What with the recent revelations from Novell regarding the SCO Unix case, you'd be forgiven for thinking that we were watching some sort of soap opera unfold. In fact, wouldn't it be better as a soap opera? One modeled on Dukes of Hazzard? (also forthcoming from #evanchan, where these wacky ideas get cooked up: season finale Buffy crossovers)
Saw The Matrix Reloaded. Will probably have to see it again when it comes out on IMAX. In the meantime, reading this (spoilers, liable to suck you in).
Remind me why I still read that site?
In Starbucks catching up on email and taking advantage of T-Mobile's offer of unlimited wifi for $20/month for T-Mobile customers.
I flew BA this time from Heathrow to Dulles. I've flown Virgin on this route twice, and although the Virgin experience was "cooler" (they play funky music as you board the plane, the safety video is an animated cartoon, the films they show are ones that haven't been released yet in the UK), the BA flight was more comfortable: better food, more legroom, and larger headrest screens. Downside was the horrible selection of out of date films: The Matrix, The Hours, Chicago, Gangs of New York (in two parts!), DareDevil (guess which I ended up watching), and About Schmidt.
I thought I was being oh-so-clever on the plane by catching up on the last three episodes of 24 that I haven't seen in preparation for Tuesday's finale. Until when I got up to go to the bathroom when I saw the guy behind me watching Buffy on his laptop. Git.
Some advice: on my fourth visit to US immigration, and my third to immigration at Dulles, I learned that you should not, under any circumstances, duck under the rope if instead of going around empty rope. A few people ahead of me ducked under, since half the queue was empty. We got hauled out and shouted at by an immigration officer who sent a shamefaced group of about ten of us to the back of the queue. The barriers are there for a reason.
T-Mobile's HotSpot software isn't bug-free. At Christmas, it was fine provided I kept the popup window open. This time, Safari and Chimera aren't too hot at whatever the software does to keep the connection alive: it ends up dying, resulting in timeouts all over the place. Not fun. Oh, and the Sheryl Crow music they're offering? WMA protected.
I'll be spending the next few weeks hammering out the required specification for my FOAF dissertation. So far, the bare-bones features are:
Suggestions for features are greatly appreciated in the comments, and I'll see what I can reasonably attempt during the time I have to develop the project. Anything left out will probably make it into a releases after the dissertation is finished.
Some things that I have looked into, e.g. Address Book integration, will have to go on the back burner for the while since there isn't a Cocoa/Java bridge for that yet, so while suggestions in similar veins are appreciated, that's a possible reason why I won't be able to accomplish them. Yet.
Thanks to everyone who's volunteered to act as testers.
I'm busy: two exams down, and two more to go (Formal Methods on Thursday, Distributed Information Systems on Friday) and then six weeks in DC planning for my summer dissertation. Speaking of which:
I'll be looking for anyone who's interested in testing a little FOAF application for OS X. Contact me for details. Brief feature list: vCard import, spidering, export to SVG and, uh, yummy Aqua interface.
Further to the last story about T-Mobile offering all you can eat WiFi to its cellular subscribers for $20/mo, Verizon will offer all you can eat WiFi to its broadband DSL subscribers for free in the NYC area. I like this way more.
A wander around the depths of the Advertising Standards Authority, the UK self-regulatory advertising body. A few things that are interesting and/or amusing:
T-Mobile takes a step forward and announces plans to bundle wifi with cellular service:
The Bellevue, Wash.-based wireless phone company announced that customers can now consolidate charges for its HotSpot Wi-Fi service on their monthly cellular phone service bills. The company will do the same for subscribers using its new General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) cell phone network in the next few months, it announced.
T-Mobile said customers can add a monthly $19.99 unlimited access Wi-Fi service to their monthly wireless bill. The charge is at a 50 percent discount over the company's regular HotSpot rate plans. The service also will continue as a stand-alone offering by subscription or on a pay-for-use basis. [More at CNET News.com]
I'm going to be in the 'states for six weeks from the 17th May. What I normally do when I go and visit the Land of the Free is use my triband GSM phone through Orange and whoever they have roaming agreements with: that's what I did last year for five weeks and what I did over Christmas for a fortnight. This time, though, there's a fair chance that the networks over there are developed to the point of understanding the concept of pay as you go, or prepay SIM cards: it'd be handy to get a US number while I'm out and about.
Obviously I'm limited to the GSM networks: I can't find anything about this on T-Mobile's site, but Cingular seem to have a thing called KIC Prepay that I'm not allowed to link to because finding out about plans requires a zipcode. I'm not entirely sure if Cingular will let me buy a SIM and stick it in my phone--there's a little phrase in the small print that indicates that they might be able to do this--but the website isn't particularly informative. Has anyone tried anything like this?
Comments and suggestions are extremely welcome, either by email or in this entry.