Offline

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Turn off, log out, shut down: Steve Cisler goes offline. “Some people can’t understand it; others envy me because they’re so tired of e-mail and spam and Nigerian 419 letters.” It’s an oft pondered thought here at Snowgoon Towers and views are frequently proferred by her ladyship on this topic, as always they are insightful, thought provoking and very evocative: “If you don’t get off that damn computer I’m gonna take it outside and beat it with the bloodied stump of your arm!!” OK, that’s not true, but we* all know that’s what she** means when she says: “Ohh you on the computer again?” * Married men with blogs ***** she who must be obeyed*** I’m generalising here, obviously we …

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Less is more

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Design-wise I’m a minimalist. I like clean edges, simple straight colours, lack of clutter. My watch is probably a good indication, and I’ve even researched how to use this approach for technical writing (my day job – an interesting article this one, applicable to much more than writing technical documentation). Web design also tends towards to minimalism, although it is shifting slightly as functionality increases (like any good product should). One well known designer in this area is Arne Jacobsen (there are others), if you’ve never heard of him, just think of the egg chairs in the film 2001, or perhaps St. Catherine’s College. IKEA too has done it’s bit promoting the ideals of minimalism (although we seem to have …

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Atom(ic) Blogger

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What is Atom? I was faffing (sp?) about with Blogger yesterday and spotted something that said Atom, but I never got around to checking it out (vaguely an RSS bell was ringing in my head). I’m not really sure what the impact of this will be, but I’ll dig around later on… but right now, it’s late..

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Only in the UK

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The Naked rambler completes his trek. Bravo that man. I think his motives were correct, and he never deviated from his core ideals – more power to him for that. However I do think that this is a uniquely British thing (eccentric? Maybe… slightly mad… definitely), no, not the ‘naked trek’ bit, the ‘naked trek in the middle of winter’ bit. I can only assume he is.. let’s say… more than adequate in the middle leg department, because let’s face it (and you guys will know what I’m getting at) the cold is not your best friend when you are THAT exposed…

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You must be joking

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A challenge, let’s see if we can progress this joke, one line at a time, in the comments boxes (Collaborative joke writing?) We’ll start with Green Hamster’s suggestion: A monkey, a dragon and a rat walk into a bar…

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Kung Hei Fatt Choi: 4701

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If you are celebrating it, Happy New Year to you. I hope the Year of the Monkey is full of new experiences and you enjoyed your successes. Celebration of the Chinese New Year Me? Year of the Ox: “Oxen are born leaders, inspiring confidence in everyone they come into contact with. However, they can be too demanding. Methodical and good with their hands, they make fine surgeons and hairdressers.” Err… nip and tuck or short back and sides? Which animal rules the year you were born?

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Shush

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I’m here. At home that is, listening to the clunking, creaking bin lorry reverse into our cul-de-sac. There is a small crack in the ceiling in the corner of the room, my coffee cup sits, steaming, on my desk and I sit here and put off starting a million and one items on my list. Will I get any of them done today? I know I’ll get one or two done, but no doubt something will plop into my email and require ‘immediate action’. That’s the one thing that annoys me the most – the constant changing of priorities, minds, ideas, direction. I can’t even escape it here. Connected. Tethered.

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Screwed again

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CD settlement forces prices up. OK, strictly speaking CD-WOW were breaking a law (I think, I can’t actually find proof of this anywhere, but I’ve not looked too hard), but considering the ‘threat’ to CD sales (which appear to be rising NOT falling) that the record industry keeps moaning about, you’d think they’d be glad that any CDs are getting sold at all. In saying that, I’ve heard little from the BPI as it sits quietly in the background letting the RIAA take the spotlight in the battle against evil ‘downloaders’, so it’s hardly surprising that, when given the opportunity to prove they are still doing something they grab it with both hands. I should also temper this ‘rant-ette’ with …

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Ping

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Articles or news that is currently on my radar:1. Wireless Network Security for the Home (in 6 Easy Steps!)2. PHP/mySQL – I’m looking to setup a ‘membership’ site – see Chicago Bloggers for example – anyone got any suggestions?3. Photography – at lunchtime I’ll be scouring the web for tutorials and the like. I did this a while back but my enthusiasm waned, my camera is capable of much more than I know.4. ScorpioGirl – who makes it easier for us to find new websites by compiling a quick list. Ain’t she generous.5. Wee David is back, and looking very nice too.6. 3 columns… maybe…

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