Land Rover video

Behold, the video of my day out at Land Rover with the new Land Rover phone and Sir Ranulph Fiennes (there is loads more footage of him that I'll probably put up later).

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Finally reached the top!

Phew, knackered!... it's been a long day in which I finally got to achieve something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid.

here is a photo of me eating my lunch on the 34th floor of the BT Tower as it slowly rotates to show the whole of London.
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Yesterday needler and I took a break from working and jumped on the boat to Greenwich for dinner in GBK (who now do onion rings!) with armoury_kim, dj_ben_uk and dj_alexander (the usual suspects then) followed by drinks in the Richard the first where we were joined by Greenwich's newest resident, tga.

At some point the discussion turned to an old CRT iMac we picked up on Freecycle many many years ago. It's too old to use for anything constructive (although it does run OSX) so it's always sat in my office not doing anything.

Anyway, needler seemed to be confused and thought it was pink where I was sure it was red. This was backed up by remembering that it didn't match her hair (which is bright pink) and so must therefore be RED.

The pink/red debate continued for some time and eventually a £10 bet was had. Further heated debate ensued and the bet was slowly raised to £100.

Then the arcane sunday licensing laws kicked in and we all had to leave. We spent the boat ride home discussing the logistics of owning a pink iMac vs that of a red iMac.

We got home to find this monstrosity sitting in my office:

It's not even like I can get away with saying it's a dark pinkish shade of red :(

Still, it was nice to see friends.
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Cross posted from sms_to_lj...

I'm going to be closing down the sms_to_lj service soon, but read on because this isn't actually bad news :)

The sms_to_lj service I created has been constantly (apart from a few outages) posting your text messages to LiveJournal since 2003. In that time it's taken over 100,000 of your messages containing insightful thoughts, social commentary and general nonsense and converted them into LiveJournal posts.

Since last year, when I added support to the gateway, it has been doing the same for over 30 other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

Last month the guys at (who have always been very supportive of my unofficial service) got in touch about creating an official international SMS gateway for and that's exactly what we did.

The gateway runs entirely on equipment hosted in datacentres and has an interconnect with a major UK mobile network while the sms_to_lj gateway runs entirely on an old server (an ancient MIPS Cobalt RAQ for those interested) in my apartment connected to an equally old Nokia handset. The new gateway won't go down when I move house or when the old Nokia handset decides to turn itself off for no reason.

With all that in mind I'm going to recommend that everyone switch to using the new gateway immediately, it's very simple to get things up and running so that text messages to go to your Livejournal and if you need any help they have an excellent support community on Get Satisfaction.

So in short, sms_to_lj will be closing down soon but it's all ok because have an international SMS service now (the SMS side of which is also run by me). I appreciate that not everyone who uses the service reads this journal. If you know someone like that, please tell them :)

Lastly, thanks to everyone who supported this service over the years by clicking the Paypal donate button on the Info page :)

One small footnote, since I hooked the guys up with a a proper mobile network interconnect all the networks consider it to be a UK number unlike Jersey or Manx telecom numbers, as used by Twitter, which some networks consider "international" and charge extra for.

Metallica \m/

This is what we looked like in our private suite at the O2 Arena:

We look so happy because just behind the camera is this view:

(also quite happy because we had our own complimentary bar with bartender)
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Some of you will be happy to hear that I've turned off that annoying twitter to Livejournal thing
(it actually started annoying me too but I always forgot to turn it off)... if you want to know what I'm doing RIGHT NOW you should add me on Twitter or Facebook.

I'll also endeavour to make proper long posts in here from time to time now too.