Auntie has added radio programmes to the iPhone version of the iPlayer today, so my downloader now supports them too. They are nothing more than plain old MP3 files.
I received a spam email in my work inbox this morning. I say spam; maybe the sender claims some tenuous legitimate connection with me, but I couldn’t work out what that might be. It was certainly badly targeted:
I’ve been fixing a friend’s iBook G4 this week. The computer wouldn’t boot up—it couldn’t find anything to boot from—and emitted an alarmingly loud noise. I suspected a dead hard disk; by booting from a Linux CD, I was able to prove this. The computer worked fine, but the disk didn’t. I ordered a new hard disk, which arrived a few days later.
I noticed this morning that someone had tried to call my home phone at midday the day before. I listened to the message: it was Barclaycard’s fraud department asking me to call them. Aha! That would explain why I hadn’t been able to use my credit card to pay a bill yesterday evening.
I’m not deliberately obscurantist or opposed to innovation, but there are a few trends in web design that I don’t appreciate. For example, I don’t like lightboxes. (Yeah, I know we use it at Reevoo for our reviews service, but Befehl ist Befehl.)
You’ve got backups, right? If your hard disk fails, you won’t lose anything important. But I bet you know someone who hasn’t.
I’ve woken up to apocalyptic financial headlines on the radio every day for months, but I haven’t really noticed anything different. I don’t have a mortgage. I don’t own a car. I’ve still got a job. I’m lucky enough not to be living hand to mouth, and I cook most of my food from scratch, so if my food bills have been increasing I haven’t really felt it.
I rebooted my Eee PC this morning after several weeks of uptime. It came back with networking not working. Since it took me ages to work out what had gone wrong, and Google was no help, I think I should write it up for everyone’s benefit.