January 17, 2006

the future of coffee….

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:59 pm by variablereference

after years of research and lots of coffee we have this….

coffee pressThe AeroPress Coffe Machine: a new concept in an ancient art

apparently it makes the best coffee possible, pretty straight forward to use, and only about USD30.00. Got to be good.

January 13, 2006

The future of Java and .net in an AJAX world

Posted in Web at 2:47 pm by variablereference

Saw an interesting article today on the future of Java and .NET given the impact of AJAX in an increasingly web enabled world.

As I am a java programmer, and now getting more involved in .net work, this got me thinking. What is the role of java and .net now? Is there a need for non web based business solutions? With business integration engines able to handle moving data around internally within an organisation and the meteoric rise of AJAX in the web environment the areas where traditional Object Orientated languages can prove useful are diminishing. Personally I am not a fan of rich client interfaces in a business environment preferring to keep the user interface simple and place as much of the business logic on the server side. Keep the data flying back and forth across the network simple and reduce the work required on the client machine is where I position myself.

Having said this I do enjoy working with AJAX sites and experimenting with what it can do, although not as far down this route as I would like to be. At the point where it becomes more invasive on a business side I hope I am ready to make the change to developing AJAX solutions, and would enjoy the experience.

January 11, 2006

Sky by Broadband – do you trust it?

Posted in News at 1:37 pm by variablereference

Interesting this one. The BBC is reporting that Sky UK are to provide movies for download by broadband. Interesting, as I get this for free with the current subscription I have I went to check it out……There wasn’t a lot of information about what the software is actually doing when it installs on your machine, so I referred to the terms and conditions. This made for interesting reading!!!

The quick summary of the T’s&C’s shows that should you attempt to deconstruct, decrypt, copy, share or anything of the like you are liable, fair enough. Other items include the fact that the software is proprietary to Sky and you can’t touch it in anyway apart from use it for it’s intended purpose, again fair. Then the fun starts….Sky holds no responsibility for any third party content delivered through the service, Sky holds no responsibility for any advertising delivered through the service…..and Sky holds no responsibility for any damage caused through using the service. Forgive me if I am wrong but I take that to mean that I have to have blind faith in the software to be secure and not to let in any virus or hack onto my system. The concern here is that they use the term “as-is” when referring to the state of the software and “The entire risk arising out of the use or performance of the Software remains with you” which fills me with dread for what is going on behind the scenes.

I’m sorry Sky but I have no faith in your software when you are not prepared to give me your guarantee that it is safe and secure, you run and hide from responsibility for it yet expect me to trust it. When you are willling to be responsible for the quality of the software I will consider installing it. You also need to be more open about exactly what this software is doing while it is installed on my system.

When you consider the Sony fiasco this just makes me run away……

p.s. apparently there is also a tie in with Microsoft somewhere in this…..

Hamachi VPN

Posted in Web at 11:24 am by variablereference

I see this one popped up on Techtrend a few days ago. From what I see looks very cool, and secure.

For more information on the security side of it check out Steve Gibson’s podcast on Hamachi and how it is helping close up the holes in vpn’s.

January 10, 2006

Who says it could only happen in the movies

Posted in News at 5:20 pm by variablereference

Blazing mouse sets fire to house

A US man who threw a mouse onto a pile of burning leaves could only watch in horror as it ran into his house and set the building ablaze.

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Blazing mouse sets fire to house

Don’t know whether this is true or not but it’s funny.

Pandora’s box….

Posted in Web at 3:38 pm by variablereference


Heard about this one a couple of days ago and haven’t stopped listening since. The mixes seem to be reasonably good and being able to add new stations at the click of a button allows for changing moods very easily.

Tried it on my laptop and things didn’t go so good so I think this may be one to run on a machine you’re not using at the time. Listening to a mix based around Orbital at the moment and the mix is good, unfortunately one based around the Beastie Boys was not so good.

October 25, 2005

SpaceStations anyone….

Posted in News at 1:19 pm by variablereference

Gamer buys virtual space station
Image of eggplants in Project Entropia

Neverdie is a popular character in the land of Project Entropia

A virtual space resort being built in the online role-playing game, Project Entropia, has been snapped up for $100,000 (£56,200)

I don’t get it!!! $100,000 for a fictional space station. I know there is a lot of money floating around in the creation and selling of virtual assets but this sort of money is a bit over the top!! Interested to know if this player has a business plan in mind for this as a means to earn money from the investment.

October 24, 2005

Flock Available

Posted in Web at 12:49 pm by variablereference

Flock Developer Preview is now available.Our code couldn’t wait any longer to be free!But! This preview ain’t for the faint of heart! If you’re the bleeding-edge type and don’t mind a few scrapes and busted knees from time to time, feel free to give it a whirl.We’ve got interesting ideas in this thing. We want to know what we’ve done right how we could improve. And we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us!So if a bucket of source code and developer binaries sound enticing, head over to our Developer page now.


Been trying this the last few days and fits very nicely with blogging and online bookmarking. I like the fact that it is clean, crisp, and allows me to tag favourites. Still getting used to the new way of handling favourites with ‘collections’ and ‘tags’ and how they all work together. Nice little feature is the collections bar just above the viewing pane, a drop down list on the right lists the collections and choosing one will change the toolbar to the options within that collection.

It’s now available for download so go check it out….

September 29, 2005

Fresh Fields

Posted in Random at 4:32 pm by variablereference

So here it is, a clean page with nothing on it waiting to be trashed with random thoughts and regurgitated stories fom across the web….