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..

31 Jan

Helsinki January 2007

Helsinki January 2007
Originally uploaded by tzunder.

Arrived in Helsinki on a Finnair flight on which there were at least 6 people from the company Ann and I used to work for. I had a nice trip chatting to my old boss, we used to have some ups and downs in the old days but I have a lot of respect for him. Not that I wholly chatted, I also read up on the work I am doing here in Finland.

To that end I am here, in my hotel room, working on the Mac and I thought I’d take a pic just to show how utterly vile the weather is out there. It’s not as cold as usual, and they’ve had a mild winter, but it’s grim enough for me!

29 Jan

Helsinki, Giant Spiders and Flickr

I am getting ready for Helsinki, but my belly button hurts so I am going to see the doctor this afternoon. We have almost completed resubmitting the EPSRC bid, and all I have to do it fit a week’s work rewriting a work package for a project into 24 hours.. piece of piss!

I am reading an old (1991) [a href=”http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/catalyst.htm”]Flying Buffalo[/a] book of roleplaying scenarios, and am quite intrigued at how poor layout was before proper computers, and also how the adventures have been quite cunningly written to both conform to the old hack and slay dungeon delving paradigm whilst still leaving a window to roleplay your way through them all with a minimum of violence and a maximum of interaction. Even the giant spiders have an agenda and can be parleyed with. Mind you I do like some tactical combat as well, so don’t think I’m all good.

On flickr I have admired some of the 365 Days project work. Essentially you take a picture of yourself every day for a year. Some are as mundane as you might expect but some are astonishingly inventive and clever. It looks to me as though the women are the most inventive, and also in the majority in this group. Some you can barely believe are self portraits, although I do know how they can be done, a tripod and remote release is helpful! I don’t know if I could do this, I am just not very nice to look at 365 days a year!

One thing I shall try and do this week is finish the Religions chapter for Gwenthia and maybe even configure the Joomla site I have parked at www.gwenthia.com

27 Jan

Smoking.. Not

Still off the fags. Over a month now.. Have decided to try having a small goatee for a month or so and see if it suits. Have repaired my motorised satellite and bought a new receiver for a bargain. I have been working hard on the Gwenthia rpg with Loz and Pete.