2002/10

Welcome

Welcome to rho.org.uk, a little web site maintained by Rob Hague (see below). There's a variety of stuff here - poke around and see what you find.

Rob Hague

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NaNoWriMo As mentioned above, this site is written and maintained by Rob Hague, an expert at talking about himself in the third person. Rob's homepage can be found here.

In 2002, he tried (and succeeded) to write a novel in a month. At some point he'll take the logo off the front page. But not yet.

Software

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I occasionally write things that might be of some use to other people (and isn't owned by some huge corporation or other). Some of this can be found here.

Mac OS X Odds & Sods

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I've had an Apple iBook for a while now, an have generally been very pleased with it. I've created a virtual dumping ground for my musings about Mac OS X here.

Links

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This page is a collection of links to useful/interesting/fun stuff that I've come across.

You may have arrived here by mistake; if you're an opera fan, try roh.org.uk. If you're looking for Reproductive Health Outlook, they're here.

ImMDB

I also collaborate with Ben Chalmers to produce the Imaginary Movie Database, a site dedicated to those films that other sources seem to miss. We've not updated in a while, but we'll start again Real Soon Now. Honest.

About This Site and Whatnot

This site is basically a homepage for Rob Hague (webmaster@rho.org.uk). I'm happy to receive comments about the site, but please don't send advertising material, ways to Make $$$ Now, or Your CV.

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Fri, 25 Oct 2002

Friday Morning Grab-Bag

I've come across a couple of interesting things on my daily trawl through the web. The first is a nice article entitled "Top Ten MacOS X Tips for Unix Geeks" at the O'Reily website. A tie in with their "OSX for Unix Geeks" book (which I've not seen much of), it starts of with the mind-boggling trivial ("You can find the Terminal application by navigating to /Applications/Utilities in the Finder. Drag the Terminal application to your dock so you can access it quickly."), but by hint 3 is giving you quite useful tips on substantial stuff like Startup items and /etc. The second was this hint at macosxhints.com about getting an iBook to drive two monitors in true PowerBook fashion. I think that my iBook is one of the qualifying models, but given the dire yet plausible horror stories about a botched hack permanently wrecking the firmware, I'm not going to try it until I need to.

In other news, Bluetooth is working like a charm; I've been using it to transfer VCards to and from my phone, and check my mail while sitting waiting for a Neal Stephenson (yes, that's Neal Stephenson) talk to start. I got the modem scripts from www.taniwha.org.uk, and setting it up was fairly straightforwards; mail me if you'd like more details.

Thu, 17 Oct 2002

Apple Destroys Trees - Film At 11

I've just taken delivery of a D-Link Bluetooth adaptor, which I can use with my Nokia 6310i to get a dialup connection while I'm sitting on a train back from Nottingham. Anyway, if you follow the link, you'll see that it's a dinky little dongle-like device, about 45x16x8mm. It came in a box with the standard page-and-a-half "this is what a USB port looks like" user guide, repeated in a dozen languages. That box was rattling around inside a 350x250x200mm box, presumably provided by the courier. So, assuming that the recipient knows how to plug a USB connector in to a USB port, then we could fit 2,625 Bluetooth adaptors into the box, and still have space left. That seems a little wasteful.

Mon, 14 Oct 2002

Added UnityWiki

I wanted to set up a Wiki so that a group of us could collaborate on designing a role-playing game setting. As I wanted something easy to install, I chose PikiPiki (MoinMoin has a lot more features, but is a lot more complex and requires distutils, which wasn't installed on the target machine). Anyway, I've hacked the script around to add a couple of nice features and tidy things up, and then Ben asked for CVS access as he wanted to make some improvements and install it at work. So, I set up a SourceForge project, and hence world+dog can now download the source and fiddle with it. See the box to the left for details.

NaNoWriMo - I Must Be Mad

Official NaNoWriMo 2002 Participant A while ago, Ben mentioned NaNoWriMo - that's National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel in November. Against my better judgement, I've signed up, and I'll be posting updates somewhere on the site. Watch this space (or take the vastly more popular route, and don't).

Fri, 11 Oct 2002

You Learn Something New Every Day

Today's question: what exactly is a pretensioner? Well, it's...

  1. A large, complicated and difficult to fit gadget that sits under your seat and pulls the seatbelt tight when you have a crash (www.howstuffworks.com) Apparently, Corsa ones come with explosives in them.
  2. Bloody expensive.
  3. Fairly essential in a "not dying while driving down the A1 to Nottingham" way, particularly if your seatbelt is prone to spontaneously popping out of the holder at inopportune moments, such as when you're pulling in to the outside lane.

Educational, isn't it?

Mon, 07 Oct 2002

Things That Stop Me Doing Work On Monday

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In case you've not seen it, look at Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About. Not only is it "laugh until you shake and people walking past your office think you're insane" funny, but the author got into a legal argument with The Mail On Sunday, and he's friends with a load of ex-staffers from Amiga Power.

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