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Google Wave Blog

by on Aug.04, 2009, under Technology

Google-Wave-logoI’ve recently started my placement year (as a result I’ve had to move house and still have no internet, which is why there have been no blog updates – should hopefully be getting it installed on Saturday).

As part of my placement I have been tasked with looking into Google Wave and developing robots and gadgets for it. As part of this, I have set up a separate blog – Google Wave Developer, which may interest some of you.

That’s all for now!

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University: Review of The Year

by on Jul.16, 2009, under University

A good video of our now former SU President, Alex Nicholson-Evans, discussing achievements for BUSU in the past year and what can be looked forward to in the future.

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Technology: Mass Renaming Files in Windows

by on Jul.14, 2009, under Technology

This post is for Monday, 13th July, 2009

Today I went through the process of copying all the photos I took on holiday to my laptop, however, 2 sets of photos followed the same naming/numbering convention (100_000x). Thefore, I wanted to change the second card’s photos to 200_000x. Should be simple?

Well, there isn’t a feature built into windows to do it. I could call them florida (x) and it would be able to number them, but that’s not what I wanted.

rm-snapshot2A quick bit of googling and I found the following piece of software – rename master

It’s an easy to use piece of software for mass renaming files. It’s very easy to use, but very powerful, allowing you to replace certain parts of a filename, add or remove characters between certain character positions and much more.

The other good thing is that there is no installation required – which is always a good thing.

Read more for a video from PC Mech about the software and how to use it:

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Weird Al’s New Song – Skipper Dan

by on Jul.13, 2009, under Theme Parks

Weird Al has released the music video for his new single ‘Skipper Dan’ on his myspace page.

The video/song tells the story of Dan who doesn’t quite make it into show business as he thought he would, but instead ends up working on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland (something that has probably happened fairly often).

Apart from being a pretty good song, if you’re a disney fan it’s worth a listen, even if it’s just to pick up on those well known lines such as The back side of water’.

Skipper Dan

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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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Photo: Air at Alton Towers

by on Jun.20, 2009, under Photos

This post is for Tuesday, 16th June 2009

This week’s photo was taken at my recent trip to Alton Towers and is of Air

Air at Alton Towers

Air at Alton Towers

This was taken towards the end of the day (we got on the last but one car before closing). What I like about the Air queue is how close to the track you can get – you could almost touch some of the cars as they went past.

Being a coaster which puts you into a ‘flying position’ it does mean you get the unusual views of people lying on their back which this photo pictures quite well.

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iPhone OS3.0 Podcast Update

by on Jun.17, 2009, under Technology

I’ve just upgraded my iPod touch to the iPhone OS 3.0 software at the unfortunate cost of £6.

The main thing I’m waiting for is push notifications for applications – in particular for the Remember The Milk Application.

As a podcast listener, I have noticed a nice small update which seems to have been missed so far. When listening to a podcast, there are 3 new buttons available:

  • an email this podcast – to send a link to the podcast
  • a ‘Rewind 30 seconds’ button – incredibly useful if you missed the last bit due to an interruption
  • A speed adjust button. I personally, wouldn’t make use of it, but I know a lot of people like listening to things at double speed (especially with audiobooks)

Now I just need to wait for the application updates…

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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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Mario Theme Played on Bottles

by on Jun.13, 2009, under Technology

I saw this video and thought it was awesome. It’s the mario theme, played on bottles, but using a remote controlled car:

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