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Drobo now available in the UK

I first heard of Drobo from the forever bouncy Cali
Lewis
about a month or so ago and emailed the
company to find out when it was going to be available in the UK (back then it
was only available in the US).

Now I’m happy to say that I’ve just received an email from Data Robotics (the
company that makes Drobo) saying that it’s going to be available through VCI
Systems
. Although there isn’t anything on their
site at the moment, I’m sure they’ll update it soon.

I’ve just tried to email them through the address that I was sent, but it
seems to have bounced back. Not a good sign.

Radio Lab

Wesley, one of my friends from across the pond
introduced me to the Radio Lab podcasts. It’s an hour long program that comes
out once a month or so that focuses on incredibly varied topics from zoos to
memory to death.

Presented by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, each episode concentrates on one
of those subjects but talks about many different aspects. Its a history,
science and general knowledge lesson all rolled into one. Each hour is made up
of talk by the two presenters as well as stories and reports by experts from
all over the world.

It’s perfect for long journeys when you’re not in the mood for music (I listen
to it on my long commute to work in the mornings) and there’s always something
new to learn. Sometimes some of the stories aren’t for the faint hearted but
generally the’re told intelligently but still in a way that’s really easy to
understand.

If you’re looking for something new to listen to, but not necessarily music
based, I definitely think that you should give Radio Lab a shot.

I listen to the podcast as I can’t pick it up over here in the UK (although I
don’t generally listen to the radio unless I’m in the car and since I don’t
own one you can imagine how often that is).

The podcast can be found via iTunes (do a search for Radio Lab in the iTunes
store) or from the Radio Labs website.

Why I’m excited

I’m very excited today. Not because the weather has finally turned nice. Not
because it’s payday tomorrow (although that in itself a very exciting
thought). No the reason I’m excited is because I’ve bought myself a new
digital camera.

I used to have an Olympus mju (or however you spell it) but for some reason
the sliding front stopped working about a year ago. I could have got it fixed
but to be honest that was more fuss than it was worth and if it was still
operational today it would have been about 4 years old.

The camera I have bought is this one. A Canon IXUS wireless. 5 mega pixels so
quite an improvement on the last 3.2 MP beauty that the Olympus was. But
wireless as well. Apparently I can wirelessly print to any Pictbridge printer
or simply copy the photos to my (wireless) laptop.

The best thing of all though is the price. £100 including delivery. I’m pretty
sure it’s a typo as Amazon charges about £250 – 300 for the same one, although
you can get a used one from Amazon marketplace for about £130.

So that’s why I’m excited. Unfortunately it won’t arrive for another week, so
I won’t have it for Carol and Mike’s wedding on Saturday but I’ll try to
borrow Emma’s for that day and post some up after that.

[Update – Woo it’s left the warehouse. Might actually arrive here tomorrow
then!

Lawyers R U.S.

Whilst eating breakfast this morning, I was watching TV and one of those
adverts for “no win no fee” compensation lawyers came up, this one offering
100% compensation if you win. However, if you win, you have to pay them a sum
of money which is (probably) fairly hefty.

So, the question I want to know is: if you get 100% of the compensation, where
do the lawyers’ fees come from? Surely if you have major loss of earnings due
to some tragic accident, then you’re not going to be able to afford much, are
you?

Or is this where “punitive damages” come in? I’m not a lawyer by any stretch
of the imagination, but I know (or at least I think I know) that these are the
damages that companies have to pay as a kind of fine, i.e. something to make
sure that they don’t do whatever they did again.

However, if there is an accident (not through your own fault, just like it
says on the ad), do punitive damages come in? Or are those only for when
people sue others?

That’s another thing that I can’t stand: people suing other people for silly
things. Take for example, the woman who sued Janet Jackson (the whole
SuperBowl half-time show incident) because she felt that she was “injured”.
Come on!! You see breasts every time you look in the mirror!! Grrr

And (with no offence meant to any Americans that might possibley maybe read
this), all these people that sue for these little things (ok, so they might
not think that they’re so very little) seem to be Americans. If any Americans
do read this, can they please let me know. Do they need the money or
something?

Rewind…

…again. Yes I know that this is the second time I’ve restarted my blog. But
I got encouraged by friend and client
Wesley from the
DeepStar project.

Well, I think I’ll stick with this style for now, but I’m gonna look into
creating a new one. I’m pretty sure that I’ve said that before, but this time
it’s gonna happen; I hope.