Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: Speaking Freely,

    sadly still no technical specs on the Freeview web site (at least none that I can see).

    Come on guys it's 'free' - publish your specs, point to the DVB specs you support, what format is the guide data in? how do you structure your channels? (mpeg 4 rather than 2 for OTA)

    There are lots of video hackers out there, with great free tools available - enable them, it's free and not like anyonewill steal anything - open up and let a thousand flowers bloom

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2269 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: And some with a fountain pen,

    surely it's "babylon", um err mon

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2269 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: If you can't say something…,

    I had the same problem when I got married (back in 1984) - took several years before I could use 'my wife' without cringing (and largely because by then we were in the US and 'partner' just confused everyone)

    I'd like to encourage everyone to steal the words 'marriage', 'weddings', etc even 'wife' and 'husband' back from the fundies - apply them to civil unions with wild abandon until no one can tell the difference

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2269 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Walking Through the Ruins,

    oh we're going to play THAT game .... before we get to the cardboard box in the road: I worked for a NZ Uni in the late 70s, back when people referred to "the computer" because there was just one - we bought 1.5Mb of ram (actual core, hand threaded by someone in the 3rd world) for NZ$1M (about US$1.5M at the time) ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2269 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Walking Through the Ruins,

    treat those friends really well - IMHO you're not allowed to ask someone to help you move more than once a decade, roll out the good pizza, and the good beer at the end

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2269 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: The Art of the Deal,

    hmmm so - 4 heads good, 5 heads bad?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2269 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Walking Through the Ruins,

    I disagree - unpack those boxes, do more triage - otherwise you end up with a boxes in the hallway for 2 years like we did (just because we can't find somewhere for all my tools doesn't mean I want to throw them away)

    Rental shoes? think bowling alley - buy some spray stuff, insist that special shoes must be worn on dance floor, profit!

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2269 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Walking Through the Ruins,

    I have a drawer full of old t-shirts, none of which still fit - but I can't throw them away - I wonder what a 25 year old HART shirt is worth ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2269 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Walking Through the Ruins,

    My partner's call to the power company yesterday involved the phrase 'wait a minute, why do you need to know who my next of kin are?'.

    I love that, I need to try that some time - perhaps ask them if there's something wrong with their power that causes them to need to call next of kin a lot

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2269 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Walking Through the Ruins,

    Moving back from the US was GREAT! we gave away/threw away so much stuff - we'd moved there at 25 with a suitcase each (OK I mailed my scientific journals too) and came back with half a container's worth - that was after we'd thrown half of it away - it was so hard and in the end definitely worth it

    We could never stomach holding a garage, we'd just put anything interesting out on the street - it all went - we eventually invited a couple of neighbours in to pick over the best stuff, one had been quietly setting up her college bound daughter from our footpath

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2269 posts Report Reply

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