Pick up a tenner

Those running events or planning trips may like to know that the excellent BBC five-day weather forecast has today added a new 10-day option, complete with probability ratings.


Glug it down

Glug Birmingham, 12th November 2014, on character design and illustration. Warning: has one of those hipster iPad sites that’s really annoying on a desktop PC.

It’s a typo

BIAD typography talks for designers, Birmingham.

Photography Oxford

The Photography Oxford Festival looks like it’s made a fine debut. Exhibitions pages.


BitTorrent Sync

Just bookmarking this here for easy future reference: BitTorrent Sync offers free ‘cloud file transfer without the cloud’, across all PCs and devices. It works by Bittorrent, so…

“Sync doesn’t store data in one central repository that can be tapped by the NSA and others.”

Wired article on Sync.


New file-dropping site, free, up to 5Gb per file: YDRay.

Flaws on flaws on flaws…

You couldn’t make it up. Microsoft Windows continues to turn into a total car-crash… “Microsoft reissues flawed Windows security update with new flaws”.


Kalev Leetaru has uploaded 2.6 million public-domain scanned pictures to Flickr, with automatic tagging. Now, if only the new Flickr was actually usable for anyone without superfast broadband…

Windows desktop replacements

Good to hear that Linux founder Linus Torvalds “Still wants the desktop” for Linux. I’m currently looking at Linux + WINE, and also the interesting reverse-engineered ‘open Windows’ ReactOS as future desktop OS replacements for Windows circa 2015.

Out of Bounds

Jon Bounds’s guide on how to avoid students in Birmingham, during those heady 21 days before their bank account is drained by iPads, rent advances, textbooks, their local Bargain Booze, and posting boxes of washing back home.

Two-year videogames production degree

A new two-year ‘intensive’ videogames production course, in Birmingham: B.Sc. degree in Interactive Entertainment (Games Development).

Frothy coffees

Ah, London. The great coffee, the wi-fi so strong your coffee spoons vibrate with it. Or perhaps not…

“Why bother going to all that trouble to shield a coffee shop from Wi-Fi when pretty much the whole of London E1 and E2 postal codes have been successfully achieving exactly the same thing for the last few years through sheer apathy?”

The whole coffee shop concept is so ripe for re-invention, with the aid of technology, these days. And cats.

Pods in Brum

UK Podcasting Conference 2014 in Birmingham on Saturday 16th August 2014. Hotel La Tour, Albert Street, Birmingham city centre.

Out of the box

The race for local TV in Birmingham is up in the air, rather than on-the-air. As the winner has gone bust before even launching the service.

Shake, edit, and roll…

Microsoft fixes amateur camera-shake with its new HyperLapse. Disney unveils a bot that can auto-edit footage from multiple social cameras (aka “me an’ my mates”).

Google Public DNS

Does your ISP have crappy or censored DNS resolving? How to switch your ISP’s DNS server to use Google Public DNS, in Windows.

Face it…

For every action, a reaction. Face-recognition privacy-invasion spurs new youth fashion looks that defeat facial recognition technology.


Latest Microsoft update totally destroys Office, Publisher

What the hell is happening at Microsoft? They have totally botched yet another update/patch, making Microsoft Office and Publisher un-startable. Their advice: open the Office program you can’t open, and update from there. Seriously? Or… just completely reinstall the software. /Sigh/



B-Side Brum: 150 long-list

B-Side Brum, the long-list of 150 tracks. No Terry and Gerry, so here they are with Reservation on Spotify. It’s a slow burner, the real singing starts around 3:30.

Rise of the bots

Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy, a new free ebook from the UK’s NESTA. PDF only: no bot can yet convert it to .mobi format for Kindle ebook readers. Which is kind of ironic. Or hopefully, depending on your point of view.