Archive for January, 2009

Hustle: back on form

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The fifth series of Hustle is definitely back on form.  Glad that Mickey Bricks is back from “Australia” (oh, I thought he’d been off making films), and that the writing has got its edge back.  It’s much improved from before.  It’s a pity Jaime Murray is no longer in it, but you can’t have everything.  Kelly Adams is nearly as good in the same/similar role.  Not warming so quickly to Matt Di Angelo but, then again, it was the same with Marc Warren to start with.

Episode 4 is on this Thursday.

Switching mail clients

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

ThunderbirdI’ve finally come to the end of my tether with the Evolution mail client.  It seems to have been getting less reliable over time, to the point that it is now no longer letting me update my inbox.  Deciding it was time to try out Thunderbird again, I have taken the plunge and migrated all my email as well as my address book.


New patchutils version

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

I’ve just made patchutils version 0.3.1 available, with a few small improvements.

Reporting ink levels

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

ink levels

I’ve just added support to system-config-printer for displaying ink and toner levels for printers.  It’s in the 1.1.x branch and will appear in 1.1.2.


Some of our electricity is missing

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

wind-turbine-crop-circleWe use Ecotricity for electricity supply in our household, as they use the money we pay them to build new wind turbines.  Annoyingly, aliens are wrecking them. One early report said that a blade had been torn off and — ominously — was nowhere to be found (perhaps implying it had been abducted). A later report said that it was found at the foot of the wind turbine.  Probably should have checked there first.

Now the county councillor for the area has piped up with a report of seeing a “round, white light” with a “slight red edge” hovering near the wind turbines. So was it aliens, or mechanical failure? Either way, it mightn’t be a bad idea to start installing cameras at turbine sites.