Author: David Artiss

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Sony VAIO VGF-CP1 Photo Frame

My bargain of a photo frame turned up last week, and it’s a corker. The frame is very square in appearance with a clear plastic section at the bottom. This contains status lights and the whole section can glow blue1. Unlike other frames there is no bevel between the screen and the surrounding frame, which makes it look like a single piece. Indeed the screen quality is so good, it looks like a printed photo stuck to the front of...

YouTube Plugins & IDs 0

YouTube Plugins & IDs

I use the simple, but configurable, WP YouTube plugin for WordPress to embed YouTube videos in my posts. It hasn’t been updated since the beginning of 2008 but, hey, it works1. Well, it did. I have a post in draft in which I wanted to embed two videos. Sadly it won’t work and it appears to be down to the use of hyphens in their ID. When you look at the source code for the resultant post something has converted...

OfQuack Fail 0

OfQuack Fail

The latest news about OfQuack (aka the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) is not looking promising… OfQuack was set up with the help of £900,000 of public money to try to give all sorts of AltMed quackery some kind of credence and legitimacy. It is backed by Prince Charles’s Foundation for Integrated Health and considering their other bastard child, Dodgy Originals, has just had to be bailed out the runes may not be falling in OfQuack’s favour! Their failures have...

Wrath of Khan CD 0

Geek Music

As a fully certified geek then I am, naturally, a fan of Star Wars and Star Trek. Both. And I particularly love the music. Now, most people generally agree that Wrath of Khan is the best Trek film. The soundtrack, by James Horner, has been available for some time, but as a stunted 9 track version. However, a recent perusal of Empire showed a new version available, now with 23 tracks. Basically, the long-awaited “complete” score. Brilliant. I had to...

More Netbook goodies 0

More Netbook goodies

A varied assortment of Netbook news and utilities today. First of all, let’s kick off with the oft-mentioned absence of the CD/DVD drive in Netbook. You can, of course, buy an external drive at about £40/£50, but when you’ve only paid about £250 for your Netbook, it can seem a steep investment. If you’ve got a PC at home with a drive, however, you can put your Netbook on the same network and use it. I came across the instructions...

When customer service goes badly wrong 0

When customer service goes badly wrong

Ben Betts, “core” member of the HT2 E-learning company, has done what many of us either do or think about doing. On his company blog he had a rant about his water cooler company, Powwow water. His experience with their “customer service” is appalling but Powwow have been, erm, reluctant to talk to him about it. After a large number of comments to his post, he did hear from them. Or rather the companies lawyer. Nice. Anyway, his response has...

Curing cancer with your hands 1

Curing cancer with your hands

Ahh, Watchdog. It’s good to have Anne back in a good, long show. Not sure about the results though – Rogue Traders forced messily into its schedule. And I won’t even begin on how condescending Anne was towards those PS3 owners… but I digest. The highlight last night was the Rogue Traders spot. It targeted Adrian Pengelly, man who alleges that he can heal terminal cancer with his hands. And, having read Ben Goldacre’s excellent book, Bad Science, I knew...

Free WinX DVD Ripper Platinum 0

Free WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

Hmmm. For those who remember my previous post about Digiarty Software contacting me for various software reviews, I’ve been contacted again. Now, let me just state for the record that I welcome requests for reviews. The problem here is my bar for an acceptable quality level for those contacting me, stating to be a professional organisation. Having said that, they are now adding their contact details, including address, at the bottom of their emails which is a start. Anyway, their...

The iPod Nano Range 0

I’m turning to the dark side!

I’m no lover of Apple and I think I’ve made that clear before. None-the-less, I can’t escape the dominance that the iPod, in particular, has. Yes, you can buy other MP3 players, but just try buying an accessory. And it’s not a bad bit of kit – it’s really just Apple and the way that they cripple their products in the name of style or the kind of anti-competitive practise that regularly gets Microsoft into trouble (none-replaceable batteries, making it...

A bargain Sony digital photo frame! 0

A bargain Sony digital photo frame!

An HP digital photo frame that I bought last year from Dabs has recently broken. It’s backlight started flashing on and off – and what luck, it was doing this ONE DAY before the years warranty ran out! Anyway, I contacted Dabs and they collected it and refunded my money. All credit to Dabs for excellent customer service. So, the hunt was one for a replacement. I could, of course, go for the same one, but the backlight issue was...

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