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Brighton

Went to Brighton today to be beside the seaside and see Si. More photos here, slideshow here.

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Dear Nice Microsoft People..

For the next version of Word, could you add some sort of political rant filter? Nothing fancy, mind – just search for a couple of strings, like so: Oh, and stick the same thing in Internet Explorer, please. The world will thank you for it. Tom

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Less flare

I really should learn to use a camera properly; you know, buy a book or something. Instead I’ve been slowly working things out over the years, which is satisfying but often frustrating in a “wish I’d known that when I was in…” kind of way. Case in point: lately I’ve been having problems with lens […]

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Life

Photo: Oak Ridge, taken by Ed Clark for Life Magazine in 1945. Details here. Since visiting the Cold War Modern exhibit I’ve been looking for more information on the American National Exhibition held in Moscow in 1959. So far I’ve turned up depressingly little that I didn’t already know, but I did stumble back into […]

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Crushing predictability

Further to my bitter ramblings about the way that every news event is followed by crap articles explaining how Twitter saved the day, yesterday evening a plane ditched in the Hudson river. Today, with crushing predictability, we get the Twangles – first from The Guardian (check out the headline) then from the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones, […]

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Found in translation

Courtesy of a Google Alert (link): “Windows7的揭幕距微软上一代Vista系统面世已有2年时间,在此期间Vista一直恶评如潮,被大多数用户冠以 “灾难”的称谓。英国著名电脑杂志《ComputerActive》的汤姆•罗耶尔就表示,此前的Vista系统给微软公司带来了巨大的“公关灾难”,其 在发布的第一天就运行得很不顺利,因此Windows7必须具备绝佳的性能,才能赢得广大用户的认可。针对各界的质疑,微软英国的Windows主管约翰 •柯伦表示,在对Windows7的研发改进中,他们已经充分借鉴了Vista的经验教训,因此人们可以放心使用Windows7操作系统,而不用对之前 Vista存在的问题有所顾虑。” Somewhere in there lies my name in Chinese, but I’m so ignorant I don’t even know what Chinese language it is (Mandarin?), let alone which characters are mine. Life can be strange.

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Went to the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the Cold War Modern exhibition (potted review: 40% great, 60% disappointing, about 200% overcrowded, now closed). No photography allowed in the exhibition, and no room to swing a camera even if you were allowed, but a good chance to snap some statues.

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Good days

Thursday was one of the good London days: it started with the view above, was followed by a great bit of publicity for the magazine and ended with dutch beer and discovering soup-filled dumplings at a great Taiwanese restaurant. Fantastic. On the minus side, karma dictates that Monday will be a bad London day:I will […]

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