Tsunami (this is a historical copy of how this website use to look like)

I think everyone has felt the impact of the Asian Tsunami in some way. With the death toll passing 165,000 people, everyone can do something to help the aid efforts. We all know the figures will rise. You don’t need to see the current TV footage to get some kind of picture on what must be going on in the impacted areas. But if we do nothing, things will only be worse…Ordinary Australians have raised millions of dollars thorugh aid agencies like Oxfam and World Vision… Even $5 can help, so drop your credit card digits into a donation form (you can even SMS donations on the World Vision site), or call in to the first ever all-networks telethon tonight… [more>]

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troyb | 03:06 PM Saturday January 8, 2005 [Permalink] [2 Comments]


Wednesday, January 26, 2005

TelcoTech fusion

Whilst on a retro-electrical fact finding google-fest, Simon’s skip lead me to a site advertising the most fascinating gadgets – retro receivers for modern mobiles. Pokia appears to be the leader in production of such gadgets. Basically, creator Nik Roope (who seems to have slipped in first with these inevitable-yet-way-cool inventions) fuses handsfree componentry with retro telco and media hardware, including walkie-talkie microphones, funky 70s headphones and even Star Trek communicators, as well as the obvious bakelite and plastic landline handsets.Just perfect for my collision of high tech and mid-20C-tech interests! Now I’m gonna have to experiment with fusing some high tech with my low tech bits.

troyb | 12:37 PM [Permalink] [Leave a Comment]


Saturday, January 8, 2005

Happy 2005

Wow – we are half way into the 1st decade of the 21st Century! Well wishes to all – I hope 2005 brings all my friends and family peace, happiness and everything they could want.

troyb | 01:48 PM [Permalink] [5 Comments]


Sunday, December 5, 2004

Proto-lingo: words in their infancy

I’ve been having a bit of fun browsing the Wikipedia Neologisms site. My good friend writer of Sneedle Flipsock (see sidebar; writing this on iPAQ so cross-referencing is awkward!) is a proto-word factory, so this really strikes a chord!

troyb | 10:37 AM [Permalink] [2 Comments]


Saturday, November 27, 2004

Recent AirTunes

The other day we got ourselves an Airport Express so that we can play our full iTunes collections in the lounge room or outdoors when we entertain around thereinvigorated pool.To celebrate, I’ve located a great konfabulator widget called Sputnik which publishes a nice little HTML, RSS or JavaScript fragment to list your recent songs:

Dec 09 23:56:54 2004 +1100

ABBA – Voulez-Vous
ABBA – Does Your Mother Know
ABBA – Knowing Me, Knowing You
Eric Burdon – Spill The Wine
Electric Light Orchestra – The Fall
Earth, Wind & Fire – Fantasy
Village People – Go West
Sam & Dave – Love The One You’re With
Blondie – Heart of Glass – Blondie
Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’
Captain & Tenille – Do That To Me One More Time
Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Walk Away
ABBA – Voulez-Vous
Diana Ross – Upside Down
Bee Gees – How Deep is Your Love
Electric Light Orchestra – All over the world
K.C. and the Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes
The Jackson Five – Blame It On The Boogie
Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
The Pointer Sisters – He’s So Shy
Powered by Sputnik

The program only supports FTP, so I have had to cheat and put in an iFRAME in my pages referencing our ISP server space, as there are some evil spirits inhabiting the tbn97 server preventing me from FTPing to the machine, which is on the same router as my G5, and has the firewall opened and all. (Don’t ask me – I don’t get it either). I know iFRAMES are ugly and evil – I will see if I can find a nicer solution some time soon!

In the mean time you can now see my musical tastes of the moment… Not that this is too interesting to everyone, but it was a fun bit of Geeking around… As you can see, there’s a bit of a mix in my iTunes collection!

troyb | 09:28 PM [Permalink] [2 Comments]


Sunday, November 21, 2004

The sexiness of The Dark Side

It is a bit of an indulgence, but we have gone and got ourselves an XBox. Whilst it emanates some sort of polished dark-side vibe, I must say the new toy is a nice piece of hardware, and has promising potential for an interesting future when it becomes obsolete as a gaming device.Brent and myself are not hugely into gaming, but can get hooked on a particular title for short bursts of time. After playing Halo 2 and A few other games at a friend’s place the other night, we decided to get this as an early Christmas present to ourselves… Everyone needs a bit of evil indulgence every once in a while ;^)

troyb | 03:57 AM [Permalink] [3 Comments]


Happy Birthday Warren!

Last night we celebrated Warren’s 40th at Republika. The party really went off, and thanks to the vibe I managed circumvent my over-tiredness and make it through the night! Sal and Warren played some super-hot sets, a couple of which managed to drag me out of a couch-bound cat-nap and right onto the dance floor (yay Brainstorm!)Warren – hope you enjoyed your night as much as I did. Here’s to 40 more of the same and better!

troyb | 03:43 AM [Permalink] [2 Comments]


Saturday, November 13, 2004

BlueJacking, D�riving Gargoyles…

Okay, so I have really hopped on to the gargoyle maglev stream. This iteration of my all-connected geekification started with the purchase of myMotorola E365. I bought it because I was leaving RMIT, and needed a phone (my work phone was of course staying there.) The E365 had a camera, and MMS capabilities. That got me in to moblogging…In my new job as (basically) IT manager of The Institute (yes, it is called that, look for yourself), I quickly discovered that I missed my iPAQ (also left behind at RMIT). That was smartly rectified by the purchase of my ever-so-yummy iPAQ rx3715, which of course came with an integrated 1.2 megapixel camera, 802.11b WiFi networking, and Bluetooth connectivity. On top of surfing the web ever so conveniently from anywhere around the house or garden, I discovered that I can Wi-Fi moblog wherever the base station lets me roam. (With the added bonus of sending video in addition to still images). But then, what to do if i wanted to send video, or higher res images when I was on the road?[more>]

troyb | 08:29 PM [Permalink] [2 Comments]


Tuesday, September 14, 2004

I’m moblogging this…

TechTV’s The Broken has a moblog that has collected some good geek humour, like its commentary on the arrival date of Win XP.Moblogging offers an often intimate connection through to people’s personal lives, in some ways even more so than traditional blogging, which tends to be more prone to personal editing and pruning before it hits others’ screens. But the lens of the moblog is often distorted into another filtering layer in the online personality construct, and can also cast a rather amusing light on it’s subject. Take Robby’s open prom invite on Text America.

I am finding myself going through the same process that I went through when I started blogging – the whole “finding my moblog voice”, but in a more complicated way, as it involves a camera. Like other online spaces, TA has a whole tongue in cheek (but very real) culture with its own “talk show”, newspaper, t-shirt, in jokes, addicts andstars. TA even has a jail for wayward mobloggers.