• Saving iTunes, Our Bloated, Essential Companion

    iTunes is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to iTunes.

  • Update Shocker

    I know, I know, I haven’t updated my blog in an absolute age, but I decided to give it a quick spring-clean (albeit towards the end of summer) and apply a very nice theme from Elmastudio. Hopefully nothing looks badly broken, but if it does, please let me know. In other news, blah blah stuff […]

  • Weirdest Mila Kunis Dream Ever

    OK, so this was a bit of a weird dream to have this afternoon. So somehow I’m dating Mila Kunis (I know, not much of a stretch, right?), and we’re sharing this house with Natalie Portman and I think it was either James Marsden or Ashton Kutcher. The last bits I can remember were us […]

  • I am Magellan

    After reading some interesting stories of what life inside virtual worlds could be like in the future, I was inspired to do a bit of writing of my own from a different perspective on Second Life. Beep, beep. Beep, beep. Neuro slowly opened one eye, looking towards the red light blinking plaintively on his aging […]

  • Decades

    2010 heralds my fifth decade on this planet (and my 3rd on the interwebs). A history lesson, although not necessarily in a completely chronological order, shall follow shortly for your delectation. For those impatient, tl:dr types: Got born. Got named. Got fed. Got schooled. Got laid. Got job. Got paid. Geeked out. Spent too much. […]

  • I Won’t Do What You Told Me

    Update 2009-12-13 17:54: updated Facebook group URL, charity total Update 2009-12-13 21:49: original Facebook group is back! Update 2009-12-14 08:00: It’s Monday! BUY IT NOW! Update 2009-12-15 13:00: Keep buying! A one day push isn’t enough, it needs to be sustained throughout the week! We’re currently up 10% over X Factor Joe! Update 2009-12-20 00:10: […]

  • Virgin’s 10 Reasons That Wind Me Up

    I got a letter addressed to “The Occupier” from Virgin Media this morning. It’s the latest in many advertising missives that I’m convinced I’m only sent because someone has surveyed the street and spied my Sky minidish attached to my back wall. So this one I got this morning has listed ten reasons to switch […]

  • Revert to Standard Ubuntu Kernel on OVH or Kimsufi Servers

    I have a cheap dedicated server running Ubuntu Linux — the 8.04 LTS “Hardy Heron” release — with Kimsufi, the budget arm of French hosting company OVH. All their Linux servers (and FreeBSD servers too, I think) are provisioned with their own custom, static kernel. This, they say, makes it “secure”. It also makes it […]

  • Getting the UK Keyboard Layout Right in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

    For the last couple of years, I’ve fallen more and more back in love with Macs. One of their foibles is that Apple have decided the standard British English, or UK, keyboard layout should not match that of every other computer manufacturer on the planet. Various characters are just in the wrong place, such as […]