Monthly Archives: October 2011

Our Saviours: The Chinese or Aliens

Here’s a helpful explanation of the Euro crisis put together by the Guardian’s Tom Meltzer using animation… Bottom line: we’re screwed.

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RIP, Rose

I was very sorry to read today that Rose Robertson has died. Rose was the powerhouse behind Parents Enquiry, which, as the obituary says, was: Britain’s first helpline to advise and support parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual children, … Continue reading

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Er, Was It Something I Said?

Tablet PC Review is, as you might expect, a web site devoted to covering the field of Tablet PCs. It’s a useful place to go to for news and reviews of Tablets and Tablet PCs. As well as the news … Continue reading

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Reflections on Illness, Addiction and Mortality

Read Will Self’s article. It is brilliant. Nothing more needs to be said.

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

One of the giants of computing died last week. No, I’m not talking about Steve Jobs; I’m talking about Dennis Ritchie, inventor of the C programming language and co-developer of the Unix operating system. His influence, via C and Unix, … Continue reading

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A Mild Case of Bibliomania

Here’s a flavour of what it means to be a book-collector I don’t really fall into the category of being a book-collector, but I do have an inkling of what it means…

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A Spot of Local Bother…

Over the past year, there have been a number of cases reported in the Dutch media of gay couples being harassed to such an extent that they have sold up and moved elsewhere in The Netherlands. Such cases usually occur … Continue reading

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The End of an Era?

Steve Jobs has died at the young age of 56. He had a massive influence on at least three industries: computing, film animation and music. I thought that Dan Gillmor’s eulogy on Jobs probably came closest to a rounded portrait: … Continue reading

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The iPad is Not a PC–Take 2

Over a year ago, I blogged about Peter Bright’s article in Ars Technica on why Steve Ballmer and Microsoft didn’t understand how Apple’s iPad has been so successful. I wrote at the time that: It’s odd that Ballmer appears to … Continue reading

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Watson and the Sirens

As part of the national disaster warning system, there are over 4,000 sirens placed around the Netherlands. These are tested at 12:00 on the first Monday of every month for a couple of minutes. Our younger dog, Watson, reacts to … Continue reading

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Windows Phone 7.5

Almost a year after the first release of Windows Phone 7, the first major upgrade (“Mango”) of the phone operating system is being rolled out. Although it is a major upgrade, the official version number is 7.5, rather than 8. … Continue reading

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