Web 2.0 Directory

30 09 2005

After reading Seth Godin’s post about Emily Chang’s e-hub I
checked it out.

Congrat’s Emily on this excellent site!! A must do for anyone that would
like a chance to try and keep up with Web 2.0 developments!

Definetally a welcome addition to my blog roll


Kiko – Ajax Calender

29 09 2005

After reading an article on SlashDot I tried out a lovely little
Ajax Application, Kiko.

Kiko.is lovely and simple to use, and a great little tool to help with organisation.

Unlike many online calenders, that are generally slow and lacking in
functionality, Kiko is packed with functionality, giving a user experience
akin to any standard desktop calender program (imho).

This kind of application would work well in conjuntion with BackPack.

Microsoft Vista

27 09 2005

After reading an article on the Engadget blog it seems that Microsoft are
setting ever more incresing expectations of the their replacement for the
Windows XP family, Windows Vista . Surely they are setting themselves up for
yet another fall. Although, I suppose Microsoft are used to this now, judging
by the similar near realease fiasco’s Microsoft have suffered in the past.

I guess the question that really needs to be asked is, from how high do
Microsoft intend on falling from this time?

I for one, certainly await the outcome with some anticipation.


27 09 2005

A few months ago I was advised to check out BackPack, by David’s post.

I signed up for it straight away and, if I am being quite honest, would be
completely lost without it. It has now become an integral part organising

Basically BackPack is a web based app that was developed using the
Ruby on Rails framework which itself is based on the programming
language Ruby. When you sign up for an account with backpack you area
give the ability, with the free version, to create 5 pages. This TechCrunch.com article gives some good examples of what exactly can be done with

BaseCamp, created by 37Signals, the very same people that later went onto
create BackPack. The idea behind BaseCamp that of a web based project
management application. I am considering using this to coordinate my Final
Year project, so I will keep you all updated as to how it goes and whether it
is worth a sniff.


27 09 2005

….I think I have been slightly caught out.

Going back to my first post:

” I applied for the account a month or so ago in anticipation that I would
soon have a blog all of my very own. And here it is!!”

Well there was a slight deviation from the truth in that statement. I actually
recieved The Golden Ticket from a very good friend of mine, and fellow
blogger, David Smalley, who, as h rightly pointed out, nuked my previous blog
some time ago.

Anyway my friend, you are now forgiven, and yes I have had the deviant
exclaimation mark problem seen to 🙂


27 09 2005

Yes, I know what your thinking, it sounds like some war cry or deranged
exclaimation! But you would be wrong. This is what it means

Recently I was lucky enough to be given (for free) a Dell C610 Laptop. It only
came with 128mb ram so I upgraged it to 640mb, that was the easy part. Then
came the decision of what OS I was to run on my lovely new toy!

I was decided on one point, I was not going to be using Window since I already
have my desktop set up with Windows XP Pro. I also thought that a Linux distro
would suit my needs better, owing in no small part to the fact that I would be
using linux alot at university therefore getting experience in it couldnt hurt.

Although I upgraded the RAM the machine was still not by any means super fast
so I was looking for something that was very light weight and quick to load. After
almost opting for SuSe I was alerted to a relatively new debian derivative Ubuntu.

It comes in two flavour, either “boot from cd” or “install to hard drive”. Also, the
entire OS comes on one CD (with a seperate CD for the live version). It
comes with both of the standard desktop environments KDE and Gnome but
there is also the option to install other environments if you want something
even more lightweight. One that I tried out initially was XFce. This is a super
lightweight and very Mac OS like environement however I have recently returned
to using KDE as XFce seemed somewhat lacking in functionality and seemed to
be quite unstable. The stability could be to do with the configuration of my
laptop, although saying that, since running KDE it has not crashed once.

Either way, Ubuntu is definetally worth a try. Let me know how you find it.

New Addition to the Blog Roll!!!

27 09 2005

As I mentioned in my 1st post, I am starting my final year at the University of Leeds.
While looking through my regular blogs (in Akregator, KDE’s excellent feedreader) I
thought to myself, why don’t I have a look on Technorati and see if there are any
blogs in the areas that I am currently studying. On my first search for “Distributed
Systems” I stumbled upon a very good blog by Dan Creswell, for anyone studying
or interested in Distributed Systems, this blog is a must.

Dan’s blog also has a number of other good area’s such as technology, networking
and java to name but a few.