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Pissed as Newts Tour November 30, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in Blogs, Geek Stuf.
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I’me off to London tomorow to do a little christmass shopping and to meet up with an A list Blogger Robert Scobel and a few of the other Blogarati (Shoot me now )  meeting at 1pm picadily circus (by the statue)

I Just have to resist the temptaions of the music tech stores on totenham court road on the way (but I do need some desk top mike stands)

I might even take all my mobile gear and try and do a pod cast

this is the link Pissed as newts

Aretha Franklin – Cute As a Box of kittens November 28, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in soul.
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While I was listeningto Mary Fox’s northern soul show she mentioned some soul Videos on youtube I had a poke around and found what i think is the best Areatha song eaver – its a low fi air shot but man does this song have soul.


Its also been sampled on a Mosdef track Ms Fatbooty as one of the commenters on the youtube  site says “aretha you sing that song girl “

Anti Google Bombing November 21, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in Politics.
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Some rather odious white supremisist’s have set up cloaked websites to spread misnformation one example is target at Martin Luther King – so to help hears some real links.

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The new Battlestar Galactica November 19, 2006

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Normally I would have bothered to look at a remake of Battlestar Galactica as I didn’t see much of the original  and it’s a bit anodyne – however.

Seeing Annalee Newitz raving about it on her Blog  and some positive comments form some of my ex bt.misc colleagues – I got the first season set yesterday.

Its very good and shows the trend towards darker and more complex SF on televison some what shows up Torch wood (though BG does have an advantage of a ready made long story arc .

Hmm I do like the New female Starbuck  - looks like torchwoods Gwen has some competion for fanboys/girls crushes :-)

Note the S1 set doesnt come with preceding mini series whch sets up the backstory.

Major Google Sitemaps Anouncement November 17, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in SEO.
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Over at Pubcon (an SEO conference) a surprise announcement – that Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have agreed to standardize on the sitemap standard that Google launched almost a year a go.

The XML sitemap format the Google developed is a way for website owners to publish a definitive list of pages on a website to alow search engines to find odd or hard to index pages. Google also have extended the system to provide additional stats and diagnostic tools that make a Google sitemap a very useful tool for any webmaster or SEO

The anouncement ( Video ) is here

The new home for the sitemaps standard is at sitemaps.org google have alos put the sitemap standard into the public domain.

Pretexting in the Uk – Mishcon de Reya and Arnold & Porter are Hackers November 15, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in Players, Politics, Security.
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Interesting that the case of HP Chairs investigation of her board members private information by employing PI’s to Ileagaly Hack into Bank and Phone Records (amongst other things) – Has now appeared in the uk.

The main story in Todays Guardian is about a case that the Data protection registar won against some scum Private Investigators ( Sharon and Stephen Anderson  and  Carratu International, Fleet Investigations and Keypoint Services  )

The realy  worying thing is the principals in the case are some of the bigest Law firms in the country Mishcon de Reya and Arnold & Porter.

Of course the poor bastards in the call centres who got conned will lose their jobs over this I Just hope that the Professional Bodies for the lawyers disbar some of the senior partners – from working as lawyers again over this.

one can only hope some Tabloid editor/owner gets done as the tabloids have been implicated in the use of PI’s to get hold of Celibraties Phone and Bank records. 

From a IT Security POV Hacking is Hacking no matter if you use electronic means or if you use social engeineering – Kevin Mintik got 5 Years hard jail time for that.

Remembrance Day Poem November 11, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in Politics.
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The Royal British Legion which receives thousands of poems about conflict and the human sacrifice of war every year from members of the public, was so impressed by Rebecca Sullivan’s Poem ‘There Lie Forgotten Men’ that they have invited her to read her work in front of thousands of people gathered for ‘Silence in the Square’ a mass Two Minute Silence in Trafalgar Square this Saturday (11th November).  

There Lie Forgotten Men

They lie there in their thousands

The last rays of sunlight

Catching the white of the gravestones

Lending a poignancy to the moment

Numbering in their thousands they lay

Deserving remembrance

And yet the scarred green fields are empty

Nothing remains here

The processions of people vanished with the years

Their sacrifice all but forgotten



She stands there alone

At the edge of the silent place

And she is shocked

New wars brew and these forgotten men

Will play no part in them

The dead silence warn no ears but hers

In great halls, in moments of great decision

What they fought for is forsaken

And by days end new gravestones

Appear on the blood red ground


She finds what she seeks

‘Sgt John Malley Age 27′

His life brutally ended

And she stands by his grave

But he can give no answers

And she weeps for him

For the empty hole he left behind

And for the new emptiness

Soon to join the black chasm.

And her tears join the flood.


Rebecca Sullivan

Torchwood Cyberwoman November 10, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in Torchwood.

Well Torchwood is getting intense – not quite level of Bab5 where after some episodes I used to walk into to my semi regular Sunday night pool/beer session with some friends with my head spinning  feeling really pumped by that weeks episode.

Very dark episode though I think the ending was slightly weak – I though that Ianto was going to top him self or become a villain rather than calmly going back to his subservient role for the people who’ve just blown away the love of his life!

But a definite step forward for the Beeb –  Probley one of the most intense SF they have done since the live 1984 back in the 50’s

I think they just need to calm down a bit and take a longer view the emotional effect of last episode would have been better later into the run.

VCute high heels on the Cybergirls outfit – and Gwenn gets snoged by yet another member of the team – presumably Toshiko gets a go next week.

A short History of Dance Music November 10, 2006

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The history of Discos is as complex   and subject to as many arcane arguments (as say left wing politics) as to exactly when it all started. There is also the split between Disco the musical style (ala Saturday night fever) and a Disco/Discothèque

100 years ago, by broadcasting Handel to some very surprised ships’ radio operators, a Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden became the world’s first DJ. In the Uk Jimmy Savile is widely credited with being the first DJ  to  have used the now standard two turntables and a mike , He also claims to be one of the first mobile dj – Famously at his first Gig his sound system fused and his mum had to take over and entertain the guests on her grandpiano

In terms of clubs where people went to dance to records the first Discos where in france during WW2   Sparked by a youth culture called les Zazous. A group of insanely keen jazz fans with a style derived from  black and Latino American style. needless to say Herr Gobbels  wasn’t to keen on this and the scene went underground where jazz fans would congregate to listen to their banned 78’s

Wearing zoot suits, with hair sculpted into grand quiffs, and shoes with triple-height soles – looking like Slade but 30 years early (interesting fact Noddys son is called Django – named after legendary gypsy jazz-guitarist Django Reinhardt

Tom Modeling a home made Zoot suit


One of the prime accessories was with a curved-handled umbrella carried at all times (copied from British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, bizarrely  regarded as quite a style icon). Girl Zazous wore short skirts, furs, wooden Wedge platform shoes and dark glasses with big lenses.So all clubbers ow ther night time fun to Jazz loving fench and german kids who defied the Nazis to dance to degenrate music

Howeaver Gobbels did in one of the Bizare things that only happen in war time – did actualy put together a Nazi swing band to play the most bizzare propoganda versions of current hits check out Charlie and His Orchestra

Disco Style

Disco as the Musical style really got going in the late 60’s and early 70’s with classic tracks such as Donna Summers “I feel Love” or  “Kung Foo Fighting”  initially played at underground warehouse parties in New York and other big American cities before moving into the mainstream around the time of Saturday night fever (1975)

Performers such as Madonna, Grace Jones and Michael Jackson where some of the primary artists that produced major crossover hits – madonas latest record could be consider a retro Disco record – pity about the OTT compression ( Madge just bight the bullet and go to SACD or DVDaudio)

Classic Disco relies on very heavy complex layered orchestration often player’s moonlighting from major symphony orchestras the now ubiquitous 4/4  rhythm and around 120 BPM tempo.

Disco also spawned the 12 inch single to give Dj’s longer and alternate takes to mix together often DJ’s would only play a short break from a variety of records producing their own unique set.

More recently DJ’s have stated to use laptop computers rather than record decks  using software such as Abeltrons Live to allow much more complex mixing and improvisational techniques  – This of course makes a DJ much more mobile – not having so cart around heavy flight cases with all those heavy 12inch singles.

While Disco was popular in the UK  a subsidiary  scene based around 60s soul records (the rarer the better) was the northern soul Disco scene based predominantly in the north Wigan casino being the most famous. Northern purists prefer the all out turn it up to 11 stompers to the more slickly produced 70’s sounds though there are some crossovers

Disco has a mutated and produced a whole family of other musical genres House, Electro, Jungle and has also influenced  a lot of bands New order in Manchester for example who went the whole hog and opened the famous Hacienda Disco with Factory Records and Tony Wilson.


Pc Express card Dell cock up November 9, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in SEO, technology, Wifi.

As part of my wifi course I have been putting together a tool kit to help with the course and just for general interest – unfortunately some one at Dell has been taking a leaf out of Apples playbook (ie treat your customers with contempt)

Turns out that Dell on a lot of their latitude laptops only install the new (so new there are hardly any cards for it) pc express cards – and hence the high end PCMCIA card I just brought at the wifi shop is now useless!!.

FFS guys when you introduce a new pc standard the idea is you run it in parallel for so that you don’t alienate a large number of your customers I used to recommend Dell – I won’t be doing so in future.

What makes it worse is that exteraly the slot looks 99.99% like a PCMCIA slot so from eaven a close inspection its very very hard to tell that its not a PCMCIA.

Reminds me of the wap standards fiasco’s and the amateur night rubbish prevalent in the PHP/Mysql codebase (Magic cookies add slashes etc)

So avoide the dell latitude range if you want to add any PCMCIA

WiFi Radio November 7, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in Wifi.
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Found a neat little wifi internet radio - it hooks up to your WLan and then to the internet to recive Internet based radio programs.

A realy neat Idea – I often listen to specialist radio programs like Mary fox”s Northern Soul Show on radio stoke via the internet and this gadget means I wouldn’t  have to boot up a pc to listen to Radio on the  Internet – It can also act as playback device for mp3’s stored on your PC and they say that an update to work with I tunes is in the pipeline.

Oh I know that company from Somewhere November 7, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in technology.
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Surprising the coincidences you find in your working life I have just been working on launching  a new uk based site for a local form that does trench less pipe laying - as well as loads of other Civil Engineering stuff.

Its funny as I remember in my first job at BHRA they used similar technology to drill a new water main under the run way at canfield – BHRA used a lot of water and power (once on the first run of a rig designed to simulate 70 M down in the north sea)  we tripped the power overload alarm for the whole Cranfield campus.

2rSS Hacked November 3, 2006

Posted by Neuromancer in Security.
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Whend doing some SEM work I noticed that  

2rss.com appears to have been hacked – at first it looked like some anti french rant by a turkish hacker  but the site now tries to run unsignd.


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