2005/09

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.

If you want to keep track of updates to the site without the tiresome hassle of actually visiting it, bung the RSS Feed into your favorite news agregator (I use NetNewsWire Lite).

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Mon, 19 Sep 2005

Shiver Me Timbers!

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Aaar! As ye may well have noticed, today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day. This day be notable for two reasons; firstly, everyone is talking like a pirate, and secondly, there be significantly more people on the seven seas using software written by me. Hoist the mainbrace!

Thu, 08 Sep 2005

Internet history, Manufactured for Your Convenience

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The Million Dollar Homepage has had a few articles in the press today; basically, someone who's about to start University is flogging permanent space on a mosaic-like page by the pixel (well, by the 100-pixel block), in order to finance his studies. It's brazen, it's novel, and I like it. Good luck to him.

Tue, 06 Sep 2005

Inequality and Risk and Paul and Tim

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Paul Graham is always worth a read, and his recent essay on inequality and risk is no exception. It revisits a topic that he's written on before, namely that the economic inequality caused by rewarding productive behaviour (his example, starting a start-up) is a good thing, as it drives people to create wealth, thereby raising the general level of wealth for everyone. I agree with the basic thrust of the argument, but diverge when it comes to the details - for example, how much to tax the rich. Tim Bray (he of XML fame) has written an interesting and lucid response. I think my own opinion lies somewhere in the middle of the two viewpoints, but I'm not yet sure exactly where on that line.

Sun, 04 Sep 2005

JustZIPit - The bright side of hard disk failure

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On Sunday, the hard drive on my PC decided to give up the ghost. Fortunately, I managed to get the important stuff backed up before it went entirely, but it does mean I've had to buy a new disk, and spend far too long yesterday and today reinstalling things (fortunately, as I've got the iBook as well, I can do work in parallel, but it's still a pain). Anyway, I was casting about for a free (as in beer) Zip utility for Windows (2000 - I've not got XP), and I came across JustZIPit, a neat little piece of software that disposes of the overdone UI of WinZip and its clones, and replaces it with two actions; click on an archive to decompress it into a folder in the same directory, and select a context menu item to produce an archive from a file or directory. Nice.

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