Doctor Who “Rose” – a review of the CulTV review

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A scene from The Simpsons. The comic-book-guy dismisses something as the "worst episode ever".

This is a necropost – resurrected from one of my ancient USENET posts. In an exclusive preview of the new series, GEORGE MURPHY tells CulTV why the show is possibly the worst thing you will watch on British Television in 2005 CulTV’s review of “Rose” Here’s my exclusive review of CulTV’s review. Get over it,…

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I also have a Blackberry

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I use a RIM Blackberry (6720 I think) to get my emails and browse the web on the move. I think its interface is deeply lacking and the hardware is flakey to say the least. But it has an amazing keyboard. I couldn’t imagine typing anything this long using predictive text – or even handwriting…

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Icons are usually not culture-neutral

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This is a necropost – resurrected from one of my ancient USENET posts. Some web-browsers use “Stop Loading” icons that were represented with USA stop signs. To anyone else in the world, that’s just a red octagon. Similarly the spell-check button in MS products is a tick over an “ABC”. I don’t know what the…

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Review – Hauppauge DEC 1000-t

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This long-forgotten review has been resurrected from one of my ancient USENET posts! It uses a D-Sub9 to Scart socket rather than a standard SCART. You can’t flick to radio channels without pushing the “radio” button first. You then have to press TV to get back to TV. It doesn’t come with an RF splitter…

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Disappearing Computer (2002)

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In 2002, I wrote this dissertation as part of my B.Sc. at UEA. I’ve kept this edition as close to the original as possible. I’ve added in links (where they still survive) and inserted a few comments where I was ludicrously wrong or unexpectedly right. This paper is not especially well-written and, if memory serves,…

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Uses for multiple monitors

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Three big CRT monitors.

This is a Necropost. Reanimated from an ancient site. Programming (great having the API in one monitor, the IDE on another and the output on the third!) Web browsing + email + Trillian + winamp all in easy reach. Writing documents on the centre monitor and having the references on the two side monitors! Sorry…

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Users are socially conditioned to believe that tasks should be difficult

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An old photo of me, wearing a silly hat.

This is a necropost – resurrected from one of my ancient USENET posts. One of the problems I’ve encountered is that most people (users and, to an extend, designers) are socially conditioned to believe that tasks should be difficult. They expect a learning curve that isn’t always logical. It stems from childhood when we don’t…

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Review: Pratchett "The Last Hero" Illustrated by Paul Kidby

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This review was written for a now-defunct university website. Terence Eden – 2016 Another year – another Pratchett book. I am usually the first in the queue to read his latest offering, I was a little reticent about purchasing this tome; it’s quite short (160 pages), it’s illustrated and his last offering, “The Thief Of…

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Fantasy Casting for Harry Potter – Tim Curry as Gilderoy Lockhard

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Tim Curry dressed as a vampire and looking rather alluring.

This is a necropost – resurrected from one of my ancient USENET posts. I can only apologise… On the other hand, Tim Curry as Lockhart… (pictures Harry dashing into Lockhart’s office, and seeing him wearing a Merry Widow bustier and high heels. Begins giggling hysterically.) (To the tune of “Sweet Transvestite” by Richard O’Brian) (Gilderoy…

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Review: Terry Pratchett at UEA

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This account of Terry Pratchet talking at the University of East Anglia was written for a now-defunct university website. For other contemporaneous accounts, read Concrete Issue 119. Terence Eden – 2017 Everything I learned – I learned at my local library. School taught me how to spit! Terry Pratchett is Britain’s best selling living author.…

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