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by Martijn
Sun Sep 13, 2009 19:40
Forum: book talk
Topic: Douglas Coupland
Replies: 71
Views: 38570

Re: Douglas Coupland

Coupland fans might be interested in the Guardian reading Generation X (yes, X, not A) in its book club. The first article (out of four) is here.
by Martijn
Sun Sep 13, 2009 19:38
Forum: anorak boffins
Topic: biology
Replies: 8
Views: 6887

biology

There is no biology thread and as I have a biology related question, I thought I'd start one. I know about photosynthesis and how trees don't get enough sunlight (and water) in autumn and winter, so they withdraw the greenness from their leaves, which makes them turn brown. (Well, kind of like that....
by Martijn
Wed Sep 09, 2009 09:24
Forum: book talk
Topic: The Booker Prize
Replies: 16
Views: 13530

Re: The Booker Prize

I've come across William Trevor at several places recently; what I read did make me want to read something by him.

He didn't make it to the shortlist though.
by Martijn
Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:33
Forum: anorak computing
Topic: Comput(bleth)er
Replies: 350
Views: 61488

Re: Comput(bleth)er

Does anyone know of an overview of mailing lists? You know, these things like the indiepop-list and sinister, that where so popular during the early years of the Internet, but whose role has since been overtaken by forums? I'm sure back then people kept lists of mailing lists but I can't find any an...
by Martijn
Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:27
Forum: indiepop
Topic: Tender Trap
Replies: 106
Views: 13012

Re: Tender Trap

Isn't that Fireworks as your blog suggests? I bought that single -- a physical copy that is -- at Indietracks.
by Martijn
Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:54
Forum: book talk
Topic: what book are you reading?
Replies: 1589
Views: 241657

Re: what book are you reading?

I seem to think someone told me it wasn't much cop I think that must have been me, when, at Indietracks, you told me you had bought the book. (Not sure why I felt the need to say that, especially since I haven't read the books myself -- it's just what reviewers said when they praised Netherland .) ...
by Martijn
Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:32
Forum: sporty anorak
Topic: The Football
Replies: 9228
Views: 595192

Re: The Football

The best argument against the use of the use of video evidence during the game is that this is not how the game is played by millions of amateur players all over the world. Football is just a game. If some clubs want to budget for at least a semi-final place in the Champions League a top 3 finish an...
by Martijn
Fri Sep 04, 2009 09:32
Forum: anorak computing
Topic: Comput(bleth)er
Replies: 350
Views: 61488

Re: Comput(bleth)er

I can't access the page either and it gives a server error, so it's unlikely to work for anyone else. That domain, fbcdn.net, is owned by Facebook and I think it's something they use internally. (My profile image, for instance, is hosted at profile.ak.fbcdn.net). Not sure why it ends up in a Google ...
by Martijn
Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:13
Forum: anorak computing
Topic: Any PHP/MySQL experts in the house?
Replies: 1
Views: 2635

Re: Any PHP/MySQL experts in the house?

My hosting company have had a server crash. The restore has got most of my sites up and running - really just need help on backing up MySQL and restoring to a new database - as the old one seems to be corrupt....or broken. Does your provider offer phpMyAdmin? (They probably do if they offer php and...
by Martijn
Fri Aug 28, 2009 09:10
Forum: anorak computing
Topic: Nnngh, this...COMPUTER! Heeelp!
Replies: 605
Views: 113134

Re: Nnngh, this...COMPUTER! Heeelp!

RIGHT. I can't get my laptop to connect to the wireless network. i'm using a 2nd laptop on the network right now so i know it's not a problem with the router or anything. My other laptop finds the network, i enter the key and then it just says "acquiring network address" and does bugger all. helps?...
by Martijn
Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:27
Forum: anorak computing
Topic: Nnngh, this...COMPUTER! Heeelp!
Replies: 605
Views: 113134

Re: Nnngh, this...COMPUTER! Heeelp!

Does anyone know of a free online application to convert a .docx file to a .doc file? i've tried Zamzar which seems to be the main one but it's blocked at work, in fact most of them are either blocked at work or require some sort of download which i can't do.. Is Google Docs blocked? If not you can...
by Martijn
Mon Aug 24, 2009 22:41
Forum: anorak computing
Topic: Nnngh, this...COMPUTER! Heeelp!
Replies: 605
Views: 113134

Re: Nnngh, this...COMPUTER! Heeelp!

You've probably done this already, but did you look in the Recycle Bin?
by Martijn
Mon Aug 24, 2009 22:15
Forum: book talk
Topic: what book are you reading?
Replies: 1589
Views: 241657

Re: what book are you reading?

Aw wow, I'm so glad you liked the Pushkin stories, Martijn. The more I think about it the more I realise that about 90 per cent of the books I read as a child were either Russian or Russia-related because my dad used to write maths articles for the Greek version of the Great Soviet Encyclopaedia an...
by Martijn
Mon Aug 24, 2009 21:52
Forum: ask anorak
Topic: Stereos and that
Replies: 59
Views: 25409

Re: Stereos and that

Ah, thanks. Sorry to hear it broke already. We might have to look a bit harder for something else then.

And do you, or does anyone else, know what you really need to make a stereo play your laptop sounds through the speakers, without using calbes?
by Martijn
Mon Aug 24, 2009 21:45
Forum: ask anorak
Topic: answer the question, dammit
Replies: 317
Views: 118572

Re: answer the question, dammit

Woodbine wrote:Can anyone tell me how much $48 is in pounds, now that the pound is absolutely shit against the dollar?
I can.
by Martijn
Sun Aug 23, 2009 18:35
Forum: ask anorak
Topic: Stereos and that
Replies: 59
Views: 25409

Re: Stereos and that

But if space precludes and it must be a midi type of thing then one of these: http://www.richersounds.com/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=DENO-DM37-BLK" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and a pair of these: http://www.richersounds.com/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=TANN-CUSTOM...
by Martijn
Sun Aug 23, 2009 00:26
Forum: book talk
Topic: what book are you reading?
Replies: 1589
Views: 241657

Re: what book are you reading?

I'm reading The Complete Prose Tales of Pushkin . When I was little my dad got me a book of his poems for children which I was obsessed with for years. Then I forgot all about him until I saw this book in a bookshop the other week and it all came flooding back. The tales are beautiful - just the su...
by Martijn
Sun Aug 23, 2009 00:07
Forum: we love public transport
Topic: It's terrific by train
Replies: 943
Views: 263660

Re: It's terrific by train

Today's Guardian has a nice piece about railways in the US, or, mostly, the lack thereof. When I did history in school, one of the subjects was about the US between independence and WW1 and the book was called "a society on rails", partly referring to the importance of railways in the growth of the ...
by Martijn
Sun Aug 23, 2009 00:01
Forum: sporty anorak
Topic: The Football
Replies: 9228
Views: 595192

Re: The Football

This is awful :- http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6806383.ece Slightly odd too, the attacker is from Derby or at least arrested there. What's odd about that? It doesn't seem that the attack is football-related; are people from Derby less likely to get involved in knife crime? W...
by Martijn
Fri Aug 21, 2009 09:46
Forum: anorak computing
Topic: Comput(bleth)er
Replies: 350
Views: 61488

Re: Comput(bleth)er

I have occasionally used it for spreadsheets. It works quite well, as long as you only want to do simple things and your connection is fast and reliable and it's quite useful if you want to create a spreadsheet that you might want to open at different locations without having to worry about having t...