# Tuesday, 15 February 2005

The future of radio

Future of Radio Is Downloadable.  A new station in Berlin is attempting to redefine music broadcasting for the interconnected internet age. The key will be MP3s and cell phones, not the old-fashioned radio. By Jason Walsh. [via Wired News: Top Stories]

Without broadband <sigh> impossible to tell whether this is the future or not.

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# Monday, 14 February 2005

Log Parse

Log Parser 2.2.  Log parser is a powerful, versatile tool that provides universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files, as well as key data sources on the Windows┬« operating system such as the Event Log, the Registry, the file system, and Active Directory┬«. [via Microsoft Download Center]

Must have a closer look at this - unclear if it is an application, an engine or both

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# Tuesday, 08 February 2005


Campbell: E-mail row 'silly fuss'.  Alastair Campbell dismisses as a "silly fuss" a row over an e-mail containing a four-letter message sent accidently to a BBC reporter. [via BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]

Priceless, absolutely priceless. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

The spokesman said: "The person you are referring to is capable of speaking for himself and he no longer works in government."


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Beware The Times

Now the Tories are seeking aggravated damages from Times Newspapers ....  and Tom Baldwin. [via BBC NEWS | Politics | Tories to sue newspaper for libel]

and that doesn't even take into account some of the more recent stuff in The Times. Hmmmm Tom Baldwin ..... Alastair Campbell, a heady mix:

"... Tom Baldwin, the Times journalist who is close to Alastair Campbell,...." [via David Kelly affair: a library of links]

To be fair, its probably beware any newspaper these days (well anydays really).

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Software deployment with Active Directory

Publish, assign, msi,  advertise, organisational unit, group policy - what a lot of stuff just to get a bit of software installed on a user's machine. My old chum provides a darn fine walk-through.
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# Wednesday, 02 February 2005

New Labour it is then

"Working for longer ... will play an important part in helping people to save to meet their retirement aspirations," Johnson told parliament on Wednesday. [via Top News Article | Reuters.co.uk]

but is this what people thought they were voting for? As a friend of mine said several years ago "you need a Labour party to implement Tory policies".

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# Tuesday, 01 February 2005

ADO memory leak

It would appear that the Execute method on a the ADO Connection object leaks memory when a CREATE TABLE or SELECT INTO statement is executed (maybe others, DROP TABLE is OK) from javascript, even when specifying adExecuteNoRecords. The only work around I can find is to close the connection and re-open.
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# Monday, 31 January 2005

The browser definitely isn't dead

The Outlook Web Access team is looking for web developers.  

Web-based mail is hot.  Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook Web Access...  OWA uses a wide variety of technologies.  Candidates must have experience with C#, C++, JavaScript, DHTML, XML and ActiveX. Right now we are looking for both full-time and contract team members ... [via Microsoft WebBlogs]

Now you would have thought that the next generation they were working on would be .NET WinForms. And the MS AntiSpyware is written in VB6 - are MS actually going to use .NET client side for anything 'serious'?

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# Tuesday, 25 January 2005

The Scotsman blasts the scotsman

UK debt blasts a hole in Brown's public finances.  THE level of the UK's public-sector borrowing has outstripped Chancellor Gordon Brown's target for the whole of the current financial year - four months ahead of schedule. [via Scotsman.com Business - Economy]

What worries me is arriving at a tipping point. To date, economists seem happy that 'trend' growth in GDP is being maintained by growth in government spending. But, what happens when they decide the figures have gone too far pear shaped - which set of figures are they going to want fixed? It seems to me that fixing one set will break another and things, in the view of the economists, could quickly spiral out of control and so the experiment in just how much economic theory (or the practitioners of it) is a maleable thing susceptible to 'cocktail offensives' will be over.

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# Thursday, 20 January 2005

Politics - yawn

Labour and the Liberal Democrats say the party's sums do not add up and claim it would cut frontline services.  [via BBC NEWS | Politics | Howard dismisses Tory tax fears]

Yawn, yawn - everybody says everybody else's sums do not add up - thereby observing that none of them add up and which is what we observe in reality.

Ho hum, then mix in that it seems to be the view of the current establishment that whatever a Prime Minister has done the only way he can be removed is at an election - enquiries must not reach a conclusion that might force the person to resign. Apparently this is democracy (since Magna Carta!). So, somehow, the great British public has got to come up with a way to vote that gives them the Government they want and yet get rid of the man they loathe (at this point the establishment looks smug and think themselves very clever). Perhaps if no one were to vote ... might wake 'em up.

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