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How the UK and Sweden are worlds apart in privacy

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the UK and Sweden have little in common when it comes to the right to privacy. While the UK government continues to push for greater logging of its citizens every action and move, some Swedish ISP’s are deleting traffic data to ensure customers safety.

An article at Cnet makes the point that filesharing is driving the demand for higher bandwidth internet access, and while short term revenues increase due to less bandwidth consumed for the same flat monthly fee it is unclear what effect a large reduction in filesharing would have. I’m betting that my ISP’s pushing of 50Mbit broadband would fail if filesharing stopped today. Maybe that’s why Virgin Media still operates Usenet servers that contain large amounts of pirated content. Isn’t it great when ISP’s say one thing and do the opposite?

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1:10 scale Saturn 5 rocket launch

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

American Steve Eves unveiled his 1/10 scale Saturn 5 model rocket last year, and video is now available on Youtube of the successful launch. I also found some photo’s of this impressive piece of engineering. The only thing that concerned me about the video was how close the road in the background looked (and the spectators appeared close as well), given this is a large lump of metal moving very fast.

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Tree Style Tab

April 27, 2009 Leave a comment

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I first heard about this Firefox add-on in a recent GRC podcast. Steve Gibson was praising the software saying how much it improved and organised his browsing so I added it to Firefox through the Tools>Add-ons window (search in the get Add-ons tab). You can select where you want the tabs to appear, and also what appearance the tabs should use. The image above shows the metal appearance which looks great with the GrApple Delicious theme. It takes a bit of adjusting to but suits a widescreen monitor very well and allows a lot more visible tabs. The other themes allow even more tabs but us Mac users want a bit of style as well.

HD Holiday Workflow

April 17, 2009 Leave a comment

I recently returned to the UK after two weeks in San Francisco and Las Vegas. Unfortunately the free WiFi in the SF hotel was nowhere near as reliable as hoped with my Macbook so there were no updates while abroad. The hotel in Las Vegas wanted $15 a day for WiFi internet and while there are a few free access points (the two nearby Apple stores being the main ones) I didn’t want to spend my holiday lurking around these.

I now have a lot of photo’s and 1080p video to edit, and it’s a fairly straightforward task. I’ve listed my method here to help anyone else in the same position, as this is the easiest way of managing large AVCHD files I have found. Read more…