Monthly Archives: May 2011

All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace – II

I mentioned how much I was looking forward to the new series of documentaries by Adam Curtis: All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace. Actually, the first episode was last week, and it was every bit as good as … Continue reading

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The Media Library in Windows Home Server 2011

As promised yesterday, here’s the follow-up post describing my experience (thus far) with the Media Library in Windows Home Server 2011. On installation, Windows Home Server 2011 will create a number of Folders by default for music, pictures, documents, recorded … Continue reading

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The Psychopath Test

I see that Jon Ronson has got a new book out: The Psychopath Test. I like Jon Ronson’s writing, so I think I should add his new book to my wishlist. There’s also a very positive review of the book … Continue reading

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My WHS 2011 Experience (Thus Far)

I think it’s safe to say that the development of Microsoft’s Windows Home Server 2011 (version two of the original Windows Home Server product) has not exactly been plain sailing. Fairly late on in the development cycle, Microsoft took the … Continue reading

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My Heart Bleeds…

I see that Adele is complaining that she has to pay 50% Income Tax on her earnings of, apparently, £8 million for last year. I pay more tax (52%) on my earnings that, last year, amounted to less than 1% … Continue reading

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Favourite Does Not Necessarily Equal Best

To celebrate the opening of an exhibition (Out of this World) at the British Library later this month, today’s Guardian has asked leading SF writers to pick their favourite novel or author in the genre. However, the Guardian’s sub-editors have … Continue reading

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The History of the User Interface

Here’s a video of Bill Buxton talking about the history of (some of the) user interfaces in computing. http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Show-Us-Your-Tech/Bill-Buxton-Shows-Us-His-Favorite-Tech/player?w=512&h=288 An interview with a researcher who has passion and whose passion shines through to teach important lessons. And the basic lesson … Continue reading

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Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Bill

The appalling David Bahati is still pushing on with his abhorrent piece of anti-gay legislation in the Ugandan parliament. It would seem that it is now reaching a crucial point. This travesty has been going on since 2009. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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A Maze Of Twisty Little Passages

Online Help forums can be a lifeline for people having difficulties with their computers, or other gadgets. Some of these forums are thriving communities in their own right, with thousands of members. When I started thinking about building my first … Continue reading

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All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace

Adam Curtis makes documentaries. But these aren’t just plain documentaries, they are visual poems that contain much food for thought. His latest effort is All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace – to be broadcast on BBC2 on 23rd … Continue reading

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The Writing On The Wall

Further to my entry about the fact that the Dutch Government is thinking of banning the concept of dual nationality here in The Netherlands, I see that the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics is reporting that a majority of the … Continue reading

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Courage

Via a post on PZ Myer’s blog, I have discovered the blog of a lesbian in Syria: A Gay Girl in Damascus. She has courage, and a brave father. I hope that they both manage to come through the current … Continue reading

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A Frame of Groans

Some time ago, I wrote about George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy books “A Game Of Thrones” in these terms: In my old age, I’m getting a bit tired of epic fantasy. I was recently recommended A Game of Thrones … Continue reading

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