Archive for March, 2008


March 26, 2008 Leave a comment

If you ever played Zelda, Mario, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Spy Hunter or the other two I can’t identify, go play ROM CHECK FAIL. In fact, best to download it direct from here as it’ll be all the more awesome when you don’t know quite what to expect. Thanks to TheTriforce (not for those of a nervous disposition) for the link.

Categories: Games

Headed to the gadget graveyard? –

March 25, 2008 Leave a comment

Spotted a link to this article about obsolete technology on one of our internal sites (SharePoint lets you pull external RSS feeds too…) but was particularly amused by one photo:


BlackBerry is one of Microsoft’s biggest competitors in the mobile space… And yet people will always want to browse on them rather than a Windows Mobile device.

Categories: Windows Mobile

Joy of Joys

March 19, 2008 Leave a comment

Portishead are back with a third album, originally entitled ‘Third’:


Heard the first track, ‘Machine Gun’, on Zane Lowe’s show tonight and love it. Certainly not to everyone’s taste, but I have a soft spot for any band who list the Wurzels as an influence

Categories: Uncategorized

Polyphonic Audio Editing

March 17, 2008 1 comment

I’ve only dabbled with audio editing – bedroom recording stuff – and the most common scenario for me has been timestretching or altering the pitch of songs so I can play along with it. When I’ve tried to record and mix my own tracks, it’s pretty common for me to hit a wrong note and have to abort the take. This software should stop that:

It lets you monophonicise (TM) a waveform, for example a guitar chord, and adjust individual notes. Very impressive. I can’t even begin to think how the software would deal with this, but if the video is anything to go by it’s very good at whatever it is that it does!

Categories: Music

Enabling Remote Desktop Remotely

March 10, 2008 Leave a comment

OHMIGOD. I’ve been using Remote Desktop for at least 7 years and if I had a pound for everytime I’ve forgotten to enable it before needing to control the machine remotely I’d be a very rich man. BUT! No longer! The magic of The Internet has finally brought me this:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\fDenyTSConnections

This seemingly innocuous registry key allows all manner of terminal service goodness. Thank goodness.

Categories: Computer and Internet

SQL Server Data Services

March 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Announced last week, SQL Server Data Services adds yet another four letter component to the SQL Server family (so we now have at least SSAS, SSDS, SSMS, SSNS and SSRS). It’s Microsoft’s latest addition to its growing portfolio of online/hosted services, to complement Office Live, Biztalk Services, Exchange Hosted etc. SSDS is essentially a database service, hosted by Microsoft that gives companies a scalable, secure data store that sits on the Internet. Ideal for providing services like product catalogues or even social networking sites that require major data storage.

I’m intrigued by the increasing number of hosted services we are releasing (or at least announcing) that are becoming more and more enterprise-focused. Hotmail and Live brought some great services to consumers and now we seem to making a move to bring this to business users too. Things like Office Live Workspaces are another step in that direction, and I’m sure it’s an area the industry in general will continue to move towards.

Categories: Microsoft

The Weekend from Awesome

March 4, 2008 1 comment

Woo \o/ LAN and running is a great combination. Considering how badly the weekend started it was pretty good fun!


We (me and Ina) left my house at about 930, was expecting to me in Birmingham by 1200 easily. I’ve driven from Bath to Birmingham in 1:30 and we figured it can’t be much different from Reading, right? Well, we realised after just leaving that we’d picked up the chocolate I’d bought for Ali from Munich (should explain: I’ve been away with work for a week and then disappeared off for LAN – bought Ali chocolate to make up) so turned round to take that back. Drove on to the motorway and turned the wrong way. Good job. Oh well, we’ll turn right at the next junction and head up to Oxford. Nope, missed that turning too. Ok, where’s next? Swindon. Oh, sure that’s fine we’ll head directly north. Yeah, or we could continue to get lost. Although the routes above suggest a minor distance increase, we got to the LAN about 1300. Which wasn’t too bad in the end as everyone else was only just getting set up anyway… Played a good few hours of UT and BF2, always good for a laugh. Also reaffirmed mine and Ina’s place as king(s) of the geeks by getting twice the points in the quiz 🙂 We demonstrated exemplary knowledge of Star Wars ("More powerful than you could ever imagine!"), Drake’s equation (Very likely) and Megaman box art (it was the yellow crotch that gave it away) that all CompSoc members should aspire too 🙂 Followed it all up with a much quicker drive home including a one of the best tea and doughnut stops I’ve ever made, in a service station just this side of Oxford…

If Saturday was geek day, Sunday was activity day. Ran the Reading Half Marathon: 13.2 miles in 2:09 which I’m told is a pretty good time, especially as it was my first attempt! Go me. Now I just need to fix my ankle and knee – both feeling a bit grindy :S Followed the morning up with an awesome roast dinner (thanks Ali) which has also made my dinner tonight – soup is a great invention.

Categories: Travel