Archive for April, 2008

End of an Era

It is with sadness that I announce the closure of BritBlog: the British Blog Directory.

We’ve had over four years of fun with this project, but after a recent hacking incident and with the constant battle against spammers and spam blogs, I have to admit that I just don’t have the time to put into the project that it needs (and deserves).

Long-time members will be aware that the site has changed little since we went live, and although a great deal of preparation, research and investment went into plans for
a new version of the site (”BritBlog 2.0″ so to speak), I’ve just not been able to find the time to actually put them into action.

I would like to thank everyone who helped make the site a success, especially Nancy, who spent literally hundreds of hours checking out new signups.

Perhaps one day the site will return in a new guise — and I really I hope it does — but in the meantime I’m left with no option but to take it offline.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause to anyone. Feel free to discuss this announcement below if you like, or contact me if you need any further information.

Plunge taken: Apple on its way

I finally took the plunge today and ordered my first ever Apple Mac. They have come on a long way since the last Apple I used — an Apple IIe that I played on at home when I was younger. Highlights of today’s Mac Book Pro order include a 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, an NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, and a fast-ish 7200 RPM disk.

Despite all the concerns over the security of OSX lately, I think this will be a good move (providing I can get used to the new interface and the one-button mouse). This is going to replace my ageing desktop (a very old Dell Precision 530 workstation running Windows 2000 Pro) for image processing/photography and work, so it should free up a lot of desk space and get rid of a lot of cables. I have an old laptop running XP, so I’m going to nuke that and install Ubuntu Linux on it for sofa-surfing, so then apart from my XBOX 360 and work laptop (when it’s at home) I’ll be a Windows-free zone!

The best thing will be being able to pull up a proper command prompt on my local machine without the need to SSH onto a server somewhere. Sad I know, but it’s little things like this that change using a computer from being a pain to being (almost) a joy…. I’m hoping to see a decent speed improvement on image processing too. I’m going from a single 2.4GHz Xeon with 512KB cache to a two-core 2.6GHz processor with 6MB cache! The jump from a 128MB graphics card to 512MB shouldn’t be all that stressful either :-)

No doubt I’ll post more about this when it arrives… which will be sometime mid-next week :-(

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Miracles Do Happen

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It’s a miracle! A leaf cutting I made last year has finally started to grow shoots!

I took two at the same time; one grew into a nice little bushy plant, and the other one (above) just grew this big lump. I kept it out of curiosity, and it has finally started to grow some little shoots :-)

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