Miscellaneous

Downloading films and TV programmes to DVD

August 31, 2011

Use uTorrent, or another BitTorrent client, to download what you want to watch. (It must be an AVI file encoded in Xvid or DivX.) Download VSO DivxToDVD from here and install it. Run it and select the AVI file as the Source File. Leave all other options unchanged and click Convert. (More comprehensive instructions for […]


Exercises for a sprained ankle

August 29, 2011

I’ve been given a variety of exercises to help my ankle recover from a sprain.


The advantages of spraining your ankle

August 7, 2011

Spraining your ankle means you can’t play sport. This is good because sport is pointless and dangerous and must be avoided at all costs. Spraining your ankle means you have more time for activities that do not require walking. These include worthwhile pursuits such as reading the whole Internet, sending silly emails and setting up […]


How to choose a laptop

August 4, 2011

If I were you then I would decide on budget and screen size and then go to www.dabs.com and www.ebuyer.com and the Dixons refurbished site and find all laptops that fit the following criteria: – Made by Asus or Toshiba – Your chosen screensize – Within your chosen budget – At least 2GB RAM – […]


Happy Russian air assault troops

August 3, 2011
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Possibly the most bizarre spam email I’ve received. It doesn’t even have a link to click. Why are they happy? Is it the anniversary of their formation? Are they all drunk? Are they about to descend upon us from the skies? This is important.


Me and the Alexander Technique

July 31, 2011

Use www.stat.org.uk to find a local teacher and go to a few lessons to see what you think. Mine were £24 for 45mins. Lessons are one to one. My teacher said she did group classes but it was only for people who couldn’t afford proper lessons and they’re nowhere near as effective. The whole lesson […]


Trying to explain to an IT-illiterate why Outlook’s emoticons don’t travel well

July 30, 2011

It’s to do with character sets. Computers work in numbers not letters. So to a computer, A might be stored as 65, B as 66, C as 67 and so on. So a computer could store HELLO as 71 69 76 76 79. And the people who design computers decide that the characters needed by […]


How to send a web page to someone else

July 28, 2011

1. Go to the page you want me to see. 2. Highlight everything in the address bar. (The address bar is the wide horizontal box at the top of the screen with the address of the web page in it. It probably contains something like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGFVhzmnYWg) 3. Copy the address by pressing Ctrl+C or by […]


Effective terrorism

July 27, 2011

From 2008: Often when I see something being done badly I have an overwhelming urge to show how to do it properly, or at least explain how it should be done. Anyway, you know how we’re regularly reassured that evil Islamists are plotting to murder every one of us? Either this is a lie or […]


Why I wish Danny Baker was still presenting 606

July 27, 2011

From 2008: Danny Baker is doing 606 on Tuesdays. He’s way better than all the other presenters because his priority is to make the programme fun, rather than to talk about the football that’s just been played. Chelsea lost 3-1 to Roma and Liverpool drew 1-1 at home with Atletico Madrid and neither he nor […]