Archive for February, 2007

The Time Machine

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

When I was in the library, deciding what to watch I saw The Time Machine (2002) sitting on the shelf. I’ve wanted to see this for ages, mostly because I dimly recall seeing the original film and liking it, and partly because I saw the trailer ages ago. So I picked it up. Oh, for a time machine now.

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Virgin to drop Lost?

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Lost numbers on a BBCCan it really be true that Virgin, run by that nice man Richard Branson, are thinking about dropping Sky One from their cable TV offering? That’s certainly what the rather alarming advert said in the middle of last week’s episode anyway, and it seems to be corroborated by The Guardian. Virgin recently bought NTL, and I had high hopes for them making everything better — but if Sky One goes, ALL IS LOST.

Oh, the picture of the numbers is something I had to take when I tried out the BBC microcomputers and discovered them working…

One man’s junk

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Junk from the loftAmazing what you can find when you start looking. I went up into our loft to get down the old BBC computers I’d kept from ages ago, and they were in better condition than I thought they would be. I also found a computer (an HP 9000/340) I’d forgotten about completely. I still don’t quite remember why I acquired it, but I do remember when.

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New job options screen for s-c-printer

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Job Options notesI’ve been trying to make the job options screen better in system-config-printer. The original screen is not particularly friendly: just a list of tersely-named options like “cpi” with no explanation of what they are for or how they work. I spent some of Friday prototyping a new idea for the screen: instead of only listing the options that have been set, we should list the common options that people would like to set, with similar options grouped into sections.

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Wanted: Album cover quiz

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Matt Marr's album cover quizSue and I played one of those album cover quizzes online. Sue’s so much better than I am at getting them right! But it got me thinking: how hard would it be to make one and put it right here? Oh, I’m sure it could be done as a one-off without too much trouble, but what if I wanted to make it easy to create new quizzes?

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