely to further enhance what is already a wonderful medium. Go here for information about broadband providers. Go on - honestly - now is the time!
Big xmas food supplement and David Tennant (who?) in the magazine... I rest my case.
10 December 2005
Clear? OK, as you were - off you pop in your never-ending search for diversion.I'll be along in a minute myself.
9 December 2005
8 December 2005
As well as looking into owner information, the GAO [Government Accountability Board] also investigated the procedures for correcting fake data.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has the role of overseeing the net's domains and recently attempted to tighten up the policing of owner data.
However, the GAO found of the 45 reports on dodgy domain data that it submitted to Icann, 33 were unchanged after 30 days.
Makes you wonder if ICANN want the Chinese and Iranians to take over the web as they have indicated they are inclined to so do. Dear non-existent please save us from that eventuality.
7 December 2005
Aren't men amazing? Earlier this month - at the same urinal - another man was multitasking in an even more inventive manner. If you're in the middle of eating, look away now. He was urinating with one hand and brushing his teeth with the other. A colleague came in and the pair had a very long conversation about advertisement ratios before the colleague observed: "So. Brushing your teeth at the urinal?"
"Yep. I find it saves time."
"Not an issue."
6 December 2005
From a business perspective, we need to stop whining about readers moving online. If that’s what they want to do, then go with them, damnit! The biggest challenge is to train advertisers that online is more valuable than print because more people are there..... I believe we will, sooner than we know, start seeing print as an added cost burden maintained primarily becuase advertisers value it more than readers.
Do go - it is visionary stuff.
December 1: The British Guardian reports that over 300 CIA flights have landed at European airports and that CIA planes visited Germany and Britain over 200 times, if chartered flights are included. According to the NY Times, there were 94 flights in Germany, 76 in Britain, 33 in Ireland, 16 in Portugal, 15 in Spain and Czechoslovakia each and two chartered flights that made stopovers in France. French officials say they had no knowledge of the clandestine flights.
With them or against them?
If you fancy a bit of waterboarding, a bit of rendition, don't worry - your government probably already suppinely supports it. No wonder so many Muslims appear to hate the West and the hypocrisy found here.
(While we are on the subject, I have an "angry from Surrey" scheme that I wish the BBC and others would implement but which they never will. Namely, that all persons on news and current affairs programmes, be they presenters or interviewees, should have their interviews prefaced by information about their annual salary / earnings / share dealings. Thus when Sir Digby bloody Jones comes on and bangs on about how bureaucracy is holding back British industry we would be able to ascertain just how much he has suffered because employees don't want to return to Victorian working practices).
Composers and songwriters are arguing in the UK copyright tribunal that they should receive 7p to 9p from every track downloaded from the internet, instead of the current 5p. The demand, issued by the Music Alliance, which works on behalf of composers, is being made to counter steps by the record companies' association, the British Phonographic Industry, to cut their earnings to 2p per download. They want the record companies to disclose the amount of money made from downloads, arguing that their pay rise could be recovered from record company profits rather than customers.
So the record companies don't actually disclose how much they make from downloads? Marvellous. And they are saying that downloading is destroying their industry. Please, do get over to allofmp3.com as soon as you can and help with the mercy killing.
5 December 2005
Andrea Bone, who was convicted of culpable homicide for not stopping her boyfriend from killing her 13-month-old daughter Carla-Nicole in 2002, has had her conviction quashed. The appeal judges accepted that Bone was too intimated by her violent boyfriend to intervene.
Source: BBC Online
(1) Would a man ever get away with this?
(2) I imagine Carla-Nicole wouldn't much care for the argument that her mother was "too intimidated" to intervene.
(3) Did Andrea go to the police immediately afterwards?
I don't know - this doesn't seem right.
As many as 1 in 10 preschool children may be suffering from anxiety, depression or other mental illnesses, according to child psychiatrist Professor Adrian Angold.
A modern child's life is filled with unnecessary monitoring and mollycoddling from over-protective parents, says writer John O'Farrell, who presents Backlash: Paranoid Parents.
Source: BBC Online
4 December 2005
3 December 2005
2 December 2005
The idea is you choose a starter track you like (in my case Walk Into the Sun by Dirty Vegas, though I had to start again as this proved a bit of a false lemming) and similar songs are served up to you thereafter 'pon which you pronounce judgement, gradually freeing wheat from chaff and giving the programme an idea of what to play once it starts choosing music for you. All clear? No? Well head thee off to the site for a go yourselves you lazy b****rs.
There have been other attempts at this but the ones I've tried haven't been wildly successful so here's hoping.
Update: Some hours later and it is still doing its job - keeping me ears happy and serving up a mixture of the tried and the novel. Favourite tracks you can store on a separate page. Keep this up and they might wean me off allofmp3.com.
1 December 2005
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