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August 27, 2013 / / Blog

While randomly trawling the net today for an Iron Man wallpaper (yeah I am that cool) I stumbled across some old adverts for Irn Bru (bless you google). I’d forgotten how funny some of them actually were so I thought I would post a few of them up here. If anyone finds any more – do share!

It’s just a shame I can’t stand the stuff…

March 17, 2012 / / Television

Ok, so I’ve finally got around to watching Firefly and I must admit I am a total convert. It is a crying shame that only one series was ever made but the film was still fantastic. Quite a rare thing I think you’ll agree.

Rather than try to explain the show, I’ll let you read the post linked to below and see for yourself.

September 14, 2011 / / Blog

Evening all. Many apologies for the distinct lack of this site over the last few weeks. Sadly my host was targeted by a phishing scam…

May 19, 2011 / / Design
October 29, 2010 / / Blog

A while ago a wrote briefly in a post that I had acquired a new phone, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. I’m still using it and it’s still a good phone. I can watch films, listen to music, play games and of course I get access to the Ovi Store. At first Ovi really got hammered by the press, specifically over obvious comparisons with the iPhone and it’s store. To be honest, yes, the first few apps to appear where few and far between and not necessarily all that good. With a chance to find it’s feet though,  I feel they’re now catching up and more importantly you don’t have to pay for all of them! Over the next few months I will be posting about some of the most useful apps I’ve found and prove you don’t have to spend money to gain new functionality – nor do you need anything with a fruit for a logo…

So, to start these posts off I will begin with Mobbler: a scrobbling application for your nokia phone which also functions as an internet radio using the great free service from last.fm.

October 15, 2010 / / Games
May 5, 2010 / / Blog
April 26, 2010 / / Design
Me morphing into my brother Sam.

Just a quick post to show what can be made in around 10 minutes with a nifty little java morphing application called Javamorph and of course my favourite image editor gimp.

The Javamorph project can be found at Google Code or if you’re lucky enough to use Ubuntu it’s in your repositories so you can just apt-get it. I think it’s in the Debian Squeeze repos too.

The project homepage is worth checking out for a brief overview of how the program works and a link to a very informative pdf that explains all.

My very quick and dirty example shows me turning into my youngest brother and back again. Sorry Sam.

March 18, 2010 / / Design
March 17, 2010 / / Ubuntu

Anyone even remotely interested in Linux these days can’t really go more than a few days without reading something, somewhere about Ubuntu. It’s easily the most popular distribution of Linux out irrespective of how you calculate this. Be it from distrowatchs‘ rankings or just running a google search for Linux and seeing how many results pertain to Ubuntu (usually most of them).

Currently the chatter surrounding Ubuntu is obviously focused on its next upcoming release 10.04 Lucid Lynx. However, most blog posts and news articles are all talking about the new artwork rather than any technological advances. Discussion (as ever with Ubuntu users and critics alike) seems to focus almost solely on colour. Yes that’s right. I said colour. This release will bring about quite a few changes in not only the colour scheme of the default desktop, it’s wallpaper and themes but also the ubuntu website, online shop, documentation cd covers (just mockups currently) and more besides. Which is nice. But how important is it?