Category Archives: General

Things that don’t fall in any other category.

The age of the bus

For the younger generation, the title of this is based on an old series of advertisements for British Rail, their slogan was, “This is the age of the train”. Thought I’d better clear that one up. :) Fuel prices being … Continue reading

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ATM Perils

Yesterday (30th June) I used one of those nasty ATM machines that charges a fee to withdraw my own money. I don’t like the concept but sometimes the convenience outweighs the charge. What I didn’t realise until now is what … Continue reading

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Moved the Blog

Today I moved my Blog from it’s old address blog.bananasplit.info to its new address of blog.stmellion.org. The old name still works for the time being but hopefully over a period of time my few readers will make the switch and … Continue reading

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Remind, the mother of all calendar applications.

Remind is a truly lovely little application for doing just as it’s name suggests; reminding somebody as forgetful as me about important things. As with many apps, the power of Remind does in some cases lead to complexity in configuration. … Continue reading

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The Ex Factor

A couple of years ago I got hooked on a series of The Apprentice and wrote a Blog Entry on it. At the end of that series I felt a bit disappointed with the outcome as it wasn’t representative of … Continue reading

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Public Transport

Travel is a necessary evil of my job and having spent a number of years ploughing up and down the arterial motorways of England I have recently turned to public transport for the majority of my trips. One of the … Continue reading

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Windows (Should I stay or should I go)

I’m a Linux supporter. It’s worth making the above statement clear from the beginning, that way people who read this won’t be surprised if further down I say something nasty about Microsoft or Windows. Assuming those fitted with Windows blinkers … Continue reading

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Holidaying in Iceland

Iceland has held a fascination for me ever since I read Desmond Bagley’s book Running Blind. In it a retired British spy called Alan Stewart is chased across Iceland leading to descriptions of huge glaciers, waterfalls and geysers. I’ve read … Continue reading

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Registering with Technorati

Posting the following link appears to be the best way to register my blog on Technorati The other option is to tell them my username and password. Hmm….. Technorati Profile

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Microsoft Operating System Rant

I posted this to alt.hacker this morning and thought I’d post it here as well so I can refer back to it when I discover that MS Vista does nothing I want it to do. I bit Bill’s hand off … Continue reading

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More calls for censorship

This article on the BBC website highlights the latest attempt at Net censorship. This time the “good cause” is banning sites that provide information on suicide as kids are killing themselves. I could take the opportunity to rant on about … Continue reading

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World Cup 2006

England just got knocked out of yet another World Cup following a penalty shoot-out. This time England only scored 1 out of 4 which is a poor result even for a team that are hopeless at penalties. Of the World … Continue reading

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Need a new Television

Move to new house is less than a week away now and there are so many things we need to buy. Near the top of my list is a decent LCD television. I looked at a few in Comet and … Continue reading

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Television Licensing

Here in the UK we are required to hold a TV license if we operate a receiver. The actual wording on the TV Licensing website is: If you use a TV or any other device to receive or record TV … Continue reading

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Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T-USB2

I bought one of these gadgets last week. Installing it under Windows was a doddle and the Linux set up wasn’t much harder, although it did need a kernel compile. The result is a lovely clear picture on my LCD … Continue reading

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2006 Bonus

Just got my FY06 bonus notification.  £2,032 before tax which actually resulted in my net pay for the month being £1226 higher than usual.  I think this equates to about 5% which is half what I was expecting.  I should … Continue reading

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The DeVinci Code

Of Dan Brown’s four books, The De Vinci code certainly wouldn’t rate as my favourite. I liked Deception Point best, with Angels and Demons coming closely behind it. I’m really not sure what it is about De Vinci Code that … Continue reading

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The Apprentice

Today saw the final of The Apprentice where Sir Alan Sugar finally selected 26 year old Michelle Dewberry as his new employee. I’ve enjoyed the series immensely and rapidly learnt the names of all the apprentices which is a great … Continue reading

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.eu Domain Registration

The new .eu domains went on sale sometime around December 2005. Being new and also a 2 character TLD (Top level domain) I fancied a couple, despite not really having any idea of what I wanted to use them for. … Continue reading

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The countryside

I can accept that the countryside consists of mainly farmland, but I cannot accept the view that the countryside consists of nothing but the farming industry. In fact it’s probably reasonable to say that modern farming is destroying the countryside. … Continue reading

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