G1 thoughts…

I’ve had my g1 since xmas, santa was kind enough to bring me one. I love it. Ever since playing with the emulator in a two week of effort to submit an application for the competition, i have loved the os’s simplicity. It is a fantastic os, thought out and designed well from the outset. It is designed to be multi-lingual, multi-device and the choice to make it opensourced was inspired.
This is becoming more and more apparent everyday as we see android running on existing and new devices with comparitively little change and effort.
Eeepc, nokia tablets, and some great new devices at the latest tech shows mean that android is here to stay.

Android is going to be the iphone killer, i can guarantee that. The iphone took at least a year to get flash video playback and there is talk of an adobe port of flash to android being in progress. We wont even mention the lack of picture messaging or copy and paste….

So far the bit of android development i have done, in java which is a whole lot easier than c in my opinion has been fun. I just need to find more time to code or get a new job. Oh how i would love a job writing android apps….. somewhere hot with a good broadband connection…..


T-Mobile G1 on a reasonable tariff

Ordered a G1 today from T-Mobile. Although the web site has not been updated yet, you can get it on a reasonable tariff if you ring them.  I opted for the Combi £15 plus the obligatory £5 web’n’walk plus – On this tariff it only costs £99.99 upfront for the phone.

Options available according to the details they gave me were:

Tariff                    Monthly  Phone cost   
Combi15 + WebWalkPlus     £20      £99.99
Combi25 + WebWalkPlus     £30      £69.99
Combi30 + WebWalkPlus     £35      £49.99


It’s Severed Fifth Release day….

severedfifthJono, former LugRadio presenter has ventured into proving that the Music Industry’s current business model is not the model of the future.  He aims to prove that a band/musician, can utilise the marketing power of the internet, Creative Commons Sampling+ License, and a completely different revenue model and be successful.

Jono is Severed Fifth, “a music project designed to explore how far a musician can take his music with the new economics of the music industry.”

The first Album, “Denied by Reign” is available today, and I encourage you to download the album, listen and if you like what you hear, support Jono and as a thank you for his excellent contribution to the audio world buy something from his store. (I assume it will be up and
running on the release day, otherwise he’s made a mistake in his business model).



ManDVD DVD Creation and video conversion for Linux

mandvd-300x218Found this absolute gem of a utility for Fedora and Debian based linux. ManDVD allows you to add avi’s, mpegs, divx, etc to a DVD project, create a Menu and build / write the DVD. The user interface is so easy to use, probably easier than some of the windows solutions out there. It’s free and it’s available on softpedia here and also on

For a full walkthrough and to see how easy it is, checkout the article at dvd-guides.



Ubuntu Hardy and Synergy Client

I have been having problems with synergy client (synergyc) since upgrading to hardy. The mouse and keyboard stutter, at what seems random intervals. There is a bug filed, and the current work around is to run synergyc as root.

I normally have an icon short cut to synergyc on my toolbar. I changed this to run sudo synergyc, not forgetting to change the run type from Application to Application in Terminal so you can enter the root password when prompted. The terminal window disappears after entering the password so it’s not a very irritating workaround.


Apple Safari License Compliance Kit

apple-cut-hereLast week, Apple chose in “Microsoft style” to enforce all users that have ITunes / quicktime installed on their windows machine to as default install the latest version of Apple’s Safari browser as part of the latest updates. The more humorous part of this ordeal, not with standing having the browser forced upon you was the amendment to to license agreement, that the software can only be used on “a single Apple-labeled computer at a time”.

To ensure that all you windows users, still comply with the license agreement for Safari, even though you don’t actually want it I have created the Apple Safari License Compliance Kit.

  1. Download the picture to the right.
  2. Print it on a sticky label.
  3. Cut carefully along the dotted line (ask your mother for safety scissors if needed)
  4. Stick onto your laptop / pc.

For more information see the register article


Use Google Earth to find long lost friends

I still can’t quite believe this worked, on the 8th of May 2006, I was browsing around The Hague in google earth, trying to work out where I lived when I was seconded over there for 6 months whilst working at shell. Whilst there, I spent a lot of time with a colleague called Erik, whom I lost touch with after both he and I left Shell.  So I thought I would try something, working on the basis that people look at the past places they have been and lived, stuck a google earth community pin on top of where I remembered his house, asking if he still lived there and he could contact me via

Yesterday, I got a comment on my web site from Erik, and he left his email address, so we are now in contact again after some 13 or 14 years.  I look forward to finding out what he has been up to, especially as he has now moved to Brooklyn, if it was not for google earth I probably would not have been able to contact him.

Result… Thanks Erik for taking the time to contact me.