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Monday, 26 February 2007

It had been threatening to pack in for a while, but one of my treasured 17" DELL CRTs finally decided that enough was enough, and went off to silicon heaven. It had a good run, considering that it cost me £20 from eBay at least 2 and a half years ago - though the P&P wouldn't have been much less than that again.

So finally (probably to much jubilation and mockery of my insistence on using CRTs for so long), I've finally purchased a TFT monitor, and will soon have more permanent desk space available for coffee cups and assorted clutter. The unit in question is an Iiyama 17" LCD 1280 X 1024 Black 2ms. It looks rather nice, and I'm hoping that the 2ms response time will go some way towards changing my opinions on cheap TFT screens. I've always said that I couldn't afford to replace my CRTs with a TFT that could match the image quality and response time. I hope I was wrong. I'm used to the 20.1" Sony TFTs we use at work, and I'm probably spoiled slightly - those things go for around £500 these days, whereas the Iiyama above is less than £150.

Incidentally, I was reminded of some discount vouchers that Dabs emailed a while back, offering £10 off an order over £100 placed by 28/2/07. A fortunate discovery indeed, I thought. Perhaps my late display unit remembered that email, and chose its time to go accordingly. Or perhaps it was just 10 years old.

The identical unit that I'm using at the moment was manufactured at the same time, but seems to have seen less use, and is still very bright without cranking the brightness beyond 60%. Hopeully I'll manage to preserve this piece of computing history until it's 20 - by that point it'll probably be illegal to own, and impossible to dispose of.

 
Monday, 5 February 2007

I had a strange urge to fire up Flash, and make this:

______*__ (tumbleweed rolling past)

Can't imagine why I thought it was appropriate..

 
Tuesday, 17 October 2006

Apparently, Battlefield 2142 will be bundled with software that tracks your online activities, to deliver targetted in-game advertising.

Fuck That™

When you open the box, a big slip of paper falls out first, preceeding any discs or manuals. The slip of paper says, essentially, that 2142 includes monitoring software which runs while your computer is online, and records "anonymous" information like your IP address, surfing habits (probably via cookie scans), and other "computing habits" in order to report this information back to ad companies and ad servers, which generates in-game ads.

It's a pity, because it looked pretty sweet from the screenshots that I've seen. Never mind though, NWN2 looks rather pretty. I might have to upgrade my system again to play it though...

Update:

According to The Register, "BF 2142 delivers ads by region. The advertising system uses a player's IP address to determine the region of the player, assisting to serve the appropriate ads by region and language. For instance, a player in Paris might be presented with ads in French. The information collected will not be repurposed for other uses."

 
Tuesday, 19 September 2006

To mark the anniversary of my last post, I've finally put the new site design live.

Highlights include:

  • Categories (finally)
  • Tags
  • Looks nicer
  • ..

Hopefully I'll manage to post more frequently now that there's something that could honestly be described as a CMS behind the site, rather than the 2 very ugly forms that I used previously.

One last thing:

Yaaaaarrrr! Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

 
Monday, 19 September 2005

The following link was emailed around work the other week. It's apparently used as an IQ test for job applicants in Japan.

http://freeweb.siol.net/danej/riverIQGame.swf

Click the big round button on the right to start.
The rules are:

  • The father cannot be left with the daughters unless the mother is present.
  • The mother cannot be left alone with the sons unless the father is present.
  • The thief cannot be left with any of the family members unless the police chap is present
  • Only the father, mother, and police chap can operate the raft

It is possible, but takes a bit of working out. Good luck! :)