In the Night Garden

April 29, 2007 at 8:28 pm (kids) (, , )

Have you seen ‘In the Night Garden‘, the latest cbeebies special?  Sort of a cross between Teletubbies and a Salvador Dali painting, with music that can only be described as ‘ditties’. However the funny thing is, although the music is quite unforgettable (I go through whole days humming some of the tunes) its actually very pleasing.  Quite sweet but not sickly sweet.  Charming in fact.

All the kids in the family love this.  Over the Easter holidays, we sometimes had it on for all 3 showings!  For some reason it wasn’t on this week – hopefully thats a short respite.  It deserves success.  We are wholly converted now.

So take down the little sail, light the little light and start your journey to the garden in the night …


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Trade shows and USB keys

April 25, 2007 at 10:06 pm (computers, security) (, , )

I was at InfoSec Europe 2007 this week, and came away with the usual assortment of squidgy things, pens, toys and a couple of trees worth of leaflets, etc. One interesting extra was 2 USB keys and a USB hub.

It struck me that an interesting way to target companies that are likely to include people who recognise that they could be improving security, and that definately need to be improving their client-side security, would be to give out auto-running, ‘phone home’, USB keys at, say, a computer-security related trade show 🙂

(Of course CDs would work too, but USB keys are nicer for people to have, and more likely to be actually plugged into a PC!)

Maybe I’m just too paranoid for this business.

I got to see Bruce Schneier presenting though.


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Low-power household electrical standard?

April 20, 2007 at 9:08 pm (computers, house, moan) (, , )

Why is it that there are so many different power adaptors with different current ratings, different voltages and different connectors?

I’ve just spent about half an hour sorting through a drawer full of adaptors for mobile phones, MP3 players, gameboys, digital cameras, battery chargers, etc – they are all different! And these are just the ones that recharge things. If I factor in the different ones we have that power novelty lights, computer peripherals, musical items, AV equipment, etc, our house must have hundreds of different power adaptors!

Just when you think you’ve got it sorted with a multi-voltage, multi-connector, multi-adaptor, you find something that needs 4.34V precisely!

Isn’t it about time we had a common UK standard for low-voltage devices? Do we really need all these different voltage levels and connectors? Is it beyond the wit of man to come up with a new plug and wiring system to sit alongside our 240V supply? We have a starting point, with the 12V car cigarette lighter standard (sort of). Shouldn’t be too hard. Really. Should it?

In the mean time, I’ll keep that drawer space reserved.


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Starting a web journal

April 20, 2007 at 8:53 pm (internet) (, , , )

Decided to start my web journal as an experiment to see if I can be bothered to keep maintaining it or not, and see if anyone is actually interested. How many other blogs start of like this I wonder?

I also have a music blog over at MySpace, so if you are curious about what music I’m interested in and listening to, see me there.


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