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Monthly Archives: December 2007

New toys

It took a fair bit of run­ning around on Sat­ur­day morn­ing, but I’ve already moved a good way through my wish­list, pick­ing up a Canon EOS-400D and a Tam­ron 17–50mm F/2.8 lens. I wasn’t sure I’d even be able to get what I want­ed three days out from Christ­mas. Every­body seemed to have 400D kits (with […]


I’m on leave for a few weeks soon, and today I was given a sur­pris­ing­ly fat Christ­mas bonus. So instead of doing any­thing use­ful like book­ing accom­mo­da­tion or try­ing to learn Thai or may­be even (gasp!) work­ing, I’ve been think­ing about buy­ing new pho­tog­ra­phy gear to take on my trip. The list cur­rent­ly looks like: Wide-angle […]

Lesson for the day

Any prob­lem can be solved with enough beer. The way my life is head­ing late­ly, though, it’s entire­ly like­ly I’ll end up try­ing to send beer by snail mail.


I spent some time yes­ter­day after­noon tool­ing around with Brad Hard’s mx610hack. The Air works in a very sim­i­lar way to the 610, so it’s an excel­lent frame­work for send­ing cap­tured com­mands to the mouse and con­firm­ing they’re what I expect. The Air mouse has a touch pad that replaces the scroll wheel, and one […]

Guitar Hero god: Reptilia

Peter: 1. Jamie: 0. Rep­til­ia. Hard. 100%. tvtime’s ran­dom titles usu­al­ly annoy me, but this one seems fair­ly apt.

MX Air in evdev

(with thanks to the semi-anony­mous com­ment on my last post for point­ing me more firm­ly at the evdev sub­sys­tem) The MX Air mouse presents two sep­a­rate HID devices. I’d noticed this before, but hadn’t worked out the sig­nif­i­cance until this after­noon when I had a ten­ta­tive first stab at get­ting the mouse work­ing with the […]

The Logitech MX Air mouse in Linux

Mini review : So a few weeks ago I went and dropped $160 on a Log­itech MX Air mouse. I’ve been jus­ti­fy­ing this fair­ly out­ra­geous price by telling myself it would be a worth­while addi­tion to my desk­top rig, which is look­ing more and more like a media cen­tre every day. Sure, it actu­al­ly is […]