Monthly Archives: February 2011

Backups in Windows Home Server 2011

I wrote yesterday that I’d decided to kick the tyres of the Release Candidate of Windows Home Server 2011. Today, I thought I’d take a look at how server backups are handled in WHS 2011. First, a bit of background. … Continue reading

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Yes, this is yet another grumbling post about how the current Windows Home Server team just don’t seem to understand what the word “Home” means in the name of the product. I decided that I’d take a closer look at … Continue reading

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Turing’s Papers Saved for the Nation

For a while, it looked as though there was a real possibility that Alan Turing’s papers might disappear abroad, possibly to a private collector in Silicon Valley. However, news comes today that the UK’s National Heritage Memorial Fund has pledged … Continue reading

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Then and Now – II

Here’s another example of the changes that have occurred over time on the Isle of Man. This time it’s views of Douglas Bay. The first photo was taken in about 1860 (I think). It’s a bit difficult to see, but … Continue reading

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Then and Now

Since I was looking through old photos of the Isle of Man for my last post, I thought that I might try and see if any of the locations corresponded with photos that I’ve taken. So here are a few … Continue reading

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The Wedding Party–A Mystery Solved

I’ve got a pile of postcards and old photos that I inherited from my father. Many of the postcards he collected from places that he visited around the world, when he was a merchant seaman in the 1920s and 1930s. … Continue reading

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Soldiering On

I see that Paul Thurrott, in an article published on his Supersite for Windows, has done a U-turn and is now betting on Windows Home Server 2011. Back in October 2010, when he was first told by the current WHS … Continue reading

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PVV Absurdities

I’ve written before that I worry about the popularity of Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (the PVV) here in the Netherlands. While I find the demagoguery of Wilders extremely disturbing, I take some comfort from the fact that others … Continue reading

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What’s Sauce for the Goose…

The serious assault on a CBS journalist, Lara Logan, in Tahrir Square has rightfully drawn widespread condemnation from many quarters, including women’s rights activists and pro-change protesters in Eygpt. Of course, there were some commentators, such as Debbie Schlussel, who … Continue reading

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Someone Like You

I wrote a couple of months ago that I was looking forward to the release of Adele’s next album: 21. We got it a couple of weeks ago, and have been playing it frequently ever since. It’s very, very good. … Continue reading

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Being Economical with the Truth

I know I’ve said it before, but I do loathe and detest marketing-speak. The last time my distaste was directed at Google; this time it’s Microsoft’s turn. This year’s Mobile World Congress is currently underway in Barcelona. So naturally, Microsoft … Continue reading

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The Story of Wind and Mr. Ug

Vi Hart describes herself as a recreational mathematician. She’s also a pretty good storyteller, as evinced by this little tale set on a topologically challenging world.

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In Praise of the Dumbphone

The leaking of Stephen Elop’s memo to his troops at Nokia has certainly focused the attention of business and technical analysts on the company. However, in all the excitement, Francis Sedgemore has picked up on something that he thinks is … Continue reading

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The Survivor

Good heavens, Jonathan Grimshaw is still alive and kicking. He contracted HIV way back in 1984, so must be one of the longest-surviving people with HIV in the UK. While I have never actually met him, for a time he … Continue reading

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Michael Moorcock, At Home In Texas

Somehow, the words “Michael Moorcock” and “Texas” seem strange bedfellows. But this interview, by Hari Kunzru of the author Michael Moorcock starts to make some sense of it. Moorcock is a brilliant author. Whether he’s producing pulp or great literature, … Continue reading

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Making a Silk Purse out of a Sow’s Ear – Not

Oh dearie me, Microsoft has just unleashed the Release Candidate of Windows Home Server 2011 upon the world. And as they had promised, they have surgically removed the one unique selling point that WHS version 1 had – the drive … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Markets

Following on from the previous post on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), I see that Google also announced, and have opened, a web presence for Android applications: the Android Market. I found it quite instructive to compare using Google’s Android Market with … Continue reading

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Honeycomb Looks Sweet

Google presented the latest version of their Android operating system yesterday, which is codenamed Honeycomb. The presentation has been posted on YouTube.   I must admit that there were some nice touches in the User Interface of Android 3.0, particularly … Continue reading

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Cyclone Yasi

I hadn’t quite grasped the huge size of cyclone Yasi until I read this story that shows the extent of Yasi overlaid on other parts of the world. It is simply vast. 

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