Slow season…

It’s always quiet in that period inbetween Christmas and New Year’s eve — I don’t really expect anything to pick up until at least halfway through January, really. Having said that, I’m writing like a fiend right now, but that’s all print stuff that won’t see the page for a month or so.

In the meantime, has one more review to hang from the seasonal tree:

Nokia N70: It might be the baby of Nokia’s N Series, but the N70 still sports a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a 64MB reduced-size MMC.

Seasonal musings…

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21

(Note: It’s just possible I didn’t actually author the above…)


I’ll be doing a radio interview this afternoon for ABC Port Macquarie, on the topic of online fraud, and how to avoid it — the keen eyed amongst you might note that I wrote a feature on this for a recent issue of Netguide. Now, normally I would have at least one reader of this journal in Port Macquarie who could listen to it, but strangely enough, she’s in Canada right now.

Anyway, I’ll be recording at around 2:35 — not sure if it’s live to air or on delay. Anyone know if ABC regional radio streams from the Web, or stores interviews online?

Whose idea was Vanilla flavoured Quik?

While I pondered that particular mystery at my local supermarket, I noticed an employee putting magazines out on shelves.

Specifically, the January issue of Netguide Magazine, which has lots of my articles in it. Amongst its beautifully-bound pages, you’ll find my writeup of the best gadgets you can get under $50, along with reviews of the Panasonic VS2 mobile phone, NetComm V300 VOIP router, Palm Z22 PDA, SmartyBlog, Flock Browser, iTunes Music Store Australia, Symantec Ghost 10, Dragon Naturally Speaking 8.1, LingvoSoft Suite 2006, FEAR, Quake IV, Far Cry Instincts and Gun.

I didn’t get a chance to browse the issue while I was there (shopping with two young children can be challenging enough at the best of times, let alone with the added complications of shopping at this time of year), but there may also be retro and current games buying guides of mine in there as well. If not, next month. Anyway, you know the drill — go out, buy several copies, eat them, and then re-stock. Netguide Magazine has 100% of your daily paper and CD nutritional needs in one handy, difficult to ingest package! *

On the Web front, has three new reviews of mine up:

Sony MV700HR in-car DVD player: The MV700HR is a good option for anyone wanting a permanently installed in-car DVD player.

Dell 5100MP Projector: The 5100MP is a fine business projector, but it’s less well suited for home cinemaphiles.

Sony DRX810UL Dual Layer DVD Writer: The DRX810UL is a bulky and mostly reliable external DVD burner with the same irritating software flaws as its predecessors.

* Not strictly true. Presumably your daily needs for paper and optical media are in fact 0%, so in that sense, it’s oversupplying. That’s got to be tres bon, non?

I’ve been busy…

With this, that, and the other. I have work that’s been published that I could be linking here.

Ah, to heck with that. A picture, so they say, is worth a thousand words — which perhaps means I should be doing all my per-word-rate writing in pictographs — and so…

Guess who?

First one to work out what this is wins some babysitting, sometime next July…

Second one to work out what this is ALSO wins some babysitting, sometime next July…

And so on, and so forth…


I found this pretty funny:

Rugby is pretty simple, there are two rules:

1) Beat the crap out of the opposition.
2) Don’t let the referee observe you beating the crap out of the opposition.

Oh, and there’s some shizzle about not passing forward or running off the pitch, but that’s all secondary to the two main rules.

Fencing rules SHOULD be:

1) Stab the other guy.
2) Don’t get stabbed by the other guy.

Of course, the two very young children I’m watching over didn’t quite understand my giggling.. but they joined in anyway.

(Rules blatantly lifted from here)

Argh! Little folk! Everywhere!

It’s like a munchkin convention around here today. All in a good cause, though.

Kidman reveals his deep criminal past…

Or, in other words, I got my first parking fine today. For parking in a loading zone while buying a loaf of bread. Expensive loaf, that.

I’m in there..

Or am I? The latest issue of PC User is out amongst the greater populace (go on, buy a copy, keep starving freelancers in work), and I’ve got reviews in there — for Coolect, the Palm z22 and others — although for some reason I don’t actually make the contributor list in the front of the magazine this month. Ah well — the mysteries of publishing, eh?


3D Avenue has posted my review of King Kong — or, to give it its proper full title:

Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game Of The Movie: There’s an island, a movie within a movie, and a big ape.

And it would be truly remiss of me to miss out on the opportunity to indulge in one of my favourite, in-context quotes from The Simpsons:

Carl: “I heard we’re goin’ to Ape Island”
Lenny: “Yeah, to capture a giant ape. I wish we were going to Candy Apple Island”
Charlie: “Candy Apple Island? Whatta they got there?”
Carl: “Apes. But they’re not so big”