April 22, 2005

Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro price decreases

More on this from the Bug-Eyed Review.

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April 20, 2005

OGG for Windows Media

Like Windows Media Player? Got OGGs? Try Directshow Filters for Ogg Vorbis, Speex, Theora and FLAC.

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April 19, 2005

Gmail sans wire

Can't bear to be without your Gmail? Got WAP? www.gmailwireless.com is for you.

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Time is disposable

...especially if it's on paper.

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April 18, 2005

Energy redeployed

I have subsumed my sexual energy into personal grooming.

Of course, I say that after the fact.

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April 15, 2005

Price, a figure of singular beauty

Ivo writes:

"In fact, the beauty of the single figure, price, is that it conveys
multiple messages to multiple parties. It signals information about cost
to consumers, as well as information about relative scarcity, and
sometimes also information about perceived quality or prestige. And it
signals to producers whether, given the costs, it is economically viable
(i.e. profitable) to produce something, and if so, at what volumes
demand is most profitably supplied.

That's a remarkable amount of information in one number. It is
extraordinarily good at balancing various economic factors.

And things break extraordinarily badly if that number is fixed by the state,
because it stops conveying any information at all.

So true.

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Good epitaph

"When they found him, he still had the remote control in his hand."

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April 13, 2005

Dolphin Snacks

Just how hungry are you?

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April 12, 2005

Spongebong Hemppants

Too funny to waste.

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Unintentional comic book covers

"Beneath the seemingly innocent veil of child-like artwork was a subtle nod towards debauchery..."

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Interlaced TV, and Film-to-Video

Part of a review of progressive-scan DVD players, this is a great primer on interlaced TV and film-to-video conversion.

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April 11, 2005

Offline folders in Outlook

Yes. I use Exchange. No, it's not my choice.

Yes, I use Outlook. Yes, it is my choice.

And I have just discovered the joy of offline folders, for use on my laptop. What a brilliant system.

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When good sysadmins go bad

The following message comes from our local Jabber administrator. We currently have a fund set up for his shrink sessions.

Hey folks,

As usual, winter brings to the area of Randpark Ridge regular, lengthy power failures. Since we still haven't had the opportunity to sort out our big UPS and generator, we're all holding hands and scuffling along the carpets in nylon socks with the jabber server to keep it running.

This was going quite well until we started attracting baloons and housepets. All I can say is thank heavens I can touch type, and that I turned my head to the side at the last minute - I can hear the ocean.

Chances are our socks, or the carpets, or the SPCA's patience will wear out eventually. It is for this reason that, as I type this message, I have another window open with Charles 'Xhola' L., arranging for our server to take up residence on another machine in the IS hosting area in Roos-bonk.

He-man relied on the power of Greyskull; Unfortunately we're stuck with Eskom.

Have a great week.

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April 08, 2005

MTN gets it

MTN finally seems to get it. Who wants to GPRS at the ludicrous price of R50 per MB? R2 per MB makes far more sense...

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The Swiss

Why, perhaps, Switzerland looks like a good place to be...

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April 07, 2005

Desperate for Jesse

Desperate Housewives starts tonight, on M-Net. I can't wait.

Mainly because it stars Jesse Metcalfe.

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Buttons. Sew what?

I took the bull by the horns and sewed on 4 buttons that were missing on my shirts, the other night. Tedious, but not impossible.

Picture it - there I was, in bathrobe, watching TV, sewing. I felt like my mom.

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As busy as an ant

Ant writes that he is "doing French classes twice a week, gym three times a week and having a games evening once a week. Trying to cram in yoga classes is proving somewhat challenging though. They don't have any post midnight sessions."

I still maintain that that is nothing compared to the professional TV-watchers hectic schedule.

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April 06, 2005


[Adrian] oh.
[Adrian] since you like talking so much.
[Adrian] drupal can do podcasting out of the box now.
[Rory] is that were u can record something and have it auto appear on your blog and people can dl it to their iPod?
[Adrian] yeah
[Adrian] and in rss clients that support it
[Adrian] it can play it automaticallly
[Adrian] it's like your own radio show
[Adrian] =)

Adrian knows me so well.

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Noon to midnight... 12pm? 12am?

I've often seen this mistake made, so perhaps it's worth a (pedantic, rite-filled) entry.

12:00am is the same as midnight (or 00h00), and is preceded by 11:00pm, and followed by 01:00am. It's dark at this time.

12:00pm is the same as midday (or noon), and is preceded by 11:00am, and is followed, an hour later, by 1:00pm. It's daylight at this time, and you're probably about to have lunch.

Got it? Good.

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The Chronicles of George

At some point in our lives, we all get a chance to work with someone like this.

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I remember reading about A9.com, or seeing it on TV. This morning, over coffee, it popped into my head, as thoughts are wont to do first thing in the day.

Had a look. Looks slick - really slick. And I like the server-based philosophy, where everything you do and store is kept on the server, so you get the same user experience with A9.com no matter from where you access it.

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April 01, 2005

MPlayer for Win32

After seeing how many formats mplayer seems to (seemlessly) support, I decided to give it a whirl under Win32.

Works nicely.

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April Fluffy

So today is April Fools. Well till 12 noon at least. And there was some dithering in the office as to what manner we should celebrate this in. Various ideas were proposed, such as turnabout-dressing, and colour schemes.

In the end I brought in my pink fur-lined handcuffs, which should serve well.

We shall see.

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