Archive of: 2004

  • The Wedding

    That was an excellent weekend, despite me nearly missing my flight back (cheers william) and now feeling like I’ve been trampled by a herd of elephants. There will be more details when my camera gets back (yes, I managed to forget that too!).

    Speaking of pictures, I’ve just upgraded my Flickr account to Pro, so the photo section will soon be vanishing from here and reappearing there, because, as we all know by now, Flickr is great.

  • I Was Black


  • I'm probably a little too drunk for this...

  • Fuck…

  • John Peel RIP

    It’s at times like these I wish I were a more eloquent person. I can’t even begin to quantify the effect he had on my musical education. So many bands that I never would have heard of, so many bands I might never hear again. I feel like someone incredibly close to me has gone.

    John, although the world is a poorer place now that you’ve gone I bet the music upstairs has just got a damn sight better.

    Others are putting it into words better than I:

    I’ll leave the final word to the great man himself while I raise a glass of red wine in tribute.

    I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones.


  • Drupal 4.5 Released

    Title says it all really. Drupal 4.5 has been released, and gets a makeover.

    New Features in 4.5 include:

    • Tab based user interface
    • Configurable menus
    • Multiple roles per user
    • Document/image uploads
    • Node-level permissions
    • Improved locale support
    • Anonymous comments
    • Theme system improvements
    • Customizable user profiles
    • Usability improvements
    • Configurable input formats
    • Performance improvements

    Here’s more information on the new theme by Steven Wittens. Very nice it is too. Although 2004 is turning into the year of the rounded corners.

    Polytechnic will get upgraded when I find the time. Not likely to happen soon though, client work pays the bills (actually, my employer does, but you know what I mean).

  • SpaceShipOne (tentatively) Wins X-Prize

    Just watched SpaceShipOne touch down safely after reaching 368,000 feet on it’s 2nd X-Prize flight!

    I’ll update here with more news and links once everything is confirmed.

    Update: It’s confirmed. Congratulations to everyone involved.

    Now I just need to start saving, damn sure I’m going into orbit before I die.

  • Tim Berners-Lee Talks Semantic Web

    I’ve always thought that the idea of the Semantic Web was a pretty clever after reading about it in Weaving The Web, but I can’t say I ever really understood why it was cool, I understood the theory sure, but I wasn’t quite making that leap that you need to start thinking about it in practical ways.

    I think I’ve just had the "A-ha!" moment.

    Suppose you’re browsing the Web and you find a seminar advertised, and you decide to go. Now, there is all sorts of information on that page, which is accessible to you as a human being, but your computer doesn’t know what it means. So you must open a new calendar entry and paste the information in there. Then get your address book and add new entries for the people involved in the seminar

    It’s very laborious to do all this by hand. What you would like to be able to do is just tell the computer, I’m going to this seminar. If there were a Semantic Web version of the page, it would have labeled information on it that would tell the computer “this is an event,” and what time and date it is. And it would automatically add your travel to your event book. It would add the people to your address book, and it would program your GPS to give you directions. It would have the relationships between the event and the various people chairing it. And those people would have Semantic Web personal pages, which contained information about how you could contact them.

  • Download Chart

    Radio 1 released the first UK download chart today and what do you think is number one?

    Westlife… Westlife!! FFS!!


  • Details About IE XP SP2 From MSDN IE Blog

    A post from Tony Chor, the Group Program Manager for the Internet Explorer team details some of the changes in Internet Explorer for XP SP2. A couple of things caught my eye..

    IE in XP SP2 stops all currently known critical exploits, so it’s a heck of a lot more secure than pretty much any other browser

    Really? Mighty strong words given IE’s history.

    Maybe he missed off "…that was released in 1995" from the end of that sentence. We’ll see how this all pans out once the number of SP2 installs starts to grow.

    Also, I’m hoping that the comment

    We also came up with a very original idea – popup blocking

    was meant to be funny, but I really can’t tell.

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