Ice under Phoenix?

A picture by the Robotic Arm Camera of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander reveals smooth surfaces cleared by the rocket exhaust during landing.

Is this ice?

Linux and Unix timelines

These are impressive.

GNU/Linux distro timeline, covering 1992 to the present, and Unix history, which includes a Unix timeline spanning 1969 to now.

The explosion of Linux distributions over the past eight years or so is particularly eye opening.

Aston WordCamp UK venue

WordCamp UK logo

Following intrepid research by Birmingham-based WordCamp UK mailing list members a venue for the event has been secured.

WordCamp UK will be held at Aston University Lakeside Centre, Birmingham, Saturday and Sunday 19-20 July 2008.

Many thanks to Ian Covey for organising the venue.

For full details go to the WordCamp UK wiki.

The Phoenix has landed

Artists impression of Ploenix Lander landing

Excellent news that Phoenix has successfully landed on Mars.

Landing further north than any previous mission, it’s going to dig into expected water-ice beneath the surface and look for evidence of the building blocks of life.

If it leads to the discovery of life previously on Mars it would be fantastic.

If it leads to the discovery of life now on Mars now it would be brilliant.

I’ll be following the mission with interest.

Olinda spec

Picture of Olinda radio

Specification for a modern, modular, portable DAB receiver:

  • Open standardised hardware API
  • Integrate expectations of website and interactive product users into the design
  • Add-on modules which should work with any radio implementing the hardware API
  • Optional social module which includes wifi networking


BBC Audio & Music Interactive have already done it.

Urgent update

Can you get your work done in four days a week?

37signals have posted an update on their four day week experiment.

I’m still working my way through the copious comments to the post!

Reborn report

Entertaining write up by James Cridland on The Guardian Radio Reborn 2008 Conference.

This is how a conference report should be written!

James alludes to Jenny Abramsky rejecting calls to privatise Radio 1 and Radio 2 by Peter Bazalgette.

This is not the first time such a call has been made.

Why? The BBC must serve as many Licence payers as possible, and losing two networks would weaken the Corporation in serving its audience.

Selling off BBC Worldwide is even more bonkers – the money generated goes back into programme making.

I, for one, reject such calls.

Coach and bloggers

Picture London Bloggers logo

Braved the inclement weather last night to attend the April London Bloggers gathering.

Another good night at the West End’s glamorous Coach and Horses.

Amongst those I met were Alexandra Mitchell, Mecca Ibrahim, Andy Roberts, Tim Dickinson and event organiser Andy Bargery.

The next meeting is 27 May 2008 – I’ll be there!