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Thursday, 23 September 2004

Apple Lust

Go see Jonathan Ive at the Design Museum in London on 28 October.

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(Slightly more) Accessible Odeon

Hasn't anyone noticed this yet?

Someone should tell Matthew Somerville. I think hell just froze over.

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Saturday, 18 September 2004

Not in Cambridge anymore...

Last night's dream was weird. It started off with me taking the train down from Cambridge to London with a bunch of friends (startlingly normal for one of my dreams, then: no pre-credits explosion or earth-shattering digital surround sound. All rather innocuous, really). It only really started to go strange when we got off the train at King's Cross... and found ourselves back in Cambridge.

I'm not quite sure what episode of what TV show that was meant to be referencing.

Anyway. With all of us suitably freaked out (and not quite knowing what the implications were for the local space-time continuum) just by arriving at the place we'd left 45 minutes ago, what then hit us was that the place was deserted. Ghost town. Nobody there at all. Quite creepy. Faced with that, we all headed off to someone's third-year college room where the only thing amiss was that there was an extra (read: unfamiliar/couldn't-quite-put-my-finger-on-it-but-shouldn't-have-been-there) lock on the door. We quickly worked out that there was something strange about the screws holding this lock against the inside of the door (something about them being magnetic?), so we opened it up and found a particle accelerator inside.

At that point things went completely mental and the practice manager at my local GP surgery wandered in and told me that I couldn't see that doctor anymore because I lived too far away.

So yes. A weird dream. You?

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Thursday, 16 September 2004

w00t

danhon: 1; software licence agreement: 0

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Tuesday, 14 September 2004

BBC News

Is it me, or did I wake up this morning to BBC News having changed its typeface? (Safari, OS X 10.3.5).

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Friday, 10 September 2004

Don't "get it"

Showtime:

We at Showtime Online express our apologies; however, these pages are intended for access only from within the United States.

That message is on any of Showtime's pages.

Apart from this one. Oops!

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Thursday, 02 September 2004

El Reg

Thomas Greene reviews SP2 for Windows XP in characteristically inflammatory style over at the Register and comes up with the startling conclusion that

Microsoft declined many opportunities to harden Windows XP in a meaningful way; that is, by disabling unnecessary services, enforcing the multiuser environment, setting sensible user and file permissions, and installing a fully-functional packet filter. The roster of missing security utilities, such as PGP, SSH, a proper wipe utility, etc., is immense.

There's no shortage of valid points in this review, but the major niggling point for me can be quite easily illustrated by selectively quoting and adding my own emphasis, like this:

We evaluated the security features of Windows XP SP2 on a test machine, following a clean install of XP Pro with no configuration changes and no third-party software or drivers installed.
...
DHCP Client, automatic. Unnecessary on most home machines. Should be disabled by default.
DNS Client, automatic. Unnecessary on most home machines. Should be disabled by default.
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing, manual. Unnecessary on most home machines. Should be disabled by default.

It's been a while since I've used XP, and for that matter, it's been even longer since I've used XP Home (the crucial word there is "home", a subtle implication that that version of the OS is to be used in a home computing environment) seeing as I've never installed that OS on any machine I've regularly used.

Having said that, I'm pretty sure that there's a whole raft of services here that XP Pro enables, whether either setting them as manual or automatic that might not be in XP Home. At the very least, I'm pretty convinced that Remote Desktop Connection is a feature that's only available in XP Pro (and is one of the main reasons why I prefer that OS). See, what's annoying is that so many of these criticisms are levelled as being unsuitable for a home computer operating system when XP Pro isn't. Home is to Windows 9x as Pro is to NT/2000 - reviewing a business desktop OS using home user criteria seems a little disingenuous to say the least. Besides, there's so much more to validly critique Windows XP -- Pro or Home without having to do a bait-and-switch.

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Wednesday, 01 September 2004

Guilty Pleasures

A short, incomplete list of movies that I enjoy disproportionately purely because of the user interfaces they feature, never mind how infeasible (and never mind how terrible the movie is in every other respect):

(This entry is lame without screenshots. Perhaps they will follow later.)

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