Champagne Chairs

Champagne Chairs: “Every year the store invites people to submit chair designs made out of champagne corks.”

Damn sensoryimpact, being too interesting again. Eventually, people are going to realise they could just go there and get all the same news I’d be reposting here, just a bit sooner. Oh, wait… Let’s just check on Bloglines – they have 208 subscribers, PigPog has 19. It’s ok – no danger – everyone already knows 😉

Review of the Orange SPV C500

New in Tools – review of the Orange SPV C500. Also known as the Audiovox SMT5600, or to some people, the ScoblePhone. Full review pasted below…

Review – Orange SPV C500 SmartPhone

I have no time for this review. Executive summary?

It’s not a bad phone, with lots of software available, and lots of nice features, all wrapped up in a small package.

I have cleared a minute or two for you. Continue. What is it?

It’s a mobile phone. Cell phone for any Americans reading. It’s the smallest phone on the market at the moment to run Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition. In the US, it’s known as the Audiovox SMT5600. It doesn’t feel quite as well put together as a Nokia (the only other phones I have experience of), but it’s not bad at all, and it gives you a lot of features for such a small cheap phone.

Think Secret – EXCLUSIVE: Apple to drop sub-$500 Mac bomb at Expo

Think Secret – EXCLUSIVE: Apple to drop sub-$500 Mac bomb at Expo: “With iPod-savvy Windows users clearly in its sights, Apple is expected to announce a bare bones, G4-based iMac without a display at Macworld Expo on January 11 that will retail for $499, highly reliable sources have confirmed to Think Secret.”

Hey, this blog is supposed to be all about creative stuff! What do creative people love more than coffee? Their Macs! So, a cheap Mac should spread that creative stuff around a bit more.

I’ve never really used a recent Mac – my last experience was at university, where there were a couple of labs full of Macs. There were some Mac Classic type machines, and a load of the dull PC-like boxes that appeared after they got rid of that lunatic Steve Jobs, and started trying to go all corporate. I have the feeling that I’d like MacOS X, though. From what I’ve read, it’s everything we’d all love Linux to be, but not quite as free, and with less cuddly penguins. If I was buying a whole new machine, though, and there was a Mac for under $500 (around £300), I might be tempted.

Techdirt:Shocker: Cameraphone Photos Not Printed

Techdirt:Shocker: Cameraphone Photos Not Printed: “Printing out photos seems sort of archaic. Trying to convince people to print them out, as the printer makers are apparently doing, seems sort of pointless. It’s like convincing new automobile owners that they should hook up a horse to pull the vehicle.”

Seems to pretty much nail the issue to me. We have a really nice photo printer sitting here, right next to me. The only thing I remember printing recently was some directions – paper is a bit easier to fumble with in the car than a PDF file on a PDA. I hardly know anyone without a computer and Internet access, and if I wanted to show my parents photos that weren’t on the web, I’d take them along on a CF card or CD. It’s going to hurt printer sales (or more importantly – ink sales), but once everyone has a computer and they’re all connected to each other, what’s the point of wasting paper? Yay for trees!

Getting Started

Latest Update: Just correcting the formatting – the article never got properly formatted after it was imported from previous incarnations of PigPog.

A few thoughts on making those first steps, deciding what to try, and getting on with it.

TV Cream’s Top 100 Toys

TV Cream’s Top 100 Toys

If you’re reading this, it’s likely there’ll be a good twenty-plus years lying between this Christmas and the last one you started by tearing down the stairs at five in the morning, in wide-eyed anticipation of the contents of that mountain of wrapped boxes under the Woolies’ fireproof silver tinsel tree. So, to this end, we polled TV Cream’s readership to find the most well-remembered – for better or worse – toys that turned up in the stockings of yesteryear, from the tiniest fifty pee rubber novelty to the many bulky Bakelite candidates for that hallowed “main present” status. Quite often the little things, mainly through having lower expectations to live up to, went down better than the battery-hungry robo-gun-battleship thing mouldering in its box in the airing cupboard by Boxing Day. Anyway, enough of all this – it’s now 6.30AM, and we’ve just been told by hungover parents that we can go downstairs and start sorting out the presents into piles. Let the blizzard of Mr Men wrapping paper commence…

New stuff from TV Cream. Splendid.

New MBLM Stuff – Bill’s Blog

Our biggest creative project to date has been our book, The MBLM Files – a story of a fictional pop group told in the style of a fan’s scrapbook. I had hoped to write as a follow-up the ‘autobiography’ of one of the main characters, Bill Ibbotson (the group’s lovable yob), but as these things often go, it didn’t quite work out.

So we’re going to try something a little different. A fictional blog (flog?), by Bill, gradually telling his story while pausing occasionally to comment on real events – which for him will mainly involve moaning about Reality TV and the price of beer. I always enjoy writing as Bill, he gets to take more liberties with language than I do for a start and not only does he call a spade a spade, if you disagree with him he’s likely to pick up the spade and beat you about the head with it. Whereas I’m a bit more of a shrinking violet – I’ll call a spade a spade unless you’d rather I call it an excavation utility device. 🙂

Eyewitness: Sri Lanka tsunami

BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Eyewitness: Sri Lanka tsunami: “We were swept along for a few hundred metres, trying to dodge the motorcycles and the refrigerators and the cars that were coming with us.”

My parents like to go away for Christmas – makes it a nice relaxing time. This year, they chose Sri Lanka. Perhaps not as nice and relaxing as they hoped.

We heard about the earthquake there first thing this morning (woken up by the phone) from my auntie calling to find out if we’d heard anything. The tour operator (Saga) called half an hour later to let us know that they’d already accounted for everyone, and they were safe. Fortunately, they are on the Western side of the Island, a fair distance from the worst of the problems.

Home Computer Magazine – free PDF magazine

Free PC tutorials, reviews, advice, help and more in issue 2 of Home Computer Magazine: “Home Computer Magazine is a monthly computer magazine, written by professional journalists. We have over ten years experience in publishing consumer computer magazines. Contributors to these pages have worked on a wide variety of titles including Microsoft Windows XP: The Official Magazine, PC Plus, PC Format and many more.”

It’s actually not bad at all – certainly as good as most home computing magazines, and it’s free. It seems to be fairly UK biased – depends where you are if that’s an advantage or a disadvantage. The fact that it’s a PDF actually makes it more convenient to me – it’s less litter to bring into the house, and with my iPaq, I can carry it in my pocket. The only thing that might stop me catching the next issue is that they don’t seem to have an RSS feed [They do now – see below] – seems like a pretty important thing to miss. They have even gone to the trouble of writing a downloadable program that will check in the background for new issues and download them for you. Hey, it’s good, but it’s not *that* good that I want an extra 1Mb of code running on my machine all day every day just so I know when there’s a new issue.