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22 January 2012
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Chronicles of a Thesis: Day 4 – Procrastination

Weekends are hard…

So, Saturday (yesterday) was tough because I bought a new toy – Panasonic Lumix G3 DSLR 😀 – but at least I did about half an hour of work. Today… none, nada, ziltch. James was over, and then I was going over to my parents for dinner, and then Nicky had a new Xbox and I was chatting about that with him… and it just didn’t fit. I could do it now, but it’s half 9 and I need some ‘me’ time to chill and play games with some crappy movie in the background.

I think it’s been a hell of a week, and I’m not going to go crazy if I miss a day. I have a lot going on, and the thesis is an important part, so I will be making time for it. But one day won’t kill me. I might still do a little this evening, after some Fallout 3, which is very fun. And, you gotta remember what they say, you have to have a little fun, every day.

Peace, out!

– Matt

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20 January 2012
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Chronicles of a Thesis: Day 1 – A beginning (LyX)

It’s gotten to thepoint – for a few reasons – that I really must start making a concerted effort to write up my thesis in order to finish on time by autumn. And so, I will be regaling you all with my progress, thoughts and frustrations. Lots and lots of frustrations, I’ll bet. I appreciate your attention, comments and advice. I’ve resolved to do an hour a day on my thesis – for those who don’t know, I’m studying a PhD in Physics.

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29 November 2011
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When I went husky trekking, with Bessy Bell Husky Trekkers

Husky trekking isn’t exactly the first thing you think of in Northern Ireland. “Don’t you need snow?” I thought. NUH-UH! It may often be cold and shitty in Northern Ireland, but we don’t get nearly enough snow to make snow sledding possible. The alternative? Scooters, courtesy of Bessy Bell Husky Trekkers!

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25 November 2011
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Sonic is 20 – A look back through two decades of cool blue

A gleeful look back at Sonic through his 20 year history, and a review of the most recent game, Sonic Generations. I’ve completed it, and you know you want to hear my take on it all. Sonic is cool, and you are cool for liking him, right? I has pretty pictures too!

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9 November 2011
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Apple App Store – Walled garden, or pit of snakes; the security flaws

Apple’s ‘walled garden’ is supposed to leave iOS users safe and secure from a lawless world of rogue apps. Apple verify each app for stability, security and quality before it gets listed. So, what if I told you that there could be apps there now, accepting remote commands and stealing your data. Don’t you think you should know about it?

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28 October 2011
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TR3N – Tron 3 greenlit?

Has a Tron 3 been given the go by Disney? Indications over the past few months have been a ‘yes’. Now, it would seem that this has gotten a little bit more certain.

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27 October 2011
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Strange issues on the blog

Some content has vanished as a result of a recent update to Wordpress or one of my plugins. Apologies!

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17 January 2011
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Sony – Suing GeoHot won’t put Pandora back in the box

The PS3 was recently shown by GeoHot / fail0verflow to be the most ill-secured modern console system. Endemic problems have led to it being completely hacked, and on the horizon is a world of executables which your PS3 cannot distinguish from genuine ones. Cue – lawsuit.

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8 December 2010
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The War for the Internet

Is this current crisis the first salvo in an internet war which will change the internet forever? With US Government interference already admitted by PayPal, has the penny dropped that the Internet is not as free as we believed?

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19 September 2010
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Vapourware – Like a Needle in a Haystack

Vapourware describes a product, usually software, that has been announced by a developer during or before its development, if there is significant doubt whether the product will actually be released. It is software which at best is still in development, and at worst is no more than an interesting concept in the mind of someone at the organisation. Vapourware is sometimes announced with great fanfare as a spoiling tactic to hurt sales of a competitors already launched product.

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