Faces and Feeds

I think I might have to develop an app for reading Facebook the way I think it should work. There was an article doing the rounds the other week about how "our minds can be hijacked," which was all about how terrible social networking is for us. I skimmed part of it, but got annoyed…

Site Moved

This site is now running on a Linux virtual private server (VPS) at Linode. There may be some teething problems from the move, so please let me know if you see anything strange.

Great New Phone; All the Wrong Reasons

My iPhone 6 was getting slow, and its battery was poor. I have been thinking of replacing it. But September is approaching, and Apple will announcing new iPhones (three new ones, according to rumours). So I had more or less set my mind on waiting till then. That would also be consistent with my iPhone…

The Sound of Audio Formats

Amusing that in the same week that I post a criticism of software patents, the final patents on the MP3 format expired. Some people are characterising this as the "death" of MP3, which is just nuts. In fact, far from being dead, it can finally come to life, as Marco Arment makes clear. Software patents:…

Spout Rolla

Back in Balloch in 1981, 82 or so we use to play a Pac-Man clone called Spout Rolla. But there are no references to it on the internet, as far as I can tell. So this is my story about it. Once upon a time a gang of kids -- thinking they were adults, but…

Big Mac News

No, that's nothing to do with hamburgers. Apple today announced that they're working on a redesign of the Mac Pro. This is huge news. Not least because many people in the tech blogosphere and podcastosphere ((Of course it's a word. I just made it up.)) have been preparing for its death for some time. My…

The Return of SonoAir

Back in January I wrote about trying to play podcasts through the Sonos. As you'll recall ((I know, you probably won't.)) I had tried and failed to install AirSonos on my NAS, and was considering trying SonoAir on my Mac. I did try it, but it never quite worked. The app launched, and found the…

More Network Nonsense

More trouble with the home network today. We had a smart electricity meter installed a few days ago. Though without the "smart" part, because they couldn't get a good enough signal down in our basement. You'd think they'd have considered that possibility in designing them, since that's the kind of place where a lot of…