The Bank Job Blu-ray

May 26th, 2009

My favourite movie since Mamma Mia (doesn’t say much about me or my tastes I suppose). A must for London-philes. I’m not sure how much of this film is really true and how much of it is a figment of a wild imagination, but even if it were complete fiction it’d still be very entertaining.

28 Days Later Blu-ray

May 26th, 2009

OK, so I meant to see this a long time ago. Watched it last night on Blu-ray. Uh-oh. Only the last five minutes is in full 1080p, the rest Read the rest of this entry »

Indeterminstic systems - the scourge of modern IT systems

May 26th, 2009

Let me indulge in a brief history of IT over the past couple of decades.

Take your minds back twenty years ago, when object oriented programming was starting to emerge. Lots of new words, like Read the rest of this entry »

Music results latest: Media Center 1, iTunes 2

May 25th, 2009

I have Windows 7 Media Center build 7100 running fairly well now, even using the Extender.

But what about that simplest of Media Center functionality, playing music? How difficult can it be?

Media Center fails massively Read the rest of this entry »

Streaming your 1080p Blu-ray and HD-DVD content to Windows Media Center Extenders

May 19th, 2009

After many evenings, I finally have a way of generating 1080p video from Blu-ray disk (aka BD) and HD-DVD that works on Linksys DMA 2100 Media Center Extenders. I’ve done conversions under both Windows XP and Windows 7 RC. I’ve tried many Read the rest of this entry »

The Enterprise, Walton Street SW3

May 19th, 2009

I’ve lived in the area for over fifteen years, and for all of those years I’ve been aware of the Enterprise, a pub that was converted into a restaurant some time ago. I don’t know why I’ve never been in, but I did last Sunday. Clientele are largely locals. Food covers a multitude of sins on a Sunday, from traditional roasts to scrambled eggs and smoked salmon brunch. I had a red mullet special that was served with roasted mediterranean style vegetabes. Superb. Finished off with an apple crumble and an ‘89 Suduiraut. Both to good stuff, but I got the match wrong, so I ended up with two desserts, the crumble and then the wine. I loved the whole thing.

My first post

April 14th, 2009

Well it’s been a long time coming, but I finally pulled my finger out and set up a blog. Hopefully this will be full of frank and fun information on the world of Howard Long. Either that or I will put my foot in it royally at some stage and regret ever doing it at all.