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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?

server does not support RFC 5746, see CVE-2009-3555

Tue Nov 9 22:03:01 2010

This problem has been driving me mad for a week or more now. signin.ebay.co.uk : server does not support RFC 5746, see CVE-2009-3555

Network performance

Fri Sep 24 10:36:24 2010

For the last 2 years or so I thought I had it all set up ok, but recent drop outs and terrible performance have resulted in a lot of head scratching...........

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

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.

Phoenix Guitar Amplifier Project

Fri Apr 1 22:46:10 2016


Well, I like the name Firebird more but it has been used for guitar amps. Anyway I am thinking of this name as it is a bit of a come back rising from the ashes. I am back on track designing my custom guitar amp and I have just managed to get a couple of brand new Celestion G12 12 inch speakers for a totally mad cheap price.

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.

A passing thought about Durrington Walls stones

Mon Sep 7 18:32:13 2015


As news today (originally first reported last year) emerges of the discovery by the Hidden Landscapes Project of possibly 100 large stones beneath the southern bank of Durrington Walls, some up to 4.5m long, I find myself idly musing about the relationship between Durrington and Stonehenge.

Major and Minor Lunar Standstills

Thu Jul 30 18:33:13 2015


The attached PDF graphs the declination of the Moon over the span of 2012 to 2026 as seen from Stonehenge, to help you spot when the next lunar standstills will occur. The graphs are generated using a Java applet available on http://www.jgiesen.de/moondata/

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 (3rd 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/