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November 2011

Posts made in November 2011

Photo Dump

It’s been ages since I’ve updated my Project 365 so I though I’d mark the fact I just dumped a load of photos in the gallery (took me about a week of evenings just to catch up). Well past the 300 mark…


So, I finally achieved a minor, frivolous ambition: A letter published in the BBC’s Magazine Monitor :-)

[And for anyone actually wondering what the quoted Aitken Head was on about in the original article it’s a reference to the idea that if you cut him open he’d “bleed black and white blood”. Basically he’s trying to get across the passion and feeling involved, as well as how deep seated some things are.]

Incidentally, this isn’t the first letter of mine published. The first, long ago, doesn’t seem to have gotten a mention here.


I had occasion to buy a new landline telephone recently. Is it me, or this an area of consumer electronics that basically hasn’t moved in, what, twenty years? I looked at the ranges at a few places, and everything seems to be a) the same b) completely uninspiring. You seem to get a choice between with or without answer phone, and that’s it (don’t need an answer phone, BT have voicemail covered). “Higher-end” seems to consist of simply increasing the number of recent calls/phonebook/etc numbers, or adding more universally horrible ringtones. Given the state of mobile phones this is amazing—I don’t seem to be a landline much above the functionality my first mobile had back in, er, 2001 I think. I know these things are cheaply mass produced (in a million almost identical varieties it seems) but is there really no room for innovation? I really can’t have a polyphonic ringtone (let alone mp3 playback)? Phone memory is an issue. Christ, surely I should be able to get a memory card slot and bit of software for the PC to transfer contacts etc. And don’t get me started on two tone, one line displays!

Really it does seem that its an area in complete stagnation. I’d have paid a bit more for something a little bit cooler (despite how little I use the landline for actual telephony) but I wasn’t given the chance.

Full disclosure: Amazon did turn up this Binatone thing (which reviews suggested was way under powered) and a quick google just now found this from Archos, which looks a bit nicer. Really though, I don’t necessarily want something on the scale of Android, just something better than what is out there.


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Dr Ian Scott
Croydon (and Gateshead), United Kingdom
Bullding Services Engineer (EngDesign), PhD in Physics (University of York), football fanatic (Newcastle United), open source enthusiast (mainly Mozilla)

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