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The only person to receive a knighthood for writing sci-fi

Submitted by Falken on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 22:27
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The only person to receive a knighthood for writing science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, has died aged 90.

Although not surprising, it's still a shock to me that Sri Lanka's most famous resident has shuffled off this mortal coil.

Clarke got me, and many others, into sci-fi. With Rama I think. Maybe 2001.

Insert cunning joke about magic being advanced technology here :-/

I must do something tomorrow that involves a space elevator or a geosynchronous satellite.

Adobe saves the BBC's iPlayer

Submitted by Falken on Wed, 10/17/2007 - 13:21
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The only reasonable way for the BBC to do it's job and offer it's iPlayer catch-up TV service (last 7 days TV on demand) across more than just one brand of Windows was using Flash.

People said that when the thing first came out.

And look... it has come to pass :-)

Projects like Adobe's Media Player and adding H.264 (high quality with low bandwidth use) support in Player are starting to make real sense now...

Want a BuzzWord account ?

Submitted by Falken on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 09:09
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According to the latest blog post from Virtual Ubiquity

in the “Share” dialog box, just enter your friends’ email address and follow the ensuing instructions. Your friends will receive an invitation via email to access your document. ... If your friends don’t have a Buzzword account, there is a link on the Sign In page to create an account. If a user arrives at the Sign In page by way of a valid invitation link, he/she can create a Buzzword account. 

Got BuzzWord on Linux ?

Submitted by Falken on Thu, 07/26/2007 - 14:28
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In order to login to the BuzzWord beta from a Linux machine, you'll need to use the user-agent switcher extension, and set your user agent to something like

Mozilla/5.0 (windows; U; windows NT 5.2; en-US; rv:1.9a1) Gecko/20050821 firefox/1.5

All the buttons I pressed seemed to work fine, though obviously it's even less supported than BuzzWord is normally.