Archive for January, 2008

FastForward 1.2.2

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Another update for FastForward is now available from HERE ๐Ÿ™‚ This should address the new Postini requirements for sending emails as attachments. Sending as attachments has been tested in all four email clients (Outlook Express, Outlook, Eudora and Incredimail) but since this is a relatively new feature there may be some bugs to iron out…

Previous FastForward post

Analogue TV phase-out

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Re: Currys Stop Selling Analogue TVs

While it’s natural and expected for TV technology to continue advancing (after all analogue signals will be switched off in the UK by 2012), there can be problems with the new integrated digital receivers: it seems that some are more susceptible to interference or display lower signal strength (than dedicated STBs) and many will prevent recording digital channels (depending on whether there are any suitable outputs for recorders).

Ensuring all TVs and aerials are digital ready might already be a chore for some, but even if their TVs can receive digital signals they could still experience other niggles. Oh well, that’s progress for you ๐Ÿ™‚

More information on the switchover:

FastForward 1.2.0

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008


With the recent changes at PlusNet (moving from DSpam to Postini) I have updated FastForward with the new spam/not spam target email addresses. Click here for more details.

Anyone wishing to just update the target email addresses without changing anything else can download this ISP file, extract it and overwrite the existing isp.txt file in their FFW folder.

I’d like to allay any fears that FastForward contains any malicious or spyware. I can say, categorically, that it does NOT contain any malware, spyware, trojans or viruses.

The mapiprop.dll was created by MAPIlab and is used by FastForward to communicate with Microsoft Outlook. See for details.

Also, I would like to ask anyone having problems with FFW to:
1) read all the documentation
2) if a problem persists, please contact me via my website at or via the forum at RouterTech.Org.

Unfortunately, I do not have the time to monitor the PlusNet community forum on a regular basis.

Recent server downtimes

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Any recent visitors to my website (and indeed to any of the websites hosted by the same server, such as the RouterTech one) may have noticed that it had been down – on most of Wednesday and all of Thursday. Also, any downloads would have been unavailable at this time.

Apologies to anyone affected – let’s hope that everything has settled down now ๐Ÿ™‚

Related: RouterTech.Org News Thread

Private Air Travel

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

As the ‘last’ Sky Commuter Prototype goes for sale on ebay, I’m reminded of all the sci-fi that features personal air travel for the masses. While it would be really cool to fly around in your own little copter/plane/ship I can’t help thinking of the possible downsides. If everyone uses them, how noisy and crowded would the skies be? How bad could accidents get? How could the airways be policed? What about traffic jams?! And with today’s fuel prices and environmental issues, they would all need to be solar powered or use some other form of renewable green energy.

Realistically, I think we are a long way off from the personal air travel future depicted in Futurama, The Fifth Element etc and perhaps that’s not a bad thing. We should probably try to solve the myriad of social-economic problems we have beforehand and anyway, I think teleportation would be much better! ๐Ÿ™‚

Colour Laser Printers

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Having just bought a colour laser printer and done a fair amount of research (reading reviews, comparing prices and so on), I have to say it’s quite surprising how the industry has already got to the stage of inkjet printers: the cheapest colour laser printers cost less than a full set of toner cartridges and even less than a replacement OPC drum.

Manufacturersย  are still using the business model of selling the initial device cheaply and then recouping costs through consumables. The problem is: they are encouraging customers to buy new printers rather than maintaining their existing ones, which in turn means more waste as the older printers are dumped, which is no good for the environment. Fortunately, cheaper compatible cartridges and toner refill kits exist, but it still seems like a crazy situation.

Weather Monitor

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

I have been working on a small utility to monitor the current temperature and humidity, which also incorporates the current weather details and a 3-day weather forecast. It’s not very polished and not really complete (I will no doubt keep modifying it to suit my needs) but I just thought that others might find it useful ๐Ÿ™‚

The current version only works for UK locations. Please see the readme file that is included in the download for some quick instructions etc. In future versions I might display the location name and add support for other countries (if there is any interest).

Weather Monitor

Download v1.0.0

Why blog?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

To blog or not to blog, that is the question! And why exactly do people publish blogs?

In my case it’s simply to post updates/news about programs and projects for those that are interested and also to have an outlet for things which don’t really seem appropriate for posting on forums like the RouterTech.Org one.

I could keep a journal of the hum-drum day-to-day stuff but I think would be rather dull and uneventful!

Yes, blogging for the sake of blogging or for some shallow desire for acclaim or notoriety is not to be commended and yes it seems that everything and everyone who can have a blog will have one eventually. But it does seem a neat way to keep information up-to-date on a website ๐Ÿ™‚