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Recent Tech

Playing an MKV file with an external AC3 in VLC on OSX

Mon Jul 11 21:07:17 2011

For my own reference, and lest it help anyone else:

Ameol revisited

Fri Jun 17 19:07:46 2011

Well, it DID work, for about a couple of hours.

Linux devices & BT Routers

Mon Apr 11 17:35:20 2011

One of our artists (we provide studios) is having the following problem: Re. internet, I'm having real problems connecting _any_ linux device to the router (I've tried 8 different ones!). I think this is a BT hardware problem. I can advise with tech logs if need be. The Router is a BT Business Hub 2700HGV Can anyone help?


Tue Nov 9 22:03:01 2010



Fri Sep 24 10:36:24 2010


Snow Leopard Server web server weirdness

Fri Feb 26 03:09:44 2010

Been tinkering with Snow Leopard Server a bit lately, and thought I'd see what the web server's up to.

Snow Leopard and NFS

Wed Oct 21 14:54:11 2009

I'll be damned if I'm going to search all over t'Internet for this information if I ever need it again in the future, so here's how to use NFS shares in Snow Leopard without all that tedious mucking about with -36 errors.

Weird SMTP connection timeout issue

Mon Jul 20 12:08:33 2009

Why would a perfectly standard MacBook Pro act completely normal in every other networky respect, but be unable to connect to any SMTP server?

Wireless repeater / extenders

Fri Jul 10 20:39:28 2009

This is doing my head in. Which is normally when I turn to novacaster.

How to overburn a CD/DVD in OSX

Wed Mar 25 12:45:48 2009

This post on Chris Duran's blog explains how to overburn a CD or DVD on a Mac, given that neither OSX's built in Disk Utility nor Roxio's flagship burning software 'Toast', support it. Cheers Chris.

Recent Blogs

Why did they choose Salisbury Plain?

Sat Oct 29 20:39:11 2016


One of the most frequently asked questions about Stonehenge is “Why is it where it is?” and there are several possible explanations for this. They're described below but it's important to understand that combinations of these are also possible – there may not be just one single reason.

Stonehenge and The Druids

Sat Oct 29 20:17:39 2016


Back in the mid 1600s one man came to the realisation that Stonehenge was far older than previously thought. Based on his studies, John Aubrey attributed the monument to the British pre-Roman priesthood called the Druids.

Burial Mounds near Stonehenge

Sat Oct 29 19:55:45 2016


The area within a 2 mile radius around Stonehenge contains more than 300 Bronze Age burial mounds or “barrows”. Often these are clustered into what are termed “cemeteries” - groups of barrows that often occur along the ridgelines within sight of the stone circle. Almost all have been opened by investigators and treasure hunters prior to the 20th century and have had their grave goods removed.

Ale's Stenar, Stonehenge and the number 56

Mon May 2 18:02:11 2016


It's weird how information finds you. While finishing up at the monument last week I happened to overhear three visitors wondering where the Avenue was. I stopped to point it out to them and we got into conversation.

Is it art?

Thu Apr 14 07:39:32 2016


I'm not even sure it's prior.

Crystal River Stelae 3D Models

Tue Mar 1 20:15:39 2016


Courtesy of the excellent Adam Stanford, here are 3D models of Stela 1 and Stela 2 at Crystal River Archaeological Park based on several hundred photos of them taken by me on my recent visit.

Crystal River Mounds, Florida

Sun Feb 21 02:22:48 2016


This archaeological site of over half a dozen mounds and several standing stones dates between ~500BC and 1400AD.

Return of the mac....

Wed Jan 13 12:21:32 2016


It's been a while

Wrens at Stonehenge

Sun Oct 18 18:25:29 2015


Most people are aware of the existence of a piece of graffiti on the southern edge of Stone 52 at Stonehenge which reads "I WREN" and is reputed to be that of Christopher Wren. While doing the stone check this morning, I happened to notice a second occurrence of the name "WREN", this time on the west face of Stone 23. Here are photos of these graffiti for comparison.

Lunar Eclipse September 2015

Mon Sep 28 21:17:14 2015


A small selection of photos taken out of my bedroom window.

Recent Other

Anonymous suggestion box / issue reporting system

Thu Jun 2 21:12:45 2016

Suggestions and Issues

Use the "Reply" link below.

Egyptian Figurine

Fri Sep 5 21:24:38 2014


Can anybody translate, or transliterate, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics?

Picasso painting aquired during world War Two

Sat Apr 10 22:37:26 2010


I received this painting from Canada's best known art collector years ago,I have all the documentation right down to a bill of sale and a signed letter on rear of painting from Picasso to his partner at the time,if you have to ask who don't bother. The painting was actually going to be burned to heat the room they lived in during the year 1902 which is when it was actually painted not 1903 as dated. The painting has a very obvious thumb print in left bottom corner which is referred to in the letter on the rear of painting as his way of marking his work.I have no interest in selling this painting and I consider it my most precious possesion.

Latest News

Fri Jul 25 12:54:25 2008


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This area will be updated, from time-to-time with news items concerning the 1934 Drawing and ongoing developments.

If you know of further media coverage concerning this subject, please let us know.

National & International Couriers

Mon Mar 17 12:08:18 2008


Looking for recommendations for couriers to ship large packages in the UK and abroad (eg to USA & Spain)... any searching Googling etc just brings up horror stories. Any good ones out there?

Possible Picasso drawing

Wed Dec 26 21:22:33 2007


I have a drawing that might be by Picasso. Please let me know if you can look at it and help me. My email is murisd@gmail.com


Mon Jan 29 16:08:36 2007

Forum::Online Communities

Founded in the late 80s as a dialup BBS and now available via dialup, telnet, OLR and the web, the Compulink Information eXchange is one of the longest surviving UK-based online communities around. It's still going strong today with over 10000 members.

Web hosts

Mon Jan 15 16:56:22 2007


Can anyone recommend a low cost, secure, web hosting company? Does it make any difference where/which country they are based? Currently only have two domains (only one is actively used for my billycan website) to which I might be adding two in the near future.

Picasso's Guernica - Images within Images (2nd Ed.) by Melvin E. Becraft

Sat Oct 28 15:14:42 2006


Attached is a PDF file of the 2nd edition of "Picasso's Guernica - Images within Images" published by Mel Becraft in 1986 and updated since.

New community archives website.

Fri Oct 20 11:53:30 2006


There is a new community archives website. It was launched a few weeks ago. http://www.communityarchives.org.uk/