James' Blog

Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 07:47 AM

I'm not sure whether the recent BBC story about the inventors of the Beeb reuniting at the Science Museum was an inspiration to the producers this week's episode of the consumer protection programme Watchdog. The Beeb makes an unlikely appearance in a story about fraudulent online shops, with a green-screen MODE 7 being used for the graphics. I seriously considered giving this an entry at Starring the Computer, but I think it's probably best if I stick to fictional features there. It was too good to let it pass completely, though, so I'm recording it here.

Monday, February 18, 2008, 08:12 AM

Surely this must have been done before, but it's the first time I've seen it.

Monday, January 28, 2008, 05:10 PM

I've spruced up http://www.jfc.org.uk/ a bit, including the addition of a new walking web page, including mapping data and photos from the various walks I go on.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 09:26 PM

Here's a, erm, fun way to waste half an hour. What's the longest route you can create on Google Maps without any extra waypoints? The longest I could manage was 7994 miles, which Google optimistically estimates an 8 day and 4 hour drive.

It's not as easy as you might think. Google can't route through a lot of countries, and can't route between others. Watch out for the funky routing algorithm too - changing the start and end point by just a few metres can make a thousand miles of difference to the journey length.

Monday, November 19, 2007, 01:12 PM

Jo and I just got back from a holiday in Portugal (very nice thanks, photo's are online). Anyway, I drank quite a bit of this beer - nothing special, just a cheap local brew from the supermarket (Lidl, I think). It wasn't until the last day that i took a closer look at the label. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a warning of potential side effects!