Monday, July 31, 2006
Last Top Of The Pops
One of the nice bits of attention to detail on the final Top Of The Pops was that each presenter had the same microphone from the era in which they presented.
Friday, July 28, 2006
London's 102.2 Smooth FM
Sky Go Home
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Or am I just loopy?
I'm sorry, but I disagree for the following reasons:
a) it is a baby
b) it is only 30 days old
c) it has made no contribution to popular culture in the US, let alone the world. It cannot talk. The only reason some people are aware of it is because of the 'celebrity' status of its parents. That is all.
Yahoo! Chat and Messenger
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
Dora Dale on the radio again
FM Switch Off and DAB
There is NO proposed or even rumoured date for FM switch off, because it almost certainly won't happen within the next 20 years.
DAB radio is nowhere near as popular as Freeview has been, and has serious problems which prevent it from replacing FM:
-Low sound quality: The digital nature of DAB means the owners of multiplexes can cram more stations into the same bandwidth by reducing the quality of the stations already there. Because of this, many DAB stations now have worse sound quality than their FM equivalents.
-Expensive equipment: FM radios cost so little that almost everyone has one. DAB costs far more so they've mostly been bought by technology enthusiasts.
-Bulky size: FM radios are so small now that they're usually sold built into something else, such as a phone or an MP3 player. DAB is currently too large to allow this to happen cheaply.
-High power usage: DAB radios take up far more power than FM radios, so DAB radios aren't as portable because you either have to carry a larger battery or else you have to suffer a very short battery life.
-Superior rivals: FM radio is cheaper, more portable and has better sound quality, so that's what most people go for (something like 90% of radio sales every year are still FM tuners). Internet radio has tens of thousands of stations compared to DAB's few dozen, so that's what people looking for choice go for, and the advent of 3G phones and wi-fi means internet radio will become more and more portable. You can already listen to internet radio round the house using a wi-fi radio set for example.
-Lack of international support: Most countries are never going to use DAB, and many countries that tried it have now switched off their DAB transmitters permanently. This means DAB equipment will never work in most countries, so it'll be more expensive to manufacture as fewer people will buy it.
(this from a Digital Spy forum post)
Jazz FM RIP
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Google, why have you foresaken me?!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Affluenza et al
I just called an actor friend in London I went to university with. He went to stage school afterwards, and I haven't spoken to him for maybe half a year or so. He's now working in Odd Bins the off-license. I work in Borders the book shop. He said to me, 'the wheels have come off the rock and roll wagon'. It's funny really. You have such high hopes at university, then when you leave, as I did, full time education for the first time in your life at the age of 22, there's a bit of a vacuum left. "You are free to leave". But what do I do now? For me, I had a week off and started a job with a local college as a website designer. That lasted about a year, then I decided to leave and had a weekend off before working for the local council as a website developer. I didn't really enjoy it, so after about 5 months I resigned, without a job to go to. In reality, I had my own company which by this time had become incorporated, but it wasn't making enough money to live on.
I'm reading a book at the moment called "Affluenza". "Affluenza is a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more." There's a great quote from Ellen Goodman -
"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to the job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it".
If it's quiet, I go for a walk with my dog, a schnauzer. He's only 6 months old but he's very happy off the lead and never runs off. On the other hand, he's never been left on his own in the house yet and gets separation anxiety. Putting him in a cage will stop him pacing around and working himself up more, whilst making him feel secure in a smaller space.
I'll tell you what I love. Orange sorbet. But can you buy it anywhere? No!
French Fox Hunt
Television Content Certification
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Huge data transfer!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Tesco Internet Phone
Monday, July 10, 2006
Travels in Europe
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
To detonate a bomb in London is a snub against humanity itself. 300 languages are spoken in London - it is the world's most diverse melting pot of cultures, ethnicities and religeons.
Ken Livingston said, "I want to say one thing specifically to the world today. This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, for class, for religion, or whatever. That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith - it is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder."