A short preview of Sky’s new EPG

June 8, 2008

Half way through this video is a preview of Sky’s new EPG which should be available on Sky HD boxes from autumn 2008

Click here to watch the video


Joost – Wow!

March 4, 2007

Ugo Cei from Agylen.com was kind enough to share one of his invites to the closed beta of Joost

Not heard of Joost? Where have you been? 🙂

Joost is that latest project from Skype creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Frii. Simply, Joost is TV over the web, but it is also so much more. The program is based on P2P technology, streaming video on demand to your PC.

For the full run down, take a look at the Wikipedia page here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joost

I feel incredibly lucky to have received an invite as they’re so difficult to get hold of. Within 5-10 minutes of me receiving the invite I’d registered with Joost, downloaded and installed the software and was watching my first program (a Fifth Gear episode)

Wow! – Now I’m not saying that it’s perfect, but how easy was that! You’ve got to remember that this is a beta, so the contents not all there now, but what is there demonstrates the developers vision perfectly. It’s quick and I experienced very little lag with it, even on my 1Mb ADSL broadband connection.

Joost I’ve got a hardware router and also run the Windows XP firewall – I didn’t need to configure anything to get Joost working, I like apps that run straight out of the box.

Now, not everyone’s as happy with it as me, so take read here for Robert Scoble’s experience: http://scobleizer.com

Unfortunately I have been given any invites to give out for myself yet. You can register for beta invites at the Joost website

The only thing that’s really surprised me so far is that there’s no integration with Skype – there must be a lot of scope for that combination…

Snowdon Walk

July 16, 2006

Yesterday we did another practice walk for the 3 Peaks Challenge – this time it was Snowdon in Wales. Let’s just say that I’m feeling the results of it today! Don’t forget that you can sponsor us by clicking on this link Justgiving – NDCS 3 peaks Challenge to pledge your money You can see some of the photos from the day on Flickr by clicking this link

Google Browser Sync Firefox Extension

June 13, 2006

I'm now using one of the most useful Firefox extensions that I've ever found!

Google Browser Sync for Firefox is an extension that continuously synchronizes your browser settings – including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords – across your computers. It also allows you to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions.

So now I can run Portable Firefox on my USB pen with the Google Browser Sync extension installed and have all of my boomarks available from my laptop which also has the same extension installed.

If you use more than one computer regularly then check it out – you can't go wrong!

Download the extension from here: Google Browser Sync

Transparent Screens Wallpaper

June 1, 2006

I've just found a brilliant Flickr photoset – it's difficult to explain, just click here to take a look for yourself!

Visual Task Tips

May 21, 2006

Visual Task Tips is a very lightweight shell enhancement utility. It provides thumbnail preview images for each task in the Windows Taskbar, like in the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista. It's simple to use, just download and install it. Best of all, it's completely free (for non-commercial use)

Click here to visit their home page: Visual Task Tips Home

My petrol’s cheaper than yours!

May 18, 2006

www.PetrolPrices.com allows users to search for the cheapest petrol in their area quickly and, if they choose, receive regular e-mail alerts so they will always be the first to know when the prices change.

They have petrol prices for over 10,000 stations and receive approximately 8,000 daily updates, By using petrolprices.com to check the price of petrol across stations in your local area, you could make substantial savings on your motoring. Searching for petrol prices in your local area or across the UK is completely free of charge. Once signed up, you will have 20 petrol price searches to use each week, helping you cut your motoring costs. All major service stations are covered including BP, Shell and Texaco as well as smaller chains and hundreds of independent stations.


Charley Says…

May 15, 2006

Remember all of those public information films from your childhood?

Clunk Click with Jimmy Saville, Learn to Swim, the Green Cross Code Man or Charley Says?

Well now you can watch all of them for free on the National Archives Website, just click the link below to watch the public information videos from 1945 – 2066

The National Archives | Public Information Films

Get Sticky!

May 13, 2006

If you use a USB pen drive, then it’s worth taking a look at www.stickydrive.com

Stickydrive is a free app which sits on your USB pen, it’s a file, program and document manager that lets you run software applications directly from your flash drive.

Stickydrive can be installed on any type of external memory, you can view your photos, play music, run Firefox (and many other apps) all without having to install anything onto the computer.

Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It

May 12, 2006

While stumbling around the net I came across a great little article, written by a girl, which pretty much hits the nail on the head 🙂

In the wide world of dating, there are many options. Do you go for the flashy guy with the smooth smile, or the dude in the corner typing away on his laptop? The following are reasons why I think my fellow females should pay more attention to the quiet geeks and nerds, and less attention to the flashy boys.

1.) While geeks and nerds may be awkward, they’re well-meaning 9 out of 10 times. That smooth dude with the sly grin and the spider hands? Wonder what HIS intentions are… plus, I’ve never had a geek guy not call me when he said he would. Score major points THERE.

2.) They’re useful. In this tech-savvy world, it’s great to have a b/f who can make your laptop, desktop, and just about anything else that plugs into a wall behave itself.

3.) They’re more romantic than they’re given credit for. Ok true, their idea of romance might be to make up a spiffy web-page with all the reasons why they love you, with links to pics of you and sonnets and such… but hey. It lasts longer than flowers, plus you can show your friends.

4.) Due to their neglected status, there are plenty to choose from. You like ‘em tall and slender? There are plenty of geeks/nerds who are. You like ‘em smaller with more meat on their bones? Got that too.

5.) They’ve got brains. Come on now, how can intelligence be a bad thing?

6.) Most are quite good at remembering dates. Like birthdates and such, especially if they know it’ll make you happy. Due again to their neglected status, they’re more attentive than guys who “have more options”. Plus, with all that down time without a steady girlfriend, they’ll likely have mental lists of all the things they’d love to do once they GOT a girlfriend.

7.) Sex. Yep. Sex. I’m not really familiar with this myself, but I’ve friends who’ve been intimate with geek guys and it’s raves all around. They say a virgin wrote the Kama Sutra… all that time thinking about sex, imagining sex, dreaming about sex, (they are male after all) coupled with a desire to make you happy? Use your imagination.

8.) They’re relatively low-maintenance. Most can be fueled on pizza, Twinkies and Mt Dew. No complicated dinners needed here, so if you’re not the best cook, eh. Can you order a pizza?

9.) Most frequent bars as often as slugs frequent salt mines. You won’t have to worry much about your geek guy getting his “groove” on with club hotties because, frankly, he’ll be too busy rooting around under his computer wondering where that spare cable went. You won’t have to worry about him flirting with other women because, 9 out of 10 times, he’ll zip right by them in a perfect b-line towards the nearest electronics store. I’ve seen this happen. Me: “Eww. Victoria Secret’s Models… They’re so skinny. How is that feminine? You can see her ribs!” Geek Guy: “ooooooo…” Me: “Hey!” *notices he is staring lustfully towards the computer store* Geek Guy: “What?” Me: “Never mind…”

10.) Although he may not want to go to every outing with you, you can arrange swaps, as in, you’ll go to his Gamer Con dressed as an elf princess if he’ll take you to the ballet. Plus, if he doesn’t want to go someplace with you, you won’t have to worry much about what he’s up to. You’ll probably come home to find him asleep on his keyboard in a sea of Mt. Dew cans with code blinking from the screen. It’s ok. He’s used to this. Just toss a blanket over him and turn out the light.

11.) His friends aren’t jerks. I can’t stress this enough. You’ll more likely get “Omg! A GIRL!! Can I see?!” than “Hey hot stuff back that ass up here and let me get some grub on…” They’re awkward geeks too and will, 9 times out of 10, treat you with the utmost respect and, more than likely, a note of awe. A cute girl picked one of their clan to date? It could happen to them! Hope! Drag some of your single girlfriends over, open up a pack of Mt. Dew, crack open the DnD set and get working. Nothing impresses geek guys more than a girl who can hack-n-slash (well ok maybe if she can code… a geek can dream).

12.) They’re rarely if ever possessive. They trust you, so you can be yourself around them. You like to walk around the house in a ratty t-shirt for comfort? He won’t care. He does too! They won’t get pissy if you don’t wear make-up or don’t want to bother primping your hair. If you gain a few pounds, they won’t try their best to make you feel like crap.

13.) They’re usually very well educated. Physics majors and the like. See #5. You won’t have to listen to him blathering on about his car (ok maybe a little), he’ll have loads of other interesting things to talk about. Politics, world events, how much the chicken burgers down at the local place rock, so long as you douse them in hot sauce…

14.) You’ll almost never have to hear, “Yaw dawg whazzap!!” plop out of their mouths. Unless it’s in jest. They spell properly, use correct punctuation, and are able to tell the difference between the toilet and the floor. They almost never get “wasted”, so you won’t have to worry about coming home to find him and his friends passed out on the floor amidst a pile of beer bottles. Mt. Dew cans, perhaps…

15.) And the final reason why geeks and nerds make great boyfriends: They actually give a damn about you. Not how you look (though that’s a plus), not how skinny you are, not how much make-up you primp yourself up with, but they like you for you. That kind of thing lasts longer than “DaMN baby you got a fine ass!!!” Believe me.

Read the original article here: Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It…