Lately, I find I am skint.  Because of this, and because I have little else to do with my slavers of free time, I have given some thought to how to get unskint.  Here’s an idea that applies to me and may apply to you:

An Amazon wish list.

Wait!  Wait!  Click not away just yet.  Thinkest thou, ’tis likely, that it is the mighty Amazon what we must thank for that idea.  Or perhaps they pinched it, but it certainly wasn’t the noble scribe of this most unfairly unread blog.  Correct you are, but the problem with the Amazon wish list is that it’s a bit limited in that what you’re wishing for has to be on Amazon.  Sure, a great many things are available on Amazon, but not the kind of stuff that I tend to impulse-buy.

Case in point: this very day I came across the Open Rights Group via an upcoming event from the sickeningly talented Neil Gaiman.  My first impulse was to join the group as a supporter, but, alas, the whole skint thing.  Still £10 a month isn’t too much, surely.  More importantly, it’s the kind of thing I’d forget about if I didn’t do it, like, immediately.

So I’m making my own wish list.  I’m going to post it here, too, so anyone who has more cash than sense can buy me stuff (without obligating me to do anything, of course).

Only, I’m not calling it a wish list, as that’s a marketing ploy to make you think that clicking Add to Basket is the same as Make Wish Come True.  Nope, mine is simply a To Buy list.  And the ORG are on it.  And so it the nice man who make the plugin that automatically upgrades my WordPress.

Feel free to make one yourself (and send me a thank-you donation, if you have any decency).

Nullriver losing on Netshare, but winning on MediaLink

(Update 4th Oct ’08: I had some friends over again and finally paid Nullriver for the code.  Only thing: I couldn’t then get it to work.  Then, this morning, without me doing anything, it works (and works beautifully).  I’ll have to invite people over again.  In the meantime, I’m sitting in my living room writing this while my TV sings me songs from an iTunes Genuis playlist based around Jackson C. Frank’s Blues Run The Game.  Right now it’s Easy Way Out by Elliot Smith.  Wonderful.)
Pain in the App
Pain in the App

Poor Nullriver have made a great-sounding iPhone app called Netshare which shared the phone’s cellular network with your laptop wirelessly, so you could get proper internet without a wi-fi network.  Sounds good, except that Apple pulled it from App Store after only a few hours.  It came back the next day, only to disappear again.  This has pissed a lot of people off.

While browsing Nullriver’s site, though, I found an program that shared my iTunes library with my Playstation 3, including video, photos and all playlists.  I had previously tried a program called EyeConnect by Elgato, but so far I’m way happier with Nullriver’s MediaLink.  I can’t afford the $20 to get the full version ’til next pay day, but I got the 30 minute trial version which is cool.  After my half hour, it disguises all the filenames with ‘Please register MediaLink!’ which is fair enough.  It still works fine on shuffle.

I only wish I’d had it last time we had friends round on a Friday night.  I had to hook my laptop up to the TV via a DVI-to-HDMI adapter and mini-jack to phono for the audio.  The iTunes visualiser was distracting on the 46″ screen and the sound was quiet through the analogue cable.  Never again!

Blog Starts Anew!

This is the first post of the blog.  Anyone who’s been to before may disagree, but it’s my blog and I’m telling you: this is the first post.

No longer do we have the epic tale of my 2006 Worldcon, my musings on Rocky VI, Monty the dog in his infancy or diatribes against DRM.

Nope, this is the first post.  Why?  Let’s just say that when you don’t pay your hosting fees, they get medieval on your MySQL databases.

Now the Worldcon stuff was originally hosted on Apple’s servers, and I spent many an hour laboriously transferring the words and pictures to this site.  No one looked at it, so I’m not going to bother this time.  This time I’m just going to pretend this is the first post.

So there.

Welcome to my “new” blog.