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Most impressive DeepZoom page so far?

July 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Taking a few minutes out to browse, I came across the Yosemite Extreme Panoramic Imaging Project, who have what can only be described as a mammoth collection of imagery – around 45 gigapixels – and of some stunning scenery to boot.

It’s a Silverlight / DeepZoom application, which will download automatically if you don’t have it. It’s good to see more and more projects using Silverlight, as it’s got fantastic potential…

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Great minds

April 2, 2008 Leave a comment

I stumbled across this website this morning, after having (for reasons that now escape me) looked in the small print on ICHC. It’s a great collection for people who, like me, love pop culture and have rather geekish tendencies. For example:

Independence Day, if you didn't get it...

Now bizarrely, Ina seems to have discovered the same phenomenon, but through a completely different set of websites. It looks like a relatively new meme – GraphJam’s first post is from March, the flickr albums go back to February – but interesting that we both found it within a few hours.

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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.

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First post from Vista

January 20, 2008 Leave a comment

At least, the first from Vista at home.

Having bought and finished building my lovely spangly new computer I also found myself able to install Vista on a personal machine for the first time. All went very smoothly, I was expecting it to be a pain (finding SATA drivers, the fact that it’s 64bit, poor performance – well, maybe not that as I’ve bought some rather nice kit) but actually I only ran into one problem – the wireless network card. I’m in the unenviable position of not having a wired internet connection in the room where my PC sits and my wireless card doesn’t have any 64 bit drivers. To aid anyone else looking for these on the internet, here are some search terms:

Linksys WMP55 AG Vista 64 bit driver

Right, now I’ve got their attention, here’s how I solved it: tell Vista it’s a Linksys Wireless A+G Notebook Adapter – choose ‘Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer’ when it asks you to browse for it and you’ll find that driver in the Linksys list. Windows Update says there’s a driver update now available but I’m scared to do it as everything’s running smoothly at the moment…

As for the rest of the PC, everything’s brill – people say Vista’s no good for games but I’m running Oblivion, Quake Wars, Battlefield 2 etc. at full quality and at top resolution and it’s really smooth. I guess it’s a big jump from the 2.8ghz P4/Geforce 6800 that I was using before but everything looks gorgeous. Haven’t got Crysis yet, I’m sure that’ll push it a bit 🙂

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December 25, 2007 Leave a comment – Not even any comedy hidden in the source HTML.

Happy Christmas, by the way 🙂

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December 18, 2007 2 comments

Excitement level about Christmas: 7/10 and rising.

Excitement level about seeing what will do on Christmas day: 9/10 and rising.

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Is Apple The New Microsoft?

September 9, 2007 1 comment

Quite an interesting article to read here:,136949-c,companynews/article.html

I fully agree that Microsoft’s reputation as a monopolistic bully is rather unfair, and I really love Elgan’s points about the way the iPhone and iPod Touch have hailed as amazing innovations, but not really brought anything new to the market (apart from high prices and angry consumers). The iPhone is a cool gadget, undoubtedly, but the LG/Prada and HTC phones got there first and having played with them all I really think the iPhone leaves a lot to be desired…

Apple will never be charged with having a monopoly in the same way as Microsoft simply because of the size of its market share, which ranges from (on the desktop) 5% to 21% depending on who you believe. Competition is nothing but good for our industry, and Apple’s gains in the PC market mean Microsoft will have to continue innovating to keep up. However, the share that Apple’s iTunes holds makes it a target for monopolistic allegations; if you want an iPod, or want to use their download service, you’ve got to use the iTunes software.

My personal preference is to get DRM free music from and to play it in WMP (I suppose I should be plugging MSN music, but I’ve had too many license issues with their service to be able to recommend it. And don’t get me started on Zunes…). I can drag and drop emusic’s files onto my phone, or use WMP’s sync to device (which works excellently) and I don’t have to worry about licence certificates or any of that rubbish. Lovely.

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