Archive for July, 2007

Green Financial Products

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

RecycleThere’s an excellent article over at Motley Fool entitled Why You Shouldn’t Buy Green Financial Products. There have been a few of these recently: credit cards that give some proportion of their profit to green causes; mortgage companies that plant a few trees if you stick with them for several years; etc. The Fool goes into the maths a little bit, but it basically comes down to the fact that it is usually better to shop around for the cheapest product (credit card, mortgage or whatever), and give the resulting saving you’ve made to green causes.


7digital beta site

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

I’ve just discovered that 7digital has a hidden beta site where you can filter searches by file format. Finally we can search their shop for MP3 format tracks/albums!


Virgin/ntl embarrassingly honest

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

ntl: logoI just spoke to Virgin (ntl: as was) to try to sort out some of the problems I’ve been having with their TV set-top box. It’s always a bit of an exasperating experience, and this time I asked them straight out — I said:

“Is there any reason you can give me that I stick with you instead of switching to Sky?”


Walter Haut’s sealed Roswell affidavit

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Area 51 signI’ve found the full text of the affidavit (from Witness to Roswell), with some discussion of it.

Everyone is agreed that something was covered up at Roswell in 1947. This affidavit is a brilliant twist in the story so far!

Wonder what the soon-to-be-declassified British Intelligence files will be able to add.

HPLIP 2.7.6 packaged

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Last week I packaged a new major version of HPLIP for Fedora. One of the biggest changes is that it no longer requires daemons running in the background (i.e. the “hplip” service, being hpiod and hpssd) for its functionality. At long last!