Now everyone knows that
is a good thing, but something that I've found useful recently is
A common problem when setting up ntp (or the Windows net time command)
for a small or home network is finding a suitable stratum 2 (or lower)
to sync to.
pool.ntp.org uses DNS round robin to share the potential load over
many time servers, they even suggest that anyone with a static ip address
and a permanent internet connection should
join the project,
I'll add that to my to-do queue...
[Tue, 28 Sep 2004 20:43
Another week, another Nokia
So in the last few weeks we've had the sexy looking
and now the dowdy looking
In between those there were a tranche of
mad looking series 40 phones, but I've
given up following dumb phones.
To me the 6670 looks like a
keypad hastily glued on, and I'm really not sure whether
the design works. However, I didn't really warm to the 7610
but it's grown on me, maybe the 6670 will do the same.
I guess it begs the question though, how the hell does
someone work out which phone to get these days?
Nokia have a range of at least 8 different series 60
phones in the shops now or in the next month, the specs
differ a little, but how would explain the benefits between
say a 6670 and a 6600 to your gran?
[Thu, 23 Sep 2004 21:54
Anyone want one? I've got a glut to give away, leave a comment or
email my Gmail address (with name and email address) if you're interested.
I'm tempted to keep a few back to for
and other nefarious purposes though.
Update: All gone, I've donated the remainder to
gmail invite spooler,
I'd strongly suggest going there if you've got surplus gmail invites or
you're after an invite yourself. Via
vowe dot net
[Wed, 15 Sep 2004 13:13
Mobitopia: Dead Blog?
blog as a Tamogotchi
meme is still rattling around, and
whether that's a good analogy for what's happening with
Personally I hope not, it's always been disorganised and
anarchic, whether our readers like that aspect I don't know,
but the freedom to post as much or little as we want is a
great relief to the authors. Sure, it's been quiet this
summer, but no more so than last summer when I even
posted a piece
apologising for it being too quiet. After that we had
a busy Autumn and Winter (including a frantic December),
before slowing down as the weather in the Northern
hemisphere warmed up.
Gustaf's suggested changes are good though, and
they're in the current plans for Mobi2. Mobi2 is
the migration of Mobitopia from Russ's miniblog system to
Pressure of time has stopped
and me from getting the
move completed, and I've got a mad week ahead, again.
Last week on Mobi was pretty busy,
Frank, and a
from me about the new
Perhaps there's still life in the old
[Mon, 13 Sep 2004 13:26
Pint and Pipe
My local brewers
are now rolling out Wi-Fi through parts of their estate.
A nice move, and they're doing it in a joint
initiative with wireless network provider
It's a neat sounding project, a nice bit of symbiosis
where Sheps provide a location to host the kit and a
point where people can sign up and get info about the
product and Telabria provide the tech know-how and
plumb the pub based mesh network into their
service. RuralMesh aims to provide a broadband solution
for rural communities that aren't served by adsl.
of pubs just happens to include
Rather curiously, it's neither rural nor
in an area unserved by adsl, but if they can get a
good signal down to the beach and
Tankerton Bay Sailing Club
I'm sure it'll still be very popular.
[Thu, 09 Sep 2004 14:07
I was playing a text adventure the other day for the
first time in years, I'd forgotten quite how compelling
the medium is. It's like the old comparison between books
and films where the pictures are so much better in your
head, and exactly the same is true with a text adventure.
Even on a game with no time demands for immediate
response one can be urged into taking swift decisions by
some carefully crafted prose. A text adventure is
a great way to wile away my daily commute, the text entry
being relatively simple and terse, it's pretty much how
predicted it would be.
What I really want to have a play with is the classic
or maybe even a simple MUD. That would certainly rock and I bet
something like that's going to be available soon.
[Wed, 08 Sep 2004 13:33
Given that it's
not a spoof
after all. I've finally signed up for
mainly out of curiousity, after turning down a bundle of invites.
I'm not intending to use it as my primary
address (you can still find that on
my contact page),
but I'm gonna find (yet) another email address
useful at times. Treat it as a backup address for me or something,
and please don't send it anything you or I think should be private.
It'll be interesting to see how their spam filters
cope with torrents of 419 and Viagra related crap
gets all the same rubbish that I usually get...
Update: Well that didn't take long, 2 hours and
2 minutes before
sent me some 419 crap via Yahoo webmail, Gmail to it's credit spotted it
[Tue, 07 Sep 2004 13:21
Blog ads, where next?
about where to go next with adverts on our respective sites.
He's using the
programme right now, and isn't too impressed with either the
relevance of the ads provided or the subsequent revenue. He's
getting pretty good traffic, which is increasing rapidly.
25,000 unique visitors last month and on current growth
rates probably 70,000 this month.
I'd be tempted to recommend
to Terje, because I like their approach and the fact the
you're in control, but Blogads seem to be very focussed on the
high traffic political blogs
right now, and it's quite possible Terje would get no ads at all.
I think part of Blogads problem (for Terje and me at least)
is location, we're in Europe and Blogads appear to be a New
York orientated entity. Blogging is possibly less of a
mainstream activity in Europe, so the focus here is
less on politics and more on technology and other early
adopters' activities. Hence a different set of products to
sell and a different audience.
What other alternatives are there? From a quick search,
I've found RSS Ads
and Adbites, neither
of which seem to offer anything too exciting though.
Maybe the solution would be to form a small co-operative
of small/medium European tech based sites and cut out the
middle man by chasing the advertisers directly or at the
very least provide a central contact point for them to
reach us. A
or a call to arms? I'm not sure yet.
[Fri, 03 Sep 2004 15:05
is still going from strength to strength.
Despite a 3 week gap between races, a testing ban, and
light posting due to Ewan moving to the frozen North we
August's (rather conservative) target
of 6,500 visitors and exceeded 7,000 for the first time.
We're still aiming to be conservtive for September, and the new goal is
8,000, I think we might be pleasantly surprised yet again, especially if
we mention Jos Verstappen.
It looks like our overall figures are doing ok so far:
[Thu, 02 Sep 2004 13:28
last week's events,
this week brings even more weirdness down at St Mary's.
Last week, the manager was sacked and head of the coaching staff
(Steve Wigley) was promoted to head coach, with further organisational
changes "to be decided". This week Sir Clive Woodward, England's
World Cup winning
and is linked with
a senior role at Southampton,
sporting director, perchance?
Strange stuff indeed, but if anyone can make this sort of
transistion it would be a proven winner like Clive.
The Guardian provide a little
[Thu, 02 Sep 2004 13:27
Wikis and Blogs
I'm wondering what would be the best way of representing
content on here. There's content like my
Series 60 Getting Started
post that really aren't static and will evolve best in a wiki environment.
But how should I show them on the blog? Currently I've got the first
revision of the content on the blog
and a link to the current content on the wiki, I
don't know whether it would be best to have the
most recent revision displayed in both places, and
it would open the blog up to spamming.
My current thoughts are to keep the status quo,
and possibly show the
in a weekly post here.
[Wed, 01 Sep 2004 14:14
Shit and Win98, spot the difference?
I had a fun evening last night, rodding the drains and providing
on a Windows 98 box.
Guess which was the more satisfying experience? Yep that's it,
five feet of water and bobbing turds is still far nicer than
Windows 98, and it doesn't take as much work to make it go away.
[Wed, 01 Sep 2004 14:12
my Foaf document
a little, nothing too major and the
tool complains rather less, although it's still not entirely jolly.
Main additions are some support for
Trust and Reputation project,
courtesy of the
I suppose I really ought to add to my Foaf some of the folks
I've been involved with in creating
I'd register for the
if it was working, FriendSpace is one of the papers being presented at the
Workshop in Galway
[Wed, 01 Sep 2004 10:32