In a few weeks I should be getting my room re-decorated and when this happens, all my servers and computers will get moved into my bedroom and they will all be set-up neatly. To keep things extra neat and save me having to keep going into the cupboards, where my computers will reside, I would like face plates above my desk that give me all the ports I could possibly need!

An example of a fully assembled double gang wall plate

An example of a fully assembled double gang wall plate

I would like a wall plate or a set of wall plates with the following connection (in order from left to right):

  • 2x RCA Jacks (Red and white)
  • 1x Optical S/PDIF
  • 3x RCA Connections (Red, White, Yellow)
  • 2x Cat6 RJ45 conections (not required though)
  • 2x PS/2 connections (Keyboard/Mouse)
  • 2x 15-Pin D-Sub (VGA)
  • 2x PS/2 connections (Keyboard/Mouse)
  • 2-4x USB connections (USB Hub)
  • 1/2x 6 pin Firewire connections
  • 1x 3.5mm Jacks
  • 2x RCA Jacks (Red and white)

All connections should be female and have 2.2m+ (maybe even 2.5m to be safe) of cable with the male connector at the end of the cables. A modular system would be best as it would allow for change in the future and offer expandability.

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After reading a blog post that I found when it was ReTweeted by @windowsphone, I discovered the Odiogo plugin for wordpress. It is a nifty little plugin that you can install onto your wordpress blog which allows your, more lazy readers have each blog post read to them.

What you get is the standard sort of robotic voice (after a little Odiogo jingle for branding 😉 ) reading the blog post. The quality is quite good and can be very fluent at times but is nowhere near perfect. It does try and be natural but siome times the tone used is all wrong and in very logn sentences where a pause would be used even where there are no commas, the reader picks up in pace and it becomes very fast!

The main problems comes when you start having abreviations for things or non-english words (which is very often on a technology blog like this). Sometimes it will try and make the abreviations into a word rather than spelling it letter by letter and other times you get the oposite; you may have a word in capitals which it assumes is an abreviation and so reads letter by letter!

Overall the Odigio plugin is a nice feature which I will leave running but it is nowhere near perfect!

On Friday the 5th of February, at about 6/7pm GMT there appeared to be a strange anomaly going round on twitter! People who already had high tweet counts were suddenly getting even higher ones! I first notice this when reading a tweet from @MOn321 on twitter! My initial reaction was “WTH? I could have sworn that @MOn321 only had 12,000 tweets or something likt that the other day and there is no way he could have tweeted 24,000 times in the space of a week without me noticing!”

@MOn321 with 35,906 tweets!

@MOn321 with 35,906 tweets!

I was right! There was no possible way that he could have tweeted that much! When @MOn321 told me that it was a glitch I was highly jealous of him and way wondering what had happened until @MOn321 noted that the same glitch had affected me in a much larger way!!!

Me with 52,915 tweets!

Me with 52,915 tweets!

At this point I had to do some investigating! Was this glitch affecting everyone? What were the exact details of the glitch!

From what I could tell, it appeared that the glitch affected users with a tweet count greater than about 2,000-5,000(I would have needed a snapshot of before and after the glitch to be more precise) and it trippled the users tweet count and the moment of the glitch occurring!I have no indication as to whether it has any relation to the API and whether it did not affect users using the web or not but if you have any information, please leave it in the comments bellow! 🙂

Most user are finding this annoying but I am satisfied with this as compensation for the way that twitter normally penalises its most dedicated users!


This post is designed as a way for me to test moBlog on my mobile. moBlog is a Windows Mobile program that allows you to blog remotely from your mobile. It is quite easy to set up and works with a variety of blogging services and allow you to have multiple profiles and muntiple blogs set up simultaniously!

The interface for writing blogs is in HTML but has a preview option to view the blog before uploading. The writing sceen is very simple and is literally a large text box but you do have limited formatting features which just allow you to insert the appropriate HTML tags for whatever formatting you want!

Examples of the formatting avaiable:

  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Underline

Note: Bullet points are not avaiable but I know the HTML for them and using custom HTML tags seems to work even on the preview.

The last feature provided when writing a blog is the ability to insert pictures. If this works you should see a stock photo from my HTC Touch Pro bellow:

As a basic bloging programme, this is acceptable but there are some major flaws which make the program difficult to work with! My main issue is when you try to write a blog or use the software in landscape. Th way the screen reorganises is impractical and require lots of scrolling to navigate. Rather than resizing the input and preview boxes to a 480 x 640 screen, it simply adjusts the width for 640 keeping the height as it is when in portrait mode. This result in the software being appropriate for a 640 x 640 screen and since this does not fit on the screen, a second scroll bar is added so that you can navigate the larger area. So that this makes more sense I will upload some screenshots late 🙂

Although the formatting options are limited they are much greater than those offered by my alternative which is by using the browser and full sized WP admin panel. The advantage of using the WP admin panel is that although the WYSIWYG does not work in Opera Mobile 10, it is better than the preview in moBlogs as it shows a more precise representation of what the output will actually looks like! For example, in WordPress, I have notice that using line breaks in the HTML view results in a line break in the output however the preview in moBlog does not acount for this.

Another disadvantage of moBlog is that it is not very user friendly. It uses a basic Windows CE design and is not as asthetically pleasing as using the online interface.

Overall I would not recomend moBlog forf the mobile blogger as it just doesn’t provide all the nessasary features required by a blogger today.

I am testing if it is posible to write a blog post natively from my Windows Mobile phone using Opera Mobile 10 Beta. By the looks of it it is possible and the WordPress admin panel is surprisingly eay to navigate using my mobile! However, it does appear that you can only write blogs in the HTML view and NOT by using the WYSIWYG editor. This is unfortunate, but for basic blogging it should not be too difficult to adapt to! Posting images may become a problem but what you have to remember is that I would not use my mobile as my primary editor for my blog.

Before now you have been able to subscribe to me on twitter, however when doing this, you would get ALL of my updates and this was not convenient for those who were only interested in updates from my blog or to use the twitter subscription, purely as a way of subscribing to the blog. You can now follow @flungoBlog on twitter to get the latest updates from my blog. There has also now been a Facebook page set up which will also host links to new blog posts.

This now provides readers with 4 ways to subscribe to this blog:

The Facebook page and Twitter Page will not have updates posted for a month or more, but feel free to subscribe via either of those methods!

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If you have never watched Star Trek you probably wont know what I am on about for the first part of this blog but you should still find this pretty interesting! In Star Trek their is a device, on-board the star ships called a replicator.

“…a replicator is a machine capable of creating (and recycling) objects. Replicators were originally seen used to synthesize meals on demand…”

What a crazy idea! Like something that far fetched would ever become reality? Well…. Although scientificically and technologically the idea would be imposible (as far as I can see) the concept of a machine that can “synthesize meals on demand” is a reality. Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran from MIT recenly posted a concept design of the Cornucopia.

Cornucopia: Digital Gastronomy

Cornucopia: Digital Gastronomy

This inovation brings us one step closer to fiction becoming reality and shows that the people at MIT willing “To boldly go where no man has gone before”

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This blog is simply a personal experiment and may be of no interest to you unless you too have a WordPress blog and ask yourself the same question:

Often I post a blog post without updating the permalink to something sensible. This means that after posting I have to change the permalink, and this could mean that the links posted on other sites automatically (like the link automatically posted on my twitter) may point to the wrong place. But what I want to know is whether when you change the permalink, the old permalink still exist, so that the the link is not broken? I will test this theory on this blog and let you all know with an update to the blog 🙂

UPDATE: Well that was simple enough, and I know have my answer 🙂 If you update your permalink after publishing, the old permalink will redirect to the new location meaning that no links are broken! However, it did appear that the TweetMeme ReTweet widget reset to 0 when doing this!

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