Archive for September, 2004

Open season on hard disks?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

In the last month hard disks in three of the machines I use regularly have had hard disk failures — the SRCF, my lab machine and now my laptop. Whilst worrying from a data integrity point of view, it is interesting that all three machines are approximately 2.5 years old, and running pretty much 24 […]

Round a about | Metafilter

Monday, September 13th, 2004

A few days ago, MetaFilter carried a stroy about the incredibly bizarre “Magic Roundabout” in Swindon. Having driven around this a couple days a week a few summers ago (albeit, taking the first left exit each time!!) I can assure people it’s not nearly as bad as it looks! A few of the comments on […]

WHEDONesque : Joss Whedon weblog

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

For people missing their regular Joss Whedon fix: WHEDONesque is a blog for news and rumours about his work.

GMail Invitations

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

It seems having a GMail account is no longer as an exclusive club as it used to be. I currently have a very small number of invitations for accounts to give away to good homes — priority given to hotmail refugees and people with entertaining ideas for using up the 1G storage quota!

New domain name —

Monday, September 6th, 2004

It’s taken me quite a long time, but I have finally bitten the bullet and decided to part with some cash to secure myself a permanent home in cyberspace. So, from yesterday you can now access this site at: All the old links should continue to work — many thanks to Kyle for helping […]

New Photos

Saturday, September 4th, 2004

New photos in the photo gallery, including some from my recent trip to New York and Philadelphia, and May Week in Cambridge.


Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

From join-the-dots: One of the lesser-known facts about academia is that the summer is far more conducive to research than any other time of year. Related to this seems to be the fact that there are an awful lot of conference paper submission deadlines around September time. In my field of interest, PerCom and TRECK […]

Why DRM means everyone loses

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

This talk about DRM by Cory Doctorow does a really good job of breaking down the various arguments for DRM systems and explaining not only why attempts to use DRM to prevent piracy are doomed to fail, but also why DRM is a bad idea for all the major players, not just the pirates it […]