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Announcement: JDarkRoom

A new version of JDarkRoom is available with the following features/changes:

  • New settings screen allows you to change your colour preferences
  • JDarkRoom starts with the file that you were working on last time
  • Files are now saved in UTF-8 format (support for central-european character sets)
  • JDarkRoom notifies you if you might have forgotten to save your changes
  • Full-screen mode should now work properly on Mac OS X

Announcement: Jobtrawler 0.7.3

JobTrawler 0.7.3 has just been released. This version is a minor release that brings the search plugins up-to-date.

Announcement: JDarkRoom

I’m proud to announce the release of JDarkRoom, a Java-based clone of DarkRoom, which is itself a clone of WriteRoom.

From the website:

JDarkRoom is a very simple full-screen text file editor with none of the usual bells and whistles that might distract you from the job in hand.

DarkRoom requires .NET and therefore only runs on Windows; WriteRoom is Mac-only – hence the development of JDarkRoom which should run on both.

Please try it out. I’m using it right now to write this. It’s only 172KB (provided you’ve got Java installed already). And did I mention that it’s completely free?

Link: JDarkRoom website


Ian has just emailed with an update on what’s going on over at ShowMeDo. There’s a major site update which I like very much – it’s a lot easier to find your way around the videos now. If you haven’t seen what these boys are doing yet, check it out, it’s definitely worth a look.

Recently, I have found myself using the website every day to monitor my favourite blogs/RSS news feeds. It is remarkably easy to use.

After free, painless registration, you can customize your own page that works from home/work/cafe. The developer has even responded to my feature requests. Worth a look.

Revenge on the Northern Line

Oh happy days. In December, after having spent far too many hours commuting on London Underground’s Northern Line, being delayed, given excuses and suffering driver strikes, station-staff strikes, etc, I came across a posting on a blog mentioning that a refund of your single fare was available if your journey was delayed by over fifteen minutes.

Further investigation was warranted, and indeed verified this claim. If your journey is delayed by more than fifteen minutes by something that is under the control of TfL (in my case, a signal failure), send in a claim form (or submit a form via the internet), to receive a refund of your single fare. Here is a link to the TfL website’s policy document, where you can find the claim form.

Worth a try, I figured. I duly filled in the form and expected to hear nothing back. However, yesterday a letter arrived through the mail:

tube refund form

So, on what to spend these new riches? Perhaps one of those kits – so that I can make a T-shirt to spread the word about these refunds. Then, perhaps, if more people claimed them, somebody might do something about the problem.. Oh happy days.


While catching up on Matt and Debs’ blog entries from their travels in Australia, I was looking through their latest photos and came across this one:

… which reminded me of a meal I had in Bangkok a few months ago. I ordered prawns. I got by far the largest, boniest, in fact scariest ‘prawns’ I had ever seen. It was a real Starship Troopers moment. The prawns won.

JobTrawler Blog

JobTrawler now has its own blog. All new-versions will be announced there, and that is now the place to post comments/ideas/etc.

JobTrawler 0.5

Announcing the release of JobTrawler 0.5, with some new features, including:

  • Sortable table columns
  • Search
  • ‘Get Adverts!’ button on status bar
  • Automatic check-for-program-updates
  • Expanded documentation

As always, it can be downloaded from Check the website for further information.

A busy weekend..

We’ve had a busy weekend. Our good friends Rob and Christy got married on Friday at a very nice country-esque venue in North London, then on Saturday we went to see REM play in Hyde Park. It was absolutely brilliant and the support (from Idlewild and Feeder) was very good too. On Sunday we headed into London to the south bank to see The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. A good adaptation, if a little confusing for those that hadn’t seen the play before.

And I’ve finally arranged a start date for my new job: 8th August (so there’s plenty of time left to enjoy the summer before then!)

Need I say more?

The Piggy Has Gone


The pig’s days are numbered..

I’ve been looking for a new job for a little while now and a friend bought me this marzipan pig to be eaten in celebration when the moment came.

I’ve just heard that I’ve been made an offer, so the pig’s days are numbered… :-)

A dark day

Details are still filtering in about this morning’s events in London. Everybody we know is ok, thankfully.

Upgrade to WordPress

In response to this issue, I upgraded WordPress from to today. Despite following the instructions on the codex, the transition was not as smooth as I had hoped..

After the upgrade, the category links on the right were broken, as were the direct/permalinks to articles. The solution appears to be to disable permalinks entirely, as no amount of messing with the permalink structure fixed the problem.

Step-by-step then, upgrade as per the instructions, then log in as Admin, navigate to Options, Permalinks and clear the ‘permalink structure’ box, then click the update button.

125 Big Questions

Science magazine have just published the first in a series of articles looking at 125 big questions in Science.

It just goes to show that knowing what you know is just as important as knowing what you don’t.