Thursday, 22 December 2011

A Christmas Wish

We are fast aproaching that time again.  It's fair to say that if you were forced to tag me as "humbug" or "Ho, ho, ho" most would tag me as "humbug".  This is, mostly, my own doing due to my dislike of turning a time of togetherness into a time of profit.  For me, Christmas boils down to that slightly numb feeling you get in your face when you are comfortably "tipsy" and the normally inaudiable sound of Christmas tree light elements "tinkling" as they switch on and off while I sip a sobering post-pub cup of tea in the comfort of Home (LED lights unfortunatly do not tinkle, which is sad).  Beisdes eating, drinking and sleeping, perhaps you'd care to share your essence of christmas?

This time last year I was in Milton Keynes, making a snowman with Mark and Stuart at MMCC.

While the location has now changed and the weather is positively autumnal by comparisson, it's still fair to say that my hours at work take the lions share of my life.  As citizens of Great Britain, we (according to something I heard the other morning) rack up more work hours than any other country in Europe.
This is not something to be discarded with a hasty explusion of air - look round you.  Those sat at your side, or those across the office from you possibly see you more that your respective "other half".  Take a moment to think what your life would be like without those people.
Through think and thin, those that work around you work with you towards a collective greater good - either towards your companies goals or (hopefully as well as) to enrich your experiences and knowledge.  Take a moment to reflect upon this. 
As you do that, I take this chance to wish all those I have worked with in my past, all those that I currently work with (and thier families) a safe and warm Christmas period and a prosperous New Year... and an even bigger thank you to (my) Debbie for putting up with my hours.


Monday, 12 December 2011

And you think it's gonna sell?

It's the run-up to Christmas.  Products spring up left right and centre vying for our attention.  In this consumer age, slogans  images and brand names can make or break a product.

So, given all this, what in <insert deity of choice here> name were those over paid advertising execs thinking on these?

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Peanut Envy

So I've been listening to Peanutbuter Lovesicles' "The Raucous Kitty Live EP" pretty much solidly for the last 2 days.  There's only 5 tracks on it....

[on headphones I hasten to add... good for people sitting near me on trains and my neighbours, bad quite possibly for my long-term hearing]

Does this make me obsessive, or is it just that it's possibly the best recording I've heard in a long time?

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Another Folacle Saved

ORACLENERD: TNS-12533: TNS:illegal ADDRESS parameters

Outstanding... stopped my hairline receding further still.
There's probably a whole raft of ther things that will expedite my Terry Nutkins look, but at least this won't be one of them. Random back-spacing for the win!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

A History of My Career


"Wot I dun so far"

A "constructive discussion" that my good friend James and I once often had revolved around his argument for change (or frustration at the lack there-of) and my counter argument; that you don't get change in business without a catalyst.

Look out.. it's a long one....

Monday, 7 November 2011

Should your e-mail address change...


You work for a company and sign up to MSDN forums.  Naturally you don't use your home address, that would be silly / geeky (geek between work-hours only, where ever possible) so you use your work one.  You ask questions, get some replies... you may even answer some and get your spangly awards.  But what happens if you leave your employer?

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Thoughts on Philosophy-based Design

I read an article this morning offering an alternative way for object design it can be found here:

The following are my thoughts on it.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Transistor Comisorations

"I'm really sorry. This computerised, anonymous, soul-less announcement is sorry to report that the <time> service to <place> is delayed by <timespan>. Again, I'm really sorry."

My arse you're sorry!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Rupert Murdock Attacked

Yesterday saw the media tycoon Rupert Murdock viciously assaulted with shaving foam.

Initial reports were hazy describing a man in a chequered shirt, who cannot be named for legal reasons, being arrested by police.

The full story, it would seem, had far greater implications.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Damn it

So a month or so after praising my PX200 headphones, they finally give out - fatigue on the wire casing to the left-can meant the squishy wire innards were left to bear the weight.  A week of normal usage later the last strand failed.

I now eagerly await delivery of my PX200 II headphones and hope they live up to their predecessor.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Great Indie Game

Currently available via steam (including a demo); best indie game I've ever played. Logic puzzler that will keep you entertained for ages and at a full price of £8.99 you can't really go wrong! Also has TF2 item tie-ins.

Try it, buy it, love it! 

Friday, 8 April 2011

Saving Private Rake

While I was hunting a few weeks ago for my Sennheiser product review I found this instead, a much loved memory of my Eve Online days.  Complete noob at the time, so mis-identified ships included for sake of completeness.

Probably only of interest to those involved, but hey.. this is my blog, so tough.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Review: Sennheiser PX 200 Mini-Headphones

Time for a review...

I've owned a pair of these for 5+ years now. I use them pretty much every day at work; they are light, comfy on the ear, they don't feel like your head is in a vice and they are still to show any major sign of wear (with the exception of the ear-pad covering which is starting to flake a little but as this is a material that is in constant contact with your skin it's no surprise and certainly not worthy of a detrimental point of view).

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Cloud Computing: IT Vapor-trail or [guttering] Pipe-dream?

I was watching the GadgetShow the other week, with Jason Bradburys "Up-coming Tech Top 5", two of which boiled down to what I see as the extremes of cloud computing aimed at the consumer market; IPTV (being the lightest of the two) and remote hosted gaming hardware.

Random Twitter Find

While working on my first proper post I find today's random offering, courtesy of The Greenhornes.  I'd love to tell you all about them, but seeing as I've only known of them for the last 7 minutes or so all I can suggest is follow the link and have a listen!

Fantastic sound, from the 3 offerings on the site that I've listened to so far, reminds me slightly of the Beatles.  Lazy day / late night listening.


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

First Post

Not exactly original, but at least it's accurate.  This post represents the aspirations of engaging comments, reviews on things I've bought (and more often than not, why I sent them back) and blatant self publicity of my <insert descriptive term of choice here> photographic tendencies.