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February 14th, 2008

Chilled Down

The Southbank Centre has just announced that the curator(s) of this year's Meltdown Festival will be Massive Attack.

It's going to be interesting to see what they come up with.

Can I hope for an Everything But The Girl gig?

Keeping taking the Tablets

A couple of useful Tablet PC links for the day, along with one for Firefox.

First, if you've switched to using OneNote as your default note taking tool (and if you're using Windows and Office, why aren't you using it?), and have lots of old Journal files around, here's a simple and quick way of converting them to OneNote entries.

Second, here's an interesting looking application out of Microsoft Research. InkSeine is a pen-oriented note taking application that's being used as a UI test bed. I rather like the radial menu concept - I suspect it's one that will translate well into touch interfaces as well as working with pens.

Finally, one of my favourite Firefox extensions has just made it to the Mozilla Recommended Add-ins page. Congratulations to sethop and the rest of the folks at Interclue. A truly useful piece of code from one of my favourite places.

Reviewing Mommy

Mommy, Why Is There A Server In The House? is a real book. We've got two copies to prove it.

It turns out that you can actually buy it from Amazon, for a relatively meagre $5.95. Which also means that there are reviews on the site, and a handful suggest other titles that you might find interesting.

My kids loved this book so much that they insisted that I buy them others in the same series including "Rover the dog says "SYN/ACK!", "How to be the Best at Firewall Configuration (The Boy's Book)", "Big, Bad Bill And The Blue Screen of Death" and their all time favorite "Everybody Poops".

This brings to mind other beloved children's IT favorites, such as:

The Little Server that Occasionally Couldn't
Grim Server Tales
The Pokey Little Server
Blue Screen and Spam
1000100111001010100101 and Other Favorites
How the Hacker Disrupted Online Christmas Shopping
Oh, The Porn Sites You'll Visit!

Just not up to the usual quality of the entire series! Whatever happened to "Sydney Sims Likes to Run Bob Desktop" and "When FlightSim Does Not Work"? They are classics!
Now, which of those shall I buy?