Caissa and the latest Stephen King

November 21, 2008

I splashed out £3 on Caissa chess for my iPod and iPhone.  It seems like a decent enough application but I would really like to know its playing strength if anybody out there has an idea.

And finally, a bit premature I know (story of my life), I have downloaded the latest Stephen King, Just After Sunset, from Audible.

A collection of short stories to be sure.

I’ll let you know.

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China's first space walk

September 27, 2008
Chinas First Space Walk

China's First Space Walk

It’s about time someone / a country took up where America left off in the late 70’s and pushed human exploration of space.  This isn’t outer space yet, but it seems like the Chinese are serious.  I can’t condone their human rights record, but in this instance I am full of praise.

Onwards and literally upwards China.

Read more here.


China’s first space walk

September 27, 2008
Chinas First Space Walk

China's First Space Walk

It’s about time someone / a country took up where America left off in the late 70’s and pushed human exploration of space.  This isn’t outer space yet, but it seems like the Chinese are serious.  I can’t condone their human rights record, but in this instance I am full of praise.

Onwards and literally upwards China.

Read more here.


Google Android begins with the T-Mobile G1

September 24, 2008

Looks like Googles world domination plans are taking a few giant leaps forward this month with the launch of the Google Chrome browser along with their new Android phone.  It sounds and looks pretty nifty, but as I read somewhere else recently.  It is looking more and more likely that when Skynet launches and destroys mankind it will be a Google creation rather than a Microsoft one.

Google Android T-Mobile G1

Google Android T-Mobile G1


Amiga 600

September 24, 2008

I have long been wanting to indulge in my retro computing fetish.  This isn’t something I have had the chance to immerse myself in before now.  It all stems from my first every computer, the Sinclair Spectrum +2, which I was given for Christmas at the ripe old age of about 8.

I imagine that this bastion of retro computing was what set me on the road to my much too geeky present self.

Anyway, like I say, I have been wanting to indulge myself again recently with a passion.  (It was either that or Hornby model trains…).  So I spent the last couple of days trawling the depths of eBay for a suitable bargain when I came across a rather cheap, working, and decently attired with extras Amiga 600,  (The not so popular Amiga as I have read).  A Buy It Now push of a button later last night and I am eagerly awaiting delivery.  Now all I need is a soldering iron and I can really get ready to indulge in some serious retro modding.


New Wireless Router

August 15, 2008

I finally got tired of my old wireless router and it’s ever more frequent reboots yesterday. So I purchased a new Netgear model today.

Now it has been a while since I set up the old one so I was a little rusty and not a little surprised when it came to me needing to call technical support.

Not that I should have bothered.
Virgin Media confirmed that all the settings I had input were correct and kindly forwarded me to Netgear technical support. Before calling either support team I had figured out by myself that the problem was DNS related. Anyway, after spending another half an hour on the phone with Netgear the support staff finally decided that he couldn’t fix the problem and that I would need a call back from his supervisor. This call has yet to arrive.

So why shouldn’t I have bothered calling either companies? Well after putting the phone down to Netgear I proceeded to fix the problem myself….

So what lessons have I learnt?

1. I know more than I think I do sometimes.

2. I know more about Netgear’s products than their support line (This is the first one I have ever owned and I have only had it for a couple of hours).

3. It’s nice when the technical support tells you that they don’t often get calls from ‘people with my expertise’. But not so nice when they are about as much help as an automated message.

4. It might be fun telling the support supervisor, when he eventually calls back, that I solved the problem by myself.


New Site Launch

July 11, 2008

I have been working very hard over the past couple of days preparing my new website for launch.

Munch Tech is a site that will provide bitesize technology news as and when it happens.  It has been in the works for a fairly long period of time and will continue to be a work in progress for the foreseeable future, building on the foundations that have already been built.  You can probably expect a tie in with my recently launched Podcast ‘Pod Munch’.

The site in live now and is updated minute by minute where appropriate.