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Gadgetry and IT

Sky HD box shows FAILED a lot, and broken picture

My second gadget-related failure of the weekend was my Sky HD box, which had spent the last two days showing a couple of problems: scheduled recordings were showing “FAILED” even though their transmission time hadn’t been reached yet; and the picture was breaking up, but oddly only on certain channels. Of course, nobody buys Sky’s […]

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Gadgetry and IT

2nd Gen iPod Nano Red gets red hot

Two electronic gadget failures on the same day, and in both cases the solution was online. I’ll blog about my Sky+ HD box showing “FAILED” recordings in a moment, but first, my second generation red iPod Nano from early 2007, which this morning showed a “Sad Mac” icon, something I hadn’t seen on an Apple […]

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Entertainment

Best of 2008. No arguments.

My cultural highlights of the year were probably the Saw Doctors at Cambridge, Roger Waters at the O2, Kylie (aw, bless) at the O2, Simon Day at Cambridge, Happy Go Lucky, Iron Man, Juno, There Will Be Blood, all of the great medal-winning performances at the Olympics, Ebbsfleet United winning at Wembley, England beating Croatia, […]

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Entertainment

Best live band in the world

If there’s a better live band in the world than the Saw Doctors, I’d travel a long, long way to see them. I’ve seen great bands with fanatical local following (Ezio etc) and great bands with fanatical worldwide following (Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, etc) but I’ve never seen a band make a crowd as happy […]

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News/Media/Sport

Say it with Tommy. Or Ben.

The more I think about this, the more I think it’s a great idea. Say It is a excellently-designed (technically and aesthetically) site with a really fun product too – what’s not to like? The site allows you to send a professionally-recorded poem or song to someone, and to have their name inserted into it […]