27 Feb

Junk Mail

Live in the UK? Fed up with junk mail and cold calling phone calls? Chester Council has conveninently listed all the ways you can opt out, block and generally reduce the marketing rubbish that is sent to you:


I have done most of this and now I am sad and lonely, but get very little junk mail and am (mostly) cold call free!

26 Feb

Good Ole Fuzz

How’s this for victimisation? A kid makes a harmless joke by pretending to shoot David Cameron with his finger and the fuzz knock down his door, bust him for a fiver’s worth of cannabis and held him in custody until Monday. The judge who just fined him £25 actually said she was worried about why he’d been treated so differently to anyone else. Well, never let it be said that the British police have quite quite forgotten how to teach the youth of today their manners…


Now, why am I whittling? Well this is typical police harassment brought on by the fact that this kid’s picture dissing the leader of the Opposition was all over the right wing press. It’s obvious and direct police clampdown on the mildest of political comment. I do hope they’ll be banging up Rory Bremner or even that awful Adam Boulton, they diss politicians far more often and far more sharply.

Oddly the BBC almost suggest that this is the arrival of a Judge Dredd society:


Cruel but unfair, that’s the Judge Dredd catchphrase.

25 Feb

Ofcom and Freeview HD

On 19th December 2006 the media regulator, Ofcom, announced plans to auction publicly owned spectrum to the highest bidder. If the auction takes place as planned the millions of consumers who have purchased, or plan to purchase HD TVs may never be able enjoy high definition TV on the Freeview platform.

Petition the PM, make your case, protest.



25 Feb


I have been gardening today. I really enjoyed it, even tho’ all I was doing was weeding and planting bulbs. Why is this worth blogging? Well I have spent my entire life utterly uninterested in gardening. I used to work with a very nice man called John in Oldbury and he was a very keen gardener. I often said ‘but I am not interested in gardening’. He would say, ‘neither was I until I turned forty, and then it all started for me’. Can this be true, I shall be 42 this year and last year I did start to dabble in some horticulture, is it a sign of maturity or impmending middle age? I must admit I am quite excited as to when the bulbs will come through..

23 Feb


I installed Wine on Ubuntu and then panicked assuming it would take forever to configure. Nope. Easy to configure and amazingly Pageplus starts up, I get the splash screen, and then nothing. This is either going to be a lovely niggly project or I am going to spend more time seeing if Scribus can actually do all I want better.

21 Feb

Dell ASk For Feedback

Dell have setup a feedback site to ask for ideas. Interestingly the top idea requested and voted for is pre-installed Linux on Dells, followed by pre-installed Open Office. There are several other good ideas worth supporting at their site, direct feedback like this is a good step I think: http://www.dellideastorm.com/

I have had a day just reading the tonnes of emails that come in whilst I travel, doing admin, making some phonecalls, and before I know it, the day has gone. Ah well. BTW looks like there are no Holiday Inns in Sweden, can this be true?

17 Feb

Home Again

Been to Newcastle Monday, then to Delft Weds-Fri. Busy week next week, in Newcastle twice and all the actions from all those meetings.

04 Feb


Matt is working on his Vietnam War esssay for school history and I am helping feed him books and images and stuff. I have also managed to get my Epson V700 working under Ubuntu, which is great, one less reason to dual boot into Windows. In fact the only remaining reason is probably to do DTP on Serif Pageplus. I hope the open source Scribus project starts to get close, or I suppose I could see if I can run PagePlus under Wine, that might be an achievement worth having. Since I don’t play games on a PC (save for a bit of Battle for Wesnoth) I have almost removed all uses for Windows. Having said that I have moved my camcorder video editing to the Mac, Linux isn’t quite ready for that yet I think.

01 Feb

Spiral Staircase

Spiral Staircase
Originally uploaded by tzunder.

Well, this is the inside shot of the building we are meeting in. It’s not as nice in reality, but it’s a nice shot. I am absolutely exhausted. I woke at 3.30 this morning and couldn’t sleep again, so I had to get up and read and surf. Urgh. My time is my own tonight so I won’t be doing much beyond a swim, sauna and lying down..