Some water gathered and froze in a canvas furniture cover. The block of ice was too heavy and too slippery to lift, so naturally my brother and I smashed it. And here’s a close-up of the end result.Read more "Cracked ice"
Some years ago, my dad bought me a book about electronics, computers and robots from a jumble sale for 10p. It was published in 1984 and probably about 15 years out of date when I received it. Today I came across it on my bookshelf back at my parents’ house, and there’s a double-page spread […]Read more "The house of the future"
I posted a few months ago to say that my server wasn’t a massive fan of the high temperature in my loft. Well, now it’s too cold. The UK has had a bit of a cold snap lately. Outdoor temperatures in Bristol last night got as low as -3 °C, and in turn the temperature […]Read more "Baby, it’s cold outside"
A friend of mine spotted that his bank claims to use “the highest security available” when actually they use ARC4 and 1024 bit RSA. He sent them this: Dear HBOS security I have recently received the below message in regard to your paper-free service. While the message was genuinely sent by yourselves, I do take […]Read more "Security policy"
Today I signed up for Twitter – not for personal reasons but because I needed it for work. Of course I’ve heard about it in the past as the leading micro-blogging service, but it hadn’t interested me in the slightest. I have used Facebook since its early days (when you could only get in if […]Read more "Web 2.0"
This is another portrait of Hana, along the same lines as many I’ve done before. But this time, inspired by Stu’s recent challenge entry, I had a go at lighting the background with a coloured flash. It’s OK, but the LCD on my camera isn’t very good and since looking at the photo on my […]Read more "Another portrait"
Yesterday I got an Android-based smartphone (an HTC Magic). Today I want to document some of its features, which also includes taking screenshots. Unfortunately there is no way of taking screenshots with the provided software, and the only screenshot app in the Market requires you to have a rooted phone. I eventually came across this […]Read more "Taking screenshots on an Android-based phone"