Tag Archives: technology

Cosmo – Building A Watercooled PC (Part 1)

Lookin' for some hot stuff baby this evenin'. I need some hot stuff baby tonight. I want some hot stuff baby this evenin'. Gotta have some hot stuff. Gotta have some love tonight.

Mostly-irrationally, Dan decides that it’s time to build a new computer, and sets out to make a souped-up, liquid-cooled monster of a machine. This is the first part of that story. Continue reading

Pocket Searching

Accidental pocket-dialling is so last decade. Dan’s been practicing accidental pocket-searching, and he’s coming up with some strange results. Continue reading

Phone Security == Computer Security

Pattern lock configuration on an Android mobile phone.

Dan gets paranoid and despairs about the ease with which mobile devices can be stolen, the wealth of personal information stored on them, and the under-use of readily-available encryption tools. Continue reading

Living In The Future

A Google+ Hangout with my family and I.

Google+ Hangouts makes multi-user video conferencing so easy that even Dan’s mother can do it. It’s like living in the future. Continue reading

Domain Name Hacks of 2013


With a plethora of new top-level domains planned to hit the Internet in 2013, Dan proposes a handful of new domain names, then feels sad that this new era might spell the end of “domain hacks”, by making them too easy. Continue reading

Cardless Cashpoints

My mobile banking app, showing me a special six digit code.

RBS Group banks now offer the ability to withdraw cash from ATMs without using a bank card, by making the withdrawal request from their mobile app. Dan gives it a go, and shares his thoughts on the process. Continue reading

Eurovision Spectacular 2012

2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Night 2012 is on Saturday, and it’s time that we brought our disparate Eurovision Night Parties together via the power of the Internet. Let’s share the experience. Continue reading

On This Day In 2004


On this day in 2004, Dan finally handed in his dissertation on the subject of Three Rings. Since then, Three Rings has become the de facto standard for University Nightlines, and has also become the most popular rota management system for Samaritans branches and a variety of other helpline charities, too. Continue reading

Visitor Tracking Without Cookies (or How To Abuse HTTP 301s)

British Telecom's implementation of the new cookie laws. Curiously, if you visit their site using the Opera web browser, it assumes that you've given consent, even if you click the button to not do so.

A technique for abusing HTTP 301 redirects and random numbers to uniquely track users; even those who have cookies disabled in their web browsers. Continue reading

8-Bit Google Maps

Google Maps have started providing an “8-Bit Edition”, with retro-RPG-style map graphics, Dan observes. Continue reading