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Back in London. Flew in via Singapore last night. Flight wasn't too… 
11th-Jan-2006 07:21 pm
Back in London. Flew in via Singapore last night. Flight wasn't too bad apart from being in a middle seat due to a full flight. That and that I didn't get too much sleep because SIA has installed an advanced on-demand entertainment system, even in peasant class, with lots of choices of films, albums, TV etc. Finally got round to seeing Fantastic Four (rather glad I didn't pay to see this...), Myth (amazing: recent Jacky Chan film that not only doesn't suck ass but was rather good, can't be a coincidence that it's a Chinese, not a Hollywood film!), Seven Swords (Chinese sword film, impressive action, slightly incoherent storyline) and most of Man on Fire (didn't finish it before landing due to need for sleep catching up on me!).

Pointless observations on airline cutlery in this post-9-11 age:
  • Thai, London-Bangkok: all plastic
  • Thai, Bangkok-KL: all metal, including knife
  • MAS, KL-Melbourne and back: plastic knife, rest metal
  • SIA, KL-Singapore: plastic knife, rest metal
  • SIA, SIngapore-London: all plastic

My dislike of Heathrow Terminal 3 grows. Somehow, they managed to run out of ******* trolleys last night! Biggest terminal at the world's busiest airport and they failed to have enough trolleys available! An enormouse queue grew as staff brought them in 3-4 at a time.

First act on getting home, needless to say, was fire up my PC and start downloading BSG 2x11. I have now watched it and, bloody Hell, it was good! I'd still like the whole Pegasus-Galactica conflict to have built up slowly over several episodes, the revelations just seemed to come a bit too rapidly but nonetheless, superb. A wonderful observation I saw on a mailing list: this isn't your dad's BSG - couldn't imagine Lorne Green giving Dirk Benedict an order to assasinate Lloyd Bridges!

Gah. No fair. Woke up this morning: it was cold and I can't go around in shorts and t-shirt! Up to eyeballs in work again, typing this while document prints off. In the meantime, one chap wants to discuss fine-tuning offer letter and setting up UK office, got interviews on Friday and Monday and I need to unpack and catch up with domestic chores like laundry and restocking the fridge...

Norton Firewall also seems to have had a fit. For some reason it's started blocking Mailwasher Pro only on my main PC. All other apps still running fine. Config panel shows it's supposed to have full access. Any attempts to modify or remove entry for Mailwasher causes config panel to crash. Odd...

Next few weekends looking to be busy: LOTNA this weekend, London con pub meet next weekend, probably Horsham weekend after: David is keen to show off his Xbox 360, iPaq and GPS toys!

Oh, and thanks to Sally, the Lib-Dem leadership race and a BBC article, the whole Robert Menzies/"Ming" thing is now much clearer. I guess it would have been more obvious if he'd been occasionally referred to in the episodes of Vietnam I've seen so far by name rather than just "Prime Minister" and "Ming"!
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11th-Jan-2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
Normally, off Usenet but while it's the fastest, most reliable source in my experience, it's very much a news type service - items only persist for a few days.

So, in this case, I think it was Torrentspy
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11th-Jan-2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ah right. It's a Bittorrent site. So, first thing you need is a Bittorrent client application. http://www.bittorrent.com/ is probably as good place to start as any. Download and install.

Next, from the Torrentspy site, you need download a small seed torrent file. Then, open it with the Bittorrent client, tell it where to save the file and leave your PC running for some indeterminate period.

Beware: Bittorrent's protocols have been designed to maximise the efficiency of file transfers both to and from your PC so it will most likely max out your broadband connection... It will also continue uploading from your PC until you stop the client, even after you've finished downloading, which will be important if your connection has a maximum data transferred cap!
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11th-Jan-2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Luddite! ;-)
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