2008

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I’m currently living in the US as a “premanent resident”, with what is known as a “green card”. This means I can live here as long as I like, but I’m not a citizen. I can’t vote, I can’t leave the country for more than six months at a time, and there are some tax

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Back in 1993 I took a trip to Nepal with my ex-girlfriend Carol. I took a lot of photos on that trip, and finally got around to scanning them in: http://picasaweb.google.com/mickword/Nepal1993# Six days of the trip were trekking near Pokara, in the Annapuran region. This is approximately the route we took: From Nepal 1993 It’s

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This is how I got started programming, 20 years ago, 1988: Actually I started a few years earlier, but this is probably where I really got into writing code, and writing games. That’s a Sinclair ZX-Spectrum in a dK’tronics keyboard. Microdrive on the left. TV as a monitor. Sound sampler plugged in the back, plotter

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This is in Hebden Bridge, near to Bingley, where I grew up. If my life had a taken a few different turns, this could have been me: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8548110@N06/516706022/

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Books I’ve read since Feb 4th 2008, on my Kindle, with a ranking out of five of how much I enjoyed reading them. 1984 by George Orwell. (4/5) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (4/5) Sabriel by Garth Nix (4/5) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (4/5) A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian,

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[Update June 2009] The following account might still be useful, but I don’t think the DPH548 is available any more. I would now recommend the NetGear MCAB1001 Adapter kit, which Amazon is currently offering for $180 for two adapters. It gets very good reviews. Someone reported problems getting it working with FiOS, but according to

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It works great! My wife and I both like to read. I recently got a Kindle, and Holly just had to have one too. One downside of e-books is that you can’t share a book with a friend. However, if two people can share one Amazon account (at least, just for Kindle purchases) , then

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I love Amazon’s Kindle. I’ve had mine for about month now, and I’ve read four books on it so far: 1984 by George Orwell. (314 pages) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (350 pages) Sabriel by Garth Nix (496 pages) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (983 pages) As a replacement for the paper

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Very easy to do, you just need to install two free programs: 1) DVD43: http://www.dvd43.com (Reboot after installing) 2) Handbrake: http://handbrake.fr/ – More specifically, install the Windows GUI version. Then: 3) Insert DVD, cancel any auto-play 4) Run Handbrake, under Source, browse to the VIDEO_TS folder on your DVD drive 5) Under Destination, browse to

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I must have read this book a thousand times when I was young. Finally someone scanned it, and stuck it in an online museum: http://www.pointlessmuseum.com/museum/usbornebookofthefutureindex.php