Monthly Archives: April 2007

Football: The New Kremlinology

By | April 29, 2007

Following football these days feels more like Kremlinology — trying to read into the minds of managers, players defecting like scientists and ‘agents’ cutting deals in exotic locales via dead letter boxes. As usual, in such games, information is power, which is why I liked this throwaway line from a Guardian report about this weekend’s Chelsea v Bolton… Read More »


By | April 27, 2007

Lifehacker points to how to turn your old Moleskine into a hard drive casing. Not only cool, but useful for hiding your back up in a bookcase. clipped from

The Limits of the Ribbon Revolution

By | April 26, 2007

The Microsoft Office Ribbon is really starting to take off. I’ve seen it in three applications in the past two days: a mindmapping program (I’m under embargo so can’t say which one), SmartDraw 2007, and even something like Mindomo ( review here), an online mindmapping program. Here is a bunch of other programs using the Ribbon: Essential Studio, Radius,… Read More »

How To Remember Stuff

By | April 24, 2007

I long suspected this was the case, and now we’ve proof: Try too hard to remember something and you can almost feel yourself forgetting it. Stop trying to remember and it will come back. Of course, this could be extended to other mental activity: Your brain can only cope with so much stuff, so better to let it… Read More »

How Couriers Help Scammers

By | April 24, 2007

Bruce Schneier talks about how to get around blocks on U.S. eretailers refusing to ship to Russia: put the correct address but the wrong country (in this case Canada.) Indonesian credit card fraudsters have long been doing this, usually putting the country as Singapore. I suspect they still do it. Of course it’s a reflection of both the… Read More »