Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

The Serviceman

Friday, 16 November, 2007

Today I had the opportunity to work on an LG DVD/VCD/DivX player. You see, my little nephew Eric had somehow managed to get two discs into it, and it would no longer display anything. Plugging it in would just make some motors whir. Now you’re probably thinking that this is one of those stories where […]

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日本語のゲーム!

Saturday, 3 November, 2007

If you’ve actually visited the web page, you’ll see a new link in the sidebar – To Arcade. I’ve put up a few translations of Japanese game service menus and test programs. Tell me what you think. Also, I’m open to suggestions for more candidates for translation. Incidentally, I’ve changed the look of the site […]

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So long, NeXTstep!

Thursday, 1 November, 2007

Well, Mac OS X 10.5 “Tiger” has been released. As usual, it’s feature-packed, and goes faster than the previous release on the same hardware. And as usual, Apple has deprecated and dropped several legacy features. It seems with every release, there’s a little less of NeXTstep hiding under the covers. In Leopard, Input Managers are […]

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Evil Upgrade!

Tuesday, 30 October, 2007

I’ve been using WordPress to power my blog ever since I started wasting time with it, and it’s been pretty good to me so far. However, there was something that bothered me: despite serving UTF-8 to the browser, the actual database table collation being used was latin1_swedish_ci. Now the way WordPress was getting away with […]

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On the iPhone

Monday, 8 October, 2007

Well, since everyone else seems to have an opinion on it, I may as well, too. First up, I wouldn’t buy one, for a number of reasons: I like having a mechanical keypad – say what you like, but you can’t use a virtual keypad without looking at it. I like being able to use […]

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I Hate Firefox!

Sunday, 19 August, 2007

Yes, I really do (yes, I’m talking about the web browser, not the movie). And yet I use it every day. There are things that I like about Firefox – plugins like Aardvark, Firebug and Web developer, for example – but as a whole, I think it’s a lousy web browser. Take its text rendering, […]

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Keyboards

Friday, 10 August, 2007

After reading this and this about the new Apple keyboard, I got the itch to write, so here are my random musings. I think the new keyboard is just plain ugly, but that’s purely subjective. I think the PowerBook keyboard feels better than the MacBook keyboard, too, and would have preferred a desktop keyboard based […]

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Bigger and Better

Saturday, 4 August, 2007

I’m talking about my new car. I got a tenth-generation Toyota Corolla Conquest hatch in Aztec Blue (this is called an Auris in Europe and Asia – I’m not sure what it’s called in the Americas). It’s almost funny. Ford and Holden are placing more emphasis on their smaller cars (Focus, Epica, Astra, etc.) but […]

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Who’s the Jackass?

Wednesday, 11 July, 2007

Well, John Gruber is at it again. This time, he’s calling MSNBC’s Bob Sullivan a jackass over this article about the iPhone’s battery performance. It all stems from this fragment in the iPhone specs: A properly maintained iPhone battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity after 400 full charge and […]

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Migration

Wednesday, 27 June, 2007

As you probably didn’t notice, I’ve moved this site from a data center in the US to a data centre in Brisbane. To my surprise, the operation was completely painless. I had everything back up in a couple of minutes. The Internet really is becoming simpler and more accessible to non-technical users. I guess it’s […]

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