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Spinning the figures

Saturday, 22 September 2007 rant statistics

Stats are a tricky thing. When you’re trying to push an argument and you have raw statistics by your side, it’s usually very easy to feed them to your audience in a fashion that misrepresents them. Using that as a base you can form conclusions varying from just misguided to outright lies…

O2: Unlimited means less than 35megs

Wednesday, 19 September 2007 o2 rant

Another day, another "unlimited" claim. This time from the mouth of O2’s CEO regarding their new "unlimited" data plans. What he didn’t tell people at the iPhone unveiling is that unlimited actually means just 35megs. Spot the difference.

3 moments in Vista that make me consider Linux

Thursday, 6 September 2007 linux vista windows

While I definitely think some elements of Vista are definite improvements, 10 months of experience has shown me there are some things that just annoy me to my very core. Here are the three things that most make me wish I had the strength to move over to Linux — full time.

Take back the web with Adblock Plus

Tuesday, 4 September 2007 adblock firefox other

Completely customise your browsing experience with complete and utter ease. Remove any page-clutter and any adverts with just 4 clicks.

How to block Adblock

Monday, 3 September 2007 drm javascript webdev

With the way publishers go on about them, you’d be forgiven for thinking ad-blockers were going to destroy the universe. In a desperate effort to stem the whinging, I’ve written some code to help them be as obnoxious as they like on their own sites.

What I’ve written is technically DRM 2.0. Please don’t hate me.

My phone nightmare (2007)

Monday, 3 September 2007 personal

Well it’s been a good year on o2. They did Harri and myself rather well last year by offering us a £35 contract but giving us £10 off each month. The tariff gives us 500 anytime minutes and 500 texts.

This year is a completely different story. Tariffs are getting worse, not better, with

Getting ready for WSWD 2007

Sunday, 2 September 2007 benchmarks news security

Just under a year since the original What Slows Windows Down article and I’m gearing up for the third in the series. This time it’s an antivirus-only arena and it’s shaping up to be quite a deathmatch…

MPEGs cause Vista’s Explorer to crash

Sunday, 2 September 2007 crash rant windows

Video: watch a simple download crash explorer over and over again. This really reminds me how feeble the underlying systems are in Windows.

New design, new era. TPCS v11

Friday, 31 August 2007 design news

Now with an added 245px width in the content section. Lovely or too fat for your liking? Please tell me what you think and help me fix any issues.

If Carlsberg made fight scenes…

Tuesday, 21 August 2007 funny

Get ready for the awesomest fight scene in the entire universe. Young fight scenes want to be just like this when they grow up. This really is the stuff of dreams.

Shouldn’t ISPs protect their users?

Monday, 20 August 2007 security spam

ISPs could very easily halt 80-90% of automated illegal online activity but in order to do so, they need to be forced, en masse into taking a tougher line with possible security threats. Will it ever happen and is it what we really want?

Where spam comes from

Sunday, 19 August 2007 security spam

Have you ever wondered where the content of your junk-mail folder (or inbox) comes from?

ADSL is holding back the online economy

Thursday, 16 August 2007 internet iptv rant

While the internet continues to grow in both size and complexity, the speed that rural ADSL users are almost completely stagnant. Something needs to be done before the gap between urban and rural ADSL harms the online economy.

Re-watching films

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 personal

I love watching films and I’d really love to be able to watch films more than once… There’s just one problem: me

Help! I’m under attack!

Monday, 6 August 2007 insects personal

What has eight legs, no hair, a nasty temper and is sitting under my bed as I type this? I’ll give you a clue… It’s not 4 skinheads in a 5-legged race… I almost wish it were though