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The plans that google has, for their toolbar (I never use any toolbars, as they are evil – and have always been the root of many problems) to display autolinks over your content, and not in a ‘banner’ space is well out of order.

Go here and check out a great video made by better bad news

It’s a 12 minute Video Blogmash, where the Better Bad News panel re-mixes commentary and analysis of a pending threat to online free speech drawn from several sources. including :

1. Opt Out Petition

2. Dan Gillmor

3. The Scoblizer

4. Dave Winer

5. Cory Doctorow

6. Time

7. Mark Jen

8. Steve Rubel

9. Kas Log

10. Tim Bray

with sonic support from Plastikman.

The Proposed Search Tool, Auto-Link, Redirects Links On Blogs Abridging Author Text, Intent and Meaning.

Fight it.

podbat teaser

podbat teaser
uploaded by camoby.

podbat teaser
OK.. so, here’s a little teaser of something I’m brewing in the kozcave. will be a place (and desktop app?) where you can manage your podcast desires. You’ll be able to register for free (possibly with some storage space..) and create your own podcast feeds. You won’t have to of course. You could just use it as a way monitor your podcast RSS feeds. it all depends on how much spare time I have to work on this… check out

A nice way of explaining compiling from source

<geek>A nice way of explaining compiling from source</geek>

From the install notes of qmail… 😉

If you’re not familiar with the distinction between source code and binaries, imagine ordering a pizza delivered to your house. The “binary” version of the pizza arrives ready-to-eat. The “source code” pizza comes as a kit containing flour, yeast, cheese, sauce, toppings, and directions for cooking the pizza yourself. Source code installations are a little more work for you, but if you follow the directions carefully, the result is the same–or even better. The self-baked pizza will be fresher, you can adjust the toppings to your preferences, and you’ll know a lot more about your pizza and how it “works”.

Nicely put 🙂


Come to work at the ‘GooglunarPlex’!

While trawling through various blogs today, looking for automagic ways of posting to blogs using XML-RPC or SOAP etc (REST?) I was reading the ‘EVHEAD’ (Evan Williams’ blog – the father or Pyra, which became Blogger) and found the links to the official Google blog (which doesn’t – or didn’t – actually use blogger) and also an amusing ‘job’ offering. Check it out. Rather amusing. I’d go work there 😉 – on the moon that is…

One of the reasons I was in the this ‘neck of the net’ was to find out more about ‘Odeo’. Evan’s latest project, which looks like it be a web-based podcast aggregator and creator/uploader system which should launch imminently. This idea is rather like the idea I am brewing over at 😉

I’ve also come across, another site which has the features I’ve been developing, along with the ability to post from a (USA-based) phone, alot like


“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro” : Hunter S.Thompson

Damn shame to hear that Hunter S. Thompson has apparently committed suicide. We’d recently watched Fear & Loathing, since Jo got round to reading the book. I’d been thinking that I’d really like to hear him ramble on about stuff, on a podcast. Now, I guess we won’t. Unless he’s pre-recorded a bunch of messages, of course. Hmm.. Who knows, maybe he knows something about GW *hinting* that he’d smoked Marijuana. GWB attended a Superbowl party thrown by HST back in his ‘cocaine days’.
Check out out this little biog.

When asked decades later if he remembered whether Bush had used any drugs at his party, Thompson replied:

“I can’t be expected to remember what every drug-addled yuppie hanger-oner who wanted to get close to me during a football game twenty-five years ago digested. There were so many dope fiends milling about, I don’t remember what some Yalie named Bush, whose father was a factotum in the Nixon Administration, was doing. But he strikes me as the sort of person I would have thrown out of the room. A rich, beer-drunk yahoo with a big allowance who passes out in your bathtub. … I don’t want to become the Deep Drug Throat. … I won’t do it.”

coverHowever, I just found this interview with him on Australian radio. You can click the mp3 link and download there.
Very interesting. Not about Bush and Mary jane, but about Bush and the impending war, the White House and news media, etc. Recorded nearly a year after 911.

I think I might have to go and buy his book Kingdom of Fear.

I like that sort of thing 😉


Viva Las Vegas!!. Just off in the morning to CES 2005 where I will be looking at the hottest new technology and gadgets to look forward to over the next year. I will be ‘mobloggin’ the whole trip, using my ‘camoby’ system here. I can’t wait to see all the gadgets and Las Vegas itself. It should be quite a trip. (Even though Jo has been made to stay in the cheapest hotel on the strip!! Grrr)


Flash EPG – Archos scheduler

Since getting my hands on the excellent Archos AV
with its TV recording capabilities, I’m getting around to creating a Flash based EPG. Using data from, I can use this to hopefully create the required text file (DVRTimer.txt) which the AV420 can read for its recording scheduler.

The AV420 can apparently use data from the Yahoo! TV Calendar to create schedules, but as far is I know, it doesn’t work in the UK. Hopefully, if this all works, there might be a nice altenative 😉 – I plan on adding the ability to create schedules from any of the channels.

Bear in mind that this is all unfinished, unofficial work in progress. 😉

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