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Random: Google Easter Eggs

by on Sep.06, 2009, under Random

google ascii logoI was listening to This Week in Google (from the TWiT network) earlier today and they mentioned a couple of ‘Google Easter Egg’s which I thought were nice features:

Does anyone else know of any other Easter Eggs they’ve programmed in?

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Random: I’ve Got The Power

by on Aug.09, 2009, under Random

The mess of cables behind my TV

The mess of cables behind my TV

So over the last few weeks I’ve been getting my new room all set up and everything plugged in. With the final part being the installation of Virgin Media today, so I now have broadband and TV in my room.

However, it has occurred to me how many electrical items I have – enhanced by the number of 4 ways I seem to have been buying recently and the mess of cables that now exists behind my TV.

This may not be an exciting blog post, but this is the current state of all the plugs in my room, going clockwise from the door:

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Random: Jackson Gravely Ill

by on Jul.10, 2009, under Random

This post is for Sunday, 21st June, 2009
(This post was largely delayed due to my recent holiday).

By now, you’ve probably heard the news about the death of Michael Jackson. However, when I was following the story last Thursday night before going on holiday, the death took a long time to be confirmed. The BBC seem to be trying to leave it as late as possible till it stated he was dead. However, did this news story have the best choice of headline?

jackson gravely ill

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Random: Who Is The Stig?

by on Jun.21, 2009, under Random

top-gear-the-stigToday (Sunday 21st June), Top Gear returned to our screens for a brand new series. The big hype about this episode though was that it was rumoured that the person who fills the role as The Stig would be revelaed.

Before this episode, several newspapers had name The Stig to be Ben Collins, with the BBC not commenting either way on whether this was true.

About half way through the program, The Stig was seen to remove his helmet and for his identity to be revealed as Michael Schumacher.

However, since the revealing, a lot of internet speculation believes that Michael Schumacher is not The Stig and it was in fact a publicity stunt.

Even the BBC’s own news story didn’t seem too sure:

The seven-times Formula 1 champion dressed as the show’s famous driver and removed his helmet during an interview with presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

But it is unclear whether he really is the Stig or whether it was all a stunt.

Clarkson jokingly pretended not to recognise the German driver and asked him his name, before shouting to the audience: “It’s Michael Schumacher!”

Do you think Michael Schumacher is The Stig. Personally, I think he is one of a few drivers who fulfill the role, but leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Is Michael Schumacher The Stig?

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Random: Be Careful What You Ask on Twitter

by on Jun.15, 2009, under Random

Twitter SpamThis post is for Sunday 14th June 2009

I learnt this afternoon that you need to be careful what you ask on Twitter.

I’m currently looking for an online backup service. Plugging in my external hard drive just seems too much effort and I don’t do it nearly often enough. I’m hoping by automating an online backup, I don’t need to worry about it quite as much.

I decided to ask for suggestions on twitter, hoping a few of my followers may come up with something. I got a couple of responses back, but also a handful of spam messages.

I first got an @leesto reply from the @cloudberryman account mentioning their service. Now at this stage, this promotion worked reasonably well. It got me to look at their website and I’d now heard about their service for the first time. However, I then got spammed by a further 2 accounts – @AmazonS3S3 and @hashwindows , promoting the same site. To make things worse, upon clarifying something to one of my followers, I got 2 more spam messages from those accounts.

What did this result in? Apart from spamming me and causing me to write this blog post about it, it has also cause me to compeltely discount their service I may possibly have gone with. I don’t like spammers.

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Sound of Music Flashmob

by on May.27, 2009, under Random

Another extra post for you. This video came up on my twitter feed and I thought it was fantastic – probably better than the similar thing t-mobile did at Liverpool Street Station.

The performance happened at the Central Station of Antwerp. More than 200 dancers were performing their version of “Do Re Mi” from the Sound of Music, with only 2 rehearsals.

It’s certainly a different advertising method which stands out!

For those of you who haven’t seen the similar t-mobile advert, read on:

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Random: Eurovision 2009 Interval Act – Fuerza Bruta

by on May.18, 2009, under Random

This post is for Sunday, May 17th, 2009

I didn’t watch much of the Eurovision song contest, but one bit I did hear a lot about was this one interval act. Although fairly random, it is something completely different and is fantastic.

From a slightly geekier technical point of view, it also gives some ideas, apart from also looking good too!

The performance itself is focussed around acrobats (or dancers or swimmers), performing in pools with transparent bottom and water within them. The larger of these pools are then lowered down towards the audience, to the point that they’re able to touch the bottom and interact with the performers through the plastic.

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Random: How Nokia Test Mobile Phones

by on Apr.12, 2009, under Random

A mobile phone has to go through a lot of wear and tear in its lifetime. I’m sure many of us have broken a screen or two in our time though.

The BBC wrote an article earlier this week about the testing process Nokia goes through which included this video.

It surprised me that they used some manual labour to carry out some of these tests

Another repetitive test is manually plugging in and removing the charger for each handset at least 6,000 times.

A group of people are employed do this because, unlike machines, humans do it differently every time.

With all the other tests, it’s obvious these phones go through quite a rigoruous process before being launched. I wonder if Apple puts its iPhone through a similar standard of testing?

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How to Make 40m Easter Eggs

by on Apr.09, 2009, under Random

An extra post for today. I saw this video on the BBC news website and it interested me, so I thought I’d share it with you.

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Random: Podcasts – To Subscribe or Unsubscribe

by on Mar.29, 2009, under Random

podcastI listen to a lot of podcasts. I also watch a lot of video podcasts. Where possible I try and stay up to date with these, but it doesn’t always happen.

For example, in the last couple of weeks I’ve been very busy – which has highly restricted the time I’ve had to watch or listen to them. My usual times are to watch when eating, or in an evening and to listen either when travelling or working. Being a lot busier recently, plus the addition of breaking my headphones (now replaced by SENNHEISER CX400), has led to me falling a reasonable amount behind.

To put this into perspectove, a couple of months ago, I got down to 30 unlistened to podcasts, at which stage I subscribed to a couple of new ones. I’m now up to 225 unlistened to podcasts (down from 250 earlier this week). Which leads me to this debate:

What should I do about the number of unlistened podcasts?

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