Friday, 31 December 2010

Tonight? I'm defrosting the freezer, thanks for asking.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

I thought Strauss had got it wrong by leaving out Finn and choosing to bowl. Happy to be wrong. cricket ashes

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Just had an email from npower about changes to Ts & Cs that *actually said what the changes were* win

Saturday, 18 December 2010

England will win this test match. I cannot be more specific. cricket
If England get these runs it will have to be the top 6. Unfair to ask the tail to get runs at Perth ashes cricket

Friday, 17 December 2010

England will chase 430 in 4 sessions and get them. It will be a new record. (#ashes cricket)

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Against Australia, Ian Bell averaged 17 under Michael Vaughan, 47 under Andrew Strauss
In the first innings of a Test Match, Michael Clarke averages 50. Against England it's 23. cricket
Would be nice if Yahoo open sourced Delicious rather than just turn it off
Finished what I wanted to do. Now to do what I should have done. timemanagement fail
Two reboots for a point upgrade of VMware Player. That *is* shit.
And in other news, my cat has just accidentally licked english mustard off my plate. That'll teach her.
VMware Player has just uninstalled itself as part of an update. You might want to rethink that strategy, chaps.
Exchange server replaced with Google Apps, DNS Server with bind9. Now have no Microsoft server dependencies. Bye bye SBS2008
Trillian mangled my (a) into a (b) for some reason. takes no account of (b) height above sea level and (b) initial water temperature. Tsk.
Even if you disagree with its Keynesian message, this anti-austerity argument is compellingly put

Monday, 13 December 2010

Call me an old cynic, but SimpleCDN seem long on accusations and short on actual evidence.
Reading about the Jayadevan Method and detecting the faint odour of schism.
HMRC are checking my 2009 Self-Assessment Tax Return. Can anybody personally recommend a UK tax adviser?

Saturday, 11 December 2010

I have 5 Diaspora invites. If anybody wants one give me an email address.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Have to say, though, that defaulting to Letter size for printing every time is profoundly irritating googledocs fail
Been a few weeks since I used Google Docs but it's a much better experience now. I'll use it more henceforth.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

A dismal 28/49 on this Tube quiz for me /HT @geofftech
Tempted to follow this business plan to the letter - has anyone got Big Al's number?
Has anyone seen Peter Roebuck in the same room as Morrissey?

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

"the job of the Galactic President was not to wield power but to attract attention away from it" - Douglas Adams (#assange)

Monday, 6 December 2010

The track record of cricket umpires against the Decision Review System is a matter of public record. Where are the stats?
The entire history of cricket data would fit on a memory stick. When will somebody publish it?
The once-wonderful Cricinfo is now a corporate farce. Boo ESPN.

Friday, 3 December 2010

(#socialDNS) Wikileaks is at today

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Mrs Sayers is pleased to announce the arrival of a new left hip. Both Sam
and hip are doing fine.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Anybody reading Nadine Dorries MP's latest blog post might also want to read this and compare its conclusion with hers
There'll be no more Tube strikes under Boris. Oh, wait...

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Suggest this young woman ignores Twitter until Jan 7:

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Just knocked up a genetic algorithm to look for arbs on Betfair. There aren't any.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

This *almost* makes me want an iPhone:

Saturday, 20 November 2010

I do bring them back if their parents complain though.
Carrying sleeping children is one of the best things about being a Dad.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Do I have to pay Fedex's £10 fee for paying the VAT on a package I imported? It's clearly £9.80 more than it cost them.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Live radio commentary on Australia A v England: cricket
Wasn't so funny the second time around
I could a cup of tea (#Section127)
Another try then. Here goes...
Testing: < >
Hmmm. mangled my message. Doesn't like angle brackets obviously
I could a cup of tea Section127

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Not saying the odds are wrong, just that it's a tad unusual to see England favourites in Australia cricket
England now odds-on to win Ashes in Australia - look out for blue moons, hell freezing over etc. cricket

Monday, 15 November 2010

Good piece on the enigma of Zulqarnain Haider by Osman Samiuddin: cricket

Friday, 12 November 2010

An article with actual information and actual links to sources on TwitterJokeTrial: (2nd half)
Another RFC erratum verified: Picky, me?

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Despite sweet music like this, Australia are still odds-on for the Ashes cricket
Ashes arb on Betfair: Aus to win series 1.88-1.89, Eng to not retain Ashes 1.82-185. £884 available.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Cameron: "Automatic guillotines for children from the poorest families"

Monday, 1 November 2010

Well-written and researched, and profoundly depressing. Basically it's still 2001 in browser compatibility land
This, in a nutshell, is why I don't see myself wearing a suit too often in the future: /via @parkparadigm

Friday, 29 October 2010

My new printer has its own email address. I for one welcome our new overlords.
I finished Bad Science. It's worth a read despite Goldacre's sixth-form prose.
Annoying problem with Microsoft Outlook 2007 syncing with Gmail solved by uninstalling AVG 2011. Probably forever.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Reading contracts and RFPs . Still, I learned a new word today: attorn

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Trying to finish Bad Science but Goldacre writes like a spotty swot who needs a damn good wedgie
Another small step toward the grave for a once-great party

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

A note of realism on the news from Bangalore: Australia are still odds-on for The Ashes. But I wonder who their captain will be? cricket

Friday, 8 October 2010

A point upgrade of VMware Player needs *two* reboots? You're having a laugh.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

John Kay is clearly reading @sig's blog: Barbarians at the gates of complexity

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

My cats are glaring at me. They blame me for the rain.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Michael Lewis: "One of the side effects of [the] crisis is to wash a lot of fools, many of them German, out of the game"
The big news is that Lefty plays ping pong *right-handed*
GeekNet bought Ohloh for $2.6m a year ago. How much did Black Duck pay for it?

Monday, 4 October 2010

I am safe. Either Europe win (yay!) or it's 14-14 and I am quids in (yay!)

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Just back from a fantastic meal cooked by the lovely @jose_pizarro. Nice way to end a great weekend

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Based on this I'd say USA were looking pretty good for the Ryder Cup
is older and wiser
Installed new disk. Fried motherboard. So what did I do? Tried it in another computer. Idiot. 2friedmotherboards

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Ed M now opposes "the broad use of anti-terrorism measures for purposes for which they were not intended". What did he do about it pre-May?

Friday, 24 September 2010

Suppose KP & Cook continue to fail. Top 7 is then Strauss, Trott, Bell, Colly, Davies, Prior, Morgan. Good enough for the Ashes? cricket

Thursday, 23 September 2010

I am not entirely in agreement with the selectors on the winter tour parties, especially the Development Squad

Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Twitter had already fixed XSS bug but it "resurfaced". Poor regression testing processes? Tut tut.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Use HTML5 for your smartphone app and you're targeting the biggest market segment: both iOS & Android
Apple's share of the smartphone market declines again yet people continue to write apps just for it

Friday, 17 September 2010

UX design for evil: fabulous analysis
Combining Diacritical Marks test: sͫͦͩayers
I have learned something from Twitter's Trending Topics this mornin - Combining Diacritical Marks

Thursday, 16 September 2010

23,000 Wikipedia articles to be removed or reverted to old versions because of one editor
IE9: Address box fighting for space with the tabs. Prefer Chrome's solution: tabs above address bar
IE9: Can't close a tab without bringing it to the foreground
TweetDeck failwhale - not seen this before

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Apparently Geoff Miller has been on the phone to Yorkshire to ask how tall Moin Ashraf is cricket verytallattack

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Commentary on County Championship matches! Thank you, BBC
Somerset playing but not Yorks or Notts cricket

Monday, 13 September 2010

Yorkshire, at least, are on the field. Unlike Notts and Somerset. cricket

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Quite liking Komodo Edit as a simple but efficient IDE for PHP, Python, XML, HTML etc.
And then there were 3. Final matches: Notts & Somerset away to good sides. Yorkshire at home to one of bottom 2. cricket
Yorkshire 209 to win cricket
Chrome tells me the BBC website is hosting malware: This is the page:
Trying to write some reference code for an OpenID/OAuth-aware service integration pattern
At last @PeerIndex has calculated my Authority score. I think it means "not very authoritative"
Did I dream the Compliant Chicken viral? If not, why are there no Google search results for it?

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Gilbert and me doing some old-school analogue interlocking
Today is the 25th anniversary of Solid State Interlocking. And you nearly missed it.
Only just discovered Brett Domino - late to the party as usual

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

My current portfolio: Notts to lose County Championship, USA to not win Ryder Cup, Milliband major to be next Labour leader
Will now be in profit if Yorks, Lancs or Somerset win Cricket County Championship - thanks Betfair
Given England's preference for very tall bowlers, do not be surprised if you see Oliver Hannon-Dalby touring this winter. YHIHF.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Most of the good stuff on Boing Boing today I'd already seen on Twitter ages ago. Boing Boing is so 2007.
My CAPTCHA from the Tweetdeck site:
Trying Tweetdeck for Android

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Never knew he was Dr Gordon Brown
A (speculative) answer to my question about Twitter and Bitly:
Simon Hughes accuses Waqar Younis of being involved cricket
"all links shared on or third-party apps will be wrapped with a URL": what does this mean for etc?
This would be very good news: Legalise sports betting in India says Delhi court /HT @nauiokaspark

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

"On May 11, David Cameron officially assumed the position". Well that's one way of putting it.
For me "Scotland Yard" means HQ functions and the units under the Specialist Crime Directorate
Standard criminal investigations are usually handled by BOCUs not based at New Scotland Yard
Is it only Americans who still refer to the Met as "Scotland Yard"?
Some quite nice 2-letter ones too. Pro + AdWords + short domain = off-the-shelf business
There's a surprising number of single-letter domains available at some ccTLDs
OK, it's true. We named our children after Ikea furniture.
ZOMG! It's September! Where did August go?

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Might use Unfuddle for the project library and Beanstalk for the source code. Slightly arbitrary decision but not entirely without reason.
5 reasons why you shouldn’t watch international cricket

Monday, 30 August 2010

Food + data: looks like Punchfork will be right in my sweet spot /cc @jobsworth
On being a liberal (by @jackofkent)

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Pakistan players were interviewed by ACSU after Sydney test in Jan. Lord Condon had "grave concerns" cricket
If they don't refund ticket money, boycott future matches and terminate your Sky Sports subscription. Only language they understand cricket
If they don't refund ticket money, boycott future matches and terminate your Sky Sports subscription. Only language they understand. cricket
Ticket money should be refunded for this test match, and any others where corruption is proved. cricket

Saturday, 28 August 2010

I predict that Ronnie Flanagan's name will be mentioned a lot today.
This would be a good time for the ICC to show that it knows how to run a *sport*, not just a cash machine.
A good day ends badly :-(
Prior to this test, Amir had bowled 3nb in 3 entire matches. In one innings at Lord's he bowled 4nb. Fool. cricket
Very very sad that this test match won't be remembered for what happened *on* the pitch cricket

Friday, 27 August 2010

Going with Unfuddle for now. It's Subversion, and the free plan will see us through the proof-of-concept stage
Shortlist so far: Bitbucket, Unfuddle, Beanstalk. Any others? projecthosting
What's your favourite project hosting site for a private software development project?
Phil Tuffnell's everyman act is failing: he can't help showing that he actually knows what he's talking about tms
Odd that HMRC are mandating iXBRL when it doesn't even have a "For Dummies" book yet, or even a Wikipedia page. Is it mature enough?
Discovering that iXBRL may not play nicely with HTML5 :-(
KP needs to go back to his county for a bit. Oh, wait... cricket

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Open Rights Group: "consulting on a substantially damaged code doesn’t really amount to proper consultation" deact

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Beardyman now up to 5 Kaoss pads! Not so derivative/joky any more - he believes in his music
Having peered through the flap of the IPv6 tent, it appears to be very big and very empty

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Playing with IPv6. I can now see OK. What should I do next?
Wanting to love @inbox2 but still too buggy for real world use. Also needs UX work. Looking forward to future versions.
I wrote a geeky post on compression of IPv6 addresses:

Monday, 23 August 2010

Want! Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking (@jobsworth @mlazopoulou) /via @BillGates

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Alan Murray gets nearly everything right but fails to see The End of Corporations not just management

Friday, 20 August 2010

eCommerce site asks me to "Please untick the box if you do not wish to receive these details". Tortuous is evil
I ♥ duct tape
Not the first time Cook has got a decent score just before he was about to be dropped cricket
is happy

Thursday, 19 August 2010

ICC's latest entry in tough fight to be World's Worst Sports Governing Body:

Friday, 13 August 2010

Chrome 6 beta is crashing every five minutes. Back to 5.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Upgrading my phone to Android 2.2 fingerscrossed

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Angry of E14 writes to The Guardian
Outrageous for Roy Greenslade to suggest "every" police officer fears exposure
I'm not going to install Expression Web on my new machine - let's see if I can live with Notepad++ & Filezilla

Monday, 9 August 2010

To all my is_email() correspondents: I hope to get to this later in the week isemail
New Core i7 CPU and 6GB RAM partly making up for shortcomings in my onboard processor
Has a working computer but a below-par brain

Monday, 2 August 2010

I have flu and my computer is broken. I will be ineffective for a while.

Thursday, 29 July 2010


Wednesday, 28 July 2010

"Who is protecting the public interest in the digital world?" Surely that would be "our" government?

Friday, 23 July 2010

Maslow's Hierarchy of Internet Needs (a serious one of these would be possible and quite useful)

Thursday, 22 July 2010

What's disappointing is the MPS omert� surrounding the events prior to
and immediately after the video iantomlinson
The video of a police officer pushing iantomlinson isn't sufficient
evidence for prosecution (in my lay opinion)
If people are going to be accused of copyright violations, the evidence
must be trustworthy. Good work by @OpenRightsGroup

Monday, 19 July 2010

The curry goat was excellent, by the way. Pigeon peas are my new favourite pulse.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Flying fish for Sunday lunch I think

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Made a goat curry with pigeon peas. Smells good. Looking forward to tasting it tomorrow.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Think it's rum and coke o'clock
Best time to get me is 9:30 - 12:00 UK time
Internet access here in Tobago freezes up at 8:30 when everyone arrives in the office and checks their email

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Want to to see the BBC News site as nature intended? Better buy this font: (or a Mac) bbcnewssite
BBC News site takes 50 HTTP GETs to deliver the home page. Have they read this? bbcnewssite

Monday, 12 July 2010

Gilbert has chosen his first Hornby 00-gauge train set. He is practically hyperventilating.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

This excellent essay has shifted my opinion on mankind's contribution to climate change

Friday, 9 July 2010

I am no longer Mayor of my own street :-( Foursquare is as bad as Hackney council.
And I thought Tower Hamlets was bad. Hackney about to get into a lot of trouble:

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Very pleased with my new knife sharpener. Downside: my thumb is now quite a few millimetres shorter :-(
DJ Tiesto isn't dead. Good. That means I don't have to keep playing his execrable version of Barber's Adagio for Strings
Why isn't there a for location? Why doesn't do it? Where did FireEagle go?
If judicial review overturns DEAct might that establish internet access as a de facto utility? cf
@richardm56 Are you happy to be associated with this sort of journalism?
Give @beardyman a budget and he turns into Bobby McFerrin :-( Oh, dear:

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Tweetdeck is complaining about my API Limit but I can get updates on my phone using Seesmic and on

Saturday, 3 July 2010

My code is held in git, svn, bzr and hg repositories. That should cover it.
I can now release automatically to github, Sourceforge, Google Code, Assembla, CodePlex, BitBucket and Launchpad

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Making chana massala with kala chana - looking good so far is very slow - maybe a bit more popular than anticipated?

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Did I just say "squee"? Sorry.
Squee! opens next week
Hope you like Germans too /via @ppk

Monday, 28 June 2010

Delia Derbyshire would have loved this: One of my fav tunes /via @geofftech
HMRC just used Direct Debit to take the full amount of my VAT Return despite already paying them. Don't give HMRC the keys to your account

Friday, 25 June 2010

Extensive drilling outside my window today. Bring back the vuvzelas FFS.
Has anyone upgraded to Wordpress 3.0 yet? And if so, is it OK? Also, why would I want to upgrade?

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

I can hear vuvuzelas through my window in E14
The streets of E14 are unusually busy for some reason.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Just made it clear that I won't be allowing Getty to charge for my Flickr pictures:

Monday, 21 June 2010

Tomorrow is International Level Crossing Awareness Day ( Be aware of level crossings. Or be square.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Children just waking up. Have had a productive hour in silence. About to be shattered.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Second 12" I owned: (first was Wheels Of Steel of course)

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Very happy with my new HTC Desire and Android 2.1. Goodbye Blackberry.
My sons will laugh when I tell them how excited I was to hold a 32GB microSDHC card back in 2010

Friday, 11 June 2010

I'm using bad code to build good code. I hope.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Hacking PEAR code so it doesn't make PHPLint barf. geekfest
If I set my location in Tweetdeck and click "Remember this location", is it unreasonable for me to expect it to remember my location?
Driver left my new phone next door because he thought I wasn't in. Didn't say which flat (of 8). None of them speaks English. screwed
Hugh MacLeod is getting a bit irritating.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

What is the point of setting my Foursquare location in Tweetdeck if it doesn't check me in to that location?

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Trying to control the English language: good luck with that ( /via @montroso

Monday, 7 June 2010

I've been out to a double-bouncer myself - more T20 lateral thinking:

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Now getting BSOD, which swings the pendulum of probability back to hard
disk failure. Phew, I can fix that.
For the record, AVG Anti-Virus + Tortoise SVN + Windows Live Sync + Windows 7 32-bit = corrupt file system?
Strongly suspect file system corruption due to Windows 7 oplocks and 3rd party stuff like AV and SCC interference
Reformatted my hard disk and got fresh corruptions. Could still be hardware but...

Friday, 4 June 2010

Safely back in the east end after the excitement of Croydon. Oh, the trams.
Last day of half-term. Day trip to Croydon.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

has got bad sectors
Salient & salutary: Newswipe from last year on media response to shootings /@Glinner/@enhughesiasm

Saturday, 29 May 2010

My tip: watch the Guiness Premiership highlights. Unbelievable script.
as a neutral this is an excellent game of rugby "The Sec of State has not indicated his intention to make use of these provisions at this time" DEAct shillyshally Consultation document doesn't address cutting off internet access (see §2.29-2.30) DEAct
You have until 30/07/10 to respond to OfCom copyright code of practice: GO! DEAct

Friday, 28 May 2010

Metcalfe's Law says the number of LinkedIn updates is proportional to the square of your number of contacts. Or is everyone madly networking at the moment?

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

At the View Tube on the Olympic site. Good bacon sandwiches.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

First wedding of the year. Nice weather and good company.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Tried OrSiSo for..ooh...2 minutes. Couldn't find how to drive it from the keyboard.
Solar transit of Atlantis on its final mission (as it docks with with ISS). Must see. /@mrchrisaddison
Boris's cycling strategy for London. Some good elements, some eye candy. At least there's a strategy now

Thursday, 20 May 2010

"We will introduce safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation." libconpfg
"We will restore rights to non-violent protest" libconpfg

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

I've been guilty of every one of these cognitive biases: - great document! (via @boingboing)

Friday, 14 May 2010

I just made that up.
Failure to prioritise is prioritising failure.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Photostream from No.10 - this is a Good Thing
Always nice to read independent academic discussion of the Duckworth Lewis Method

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Hope this is true ( "Safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation"

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Just had to write to the Brunel Museum about their appalling and illiterate website.
Hurrah! Our brave boys in blue foil another terrorist plot waronphotography
Milliband SI units explained:
So, of course, there are 1000 Nanobands in a Milliband

Monday, 10 May 2010

"Like a walrus who'd just eaten a bad puffin" (
*Not* the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain

Friday, 7 May 2010

Just been on a train pulled by 60019 "Bittern" with 2 excited boys. Make that 3 excited boys.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

...and of course James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree. Hope he takes good care of his mother.
Oliver James Hannon-Dalby (of whom you will hear more) reminds me of Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell
I just know I don't want these people back: | Johann Hari, Welcome to Cameron-Land
Friends with more financial nous than me say they can see a difference between the main parties' economic policies. I can't, really.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Bank Holiday engineering means my journey home is bus, bus, train, bus, bus. With a golf bag.
Leaving Malaga's shiny new T3 and arriving at Luton feels like travelling to a 3rd world country
Freezing rain on sunburned skin. Welcome home.

Friday, 30 April 2010

La Quinta. A & B courses, my favourites. Weather perfect.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Just seen a picture of the new pavilion at Headingley. It's...erm...distinctive.
Flicking through newspapers at the airport, thinking "I read this yesterday".
Is James Tredwell ( next in the firing line or is he extrovert enough to escape Mushy's clutches as @swannyg66 has?
.@DavidKHopps agrees with me about Mushtaq Ahmed's malign influence on England spinners /
@DavidKHopps agrees with me about Mushtaq Ahmed's malign influence on England spinners /
Think I'll pop to Spain for a few days and play some golf. Be good while I'm gone.

Monday, 26 April 2010

East London Line reopening lunchtime tomorrow:
Apparently I'm running Microsoft Windows Version 6.1. Where did the other 0.9 go?
Why is there no central data source for rail ticketing websites? It's madness for each site to collate TOC data itself.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Back from the spectacle at the end of my street:

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Just made my first purchase from James Smith & Sons

Friday, 23 April 2010

I work much faster listening to the Aphex Twin:
Singing along to fantastic 8-bit version of Dark Side of the Moon:
Fewer and fewer voters are getting their info from media that is owned by
vested interests. Hurray for the internet!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Welcome home everybody

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

...and that's without the browser toolbars and other junk I had to delve deep to deselect from the install HPfail
On the downside I'm now installing 672MB of driver files. Nice work, HP.
My new printer has its own intranet site.
The printer I've just bought can generate Sudokus. The future is here.
Made a chana masala last night as good as any I've tasted. Even better this morning. Starting point:

Friday, 16 April 2010

Taken most of the day to get Bugzilla installed and running (actually
half the day was taken failing to get Jira installed).
Cory Doctorow uses the same FUD tactics as the entertainment industry to
spread his apocalyptic view of the deact

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Had my first play with an iPad tonight at @dittotv. More warmly inclined
to it as a result. Nice user experience.
The Digital Economy Act - some primary sources
I've added an ISP policy page to the excellent (Policy page is
I've added an ISP policy page to the excellent (Policy page is

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

At Fatboys Diner, Trinity Buoy Wharf. A gem. Sadly this area is slated for redevelopment. Get here soon.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Very nice to see Bairstow jr in the Yorkshire side. Now if Sidebottom jr would just come back we could see c Bairstow b Sidebottom again
Talk Talk will only supply customer records in response to a court order ( deact
BT will provide customer records at the request of "a senior police officer". No court order required ( deact
Service provider Be will only supply customer records in response to a court order ( deact
O2 will only supply customer records in response to a court order ( deact
Let's try again, that didn't work very well
So far only Talk Talk have committed to defy disconnection orders until taken to court ( deact
Talk Talk, O2 and Be will only supply customer records in response to a court order ( BT will supply your records on the authority of "a senior police officer" with no court order

Monday, 12 April 2010

Network Solutions have allowed my business to slip away from them without any attempt to retain me. That's hosting and email for 6 domains. Someone's asleep at the wheel.
Maybe I should put together a whoshouldntyouvotefor site
I have been told who I should vote for by No surprises, but I'm more bothered about the showstoppers in all the major parties' manifestos.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Looks like the Masters is going to be won by the Jacques Kallis of golf
When will Peter Alliss retire? The man has been an embarrasment to himself and the BBC for at least a decade.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

After last night's shenanigans I now have an interest in Priest's Leap, Madison Du Berlais, Piraya and Conna Castle grandnational
On a small train chugging up to Buxton after an all-nighter in Leamington Spa jetset

Friday, 9 April 2010

The MD of my service provider has a blog. His post of April 8 didn't mention the DEAct. My comment did.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

I have asked my service provider to make the same pledges as Talk Talk ( Please do the same.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Agree with @timberners_lee that ISP duties under DEBill are same as wiretapping ( - are the safeguards as good (bad?) as RIPA 2000?
Fed up of received opinions? Make up your own mind (2): the Hansard record of the DEBill second reading
Fed up of received opinions? Make up your own mind (1): the text of the DEBill
The DEBill in the Minister's own words:

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Maybe if we paid MPs twice as much we might get a few decent candidates. Halve the number of constituencies to finance it. ge2010
What happens in the House of Commons today may change a lifetime's voting habit for me. DEBill

Monday, 5 April 2010

From this web page we can see the lowest unscored total for a batsman in a test match is 229 (therefore no longer an unGoogleable cricket question)
In the history of cricket, overs have been 4, 5, 6 and 8 balls long. Never 7.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Today my erratum to RFC 3696 was verified
Today I learned to spell "fuchsia"

Friday, 2 April 2010

Physicists. Give them £2.6bn and they still dress like this:

Friday, 26 March 2010

The IPL's Yorkshire connection is doing well Well worth the $50,000 he cost.
Enjoyable chat with @dittotv. Exciting stuff going on there.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

just jumped on a Routemaster going through the City. Much nicer than a bendy monstrosity.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Injection of Yorkshire blood propels Rajasthan Royals to first victory
( OK, he
got a first-baller but he's clearly a talisman.

Friday, 19 March 2010

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when youth and pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet
On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;

No sleep till morn, when youth and pleasure meet

To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Think I have now eliminated the annoying Blackberry advert from my every message. Sorry reader.
Is it the hotel fucking me about, or the online agency? Or both?
Second time this has happened to me: a hotel room I booked online months ago has just been cancelled a few days before the date.
iTrader based on TiddlyWiki but relicensed for proprietary world :-(
Sent from my BlackBerry� wireless device
Oh noes. An app store :-(
Sent from my BlackBerry� wireless device
iTrader not tied to BT infrastructure. Not tied to trader turret. Could trade on iPhone if regs allowed
Sent from my BlackBerry� wireless device
pitching iTrade(r). Looks like it has a @ribbit interface
Sent from my BlackBerry� wireless device
Identity verification is the big barrier to the distributed trading floor.
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BT guys seem to have discovered VRM (still think it's a bad name)
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Price discovery moving to IM. Deals still closed by voice
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It's a bit like watching Question Time. 95% bleeding obvious. 4% witless questions.
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At a BT presentation about innovation in financial services. Slightly skeptical audience
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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Installing the IE9 preview

Friday, 12 March 2010

Nothing on eBay for "thames tunnel tickets" :-(
I will pay big ��� for a ticket for the sold-out Thames Tunnel
walk-through tomorrow. Please RT :-)

Thursday, 11 March 2010

I pluck my nose hair. It grows back within hours
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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

I hope Yorkshire CCC are on the phone to Younis Khan right now. Would be
handy to get him & Mohammed Yousuf on a Kolpak.
I am constantly amazed at the depths sports administrators will plumb:

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Apparently Cadbury's are now sponsoring the BBC
Those whom the gods would destroy, they first give access to the metadata.
Only took two days but is back. My 26 readers will rejoice.
Just had to hack the wp_options table to change my siteurl and home and presto!
SiteGround's control panel sucks, but their tech support is very responsive. DNS issues resolved. Now to fix the CSS.

Monday, 8 March 2010

What I'm trying to say is that this stuff should just work. Network
Solutions control panel is best, but I hate them for not apologising for my
Set up a CNAME at my registrar to my blog at SiteGround but still no joy
- still getting a 404 over a day later.
Couldn't get SiteGround's hosting control panel to accept that was available as a subdomain.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Apologies to my loyal reader. Normal blog service will be resumed as soon as the global DNS system sees fit.
Moving my blog from to my own server. Seems to be impossible without some downtime.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Only Yorkshireman in the IPL is Michael Lumb so I guess Rajasthan Royals are my team
@jobsworth You'll be able to watch the Knight Riders on ITV this time (as well as YouTube)
Lovely article on one of my favourite all-time cricketers: Abdul Qadir

Monday, 1 March 2010

Haiti & Chile appear to be on different tectonic plates. Still, wouldn't want to spend much time in SF at the moment.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Even from a sports administrator this is abject schoolboy nonsense:

Thursday, 25 February 2010

This is the wrong time of day to be doing RWA calculations
Tell me my failings anonymously here:

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

MS Dhoni scored 30 off the last two overs, but nobody noticed because of 1 run Tendulkar scored at the other end.
Cricinfo is down. Not surprising given the Little Master's exploits...
Beware writing iPhone apps. It is the IE6 of our day. Be prepared to rewrite  when standards emerge @jobsworth @nauiokaspark
@bleiglass I use to post to both Facebook and Twitter (and many others)

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

As Robert Duvall said in Apocalypse Now: "Taliban don't play cricket"
Splendid win for Afghanistan chasing 494 to win. Nice to see them playing a 4-day match at all.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Think YouTube commenters are dumb? Check this out:
Reluctantly returning to TweetDeck. Why isn't there anything better?
Is there *anything* you can't do over port 80? What is the point of
corporate firewalls, especially in an age of 3G and municipal wi-fi?

Friday, 12 February 2010

Just a quick test to see if this gets to Buzz

Monday, 8 February 2010

By the way, I am a "Gold VIP" customer of Network Solutions. I dread to think how the "Joe Schmoe" customer gets treated.
"We are committed to creating the best Customer experience possible" but "Please do not reply to this email" networksolutions
Yes, Network Solutions, my sites are fine. That's because I spent all weekend moving them to another hosting provider.
Network Solutions engineers have just arrived at work. They were kind enough to let me know my website was running ok...
Still no word of explanation or apology from Network Solutions about this weekend's hosting outage.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Now I have a problem with Siteground. Let's see if their customer service is any better than Network Solutions...
I'll give Network Solutions another 24 hours to make me happy before I say what I'm currently thinking.
Moved my domains over to Siteground on the recommendation of @DynamiteJones. DNS is still replicating but we're back on the air.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

My hosted web servers are all dead. Lets see if my solution
provider's customer service is up to scratch. I will name and shame if not.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

There is no Wikipedia article on the D'Oliveira affair, just a brief bio and an even briefer mention in a Sporting Boycott article.
So what does the BCCI do with all its income? If I was a small boy in a rural community in India I'd want to know.
Remembering the original Project @Jobsworth. Is there not a similar case to be made for being the first major corporate to move its productivity tools   over to Google Apps?
Blackberry App World fails to render on a Blackberry. And the download button doesn't work. doesnotcompute

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

So what bit of the brain triggers those unwanted thoughts? Consciousness seems to be single-threaded but the brain clearly isn't
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Monday, 1 February 2010

Mozilla: your Firefox Mobile site is unusable on my Blackberry, Windows Smartphone and IE6 browser at work. I want to improve my web experience but you're not making it easy.
Note to self: don't post to from an email account that appends a massive disclaimer to every message.
Also, file syncing across multiple sites/laptops - moved from FTP using to SyncBack to Windows Live Sync. Very easy to set up and no problems so far geekweek

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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Gnarly weekend in a lot of ways. The week ahead should be plain sailing by comparison. Back to coding tomorrow night I hope.
Now have Zimbra running on a VM at home as the production MX for three domains. Hope my ADSL doesn't die.
Spent the weekend wrestling with Zimbra and various flavours of DNS. Now all tamed and running smoothly. I am the master of my domains.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Trying to change the DNS servers for from the Serbian registrar to my own ISP. Process is somewhat hampered by my lack of Srpski

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Oops that should have been (via @felixsalmon)
Baksheesh is a cultural thing like democracy, right for some not right for others. But this is funny anyway:
I feel really bloated today.

It's because I'm really bloated.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Small world #2. I met @felixsalmon through @clarebrew, a friend whom my wife met in the art world. Clare's uncle was a partner at the bank where JP & I worked.
Small world department. @felixsalmon and @jobsworth are in Davos at the same conference. I met Felix when JP sent me to New York. There's more....

Monday, 25 January 2010

The great @beardyman has added a keyboard, which may offend the purists, but this is still 58:36 of awesome

Saturday, 23 January 2010

I think Network Solutions have turned off short_open_tag without warning. Bunch of tits.
Is it my imagine, or is Firefox 3.6 a little less glacial to load?
Followed, thanks to the magic of shuffle, by Bad Manners doing the Can Can. From the ridiculous to the ridiculouser.
Listening to it again, making a tTotal of 5:36 of sheer perfection.
Listening to Ace of Spades. 2:48 of sheer perfection. One of the mandatory full volume songs - good job the house is empty.