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What I ate for Christmas and Boxing day

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Here’s the recipes I used direct and for Evernote:

Thanks to BBC, Roasting Times, About and SimplyRecipes I had a wonderful feast!

 

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

December 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Automated Spotify Playlists #music

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To celebrate the release of Spotify in the US I'll highlight 3 fun Spotify mashups which can be used to create playlists for Spotify.

BBCify mashes up radio listings from the BBC with Spotify to create playlists of shows, it also creates a central playlist which is updated daily with the music from the shows.

Lastify connects to last.fm and uses information from last.fm's recommendations and creates a personalised playlists with recommended artists in Spotify.

The last Spotify mashup is biblify, which is again a playlist generator for Spotify. biblify using the latest album reviews from various sources, including The Guardian, NME, Pitchfork, Uncut, Drowned In Sound, The Fly and the BBC.

Have fun listening to music!

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

YouTube, what’s the use?

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Googlezon

I have had enough of the location restriction. What’s honestly the use of restricting me from watching something on YouTube? I can subscribe to a channel which then disallows me from watching the movie. It makes it even more interesting when I can get all the BBC channels from the cable or digital television here in the Netherlands, yet can’t watch the repeats on BBC’s or YouTube’s websites.

I’m against piracy, seriously against it, so I try to get things legally. I don’t download music or films, even though it’s perfectly legal in the country I live in. I watch all the stupid adverts on MSNBC’s news items, even though I figured out years ago how to skip them.

This is why I like Google Video, though I still fear Googlezon.

Who else thinks it irony that Google owns Youtube?

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September 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm

My fingers tell me

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I was watching one of these science programs on National Geographic about the connection of the relation between testosterone exposure in the womb and finger length.

The foetus makes most of the testosterone itself. In males, it comes from the testes and adrenal glands; in females from the adrenals alone. Only a small amount will comes from the mother. In women this results in the ring finger and index finger being about the same length. However in men the index finger will usually be the shorter of the two digits.
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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 8, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Free phone connections

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After reading the article “BBC News: Talk is cheap and getting cheaper” I thought I might try the services from the providers mentioned in the article:

Let me start by saying I’m not an expert on internet phones, SIP, Skype or Asterisk. Having said that I am running an Asterisk server with 5 international numbers: 2 from the Netherlands, 1 German, 1 Swiss and 1 UK number. It is also hooked into my own landlines and exchanges calls with my Asterisk server. I’ve also hooked in a tiptel cyberBOX 100[pdf] for my Skype which is also routed into my Asterisk. So with the exception of my mobile phone my phone costs are not that high.

Jajah

I received 2.00 Euros free and used it to call my home phone from my mobile. Sadly the noise reduction didn’t make my phones sing. I could only hear my voice in one of the phones at a time, which would make it difficult to interrupt my irritating friends when they are telling me a boring story I don’t want to hear. Besides from which it costs 0.12 Euros to call my mobile from a landline. There is an Outlook plugin, but I didn’t try it as I didn’t want it to mess with my contacts, besides from which I use SkypeOut as it includes my Skype addresses.

Babble

I actually assumed that this was also a phone2phone connector, but it doesn’t make clear how to do this. It is a SIP service and it’s possible to get 0207 (London) and 0870 numbers, but this costs £11.75

Voipcheap

They offers calls from my landline to my mobile for 0.10 Euros, but as with Jajah the quality leaves a lot to be desired. Being a SIP service means they also offer all the possibilities that a standard SIP service does. (FYI: voipcheap.co.uk is the same company as voipcheap.com)

Project Gizmo

Seems like one of the nicest of the above. A call-in number for 3 or 12 month cost $12 and $35 respectively, although you can get a free area 775 number. Again it’s a SIP service. (I must say I might hook up the free area 775 number to my Asterisk, if I have the time to test it out.)

Conclusion

It didn’t surprise me that all of the above are SIP services or that they actually cost money. Nor did it surprise me that the overall quality was poor. What did surprise me is that I found nothing new in the features offered. Basically they setup an Asterisk server, bought a range of phone numbers, cheap minutes, bandwidth, and a space on a phonebank. And now they are earning money.

Perhaps I should start an Internet PBX, or just open up the one I’m using now. Although I think the real killer app would be having a service which chooses the cheapest service for each call and routes the calls according to the price.

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