A Myth Epiphany

Submitted by James Purser on Sun, 03/16/2008 - 22:53

With the new release of mythtv I decided to take the plunge and upgrade. I've generally been pretty impressed with the new version, including the ability within the MythNews plugin to pull down .flv files from sites such as youtube or google video.

That piqued my interest. One of the things I've really been wanting in Myth is the ability to merge podcasts/vodcasts into the mainstream product, without having to use a tool outside of the main project. Seeing as Myth could now pull down .flv files I was curious to see how it handled a podcast feed.

Let Down By The 7:30 Report

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 21:50

As a confirmed political junkie I have a few programmes that I try and catch to keep getting my fixes. One of them is the 7:30 Report. Normally I would consider this programme to be one of the best Current Affairs programmes in the country. Not afraid to ask the hard questions, and nary a hint of a fat kid or dodgy builder.

More Involuntary Sacrifice

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 18:35

So Brendan Nelson's personal approval rating has hit 9%, he's been rolled by his own party on Industrial Relations and there are rumours that certain Liberals are extremely ticked that he's employed the hidden architects of Work Choices as his personal advisors. It turns out that he knows what he was talking about when he declared that the aboriginal people had made "involuntary sacrifices" for the betterment of the nation.

Flash, Firefox and Sound

Submitted by James Purser on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 16:45


Which "person" decided that it would be a good idea for Flash on Firefox to take hold of your sound AND NOT LET GO!

I've tried to make three calls today and everytime I've gone to do so I've had to hang up on some poor bewildered person because while I can hear them, they can't hear me, because FLASH WON'T LET GO.


More Cafe Press

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 12:30

I've added a couple of new items to the cafe press store. I'm helping out a friend, who I shall refer to as the  "Hidden Arteest" for the moment as h/she's a little unsure about this whole Cafe Press thing.

The first is a long sleeved shirt with the design on the back:

Involuntary Sacrifices

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 12:04

Well done to Rudd for taking that extra step and actually apologising. Now that is out of the way, the important work can commence on actually dealing with problems at hand. And no this does not mean continuing the previous governments "Send in the troops" plan.

How Do You Learn?

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 11:35

I was in an IRC channel this morning (shock I know) where someone was asking for educational resources on a certain OS. Despite being linked to several good online resources, what he was really after was books. He seemed to believe that the only good education he could get about this OS was from dead tree manuals.

Possibly Politically Incorrect T-shirts

Submitted by James Purser on Mon, 02/11/2008 - 15:29

Okay, I've read Russell's post and I've read the responses, both Pia's blog post and the comments on his blog. Personally I feel that he's reading too much into things.

To be honest, from time to time the whole Gender communications/politics area frustrates the living hell out of me. We as a species have managed to build devices which allow us to communicate across hundreds of thousands of miles, we've put probes into inter-stellar space, and yet we cannot solve one of the most basic problems. Talking to other people.

Federal Government To Telstra: It's All Yours

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 12:50

If anything exhibited the fact that the new Government is as clueless  (if not more so) as the previous one, then this is it. Telstra has just announced that it will be switching on ADSL2+ at over 900 Exchanges across the country, because " the Government made clear it did not consider a compelling case had been made for regulating third-party access to the service".

So competition and innovation takes a back seat to political expediency. Here comes the new boss, just like the old boss.