Personal Data Flow Diagram

With my Palm Centro, I’ve been playing with methods of keeping all my contacts and calendars up to date. I’ll admit it’s more of a geeky labour of love rather than a legitimate need for a solution. As the complexity of the links involved became clear, and after I had some problems with timezone shifting… Continue reading Personal Data Flow Diagram

Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 5 – It’s Alive

See also Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 With the recent release of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope (the number means April 2009, and the name is an alphabetical progression – the last release was Intrepid Ibex, with Hardy Heron before it) I was able to grab the Netbook Remix version. This has a… Continue reading Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 5 – It’s Alive

The Stupid, It Kills.

There’s lots of dangerous anti-science nonsense going around at the moment, with today’s highlight being that Oprah Winfrey, who controls the minds and opinions of millions of people, has made a deal with anti-vaccination loon Jenny McCarthy to shill her well-meaning but wrong ideas about vaccination and autism. The Bad Astronomer is very disappointed, and… Continue reading The Stupid, It Kills.

You Make Me Feel Like A Technical Woman

This is my post for Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating Women in Technology, after my pledge to celebrate the inspiration and assistance that women have provided to me throughout my academic and professional careers. When I was studying for my A-Level in Computer Science at Biddenham Upper School (formerly Pilgrim, don’t get me started, grumble grumble),… Continue reading You Make Me Feel Like A Technical Woman

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

There’s lots of talk about Twitter at the moment, so here’s my two cents worth penny’s worth one Expat Trading Token’s worth. I like it, I use it. If you don’t like it or don’t use it, fine. End of. “It sounds stupid” – OK, don’t use it. You’re probably right, and we’ll all thank you when… Continue reading Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 4 – An Ending?

The story so far: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 After the events of Part 3, I went to CVS and bought a $14.99 1GB USB stick in the shape of a panda. I had a choice of panda, tiger, or frog, or SanDisk Cruser infected with U3, and of course I wanted to avoid… Continue reading Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 4 – An Ending?

Board Games Automated

This post on Boing Boing got me thinking about the time I wrote a program that played with itself. I think it was written on the mutated basic supplied with the ICL/BT Merlin Tonto that my Dad brought home one day. Or it could have been on the ZX Spectrum, can’t remember. Anyway, I taught the… Continue reading Board Games Automated

Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 3 – The Sickening

The story so far: Part 1, Part 2 Charlie Stross, a sci-fi writer of some regard, talks about installing a new Linux OS on his Asus netbook, and again I am inspired to give it another go. Where was I? Unetbootin woulnd’t work, that was it. So just to confirm I gave it another try,… Continue reading Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 3 – The Sickening

Region Free DVD?

When I came over to the US, I had a bunch of stuff shipped, including my (small and predictable) DVD collection and my Panasonic DVD recorder. This had been unlocked to be region-free, so I could play legally imported titles, such as Battle Beyond The Stars, with the terrible yet strangely compelling Sybil Danning. After… Continue reading Region Free DVD?

Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 2

See Part 1 here. Inspired by Flesh’s new Acer Aspire One, I decided to have another go at getting Ubuntu on my EeePC. This thing is now a bit old by netbook standards, being a first-generation 700, but it still makes me smile. I’d had some problems getting Unetbootin to run on the EeePC, something… Continue reading Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 2