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Podcast to YouTube: ffmpeg One Liner Scripts

Here are some examples of how to convert audio podcasts in mp3 format to YouTube videos in mp4 format adding nice black and white wave form visualisations. They require the ffmpeg command-line tool, and are one-liners that must be run … Continue reading

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Nintendo Switch (NX)

Finally! All hail the arrival of the Nintendo Switch (AKA NX) with this ad clearly aimed at an aspirational, sophisticated, and older (but not too old) audience or, more likely, those who want to be thought of as such. Still, … Continue reading

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Backup Social Media

With constant changes in T&Cs and encroaching fees, you never quite know where you stand with “free” online services. Keep control of your social media data by exporting a copy from the cloud to your own PC. To this end … Continue reading

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iPhone 7

Expected Release: Autumn 2016 The strange design decisions at Apple, post-Jobs, have continued to confound even the most loyal of Apple’s customer base. Nowhere is this reflected more than in their flagship product – the iPhone. Hopefully, however, after lens-gate, … Continue reading

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Kissing the Fox

Fox: About a week ago I upgraded to FireFox 35.01. I had a fiddle, liked what I saw and have finally embraced the new Chromeified look. So that’s really it for the old FF28 classic look that I have been … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Christmas Podcast Schedule UK SciFi/Fantasy/Horror/Tech Podcast

Merry Eve of… Christmas Eve! Until today the needle of my Super-O-Meter™ was firmly pointed at ‘Stylish Supervillain’, while I cackled with glee at the squirming masses of humanity from my Tower of Nerditude™. Unfortunately, a last-minute dash to the … Continue reading

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#Tech #UK: Watch Via Live Stream New #Motorola Product Announcements: #MotoG2, #Moto360 etc.

This event will include, I assume, news about the new Moto G, now with 8 MP rear and 2 MP front cams, a bigger screen and a UK price of around £200 £145 (3G only – no news about LTE … Continue reading

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EMF Camp 2014!

A little west of Bletchley, Electromagnetic Field Camp 2014 kicked off today. Hackers and Makers from around the globe converged on bright, breezy, hay-threshed fields set in the gently undulating countryside south of Milton Keynes. We arrived just after ten … Continue reading

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Weird Science: What the Hell is a Radiolarian?

What the Hell is a Radiolarian? While contemplating a Raspberry Pi B+ as a cheap streaming server solution, I came across this weird 3D printed case called the piLarian: Apparently its design is based on a real-world species – Radiolaria. … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Field, August 29th–31st 2014, Bletchley, UK

Roy’s Rocket Radio and Maybe Magazine will be podcasting (and/or vodcasting) from: About “Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that’s lit up by night, and … Continue reading

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Google Glass: Inverse Surveillance?

‘‘Wearable’ computing’ Google Glass, as a product hardly needs and introduction – a small computer, a compact camera, display and audio system built in to a lens-less pair of spectacles. What might not be so well known is that the … Continue reading

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Tired of Firefox Problems?

I’m fed up of Firefox hassles. Despite getting the latest chromified 29.0.1 looking like good old 28, I have been beset with Flash hangs* and print scaling problems. So I have taken the nuclear option and I am now running … Continue reading

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The Dodge Challenger SRT 2014 is Male HRT

I am a man, but one with limper wrists than an 18th century, lace-bedecked dandy. A man willing to run shamelessly from confrontation and who suffers anxiety when hearing even moderately raised voices. One who would even flee Richard Hammond … Continue reading

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Firefox 29 to 28 Interface Downgrade Attempt 2

I finally, got it working properly. It’s all very well making the Classic Theme Restorer available for disgruntled 28 upgraders, but it’s still a right, royal pain fiddling with all the settings. Stop Chromifying Firefox!

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Firefox 29 (Australis) Downgrade Tweaks

Okay, after some stumbling around in the dark, I managed to get Firefox 29.0.1 (Australis) looking (almost*) like my slick version 28 (Aurora) config (see above). I used an old favourite Add-On called Compact Menu 2 which sticks a menu … Continue reading

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Firefox 29.0.1: Arrrggghhh!

Firefox 29.0.1 – Firefox continues to go Chromified, to the annoying extent that I had to search for a plugin just to stick my tabs back under the toolbar. Why can’t they just improve the guts, which is what counts … Continue reading

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Whoooooooooooosh: Space Season on Channel 4

Space Season on Channel 4 starts in March, see: http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-boldly-goes-into-space

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How to Fix "Content Not Found" #Facebook #Error (#Computer #Problems)

PROBLEM: Just a quick tip. If, like me, you’ve messed with Facebook’s rather confusing privacy settings and have found that you can no longer navigate to your profile page without being logged in, then this is what has probably happened- … Continue reading

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#Coding, But More Importantly: #Thor!

So much for getting back into serious coding. After downloading the Android SDK, then compiling the sample app, the emulator hung…. and hung and… Now I suppose I should have persisted, but life’s finite and I got bored. I think … Continue reading

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#Windows #Tech: Portable #Komodo Edit (Again) and 18,129 Visitors to this #Blog!

Okay, the Android SDK is currently unzipping onto my hard disk, so I have a few minutes… I’m just looking though my dev tools and it occurs to me how much I don’t like how huge and slow ActiveState’s Komodo … Continue reading

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#Tech/#Dev: #GoogleGlass, #DC #ComicBooks: #Stormwatch V.1

Google Glass Development: I suddenly got fired up about code this morning and decided to have a go at cooking something up for Google Glass, or at least trying to anyhow. At this very moment, in fact, I am downloading … Continue reading

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#Snapchat #Security Snitch-Ups & #Snaphack Snafu

What a fiasco: Snapchat glibly handing over data to spooks and the Snaphack app that makes a nonsense of one-time pics. My well thought out and mature response follows: You can read Snapchat’s security policy here, shortly before taking them … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Podcast: neRRRdcast AKA Roy's Rocket Radio Episode 17

Episode 17, huzzah! This week, an extra, extra long and very uncut show, featuring oodles of tentacular, nerdy goodness ready for direct brain download: Oldboy, World War Z, Atlantis, Blackout, Breaking Bad, BBC Radio SciFi, The Magician’s Land, StarAdventurer.com, Horrible … Continue reading

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Apple Keyboards and Adapting to Mac OS X

I bought myself an Apple wireless keyboard a few weeks ago in preparation for the day when my twenty-plus year-old mechanical, “clicky” keyboard (an Amstrad IBM Model M knock-off) eventually gives up the ghost. The Apple is mechanical too, though … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Dog and Bone: #Ubuntu #Edge Dead + Developing Apps for #FirefoxOS #Smartphones

And… (several months later) we’re back… The Independent Daily where this column originally appeared may have gone bust, but TechieTalk lives!* So the Ubuntu smartphone kickstarter failed to reach its target of $32 million dollars. Big whoop. Don’t get me … Continue reading

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#Programmers and #Coders: Any UK #Devs bought a #ZTE Open (#FirefoxOS) from eBay yet? Views?

I’m currently writing an article and would like to know how your development experience with the new device goes… p.s. I installed the Firefox OS Simulator earlier today myself. It looks sparse, but clean and simple.

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Flying Bicycle Kickstarter!

Source: Laughing Squid

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Want Me To #Review Something? #Movies, #TV, #ComicBooks, #Games, #Gadgets etc…

Want me to review something? Then get in touch! Here’s what I can currently handle: SciFi/Fantasy/Horror movies (first UK press screening) and TV shows (pilot only on region unlocked DVD). Superhero/supervillain SciFi/Fantasy/Horror English language comic books (hard copy of first … Continue reading

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.tek: Get the URL Address of One of Your Tweets

Click on the time-stamp (positioned top right of your Tweet) and copy the URL in the address bar of your browser. Source

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.tek: SuperVillainy Tips: Skip To A Specific Start Time of a #YouTube Video (@chezemonstre)

Want to create a link to a specific part of a YouTube video? Get the full hyperlink to your YouTube video and add this to it: #t=*m*s For example, to skip the first 30 seconds of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhQ6iySFv7g Just … Continue reading

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.tek Technobilge: #Apple, #iOS, #iPhone5s and Reebok Classics

With the iPhone 5s on its way, here’s a list of things that I think are still wrong with the iPhone, based on about a year-and-a-half of heavy iPhone 4s usage: The old metal edges were pointlessly slippery, but at … Continue reading

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.tek: Privacy Concerns? Try Tor Mail #technology

In the light of various governments flexing their collective muscle, you might wish to consider using Tor Mail.  Tor Mail is an alternative mail service for those requiring greater confidence that their e-mails are not being traced.  Wikipedia: “Tor Mail … Continue reading

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.tek: Get Rid of Horrible New Gmail Inbox Tabs #technology

Go to Settings/Inbox and deselect all categories apart from primary (which is greyed out anyway). Google! Leave my Gmail alone!  (And let’s not even talk about privacy!)

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.tek: WWDC 2013 Videos #Apple

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.tek Technobilge: PRISM + TPB Blocked Again, Sort of, In The UK

That whole PRISM fiasco: what a joke!  Let’s face it, no entity, be it government, corporation, individual, whatever actually needs need permission to spy on anyone in the first place, I mean it’s called spying.  They just need to get … Continue reading

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Facebook Chat Protocol Changes Bugger Up Chat Clients

If you use a third party chat client (I use the excellent Miranda IM to connect with ALL my chat services), you may have found that Facebook chat has suddenly stopped working.  Just head over to this link and check … Continue reading

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BacdaBLEEEEEEPup!

I rushed out yesterday after re-coding a bit of my personal webpage.  What I didn’t know is that I had deleted the lower half of the page with some kind of moronic flick of the careless finger.  Not only that, … Continue reading

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.tek: Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station

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.tek: Doom 3 BFG Installation Problems on Windows + Cube FPS Joy + Apple Firmware Updates #Gaming #Technology

I finally got my hands on Doom 3 BFG this afternoon, but ran into some common problems after the installation: First, the dreaded “xinput1_3.dll…” missing error. Then the “Application Error: Unable to launch…” Solution: Update Direct X because, even if … Continue reading

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#Sick, #StarTrek: ID, Guy Hair, #Journalism, iBoneHead, #WordPress Keyboard Map

Sick: I managed to acquire some nasty bug after a fellow London Tube passenger managed to cough directly into my mouth.  Public Transport: what can I say? Star Trek: ID: I have stocked up on Red Bull and caffeinated Lemsip … Continue reading

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.tek(nomagery) Tip for #Podcasting Using #Skype

I used Skype for the most recent neRRRdcast and the results have been a bit variable.  The main problems are that sometimes the voices merge or are mistimed, cued, whatever.  I’m not sure if this is a problem with 3rd … Continue reading

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.tek: Woe, Woe and Thrice Woe: Installing Windows on a Late 2012 Model Mac Mini With Boot Camp #tech #apple

Apple hardware running as it was meant to: with DOS(Box)! Norton Commander: …AND Gabriel Knight: I bought the cheapest Mac Mini from PC World a few days ago to replace my horribly underpowered, top-of-the-range HP NetBook.  And (shock-horror), the thing … Continue reading

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Roy's Rollup: Da Vinci's Demons, Orphan Black, FiloFraud, Dirt Revisited

Da Vinci’s Demons: I’m just starting to watch this new series from trash-meister Starz, responsible for such epics as Spartacrud. This one, I’m pleased to say, doesn’t entirely suck. I liked the general look, the story had me intrigued, the … Continue reading

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.tek: I Ditched FiloFax Today!

I have been a FiloFax Personal owner since around the age of the dinosaurs. Over the years I have had brief and unsuccessful flirtations with various other paper digital and  organisers. I was a rabid Palm user, but they kept … Continue reading

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.tek: My Disgraceful Workspace

The title speaks for itself: Yes, Italian today. };-> And you can see the new monitor dwarfing the NetBook beside it.

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.tek: Amazon Lockers Appearing Everywhere

While window shopping yesterday, I noticed that Amazon lockers had appeared at Staples (County Oak Retail Park, Crawley). So this morning I tried to order something. No luck, I couldn’t see what the problem was as I hadn’t ordered anything … Continue reading

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What a Week: #Hollyoaks, #Cult Pubs, Cheap Laserjets, The Wolverine #Trailer, #Podcast Imminent

What a tiring last couple of weeks it’s been. I finally recovered from two weeks of un-easily earned IT work up in a rather affluent part of the North (Chester, you know, where Hollyoaks is set, but not actually filmed, … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Independent Daily, #Mauritius Dead + TechieTalk: #iOS Irritations & #Blackberry Buggerups

TechieTalk and the Independent Daily, Mauritius: Dead This blog post was going to be a printed article for Monday’s TechieTalk column, in the Independent Daily, Mauritius. Unfortunately my newspaper folded, a statement that is sadly not only an awful, clichéd … Continue reading

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.tek: Easter Egg Gift Sets: Toxic Transfer from Melamine Dinnerware

If, like me, you have received an Easter Egg gift set containing melamine products this weekend, please bear in mind the toxicity of melamine and the possible risks of ingestion. A recent study reported in the LA Times mentions that … Continue reading

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.tek Technobilge: 3D, Mac OS X, Beats Branding, Hot PCs, Hotel Thermostats

3D: Remember the other dumb trends that seems to have started with a wedge of lime in your beer bottle and then Apple sticking an “i” in front of everything? (Imagine a time when you will be able to step … Continue reading

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.tek: #Programming Nostalgia: Funny Forth

Okay, so only a few devs are still coding Forth, but I remember Leo Brodie’s excellent book and the fun cartoons inside, like this one: They probably still have a few copies in Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC, Canada), which … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Handy Windows 7 Tech Tips for Beginners

This week we have some simple tech tips to make your Windows 7 computing experience easier. What kind of PC should I buy? For general purpose use, almost any inexpensive new laptop with a 14+ inch display, or a desktop … Continue reading

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.tek: #Vim: I Both Love and Fear You (Tagged: #Code, #Programming, #TextEditors, #Hackers)

When I started working in IT, the text editor that I first learned to use was vi. It was just so much easier to learn than the Emacs in use at my uni. So, naturally, I eventually graduated to becoming … Continue reading

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.tek Technobilge: Buzzwords, Development Methodologies, Integrated Graphics and OO

More tech-rage exorcised- Buzzwords: “There’s a disconnect between…”, the word “disconnect” used in that way makes my hackles rise up to a point near the ceiling. Development Methodologies: At uni it was SSADM (the fascist) and SSM (the hippy).  Then … Continue reading

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.tek: Proxy Servers for the Terminally Stupid (Re: TPB)

What an idiot I am, now I know why all the Pirate Bay proxies were down when the mother-ship went kablooey the other day. See this pic from Wiki explaining proxies- Simples. Just because you work in IT…duhhh… };->~~~

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.tek Technobilge: Management Theory, Time and Motion and Sun Tzu

Some vileness you may be subjected to in the engineering and IT industry: Fake Flat Management Structures: Ever heard someone, usually an HR twit, say something along the lines that “we are all equal in this company.”  That is just … Continue reading

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.tek Technobilge: Stuff You Should Hate @BBC @Guardian @Reddedit and Other Buggers Who Are Not Employing Me

A few months ago, I was supposed to write for, and revive, the defunct Guardian‘s Technobile rantless rant column.  Obviously this never happened, because here I am still barely eking out a living in any way I can.  Sob.  But … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Computer Peripherals You Can't Live Without

This week, we’re looking at what computer accessories you should buy for your home computer. Keyboards: If you are a heavy computer user, there is nothing more unpleasant than a cheap, nasty keyboard. There are quite a few technologies used … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Global TechieTalk: Razer Edge, Lumia Problems and Robocopy Backups

Tech news and tips from around the globe! USA: Razer Edge: With the Razer Edge, formerly Project Fiona, Razer have finally made good on their promise to produce a gaming capable Windows 8 tablet. There will be two models in … Continue reading

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.tek: Pirate Bay + Proxies Fixed

Yeah, it’s official, sort of, have a look at the North Korean flag shopped into TPB logo of popular proxy piratereverse.info– This is a short extract from the latest TPB blog entry at that site- “Today we can reveal that … Continue reading

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.tek: Pirate Bay Update: Kim Jong Un… Whaa.. Uhhh?

Just slurped this off Twitter- Well, well.. After the Pirate Bay being cut off from Norway, North Korea comes to the rescue falkvinge.net/2013/03/04/aft… #wekidyounot #tpb — Piratenpartij NLD (@Piratenpartij) March 4, 2013 North Korea is now, apparently, hosting the Bay.  … Continue reading

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.tek: Pirate Bay and Proxies ALL Down Update 4

No real change in news, but- theunblockedbay.info is running from a cloud cache. pirateproxy.me is running, but the homepage does not fully render. There’s something weird going on, but I’m just not techie enough to grasp the full situation.  If … Continue reading

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.tek: Pirate Bay and Proxies ALL Down Update 3

More errors- http://tpb.dbpotato.net/ returns “Error: couldn’t connect to host” Searching the string “the pirate bay proxies down” on Google returns a few nuggets of info.  Apparently users started having trouble connecting from about 12 hours ago.  Searches on ixquick and … Continue reading

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.tek: Pirate Bay and Proxies ALL Down Update 2

Now I got this from http://piratebayalternative.me/– Technical problems?  Black helicopters?  Alien invasion?

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.tek: Pirate Bay Proxies ALL Down: Update

Okay, so browsing a couple of proxy sites running the nginx webserver are timing out- 504 Gateway Time-out nginx/1.1.19 But no real news as yet.  Stay tuned.

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.tek: Pirate Bay Proxies ALL Down (#tbp, #torrents)

Interesting development this afternoon- the Pirate and most of its proxies are down everywhere. The proxies still seem pingable, for example- ping tpb.jakelee.co.uk Pinging tpb.jakelee.co.uk [82.197.131.81] with 32 bytes of data: Reply from 82.197.131.81: bytes=32 time=51ms TTL=51 Reply from 82.197.131.81: … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Gaming PCs Vs Gaming Consoles

The PlayStation 3, followed closely by the Xbox 360 are the most popular gaming consoles out there at right now, but with so many high profile games released on the PC, isn’t it about time we saved some space in … Continue reading

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Blogging Bubble Burst But Bloggers Blogging

I jumped onto the blogging bandwagon a bit late and there has been much talk in the media recently of how the blogging phenomena is dead.  And so, it was with some relief that I read Boing Boing‘s Rob Beschizza’s rather … Continue reading

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.tek: Will-i-am Wants You To Code Zzzzzz…

Code: So the cult of celebrity has finally brought much needed credibility to us poor nerds.  (Yes, heavy sarcasm).  Will-I-Am and The Zuck, no-less, are encouraging American kids to learn to program.  Too late suckers- China, India and Eastern Europe … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Sony PlayStation 4: The PS4 Event

Last night Sony hosted the much-hyped PS4 event in New York City presenting an opportunity for lots of unphotogenic nerds to step into the limelight. Though less polished than an Apple launch (a good thing) Sony did manage to drop … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: BlackBerry 10: BB10, Z10 and Q10

After a tumultuous couple of years, BlackBerry has finally released their long-awaited new operating system BlackBerry 10, along with some spanking new devices- the Z10 and Q10. Now that we have had time to look at BlackBerry’s new offerings, what … Continue reading

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.tek: My Mouse Has Side-Scrolling. Who Knew?

My eyesight must be getting worse.   Had this mouse for a year and only just noticed that the scroll wheel also goes side to side.  The little arrows kind of give it away.  That’s techies for you- we never read … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Roy’s Alternative Career Guidance Services: Crime Really Does Pay

With the global economy tanking, why not consider a life of crime as an eminently sensible career choice? You see, no matter how bad things get, there will always be a demand for the services of an experienced criminal. But … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: The Rise of Windows 8 Tablets

Last year when Microsoft unveiled its new take on the tablet that it called the Surface, we were fairly astonished by the slick-looking hardware (floppy keyboard aside) and simultaneously underwhelmed by the limitations of the stripped-down Windows 8 RT that … Continue reading

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Standby, Roy's Rocket Radio #Podcast Episode 10 Coming… #movies #tv #scifi #action #tech

News: Jobs, Moving, Boat, Movies: The Expendables, Get Carter, The Taking of Pelham 123, What My Mum Likes To Watch, Trailers: Star Trek: ITD, TV: Touch, Tech: Clean your specs with vodka.

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TechieTalk: Uncomplicated Linux for Windows Users

A nice young man showed me how to find my own telephone number on my iPhone a few days ago.  He also showed me how to turn on the speaker phone, a task that turned out to be ridiculously easy.  … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Devices for the Frequent Traveller

Travel is supposed to broaden the mind, but if you have the privilege of travelling enough, it will both narrow the wallet and even pall. You see, not every place you visit will be the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Social Media Suicide

I would be surprised if there existed anyone more guilty of making a total idiot of themselves online than me. I mentioned in a past article that it is best to apport oneself with at least modicum of dignity online. … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Happy New Year: Photography, Tweaks, Panoramas and Tilt Shifts

America, America, America, if it’s not Google this, it’s Apple or Microsoft that. Except this week, when there doesn’t seem to be anything amazing happening in America that doesn’t involve the mysterious phrase “fiscal cliff”. So today, just as we … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Fast Charge IOS Devices, Reboot Routers, Doom 3 BFG Edition and Simcity 2013

This week: a few solutions to post-holiday tech troubles and some games to spend what little money you have left after the big Christmas financial blow-out. Speed up IOS Device Charging Via PC USB port (Windows 7) So you  got … Continue reading

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.tek: Lazarus Rises… Again…: Free #Lazarus / #FreePascal #Programming #Book

Remember my moan about the lack of Lazarus/FreePascal books?  Luckily I did not delete my Lazarus installation because I finally found a book and it looks pretty good.  It’s by a Delphi programmer from Khartoum in the Sudan!  (This is … Continue reading

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Our #Christmas Tree!

Mum standing proudly next to our ecologically-sound living Christmas tree adopted from the Mauritian Forestry Ministry for about £6.  It might be small, but it’s ours. And then there’s my permanently displayed, ecologically unsound plastic tree. The first photo was … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Christmas Gifts from the Public Domain: Classic Horror Movies

Welcome to the Christmas edition of TechieTalk. Today is Christmas Eve, but I know from a confidential source in the big depot up north that my stocking is going to be pretty empty this year, apart from a book I … Continue reading

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.tek: Razer's Gaming Tablet… Upcoming Maybe…

Project Fiona is Razer’s long-trumpeted foray into tablet market.  Razer say that they have been consulting with users and have thus far come up with something along the lines of a fairly standard looking tablet- i7 CPU, 10 inch display, … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Apps to Manage ALL Your Social Networks

It’s funny how things change with both e-mail and online chat services largely being subsumed by messaging service protocols like XMPP which are built into many social networking apps.   Like many people, I am rather over-connected with social media … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket #Radio #Show: Nerdomundo #SciFi #Podcast #Christmas Edition OUT NOW! #Mauritius, #Africa, #UK, #Canada

Yes, here it is, in all its dubious glory.  As usual you can download the show utilising a veritable myriad of marvelous methods from here. In this week’s Christmas Edition we talk about: Seeking a Friend for the End of … Continue reading

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#Nostalgia #Programming #Borland Turbo Prolog Wallpaper

Just something I cooked up for fun a couple of years ago-

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#SciFi #Movie #Book #Tech #Podcast: #Christmas Show This Sunday, Contents Here, Please RT!

Greeting Nerdlings, it’s the final show of the year!  Parrrp!  (Plastic trumpet fanfare sound, not digestive distress). The Christmas tree is already up (actually it never came down), so please join me for a couple of drinks as I talk … Continue reading

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.tek: #Apple Maps #App Vs #Google #Maps for IOS: You Both Still Suck! #tech

I downloaded and tested the new Google Maps for IOS against Apple’s own Maps app and, guess what?  (Ironic fanfare etc…), they both still suck.  Mightily.  Of course, presumably unlike my richer and fatter (metaphorically speaking guys- don’t get your … Continue reading

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#Music: Personal Jesus on Diddley Bow

For some strange reason this clip got less than 10k views on YouTube!  The guy is playing an electrified version of one of these things (second paragraph down).

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.tek & Other Torments: #Programming: Lazarus, #Mauritius: Birthdays, #TV: Homeland, Walking Dead

Hey,  I LIKE TurboPascal, never got into Delphi, FreePascal’s bearable, but Lazarus IDE?  There’s always some damn error trying to compile anything other than the simplest programs.  This is obviously because I don’t really know what I’m doing, which is … Continue reading

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#Mauritian #Bloggers: Make Your Voice Heard #mauritius

Hello all Mauritian bloggers. I write the TechieTalk column on page nine of The Independent Daily on Mondays and I am planning to write a short piece about Mauritian bloggers. If you have been blogging for some time and want … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Citizens Tradecraft: A Beginners Guide To Cyber-Spying

Many countries have lately been rocked by a series of scandals based on the changing face of technology.  WikiLeaks, the phone “hacking” scandal in the UK, the continuing saga of Kim.com and, more recently, and proving that anyone can foul … Continue reading

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Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: One Year, 8000+ Visitors and 500+ Posts

I’ve just published the 500th post since Bold Voyaging the Multiverse started back in November last year and we’ve also just had our 8000th visitor a few minutes ago. Just wanted to say thanks people!

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WordPress, ITU, Blog, Career, Coffee, So It Goes

Yesterday or the day before, I  started to notice that the WordPress media uploader has changed along with a few other things like the toolbar in edit mode (where IS “indent”?)  The the new uploader is particularly horrible and slow, … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Nerd With a Shotgun Destroys All Monsters: Payback Time With Cube Engine FPS Games

In my normal, day-to-day life I am generally of a pacifist demeanor.  On the other hand, I’m also a complex human being with needs that must be met and sometimes those needs include the necessity to abandon the pathetic veneer … Continue reading

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.tek: @BBCWatchdog @Ofcom @CPWTweets @cpwcares WARNING: Car Phone Warehouse #UK #iPhones Lock On 1st Use!

The Great Car Phone Warehouse Rip Off – If you are in the UK, DO NOT buy a full-priced, SIM-free iPhone from Car Phone Warehouse because once you insert a SIM, the phone will lock to that network permanently. Car … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show #Podcast Late, Rescheduled for Sunday

Sorry, but I’m experiencing a few network difficulties. (Basically, I have to find a better position for intercept my router’s erratic WiFi signal.)  It’ll be out by Sunday at the latest. Topics- Editorial: Media Jobs, African Nerdery, Real-life violence = … Continue reading

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Über #Nerd #Podcast: Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show, Season 1, Episode 5, Out Friday!

V The next episode of the show will be out on Friday, possible topics- Movies: Argo, The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire, Riddick: Dead Man Stalking, TV: Discovery’s SciFi Science, Arrow revisited, The Walking Dead, Books: Hyperion, Polar City Blues, … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Get Your Weekly Dose of #Technology & Nerdiness Right Here! (Take THAT @CNet) #games, #gadgets, #mauritius

The newspaper I work for (The Independent Daily, Mauritius) stopped producing a PDF epaper at the end of August.  The archive of my printed stories before this date were produced by exporting from PDF to JPEG files.  Therefore, since September, … Continue reading

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#iPhone4S #Photography: #Curepipe, #Bagatelle, Trou Aux Cerfs, #Mauritius

Busy again, just a photo posting (smalls pics here linked to hi-res pics on my Flickr page). Mum, dad and me at the recent Skyfall Indpedendent/Matinal event at Bagatelle and what the hell is wrong with my teeth? (NB/ Thanks … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Online Dating In #Mauritius

Mr. No-mance – I’m one of those unmatchable guys.  Whilst living in the UK, I joined the well known Desi dating site Shaadi.com.  This site did get me dates, but seemed to produce the most unlikely of pairings.  For example, … Continue reading

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Rant Forgotten: Forget Eat, Pray, Love; Here’s Read, Eat, Code #Mauritius

I had something awfully important to say before, but after picking up an old favourite book at Game, Phoenix and stuffing myself with an enormous Mauritian sandwich, it just doesn’t seem that important anymore. Also, I just saw on coder … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Take This Job and Shove It: More Ways To Creatively Waste Time at the Office

Avoiding work seems to be a recurrent theme in this column and while I wouldn’t advocate not paying attention in the classroom, let’s face it, once you are out in the real world of work and woes, most jobs require … Continue reading

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.tek: Look At What Is Under My Bed

Some of my super geeky retro stuff just waiting to be played with again!  Actually the only thing that still works is the Sega Megadrive. Sega Mega Drive 16-Bit with Sonic the Hedghog, PGA Tour Golf, Dragons Fury, LHX Attack … Continue reading

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.tek: #QC/#Testing of #Gadgets Awful: #Amazon #Apple #Microsoft #Surface #tech #rant @apple @microsoft @amazon

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite – Problems with an unevenly lighted display.  Reported at CNet and Techcrunch. IOS 6 and 6.0.1 – WiFi-connection problems, though honestly WiFi problems have been a free feature of my iPad2 and iPhone 4S since IOS 4.3.3.  … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Pretty Pics: Using Pixlr, The Adobe Flash Browser Based Image Editor

Most people are quite happy just taking snaps with their digital camera or smartphone without any further tweaking.  Others will go a little further and use their devices’ built-in editing software.  Few, however, will attempt to use graphics manipulation software … Continue reading

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.tek: An Industrial Design (For #Geeks): #Spock Chair!

Vladimir Tomilov’s Spock Armchair–    

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.tek: Check Out My Current Movie Viewing Setup

It’s all a bit Heath Robinson, but it works. I have my Netbook perched on my ukulele case and plugged into a cheap USB powered speaker.  I bought the speaker at PC World on special offer for three UK pounds … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Catchup Edition: Windows 8, Surface, iPads, Nexus and Fire

What an exciting few weeks it has been for geeky news!  Microsoft finally unleashed both Windows 8 and its Surface RT tablet, Apple released a smorgasbord of hardware updates along with the dinky iPad Mini and both the Google Nexus … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Play Misty For Me: Free Media Players for Windows

There are those favourite bits of media, be it music or movies, that you want to play over and over again. For me, it’s great movies and music like 2001: A Space Oddessey, or Camille Saint-Saëns’ Aquarium from The Carnival … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Digital Cameras and Other News

The latest tech isn’t always readily available to the retail market outside the fevered imaginations of tech editors. But, given the length of time the following digital cameras have been on the market, they shouldn’t be too difficult to track … Continue reading

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.tek: Open Source Woes: #OpenOffice and #LibreOffice (#tech)

First, I’m a big fan of Open Source software.  I use a lot of OSS in my daily life, for example, I both regularly use and swap between the OpenOffice and LibreOffice office suites.  But why swap?  Well after getting … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Face Ache Book

When I was little “face-ache” was jibe bandied about the playground at kids (including myself) challenged in the looks department.  Given Facebook’s failure to monetise with any sense of stability through targeted advertising; this week we’re looking at Facebook’s other … Continue reading

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.tek: #Kindle #Paperwhite Finally In #UK As Bugs Come To Light

The Kindle Paperwhite finally became available for pre-order at the UK Amazon store yesterday.  Horrible pun in title because apparently the display is unevenly lighted under certain conditions.  Wunderbar. Behold… The Hand of Bezos!

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,tek: YouTube Trawl: #Batman, #Katniss & Jack #IOS6 #Apple #Maps

Doh

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.tek: Nerd Musings: Code

After years of fruitlessly waiting for the ideal programming language to emerge, while half-heartedly coding in dozens of languages, I am again properly hacking.  Now that codeacademy.com has a course in Ruby, I’m whizzing through the tutorials and have downloaded … Continue reading

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.tek: I Was Sooo Wrong: #Google Maps Vs #IOS6 Maps & #Apple's Continuing Crash

I was so looking forward to a decent Apple in-house satnav app in IOS 6 and then it turned out to be pants.  Now there’s a new WiFi-gate fiasco with the iPhone 5, Apple has decided to sue Samsung again … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Best Free Office Suites: Special Price: Zero Rupees

Certain pieces of software are the bread-and-butter of everyday computing.  Top of the list are the Office Suites.  Almost everyone is familiar with the Microsoft Office family and many are now also familiar with free Open Source software such as … Continue reading

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.tek: Unreasonable Employer Expectations #jobs #coding #tech

I found the following e-mail from a UK IT recruitment agency in my inbox this morning- Dear Roy, GIS Developer 6 Months Bristol £300- £350 Per Day A recent restructure in a major UK project has meant that a Bristol … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Poker Face Ace: Become a Pop Star

Ever had a tune floating around your head?  Something you just know sounds so great that if you can only turn it into a finished single, it will land you a contract with a major record label.  If you have … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Net Medicine

I’m currently suffering from whooping cough. When I visited a clinic I was given mild antibiotics for my sore throat and congested chest and was told to rest and push the fluids because I had a mild chest infection. The … Continue reading

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#Rants of the Week: Killing iGoogle, EQL, #UK (Debt Collection Agency), Border Security: #Australia's Front Line

iGoogle – iGoogle is closing down, we’ve known this for months, but what precipitated such an unbelievably short-sighted move?  Actually I don’t have a clue, but this is the same company that wouldn’t give users the options to opt out … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: #iPhone 5 and Other Updates

Apple heralded a slew of hardware and software updates at their press event yesterday. iPhone 5 (available from September 21 in the UK) – The biggest announcement of the event was the unveiling of the long awaited iPhone 5. The … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: New Amazon Hardware Unleashed

Greetings readers. This week you can expect a tiny bit less cynicism from me because I’m just too sick to summon up the energy. As you probably already know by now, Amazon has unleashed a whole raft of new tablets … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Tweak and Improve Your Workflow in Windows

This week we’ll try and make Windows more bearable with a few simple tweaks. Classic Shell: The Start Menu is Going, Going, Gone… Since Windows 7, Microsoft have been dismantling the Start Menu. The Windows 7 Start Menu looks horrible … Continue reading

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5000+ Visitors To Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse #scifi #movies #comics

We just had the five thousandth visitor to this blog early this morning. Amazing to think that when this blog started in March last year, we were lucky to get ten visitors a month, but by the end the year … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show Episode 3 #scifi #nerd #podcast

This week- The Hobbit, Elysium, The Possession and Berberian Sound Studio. You can get it here, subscribe here, or wait until Apple pulls its finger out and updates the iTunes webpage here. Apologies for the sound quality, content quality, my … Continue reading

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.tek: Ouchhh! Arghhh! #Hair #Dye #Allergy

Last night, after *dying my hair, I fell asleep while watching a movie.  I woke up a little later with a headache and a burning pain around my mouth, sideburns and temples.  When I looked in the mirror, my lower-lip … Continue reading

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.tek: In Memoriam: Neil Armstrong #space #nasa #tech #science

Neil Alden Armstrong August 5 1930 to August 25 2012

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TechieTalk: Gaming: Heroes of Neverwinter and NetHack Variants

Last year the legendary game Dungeons and Dragons came to Facebook in the form of the Heroes of Neverwinter app. This role-playing-game is an isometric scroller, rather than a full-3D game and uses simplified Dungeons and Dragons rules to entice … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Roy is Back In Tech Toy Town Wearing Rant-Pants

Hasn’t it been such a long, long time since we talked tech toys?  Remember that Teddy Roosevelt quote about walking “softly with a big stick”?  Today I think the “softly” part needs to be dropped and this week I’m striding … Continue reading

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Giant Phones Attack the Earth and the Hands of Pat Jennings

Giant Phones Attack the Earth and the Hands of Pat Jennings

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.tek: Congratulations @Nasa! #Curiosity Landed on #Mars this Morning

I just tweaked the contrast and brightness and sharpened the image in Paintshop Pro.  You can follow the whole mission here.  Bravo NASA, now let’s get people there!

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.tek: Night Owls: The Naturally Nocturnal #science #psychology

I like nocturnal animals because, like me, they are up all night.  This has been my natural state of existence since childhood.   I’ve tried the usual tricks to flip my circadian rhythms back to “normal”, but gradually, inevitably my body-clock … Continue reading

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#UK #TV Channel 5's Gadget Show Reboot: Where Is Everyone?

I caught a few episodes of the new season of Channel 5’s The Gadget Show (now known as The Gadget Show: World Tour).  The radical reboot has meant that Otis Deley, Suzi Perry and Jon Bentley are out.  Although I am … Continue reading

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.tek: #Curiosity, Go, Go, Go! #Mars

I read via the Telegraph, that Adam Steltzner, a top JPL mech for the Mars robot Curiosity, was quoted saying “Putting men on Mars is not unachievable…” OK, so it’s not exactly a firm commitment, but it still sounds great … Continue reading

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TechieTalk July 2012 #tech #gadgets #apple #microsoft @bbc @guardian @wired @cnet @god

Mon 02-Jul-2012 Play DOS Games and Try Ubuntu Mon 09-Jul-2012 A Week in Technology ACTA and the Higgs Boson Mon 16-Jul-2012 Rage Against The Mundane: Smartphones Mon 23-Jul-2012 Learn To Write Computer Programs Mon 30-Jul-2012 High Tech Startups and Entrepreneurship … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's ADHD Guide: #Programming

Programming isn’t something you can learn at school.  It isn’t hard to pick up the basics either.  Stoke yourself with C8H10N4O2 and let’s go! 1/ You will need a proper PC; either a laptop or a desktop running a full-blown … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's ADHD Guide: #Podcasting

Do- Record it with PC+mic+Audacity or iDevice+ClearRecordLite Edit using Audacity, export .wav Drop .wav onto Levelator Encode .wav as .mp3 in Audacity Don’t (Be like me and)- Be an idiotic, drunken bore Underestimate how long the damn thing takes to do … Continue reading

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.tek: Incredible #Tech Predictions: #Google, #Twitter, #Microsoft, #Ubuntu Face Disaster!

After getting annoyed at having my Tweets cut off towards the end of the Olympics Opening, I’ve been thinking about how internet services and apps have been changing at an exponential rate; evolution with the speedo stuck on a zillion … Continue reading

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#Nerd #Dating: I Broke E-Harmony

Before I was married (briefly, but not briefly enough), I signed on to a number of dating sites. The best and worst was Shaadi.com, the Desi (Indian Diaspora) dating service. Sure, they found me lots of dates, but the women … Continue reading

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.tek: Free iPhone SatNav App Waze Reviewed

Easily digestible review for the ADHD challenged: Waze app (IOS) – Tested route from Cartersmead Close in Horley to B&Q Crawley (UK). Pros:  Easy to find route, gives alternatives, spoken turn-by-turn fine, no stupid Mr.Bean UK Siri voice.  Free! Cons:  … Continue reading

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.tek: Life, Geany, Waze, The Midnight Beast and Batman #tv #uk #movies #programming

Life – Haven’t been around for a few days, just so tired and stressed out looking for a house here in the South of England.  Dealing with overpriced housing and some (not all) estate agents who don’t tell you everything … Continue reading

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TechieTalk 2-9 July: DOSBox, Ubuntu, ACTA, Higgs Boson

Mon 02-Jul-2012 Play DOS Games and Try Ubuntu Mon 09-Jul-2012 A Week in Technology ACTA and the Higgs Boson More

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I'm Now Smartphone Friendly!

Just made my site/portal easier to use on a smartdumbphone.  Added jumbo graphics and fonts.  Please visit and report problems- Roy’s Nerd Stuff Thanks.

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.tek: ACTA: Dead In Europe

Defeated 478-39 in the EU Parliament yesterday. Predictably the Pirate Bay posted this- File-sharers should still be careful though.  There’s a lot of other legislation out there to get you black-bag rendited for an all-expenses paid holiday to the USA … Continue reading

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.tek: The Higgs Boson: It Lives!

Yes, CERN boffins have finally confirmed its existence.  Meaning that there’s a reason why things have mass and spaceships can’t travel faster than light. A major buggeration for SciFi nuts like me, but a boost to depressed particle-physicists everywhere.  It … Continue reading

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.tek: Review: Griffin Aircurve Play- Passive iPhone Amp/Stand

Just snagged this on sale at Tescos for £6.97 today. It’s a passive amplifier/stand for the iPhone 4/4s.  Griffin make some amazing and ridiculously grandiose claims on their web site about how the thing “is based on some very advanced … Continue reading

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Loki's Desire for Thor's Big Hammer. Oh Please.

Re: Last Post – Before anyone comments, yes I know Thor’s the one with the hammer Mjolnir, but Loki IS desirous of Thor’s Hammer in the movie.  That just sounds wrong.

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