Monthly Archives: August 2012

A New Arrival

Our nearest neighbours, Herman and José are currently celebrating (and having sleepless nights) because José gave birth to their second child last Tuesday. Her name is Linde. Yesterday, as is traditional around these parts, we, the neighbours, assembled to erect … Continue reading

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“Windows 8 is Windows 7+1”

I’ve mentioned before how much I’ve been surprised by the level of vitriol and hatred that has been unleashed against Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 operating system. Everywhere I turn, on tech blogs and forums, there are articles, posts and threads … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Photo Gallery – Yet Another Missed Opportunity?

As I wrote in my last post, Microsoft has recently released a new version of Windows Live Photo Gallery, now simply known as “Photo Gallery”. That last post documented an issue that Photo Gallery has over its handling of geotags. … Continue reading

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Windows Photo Gallery, Geotags and Other Issues

Microsoft has recently released a new version of Windows Live Photo Gallery. In keeping with Microsoft’s plan to kill off the “Live” branding, it is now simply known as “Photo Gallery”, and the suite of software utilities is now known … Continue reading

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The Right To Die

I am profoundly thankful that I live in a country where I can choose if I wish to die. Tony Nicklinson has been denied that choice, and is condemned to serve more time in a living hell. Update #1: Polly … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget

The BBC showed a one hour documentary last night: Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories. The survivors in question were Samuel Willenberg and Kalman Taigman. They were among 600 prisoners who escaped during a revolt at the camp on August 2nd, … Continue reading

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RIP, Harry

Harry Harrison has died. When I was going through my phase of devouring SF books during my teens and twenties, he was one of my favourite authors. On one level, his books could be read as action tales, but there … Continue reading

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When All Else Fails…

…change the cable. A few days ago, my Nokia Lumia 800 phone suddenly refused to connect to my PC for synchronising. I’d plug it in, but nothing would happen – Windows would not react to the connection, the Zune software … Continue reading

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Intricate Processes of Fantastic Horror

In the novel, The Midwich Cuckoos, by John Wyndham, one of the characters, Gordon Zellaby, says: “I wonder if a sillier and more ignorant catachresis than “Mother Nature” was ever perpetuated? It  is because nature is ruthless, hideous, and cruel … Continue reading

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The Perseids

The Perseid meteor swarm reached its annual maximum at around 14:00 yesterday afternoon (local time) on the 12th August. That meant that for the past couple of nights (and hopefully tonight) the chances of seeing a meteor streak across the … Continue reading

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Fun and Games With WHS 2011

Despite some quirks and shortcomings, my Windows Home Server system has been quietly backing itself up onto a pair of hard drives that I rotate to an off-site location. But four days ago, the server backups started failing. The error … Continue reading

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Curiosity Rover and Usain Bolt

Yesterday, a man ran 100 metres in 9.63 seconds. This morning, a robot laboratory successfully landed on Mars and will begin its search for evidence that life may also have existed on a neighbouring planet. Of these two stories, it’s … Continue reading

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The Amish – Lovely People…

So, the BBC had yet another documentary about the Amish last night. Following on from the programmes about the Stoltzfus families, the BBC gave us a programme about David and Miriam Lapp and their adorable children. And, just as with … Continue reading

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“So, How Much Trouble Are We In?”

The opening quote, from the lovely Rory, in the trailer for the BBC’s next season of… Doctor Who! Ooh! I can’t wait! And was that a baby weeping angel doing a riff on the definitive moment from Pitch Black? Damn, … Continue reading

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