Chatopus has a nice
article about using
with a Jabber client and introduced me to a couple of new (to me at least)
My favourite is the weather service, add
<CITY-CODE>@weather.jabber.zim.net.au to your Jabber roster,
and this user will display the current weather at that location
in their status. To find your the city code, go to
for example, and use the code that forms part of the url
as the user part of the Jabber ID e.g.
The city code's pretty simple to find out, and it's a nice
lightweight way to find out the current weather.
[Thu, 28 Oct 2004 22:23
Bush and disbelief
Still astonished here that Bush stands any chance whatsoever
in the US elections - a colleague who's worked in New York keeps
telling me that Americans are certainly unusual, but still...
Perhaps that's why global outrage and protest against Bush is
rather muted, we really can't understand why anyone would vote
for him. The prospect of someone so visibly flawed and incompetant
being neck and neck with another sane looking candidate is just
One possible reason for Bush garnering any vots is that the US Govt and
media have been systematically lying to the American public, Diego's
for Bush supporters
certainly tests about this theory. If you're American and you don't
get it, please read Diego's article.
Global internet polls, whilst far from being statistically valid
(similar to voting in Florida I suppose), certainly provide
significant indications of how
unelectable we think Bush is,
circa 10% of the vote and only ahead in Niger and Lichtenstein
is hardly a close run thing.
Given that the Bush administration's attitude towards the world
is clearly shown by
I guess the antipathy is mutual
[Thu, 28 Oct 2004 22:05
Will blog for clothing
A parcel arrived on Friday from
contained within was a
I'm well chuffed, it's a nice looking tee-shirt and the only
one I own with RDF/XML printed on it! I can only assume
clearing out the cupboards and looking for appropriate
loonies to wear this sort of thing in public. I guess by
having asked too many stupid question in #foaf and also by
having such a bizarre
that was probably a good stress test for
I've demonstrated some use to the RDF/FOAF cause.
The most amusing bit is that my name is mispelt on the parcel,
you'd think they of all people could have checked my Foaf file, then
again it wouldn't surprise me if that was wrong...
[Sat, 23 Oct 2004 23:03
Thunderbirds are GO!!!
I'm off to see
the movie with the lad later today, I know it's had some terrible
reviews, but as a long time Thunderbirds fan - there's family photos
of me aged around 4 clutching a Thunderbird model - I'm willing to
give it a fair crack of the whip.
[Sat, 23 Oct 2004 09:36
Osamatober, coming to a TV near you soon?
So we're well into
and the guy with the beard hasn't been
paraded before us yet, have they decided it's a stunt that no-one will
believe? Or did he die under torture?
It looks like Osama is not an ace up George's sleeve, although
there's plenty of other curious bulges in that
[Fri, 22 Oct 2004 21:21
For as long as I can remember (which appears to be
about 2.5 years),
has been complaining to anyone who'd listen (which didn't include
Google's security team) about script insertion flaws in Google's
Earlier this week Jim took the nuclear approach and released
a working example of the exploit that looked like a classic
Google finally noticed and took some action.
However, they don't appear to have done a great job in fixing the holes,
still seeing the
exploit working, and
Paul Mutton of Netcraft has
discovered (and reported to Google) a number of other
Google's a great search engine, but they really should have sorted
this out faster and better.
[Thu, 21 Oct 2004 23:49
Four years on, and Florida votes still unreliable
You'd think that after the 2000 election debacle, heads would have
rolled and Florida's voting system would have been improved.
The old adage "vote early and vote often" seems apt here,
or should it be "no taxation without representation"?
[Tue, 19 Oct 2004 19:48
Leaning Into It
want us foreign bloggers to start
leaning into it
a bit more over the US presidential election, so here's my angle.
Am I too late? I don't know, maybe American voters are
experiencing candidate and election fatigue, I can certainly
understand that, as I'm no lover of politicians of any type.
However, I'm going to post a few items here over the next month
or so, posing a few questions about the US presidential election.
All I'm asking is that the American voters who read this blog
take a tiny slice of their time to read these items and ponder
Sure, you might think some of these will be rants from a Limey
who has no business poking his nose into US politics, but I hope
that my readers are open minded and responsible enough to realise
that US politics casts its influence and actions over the rest of
With power comes responsibilty, US voters have the power to elect
the right guy, and as a disenfranchised observer, I'd like to think
that US voters will be responsible in using their vote. Well, I can
hope, can't I?
[Tue, 19 Oct 2004 19:36
More Blog Slacking
Nothing major, I've not gone under a bus or anything, I just got a bit
too busy with Real life™. Normal service (whatever that
is), should be resumed shortly.
Last week involved some good and some bad, AAS pub meet, Symbian Expo,
a stinking cold and a dodgy fish - 2 good and 2 bad. I'm still suffering
from the cold and the after effects of the fish, and still grinning from
the pub meet and Expo, more on these soon.
[Mon, 11 Oct 2004 21:25
in Germany, it's horse chestnut (or conker) season. They're all over
the ground here in the UK too, and the kids are well into playing
Traditionally a good cheat was to harden your conker by soaking it in
vinegar or baking it in a low temperature oven, this may explain why I
found one in the tumble dryer this evening...
[Fri, 01 Oct 2004 21:14