Gullibility

I got sent this in an e-mail today, claiming that it was a picture of the car from the new Knightrider film.

It’s quite obviously a Koenigsegg CCX, since it’s basically a badly Photoshopped version of the first link you get by Google Image Searching for said car. And that got me thinking about what car they would use as the new Knightrider. My first thought was that it would either be a concept car or even specifically designed for the film, but then I got looking for an actual roadcar that they could use. I figured I should probably stick with Pontiac, since at least two of the other Knightriders have been Pontiacs, and then I looked at the sporty two seaters that they make. This pretty much left me with a 2006 Pontiac Solstice.

10 minutes of Potatochoppery later, and I had this:
KITT 2007

Sadly, I’m actually quite pleased with it.

And I thought that Hubble was a bit crap…

Some of the images here are pretty astounding. The perfect thing to look at on a Sunday morning when you’ve got a bit of a double-hangover.

The Orion Nebula

Blimey, that last post went a little bit viral…

It’s amazing what a few semi-fettered bouncing boobies will do to your popularity on t’interweb.

Thankfully, I get 1Tb+ of bandwidth per month on my account at DreamHost, so I’m unlikely to get charged extra. 🙂

I was at Brands Hatch the other weekend…

…helping out with some data-logging equipment on a Sylva Phoenix, not entirely unlike this one:

Sylva Phoenix

That data-logger was quite an impressive bit of kit, with sensors for G-forces, Oil and water temperatures, RPM, and lap timers, amongst other things. The PC-based software was also quite funky, allowing you to overlay all this data onto a video file. The owner of the car is now in the process of sorting out a lightweight shock-resistant video camera to mount on his car, but in the meantime, here’s a quick demo of a lap of Brands:

I did consider digging out a microphone and at least putting some comedy “vroom-vroom” sound effects on it, but I thought that would be a bit silly.

My stupid ex-ISP

I received this in an E-mail last week:

Dear Blah,

Your peak-time usage for this billing month just exceeded 10GB.

Light restrictions will now apply to your connection speeds until the end of the current billing month. We would have notified you when you reached 8GB to give you an opportunity to avoid these restrictions, however, you had exceeded 10GB before our alert email was triggered.

It wouldn’t be funny if I hadn’t left that particular ISP (Force9) more than a month ago.

On Sony MP3 players…

A friend recently bought one of these.
Sony NW-A3000

I’ll agree, it’s a really sexy bit of kit, and it does actually perform reasonably well as an MP3 player, but getting some music on there is a chore, to say the least, due to Sony’s “Connect Player” software. The version that was available a month or two ago when my mate first got his player was slow (2 minute start-up times), crashed regularly, and only was only vaguely functional. They updated it a few weeks back, and although it’s better, it’s still a long way away from being a piece of software I’d want to use.

What I don’t understand is why manufacturers continue to attempt to reinvent the wheel. All modern OS’s come with a built-in method of getting MP3’s and other data on and off UMS devices, but yet they still try to complicate things with stupid software and restrictive practices. What I want to be able to do it drag a selection of albums, in their nicely organised folder structure, off my hard disk onto my player, and then select an album or an artist, or a selection of different tracks to listen to. I definitely don’t need features like Sony’s “Artist Link”, even if it did work properly.

Maybe I’m just jealous though, the NW-A3000 really is lovely, once you fill it up with tunes.