Yearly Archives: 2006

Sometimes the future ain’t better than the past

Looking at the Xmas (computer) games we over the last couple of days, we all decided we rather missed Twinsen’s “Little Big Adventure“. We seem to have had this game since we first got a computer in the house. It is a delightful, if some what surreal, third party adventure set in a fantasy world. The games house that wrote it is/was French.

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Some machinima viewing…

I wrote a piece on machinima, and pointed at two pieces I really enjoyed, the first being “South Park: Make Love not Warcraft”, which shows what happens when the boys get addicted to their favourite online game and the second was “Leeroy Jenkins”.

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The Future for HP/UX is dull

A small piece on HP and its broad product range, their likely direction and their competitive threat to Sun.

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On my way to NWN 2

This is now leaking out and was reviewed in Empire’s January 2007 edition, where they gave it 5*’s. It certainly made me want to get it. I still need to get a second copy of NWN and the guys & gals at rpgdungeon recommend the Platinum Edition. Gamespot review NWN 2 here. NWN 2 is now on sale at Amazon (.co.uk).

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Transforming my Garden, a picture blog

In the autumn of 2006, I decided to rebuild my garden, here’s the photo story and if you want a slide show, go to my flickr set, which has the pictures at full size.

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Ground Forcing the Garden

In the autumn of 2006, I decided to have my garden done over.

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blackbox is a video star!

Jonathan announced Project Black Box at the end of last month. Its a Data Centre in a shipping container and expanded on its unique value in his blog article “A picture’s worth…. Jonathan said that customer reaction has varied with equal measures of a) nervous laughter, b) incredulity, c) profound curiosity

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What management values

This is a pointer to an article on my sun/oracle blog, originally called Geeks & Suits. A you can see, I have changed the title. I made a video with the Sun’s EMEA head of pre-sales together with a Chris Gerhard. I used my and Chris’s dress code as an excuse to segue onto the dichotomy of style, knowledge and power in modern business. The original article is not well written. I was able to quote a recent poll in Management Today and reviews of Nick Carr’s “IT doesn’t matter”, both suggesting that the tradition that management values …. itself has and will continue. This means that in a modern knowledge based business they will under value the geeks, those with the knowledge.

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Sun CEC 2006

I returned from Sun’s West coast training events today; my trip started last month and the original articles can be found here…. Potentially worth revisiting are my articles on system/data centre density and the dichotomy between M&E management and the management of the IT payload. I wrote a bit about managing the backstage technology but in retrospect, from reading the notes, a downbeat trip. On the flight home, for once, I left the movies alone and finished Jennifer Government by Max Barry

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Building a Yahoo MapApp

This article is a pointer to my original one on the sun/oracle blog. I wrote up how to build a Yahoo maps application. The idea was to build a map showing the approximate location of members of a group for the purposes of planning meetings. The date should be noted and that using Yahoo didn’t seem that odd at the time; it’s been replaced in market and mind share as the programmatic map application by google and privacy implications are much higher. This item is as much a technology diary as anything else.

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Originally posted on my sun/oracle blog, republished here in April 2016, the screenshots are missing from both, if I wish to restore them, I’ll need to put them on the wiki.

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The Beauty of Grass

I visited Bury Court yesterday which claims to have two of the finest contemporary gardens in the country, designed by Christopher Blakely-Hole & Peter Oudolf. It’s been explained to me that ‘contemporary’ means lots of grasses, and a ‘Tea House’, 

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Semantic footprints through time

On the oracle blog, I wrote a little piece on prompting for tags and categories. I was very taken with the idea from Elias Torres that there should be Karma rewards for innovating the vocabulary and was struggling with how to cope with words changing meaning. My contemporary example was “High Availability”. I very briefly looked at the way prompting inhibited innovation of the vocabulary.

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Che Guevara: Revolutionary & Icon in London

I visited the V&A’s Guevara, Revolutionary & Icon exhibition. This exhibition is based on the famous photographic image of him and its use, so less political and a bit more design. Lawrence Lewellyn Bownen does socialism. Sadly the V&A prohibited photographs, even of the plaques they made themselves. So here is a re-sized copy from wikipedia and some comments about some of the other exhibits.

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