Tuesday, December 18, 2007

You know you're in trouble when...

... you think it's a perfectly reasonable thing to use Vi to edit a text file on a machine where another text editor exists. I knew this MIS lot would teach me bad habits.

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DVD authoring

I've been looking for some decent DVD authoring software for ages but never found anything that was free and did what I wanted. The other day I found DVD Flick which is not only free, but open source as well. I've played with it for a little bit and have concluded that it does exactly what I want. It's a great bit of software, with a good user interface, does what I want and, most importantly, it works! The release version doesn't do menus, but the beta (available from the forums) handles that with no problems.

On a related note, I've spent ages looking for free software that does this, and now that I've found it, I'm going to pay for it. I like the open source ideal, I respect the amount of work that's gone into it, the fact that it does exactly what I want and because I can, I'm happy to pay for that (and to publicise it on my blog) to encourage it to continue.

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Recently a lamp post sized pole set in great big concrete blocks (to stop people tearing it down, I suppose) has appeared near where I live with a CCTV camera on it. I find this slightly disturbing and a bit creepy. It's a bit odd, since I don't mind these cameras in the city centre or in shops (or maybe I've just got used to them), but having one watching me at the bottom of my street is just unsettling. I keep thinking that someone's going to pull me in and demand that I justify my existence.

On a much happier note, following Stevie and Sacha's news, Stevie has asked me to be his best man. Having known him for a decade and lived with him for almost half that, how could I refuse? Now I've got to come up with a speech. And I can't even recycle the last one, since there'll probably be a lot of people who were at both ;-).

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