Google - Personalized Homepage

For the past week or so, I've been experimenting with the new Google Personalised Homepage (oh, sorry, switching to the CORRECT UK spelling there :)). I first started off thinking, well whats the point. But now, I kind of find it useful. The idea that you can save your bookmarks on their server, and then access them from any machine is a nice touch - however, what about the privacy issues that Google seem to carefully avoid (remember the fiasco that emerged when they launched GMail and told people about the targeted side advertising?). My favorite touch: being able to bring your own RSS feeds onto the page - now I can almost do away with my RSS app! That is, until I find time to go back to working on my e-mail client. You never know, I might finish it one day... when hell freezes over.

Aoyue 738 - Update

Now, I have to hand it to ARI Electronics Co Ltd... [Website]

Now all I need is a replacement iron...

I've received a FedEx tracking number for my replacement iron today -- now THAT is what I call service -- some UK companies should really stand up and take note.

Sentimental? Me? Who you kidding :)

This time of year always makes me sentimental. Doesn't help that I spent the drive home listening to a selection of moody songs. What do I get sentimental about? Bit of everything - but mainly, it seems, I start thinking about those that I'm loosing / have lost contact with over the years, wondering what they are doing these days and the like. I even start thinking about ex's, and have to start resisting the urge to give some of them a call to catch up with - probably not a good idea though. Roll on New Year. Please. At least then I might be able to start paying off some of the credit cards!!

Electronics and Transit Damage

Well, I have just experience probably my most frustrating instance of transit damage on a peice of electronics that I've purchased. I bought an Aoyue 738 SMD Rework Station from China. Excellent Price, shipped on a well known courier (and one I'd usually recommend) - DHL. It arrived Wednesday / Thursday, and looked ok. Unwrapped the DHL 'bag' from the box, to find the box a little crushed. With a little concern I open it up and was fairly amazed to only find the soldering iron itself broken. Fair enough if it had ended there. After taking the main unit into work, and testing there, I found it was virtually unusable. Now for the good part :) The Aoyue reseller in question has taken their time to spend the last two days working with me via Instant Messenger to repair the iron myself - in order to save myself the shipping costs returning it and the delay in getting the unit back. Know what was causing the problems? Broken standoffs and a loose nut! ALL caused by transit damage. Maybe I will stick with recommending Amtrak. Now all I need is a replacement iron...

Winter

Can safely say that Winter is here now I think. Damn cold. Car was covered in a lovely layer of ice. Suppose I should invest in some deicer, while Halfords still has it in stock! Lovely patch of ice right outside the workshop door at work; almost went over. Almost. :) Time to find something to keep me entertained through the long boring winter nights :) Maybe a beblu :) (Hear that James - I'm offering ot test the next version free!!)

Ok, its been quiet ...

I know, stop moaning, I haven't posted anything here in a bit. :) I've got to behave now, as the boss has this on his RSS feed.... Wonder if anyone has been sacked because of a blog??? Anyway, checkout T3, Computer Active and Custom PCs - beblu adverts are coming your way! We sold a load of units for a Microsoft Media Centre 2005 road show - how's that for a compliment on the system? You never know, you might see one in action!

Media Centre Rollup 2

Well, for a rollup this release is very dissappointing. Especially as we are now looking at over a year before the next release of Media Centre (rumoured to be built into the Vista Operating System). First off, installing this update hosed our two demo units, and only worked on fresh build systems. We had to rebuild both test units, and reimage after installing this update - just to make sure we could restore them if the worst happened. Added to this, there are a couple of glitches with graphics but nothing major - so far. The biggest plus is the addition of DVB-T radio playback (at frigging last!).

Cool Skins!

Go here and checkout some neat Media Player 10 skins!

Maybe I should add skinning support to AAmp? What do you think?