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Mississipi river bend versus boat

I took this video of a boat trying to get around the bend going downstream:

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3G down with O2

So I come on a long journey stocked up with spare battery n laptop, to find no internet access via my phone. After endless waiting on the O2 helpline I find that the entire UK O2 3G network is down. Wow! I guess I’m not along in being internetless on the train today!

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Download Custom PDF Train Timetables

Download Train Timetables

Generally I find any travel planning type website to be a real pain. Clunky, slow to use, and not at all easy to use on a widescreen monitor, never mind a phone.

However, there’s a new feature on the National Rail Enquiries website that I really like. You can very very easily generate a PDF timetable of any custom journey. It’s only of limited hours, but if you regularly do a journey it’s great. e.g. 8 til 11 and return 5 til 8. on any route, on weekdays, or weekends or both. The resulting PDF is fairly light and esily viewable on any phone capable of viewing a PDF. Well useful.

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E90 & Infrant ReadyNas

I’ve not written about about my favourite 2 gadgets yet. probably because I’ve been too busy playing with them. I finally got my Nokia e90 (writing on it now). Its fairly large for a phone, but open it up and it’s way, way better than any smartphone I’ve ever had before. It is fast, and after being used to the UIQ Symbian interface this makes a nice change.  But mainly the keyboard and gorgeously sharp screen (’bout 800×200) mean it really is a mini pocket pc.  Along with a nice wifi connection it rocks. VOIP applications from a mobile are cool.  I’m just glad I never wasted money on one of those Skype wifi handsets. This doubles as one. The gps is basically crap, and the cursor lacks a lot.  Perhaps because I also miss a touchscreen (the screen is ful of dirty fingerprints where I forget). I also need a lot more practise with this keyboard. But I can really, truly recommend this phone.
Secondly my cute little ReadyNAS with propreitary raid of 4x512Gb discs (like Raid5) is great. Only downside is that the CPU lacks horses for any decent throughput for ssh. Rsync over ssh is far, far slower than this little beasty deserves wuth Gigabyte ethernet. Otherwise it fits v nicely with my Mac/LinuxWin network. Every home network/home office deserves one.

Next step when Mythtv .21 comes out is to play with disc groups, and to see how fast I can record video to it. More on that functiom later, a it’s like LVM for video easily, and something I’m quite excited about.

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Sometimes the simplest solution is the easiest

I had a long NA sequence in the middle of a much larger text file. Unfortunately this sequence had been corrupted and had a non-sequence character in it. The textfile was not in a regular sequence file format, and I could not use one of many utilities to reformat the file into an acceptable and correct file format. Furthermore since the sequence was in the middle of much more non-sequence text then I could not easily use any of the more traditional UNIX text utilities to find the erroneous character. Finally since the sequence text is all on a single line Grep just returns the entire line. Not too useful. Of course I could just simple read the line, but hey, who’s not lazy enough to ignore this possibility. I also quickly ignored the possibility of copy and pasting the line into a new file, as if I could not do this from the CLI then it would be cheating (well not cheating, but I’d spent enough minutes thinking about this to regard it as a ‘small’ challenge)..

As I’m currently (once again) in the middle of a “must learn Perl’ studying stint, I started to write a script to look for the start of the sequence data, then use a regex to find the naughty character.
Then I remembered that VI has great regex matching functionality. So I opened up the file, moved the cursor to the start of the sequence data and used /[^ACGT], which found the wrong character immediately.
Funky!

EDIT I should also add that I was sat on a beach on the Messinian gulf at the time, and the post came vie email!

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TSA detains director Mike Figgis for threatening to

Boing Boing: TSA detains director Mike Figgis for threatening to “shoot a pilot”

Seen on BoingBoing, Mike Figgis told jobsworth’s at LAXthat he was in LA to “shoot a pilot”, 5 hours of interrogation ensued before Mike could explain to the pretty stupid security guards, thet he was in LA to “film a pilot episode of a new TV series in order to gauge audience reaction with an aim to deciding whether it as worthwhile filming an entire series!.

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green belt.

Listening to radio 4’s news yesterday I heard an amazing fact. Only 19% of =
the UK is classed as Green Belt. Wow. This figure is pitiful. I wonder at =
how they classify this. Living in cambridge i regularly celebraye the fact =
that so much of the city centre is green open area. Cambridge is perhaps a =
special case, but it enhances life.

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Meetings

Why do we have meetings? Or should i say why so many and so long? Why is =
the default time au hour? every meeting should have a non participating =
moderator to tell people to shut it. I waste a lot of my time in meetings. =
Far too much!

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Saint Friday’s – holiday villas in the Peloponnese

Saint Friday’s – holiday villas in the Peloponnese

Here’s the website of the villa’s that stayed in in Greece. A really cracking site. Very tranquil, very nice! Set in amongst olive trees (as more or less the entire peninsula.). Sat on the balcony of the villa (Nestor), watching the ever changing sea, with the Mountains in the background is a fine memory.

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best tomatoes in the world

Just eaten a plate of the tastiest tomatoes i have ever had. gorgeous! In a mountain hut on the mani peninsula near Sparti