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December 18, 2006

IT and NHS

Filed under: Politics/Current Affairs — Deryck @ 6:00 pm

After listening to Ross Anderson on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning I went straight to The Big Opt Out and filled out the opt out templates for myself, Mrs Deryck and Deryck Junior. Until any British Government is able to deliver a big IT project on time, to budget and without a jungle full of bugs I will keep my information well away from it’s databases.

December 16, 2006

Inland Revenue IT cock up

Filed under: Politics/Current Affairs — Deryck @ 6:20 pm

Doh! I feel for this and paid up. Yet Another Government IT Fiasco.

June 6, 2005

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Filed under: General — Deryck @ 3:00 pm

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May 25, 2005

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Filed under: General — Deryck @ 3:00 pm

Admiralty arch … where I seem to have spent most of today.

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May 20, 2005

Pictures from my mobile

Filed under: Web Design, Tech/Geek, Photography — Deryck @ 9:06 pm

I just added John Blade’s wp-mail hack to my installation of WP. Now I can upload photos directly from my mobile phone to this site. I put a cron job in to poll for new pictures every hour. His hack has a few bugs, the fixes are described here and there is a good tutorial on emailing posts to WP available in the Wiki too. An example is a picture that I took this morning, shown below.

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Filed under: Cambridge Life, General — Deryck @ 8:39 pm

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Magdalene College, this morning

May 17, 2005

Nice number plate!

Filed under: Humour — Deryck @ 6:51 pm

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Tesco car park, Leytonstone (NOT photoshopped, I swear).

February 22, 2005

Thunderbird teething problems

Filed under: Uncategorized — Deryck @ 8:00 pm

I installed Thunderbird last week as a replacement for Outlook Express. The principal reason was security, a secondary reason was to reduce the amount of bloated Micro$oft software on my computer and a third reason was to see if it was a big an improvement on OE as Firefox was on Internet Explorer.

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Easy to copy email from OE (and other mail tools)
  • Easy to copy server and account settings from OE (and other mail tools)
  • Superb junk mail filtering that probably means I can ditch my knowspam account
  • Good keyboard navigation and keyboard short cuts (eg, ‘n’ takes you to the next unread message, ‘j’ marks an email message as junk)

Cons

  • Impossible to copy OE message rules to TB filters.
  • TB filters are defined on an email account basis so if I wanted to put all my CSS emails into a single folder for each of my 3 POP accounts I would have to define the same rule/filter 3 times. Under OE I would only have to have done this once.
  • Can only define one SMTP server

And today I had a particularly annoying problem. The same newsgroup posting appeared 4 times, I could not mark 2 of these posts as read. Then all the messages from that group were marked as unread. Then TB crashed. This happened several times. In the end I had to unsubsubcribe from the group, subscribe again and mark all the messages as read. A particularly annoying feature is that when you restart TB after a crash it displays by default a feedback form wizard so you can tell the folks who wrote TB about the problem. This is probably a good idea but really irritating when you just want to get back to work. I switched that feature off.
I’ll stick with TB for a while longer but at the moment it seems to be a moderate improvement over OE, not a quantum one.

February 20, 2005

The Aviator