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Headphone recommendations, anyone? Nothing too expensive - maybe around £50/$100 or so. Wireless would be nice, but not a priority, especially if it'd eat into the sound quality. Noise cancellation or isolation would be good. Easily tucked away into the laptop bag without risk of damage would be very good, as would being generally durable, and with wires that won't lose their flexibility after two years, or fray through as they enter the 'phones.

Say hello to one of the office neighbors. ^_^

If you don't like the iTunes Store arrows in iTunes 8, this hint notes how to invert their behavior, so that clicking on them brings up all the tunes by the same artist, and option-click goes to the Store instead, whilst this one removes them entirely. Nice to see the new visualiser, though - a jazzed up Magnetosphere. Very cool.

Kewl! I think I have a reasonable keyboard now. ^_^ It's very beaten up (both ends are ducktaped, and one key at the high end is missing), but £11.50 for a Fatar Studiologic 1100 seems pretty reasonable - only MIDI (the 1100 predates USB), but for an 88 key hammer-weighted keyboard, overall, not a bad deal. Assuming it works. =:)

From a lagomorphic recommendation, lapine sorts might enjoy this posting of the entire (all 16 pages =:) 1931 children's book, Uncle Wiggily's Fishing Trip. Quite charming. ^_^ (Or, if you'd prefer a single zip file with sequential filenames for the images within, peek over here)

So, I've taken the plunge, nudged on unwittingly by the heroic slycat - I've left Zen, who remain, by a wide margin, the best non-LLU ISP in the UK, for the speedier pastures of Be, who, by using their own equipment in the exchanges, can circumvent the relatively relaxed speeds offered by BT Wholesale, maxing out at a nominal 8Mbps down, 448k up (sometimes 768k, though usually only on expensive business offerings). Be, on the other paw, offer up to 24Mbps nominal down, and more impressively, 2.5Mbps up, if you're willing to give up a meg or two of the downlink. (Yay! The modem's just arrived, so it's now just a matter of seeing when the big switch gets flipped over at the exchange. From which I'm only about 1km, apparently, so with any luck, the throughput should be quite good; not that that compares to said kitty's 320m =:)

This image via randompics stars a NSFW hyperendowed pink pig costume. *cough*

And here's the view as I set off on the mighty trek into the aforementioned salt mine; the odd cloudy lighting caught my eye, with the clear weather in the distance, and the cloud overhead.

 
 
 
 
 
 
True - they do seem to want to be just a connectivity provider. Which suits me fine - I've got email for the domain courtesy of Messrs Google & Sons, and webspace thanks to timberwoof, in an Xserve back in the City. Usenet's easily achieved with a provider like Giganews, but yes, it'd be a nice touch to have it included, either on their own servers, like Zen, or maybe just outsourced to such an outfit.

Still, I haven't used Usenet in a while - though maybe I'll get set up with something, if only for groups like ba.food and the rather moribund comp.sys.acorn.* hierarchy.

How far are you from the exchange? I'm hopeful I'll be able to get speed closer to the upper than the lower end, though it's really the uplink I'm more after - it'll be so handy to be able to send big files to friends in maybe a tenth of the time. ^_^
1.8km, and get around 16mb down.
Oh, not bad at all! Assuming the wire from the exchange here is okay, I should be well set for at least that much. Did you go for the "upload plus" option? (Only offered to Be Pro subscribers)
Nah, I decided that 1.3mb up was enough.
"Enough speed".. this is a strange concept, Captain.