I fancy a slice of Raspberry Pi

A few months back the BBC ran an article on this new low-cost miniature computer that was designed to get kids interested in programming. The catch was that you needed a TV as a monitor since it has no screen, keyboard or mouse. It was literally a credit card sized computer called the Raspberry Pi. And then I forgot about it! Until a couple of weeks back that is when it stopped being a developmental idea and some real hardware emerged. Now the first 10 beta boards are up on eBay and are going for silly money, but it is…
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CallamMcMillan.com Version 6. Mainly Online

A little bit of effort over the past couple of weeks appears to have paid off, so as 2011 draws to a yawning close, I am pleased to say that I have got the site largely operational. It is now possible to post entries to it such as the one you are reading, and you can even comment on said entries. In January, I am off to get married in Taiwan, so I can’t imagine I will be doing much. In fact I know I won’t be doing much to the site! However when I get back I want to…
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HowTo: Secure a Cisco Router

With a normal Home / Small Office type router, once you have got it connected, you set a password to log into the web interface and that’s about it for security. But what about with a Cisco Router. This guide covers how to protect a router from unauthorised modification or access to the settings. What it does not cover is securing the connections, which is a topic for another guide. This guide assumes that you are running a fairly current router and IOS and that it supports encryption. On my desk, I have a little Netgear router that I got…
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HowTo: Configue a Cisco Router for simple ADSL home networking

So you’ve taken the plunge and gone and bought yourself a Cisco router and now you want to hook it up to the phone line and use it instead of whatever router you currently use. When complete, your router will be able to assign IP addresses via DHCP and route to and from the internet. This tutorial does not cover security or advanced features. This tutorial will go through the basics of setting up an ADSL connection to a non-switching router. It assumes you are capable of basic configuration tasks. The configuration above was tested on a Cisco 2821 1024/256…
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Things to do before you die: Fly in a U2 Spy Plane

Back in 2009, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landings, the BBC commissioned a pair of documentaries featuring James May of Top Gear fame. The first of these was entitled James May on the Moon and I am unable to find the full episode on YouTube. This documentary was an hour long and looked at the challenges of getting to the moon. It was followed up by a half hour documentary focusing specifically on the subject of his flight in a Lockheed U2 and the training he had to go through prior to flying, entitled James May at…
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Start as you mean to go on…

So, you’ve just started a blog and you need something great to get it started. Well when your blog is about the extremes of human stupidity, you don’t exactly have to wait long. So Ladies and Gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure I present a woman who seems to want to be punched really hard in the face before being ejected through a tram window. If you can’t be bothered listening to the whole lot, skip to 1:10 for the moment she nearly gets it! Update (30/11/2011): According to the BBC, the woman in the video, identified as Emma West, 34…
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Lets do away with Squatters Rights!

Yes, the government is going to make it illegal to squat in domestic property, however this is a bit of a weak answer and it doesn’t actually help where the morons have taken over a commercial property such as the UBS building in London. As such I would like to propose an alternative solution – Remove the offence of squatting. If you remove the offence of squatting, then you can simply rewrite the laws regarding tresspassing to say that if you are on private property and the landlord or owner of said property has asked you to leave (even if…
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CallamMcmillan.com Version 6. A major milestone

After a several week break while I settled into my new job, I have finally got back to working on my website. The upshot of this is that the main part of the blogs are now operational in that I can post entries into all four blogs and they can be read and filtered. So where now? First thing to do is get some content up onto the site so it doesn’t look so bare. Following on from that the small things to do are to add paging to the list pages, add a way of syndicating the entries into…
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Steve Jobs… Why the world is a better place without him

I suggested earlier that I was glad Steve Jobs has gone, and despite the abuse I received for saying it, I stand by that point of view. It’s not that I dislike him as a person – I’ve never actually met him. As a businessman he was one of the greats – something I will come back to. But in terms of the effect he has had on the world, he was not a genius visionary, instead he was possibly the worst thing that has ever happened to the technology industry and therefore I cannot mourn his passing – just…
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