Stuff I forgot to blog about

So yeah. Yesterday I was basically going to blog about things which happened, but somehow I didn’t. This could have been due to sheer forgetfulness – to which I am long accustomed to, being too lazy or the fact that I hadn’t actually finished what I set out to do for the day.

My bedroom window faces westerly. At around 5am everyday, the moon sets to the south-east, and some nights (mornings) in which I am struck with insomnia, I like to watch.

For the past few day, the moon has cast a magical glare over the landscape. A shadowy blue tint illuminating all that falls within its path. Like the night before, the beautiful image which I captured at the same time with my compact, I planned to do again, but with my Canon T70 35mm instead.

The only issue I found with this was, that I was so tired from my eventful day, that I completely forgot and fell asleep around half 2. I eventually woke up at 8am, like I often do on weekdays (except today was a Wednesday, so I normally wouldn’t need to get up anyway). I was gutted when I realised it was bright outside and not a single trace of the moon. Just clouds clouds everywhere, not a single illuminatus.

But what exactly did I do. Well after crudely awakening at 12pm, I had breakfast, the usual, then decided to go to town at 3pm, weirdly. Spent most of my day scourging charity shops hunting down some cheap as chip electrical goods. Hopefully old radios or phone gear. I did find a pair of mini-tape answering machines which I found particularly interesting.

I was in Oxfam Books actually, which was where I found an old school ‘Colloquial’ language book. The one is particular, being for Levantine Arabic. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to buy it. The rarity of these books is silly. Especially the older ones. Looking at the reviews on amazon, it seems to a pretty rubbish book with a mere 100 pages, a third of the majority of the books in the series, but I did not buy it to learn it, especially not now anyway.

If I ever was to learn a language of the middle east, first I would have to tackle possibly either standard Arabic or Egyptian Arabic, the latter being the most widely understood. Standard Arabic, from what I’ve heard, is very hard to learn, almost like Classical Latin or Sanskrit. But I’ll leave the lectures on linguistics for another day.

The real reason I went to town, you should know if you read my previous post, was to buy some 35mm film. Word must have caught on from this, as when I arrived, they were almost cleared out. I planned on buying up to 20 rolls, but when I arrived, there were merely 9, two of which were already opened. Instead of taking which ever one on the basis of least damaged, I decided to take all 9. With 2 pint cartons of milk for a pound, what a bargain at a tenner.

I then retired to home at just after 4pm. The sound of the market square clock tower alerting me as soon as I stumbled upon it’s steppes. The four consecutive rings almost generate a classical English market town feel. I gentle scroll through some market stalls selling almost junk, turned up nothing but rust covered hands. At home, with film in hand, I loaded my camera and took some delightful snaps of some chem trails and a glider.

I wish I could have more days like this. Sadly today was a cold and wet day – the Irish in me permits me to call it very soft. It got worse later on, with actual hail. Coupled with my near-retarded neighbour setting off fireworks in the midst of it all. All it made was a horrible noise and a light spark. But oh well. There’s always tomorrow.

Tomorrow Never Dies, or so I’m told.


Everything Everywhere is UK’s first 4G network

According to the Guardian, Everything Everywhere – which was formed with the amalgamation of Orange and T-Mobile, is the first UK network which uses a 4G connection. With download speeds expected of up to 12.5Mega Bits (1.5625 Mega Bytes) per second, it is said to be faster than most household broadband connections at 8 Mega Bits.

All UK Orange and T-mobile shops have become Everything Everywhere shops as apart of the partnership they made earlier this year.
Inside, however, they look like Apple shop rip offs.

As a Virgin Media customer, I have double this speed at my house (up to 2.4 Mega Bytes per second) so it’s not much of a difference. However when contrasted with the speed of 3G, there is much improvement, regardless of what device you are using.

Phil Collins with his brand new Smartphone

The advancement, however, comes at a price. A hefty one at that. You pay £36 a month for the use of up to 500MB of data. This is the same amount of data as streaming a single one-hour programme on iPlayer or making a two-hour Skype video call. As an Orange customer, I personally feel much more better off paying a single pound once a day and have unlimited 3G connection, than pay that, but is suppose it’s good for business people maybe who need to access email or whatever.

This concept reminds me of the big huge mobile phones you would see business people carrying around the stock exchange in London in the 1980’s and 90’s. The fees to use those things were extortionate, and the equivalent incarnation today being the satellite phones is the same. You pay up to a £1000 a month to use the service, were restricted in the umber of calls you could use/make and weren’t always guaranteed you would have signal.

“A yuppie with a yuppie toy in the 1980s – a brick mobile phone. Yuppies also liked filo-faxes and wine bars. Oh, yes, I almost forgot – and money.”

I do wonder though, how much this is all costing Everything Everywhere and if their partnership will be forever. I kind of liked he Orange Network, having been a customer since my first phone, the legendary Nokia 3310 back in 2003/2004. It appears to me like one pick flop.

Some new 4G users in Southwark, south London, and in Manchester reported speeds of up to 19Mbps, which would rival some superfast fibre connections mainly used by businesses.

EE’s 4G network opened for business in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton, with a further five cities to be added before Christmas. Vodafone, O2 and Three will be able to launch their own 4G services in May.

James Barford, of Enders Analysis, estimated that one in 10 mobile owners in the UK would benefit from 4G in the near future and predicted it would remain a largely premium service.

“There are a lot of everyday smartphone tasks that faster speeds will make quicker and easier, so it is an improvement in those terms,” he said. “For the moment 4G is likely to be better than latest version of 3G because it’s an empty network. If EE gets in the low hundreds of thousands of users by the end of the year, that will be pretty impressive. The price plans are as much a statement that 4G is a premium product, and they’ll market it that way.””

Post in Other Languages

I’ve been thinking that sometime in the future I’m going have to do a post fully in Esperanto. I’m nowhere being fluent, but of the over-3 billion people on this planet, only 2000 are meant o know every single word. It probably wont be fully up to standard. I’ll defiantly need feedback on it as I’m still not 100% with grammar et al. But it will be a great exercise  for the practice of my new skill, as writing, along with reading and speaking, is very important in acquisition.

Mi Estas Esperanton!

Mi Estas Esperanton!

It shall not be anytime soon, so don’t expect much. Probably in at least 6 months as I don’t have much opportunities to practice. I really need to expand my lexicon so I can used sentences properly instead of talking about the same old shit over and over. But once that happens I’ll keep ye all posted, literally.

A bit late, but oh well who cares…..

Yeah, Today, or should I say yesterday, I was a tad late on submitting something, but the thing is, it takes a whole day to think of something to blog about anyway, so I suppose writing these at ridiculous hours of the morning (mind you now it’s only 1am) makes much sense.

Nothing really to comment about today to be honest. For a change I got out of bed at 10am (yeah, I know) and watched 2 James Bond films. I then proceeded to watch some Monty Python’s Flying Circus episodes on our living room TV via my laptop and a trusty HDMI cable.

The highlight of my day (up to this significant point it was a good day anyway) was seeing the beautiful effect that the big and bright moon was having on the ground (the moonlight caused everything in its path to cast shadows). You could practically navigate without the aid of street lamps, it was so bright.

It had a twilight tingle (not the film/book series) About it. An almost romanticist feast for the eyes. Sadly I had ran out of 35mm film the other night (it was actually 5 o’clock in the morning) so I could only take pictures with my not-so-trusty Finepix AX250. Mind you I know more about what I’m doing with that thing than the film camera, which is a Canon T70 (yeah I know, It’s old).

That said, the time I did run out of film was exactly when I figured out how to do long exposure shots. My plan is to go to Poundland tomorrow and buy about 20 rolls of film. I still haven’t gotten around to getting my pictures processed as of yet, but I plan on stockpiling 10 or 20 and then getting them processed in bulk and possibly converted to digital format so I can use online without having to scan them in separately. Also works out cheaper that way, as I’m told.

Apart from this, there’s nothing much else to say really, apart from:

Be good. And if you can’t be good, Stay out of trouble! 😀

And I’m your host, Troy MacSomethingorother kaj Bonan Matenon!

I found my old-school DECT BT Home Phone 1010 earlier on and have spent the evening looking up hacks for it and DECT in general. This look very interesting.

Bernd Marienfeldt


More than a year ago people done serious research on the topic of the DECT security and found significant flaws but since then nothing changed dramatically in the way the industry implements DECT. I guess most people are probably not fully aware of that DECTs insecurity could affect them. In April 2010 experts are now able to recover the DECT standard Cipher key [1,8,9]. Please note that I have done my analysis when the topic was just raised and it’s quite likely that some of the OS specific issues have changed in the meantime.

What’s it all about:

Remember the good old days when people made their calls from a traditional landline and had their tripping hazard all inclusive:

These days people usually got cordless phones which are more convenient but unfortunatelly insecure in utilizing the DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) protocol standard as demonstrated [1],[2] by members of the CCC-Chaos Computer Club

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Edge of the Arctic

My husband and I have been waiting for some bad news. We’ve been on tenterhooks for 10 months because we know that someone out there is keeping a dirty secret and we want to be put out of our misery.

There must be something awful about living in Norway. Some beastly part of the lifestyle that we have yet to discover and will send us for an icy swim to another coast in the North Sea. America has its outrageous medical and education costs and the UK has nauseating universal healthcare. And Norway has… long winters. They also have too much cash, more oil than they thought and practically extravagant parental benefits. Sir Thomas More’s fictional perfect island is real, except it’s not called Utopia.

I moved to Oslo on 17 November last year and those first few weeks were tough, it was dark by 3pm and it rained a lot…

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