DIY Dr Who Story

There’s new Who on the TV tomorrow night — if you’re in the UK. In the Antipodes, however, we have to make do with what we can get, either illicitly via downloading, or by just plain waiting for the ABC to show it. Invariably out of sequence with Christmas (unless we’re hugely unlucky and they hold onto it for a full twelve months, which is always possible. Note: Possible. Not desirable).

For those who are waiting, here’s a simple guide to making your own 1980’s-era Who with simple props. It’ll help pass the time. Or something. I’ll explain later.

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Fy my soul?

Possibly my last online story for 2008; almost certainly my last pre-Christmas one, at the ever-reliable CNET.com.au

Kogan 42-inch 1080p LCD TV: “Kogan’s 42-inch panel offers a budget entry point into 1080p Full HD TV, but there are compromises to deal with along the way.”

Christmas story…

I got accused recently of being something of a killjoy when it came to Christmas, largely on the basis that I don’t do the whole pretend Santa thing with my kids. Silly me.. here I thought Christmas was to do with Christ, and not an advertising mascot at all. Shows what I know…

I’ve also seen, or been sent this, about once every three years since I’ve been actively online (since about 1994, in other words). But it’s still good enough to share…

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Random Sunday musings…

In no particular order..

  • Bee in car! Bee in car!
  • Apparently, my old London stomping grounds has just declared rules on how many kebab shops can be opened within the district, and that they can’t be too near any schools. Weird. Very weird.
  • The Wife Of Distinction is addicted to Keflings.
  • I’m a bit worried about this morning’s sermon, and the whole business of washing feet with one’s hair. Mainly because I’d be rubbish at it; it’d take me about a week just to clean one little toe with the amount of hair I’ve got left.
  • Brunch of Champions: Eggs on Toast with home-laid eggs, with just a dash of salt and sauce. Coffee by the side, steaming gently.

Back to what you were doing, now…

Stuck right here in the middle of a traffic jam…

Well, more like a word jam, really. So much to write, so little time to write it in. I did rather like this Unclutterer post about doubling the amount of time you give to tasks to reduce stress, but to be honest, if I took twice as long to get things done, I’d go broke…

Meanwhile, the words continue to flow forth; today’s online contribution at PC Authority:

Internet Explorer gets emergency patch: “No reason to switch browsers, says Microsoft. But then they would say that.”

You took a whole lotta loving for a handful of nothing…

How would you measure that handful of nothing? Presumably not by weight. Why is it a handful, anyway? I could deliver nothing by the truckload, in my special fleet of invisible trucks, for a low, low price!*

In the land of not-nothing, yesterday’s Windkintosh story has been slashdotted, and predictably, the Slashdotiverse thinks I suck, or something. Or maybe I don’t. It’s somewhat difficult to tell.

Meanwhile, a review snuck past me at CNET.com.au, and has been up for a few days:

Samsung CLP-310: “You don’t get blazingly fast laser speeds with the CLP-310, but it does live up to the hype of offering affordable colour laser in a small form factor.”

* Yes, the heat is getting to me…

You’ve got me so confused, and there’s words I could use…

I’m doing an Alison-Moyet-Listening day today, as you might be able to tell. But hey, on the on the subject of words, I have plenty published today. First of all, at APCMag.com:

Mobile Firefox coming to Nokia: “Ambitious plans will see Firefox mobile ported to Symbian Smartphones, possibly by as early as April next year.”

Internode offers ADSL2+ across “entire Telstra ADSL footprint” “Internode now has the same ADSL2+ coverage as Telstra, but will “stop customers hurting themselves” by signing on to a Telstra-based service if there is any other option.”

Now, if you’re more of the listening type, there’s also my final podcast contribution to Australian Macworld, in which I pontificate on ISP trials, iPod Touch Battery life and gaming, and the world’s biggest Mac fan. Surprisingly, it isn’t Steve Jobs.

Episode 45 — The downfall of Capitalist Democracy “MJCP, Danny Gorog, Tony Williams and Alex Kidman discuss broadband plans, internet filtering, legal action against ISPs, HandBrake 0.9.3, Bloom for iPhone, and why capitalism and democracy don’t work.

And everything I had to know, I heard it on my radio…

More news, reviews and not-terribly idle speculation today. It’s enough to send one GaGa…

First up, at PC Authority:

Macworld 2009 rumour mill: Windkintosh? “Unofficial “official” WiFi drivers brings the Mac Netbook ever closer — albeit in a shady legal fashion.”

And then a pair of reviews at Gadgetguy.com.au coming out of the recent Adelaide road trip:

Mio Moov 370: “We took the Moov 370 out for a short spin. Just from Sydney to Adelaide and back – a Sunday drive with a bit of attitude, if you like.”

Navman S300T: “We were impressed by the speed of its initial lock-on, satisfied with the directions it gave and the general interface choices – except one. Unfortunately for the 300T, it’s a big one. “

A picture is worth a thousand of what I do, apparently…

Random photos that have been wobbling around in my collection for a while…

A 42" Classic Game And Watch. Bit tricky to fit into your pocket, mind you..

A 42" Classic Game And Watch. Bit tricky to fit into your pocket, mind you..

Study concludes: Crocodiles will not eat iPhones.

Study concludes: Crocodiles will not eat iPhones.

Today's kids don't want fake mobiles. They want fake Blackberries; this was hiding in my local supermarket. How boring a child would you have to be to want one of these?

Today's kids don't want fake mobiles. They want fake Blackberries; this was hiding in my local supermarket. How boring a child would you have to be to want one of these?

Over here we have our free range children. They have a richer and smoother taste, but cost a little extra.

Over here we have our free range children. They have a richer and smoother taste, but cost a little extra.

Got to write a classic…

Note: I am not, and very rarely have been in an attic.

A couple of strikingly different articles today, both at PC Authority. First, hot from the pages of the print magazine, there’s this:

Far Cry 2: “Far Cry 2 is an ugly game, simply because it all too accurately portrays a modern world conflict in a war-torn African nation…”

And then, in a predictably Mac-centric way, there’s this web-exclusive piece:

Dear Santa Steve: my Christmas Apple wishlist: “I’ve been a good journo all year — honest. Alex Kidman lays out his Apple wish-list for the festive season.”