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Webcam success!

Hooray! It finally works, well I can get 160×120 video with xawtv anyway. Now to find out how to get a larger image and work out where to put the camera to get something vaguely interesting..

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New webcam.. or not!

Having not had any success with the old Logitech Quickcam Express as a webcam attached to a linux box, I figured it’d be worth spending a bit more than the 45 quid for 2 that I spent on the QCE about a year ago. Did a bit of research, read reviews online, looked for drivers etc and decided to opt for the Logitech Quickcam Pro 3000.

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Movie review

Having watched Vanilla Sky last night, I have to say that it’s a really strange film in places. Definitely not one for the kids though due to the bad language and nudity. Nice twist in the story at the end although the film was a little on the long side at just over 2 hours long.

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How alarming!

Car alarms are great… except when they’re so sensitive that accidentally trapping a moth or some other insect in there sets it off late at night! This isn’t the first time either, wonder if there’s a sensitivity adjustment feature somewhere, now where did I put that manual??

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Batteries not included

Having spent the best part of an hour looking at doorbells in B&Q, we finally picked one that included one battery for the push button, but none for the actual chime unit. Why on earth don’t doorbell manufacturers include all 3 batteries required, or none at all?!
Of course, having originally decided on one that included all the batteries, we didn’t spot that the final choice didn’t include them all.. got home.. and doh! no batteries.. and they had to be an awkward size that we don’t use anywhere else. One quick trip to the local supermarket and problem solved.

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You never realise how important some things are…

You never realise how important some things are until they’re not available. Having spent much of Thursday ripping out the final cabinet in the kitchen and replacing it, we never quite got as far as plumbing the sink back in… and now it’s being sorely missed.

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We’re all going on a summer holiday..

Bank Holiday Monday with 3 days off after it and a weekend off before it.. great! Time to get the kitchen cabinets built and fitted, and clear up the dining room ready for the floor to be done on Thursday.

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Crrrrazyyyy!

Having borrowed Crazy Taxi for the gamecube from a friend, I have to say it’s a really fun game and as the title suggests, pretty crazy too! A definite must if you just want to have some fun rather than serious gameplay, just don’t get used to running pedestrians over and driving underwater as you can’t do that in real life!

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Yawn!

Well, having stayed up quite late sorting this blog out along with the one at enigmaticsheep.com for Jaq, is it any wonder I’m tired? A bottle of diet coke should sort that though.

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This could be the start…

This could be the start of a truly boring web journal (blog).
<intro style=’voiceover:superman’>
By day he’s a mild mannered programmer for Host Europe but by night he becomes Geekman!
</intro>
Well ok, so that’s not quite right, but close enough.