Friday, 25 December 2009
My favourite film baddies

Here is a list of actors I absolutely love as the baddies in films. Usually when I see these actors as the cast of a film (as the baddie) its enough to make me watch the film.

TerenceStamp Terence Stamp
He doesn't always play the baddie in films, but when he does he's one of those baddies you love to hate.
JeremyIrons Jeremy Irons
Excellent in Die Hard. He plays the highly intelligent baddy.
TimCurry Tim Curry
A funny and evil villain. My best film with him in is The Three Musketeers as Cardinal Richelieu.
BenKingsley Ben Kingsley
One of the most unusual baddies.
EdHarris Ed Harris
Usually in military style movies as the bad guy or the crooked cop.
LuisGuzman Luis Guzman
He is usually one of the best baddie henchmen.
SamuelLJackson Samuel L Jackson
One of my favourite all time baddies and good guy in films.
RobertPatrick Robert Patrick
The T-1000 in Terminator 2. Need I say more?
HugoWeaving Hug Weaving
Agent Smith from the Matrix.
posted on Friday, 25 December 2009 00:02:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Project Canvas

The BBC, ITV, BT, Five, Channel 4 and TalkTalk have been given then go ahead for Project Canvas a project to enable people to watch Internet based TV on set-top box's connected to their TV's. Its a brilliant idea and one we disgruntled customers have wanted for some time. Its great content guys but I'd love to watch it on my TV screen easily instead of having to watch it on my computer screen. Yes there have been alternatives for instance Sony's PS3 openly supports and advertises that you can watch BBC iPlayer on its games console and the same service is also available on the Wii. The Xbox 360 being somewhat of a walled garden has snuggled up to Sky who also have rather good content but charge and horrendous amounts for their subscriptions to watch their on demand content on the Xbox and not all of Sky's content is available on the Xbox as it is on the PC.

So why Project Canvas? Well not all of the content from the above mentioned broadcasters Internet content are easily available on a TV as the BBC iPlayer is. Even if you do plug a PC into your TV, the usability of it still isn't as easy and seamless as it should be. The way we want to watch TV is changing we want to watch show's when we want to and not when a schedule tells us we can and the industry has been a little late giving us what we want and how we want it. The way I see it, is that Canvas isn't any different to another method of delivering content to your TV. In the past we have made use of set-top box's, the only difference with Canvas is - this set-top box gets its content over a cable, but so does Virgin Media's cable service? Ahh but we have quite a selection of broadcasters and its all on demand. Virgin Media does this to? Yes but you need a cable subscription Canvas in theory should work on anyone's Internet connection ah!

In theory Canvas should do away with the subscription model to see this content and break us away from a technology walled garden. Its no wonder BSkyB is not happy with the idea, Canvas would (if it worked) be open to all and on demand which gives it more coverage than Virgin Media's service. This threatens Sky's service which is mainly delivered over a satellite dish. Or if you are willing to pay for it get yourself an Xbox 360 and a subscription to a limited amount of their content on demand.

What I like about this partnership is that the broadband providers such as BT and TalkTalk are part of the group and can make allowances for the extra content that is being sent over their networks. This will inevitably be paid for with some paid for content being provided on this new platform.

posted on Tuesday, 22 December 2009 13:04:33 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Thursday, 17 December 2009
Skype Online Number not working?

I recently purchased a Skype Online number and could not figure out for the life of me why I kept on getting the message "The number you have dialled has not been recognised.." when I tried to call it. It seems there is a Skype privacy setting that doesn't appear to be on the FAQ's on the Skype site. If it is a I must have missed it.

In the Skype client go to Tools > Options and then click on Privacy and then on Privacy Settings.

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Ensure that Allow calls to my online number(s) from. is set to "anyone". In my case it has been set to "phone numbers in my Contact list only". After changing this setting I was able to receive calls. 

posted on Thursday, 17 December 2009 11:10:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]