Xbox 65nm Falcon chipset hits the streets

Rumours are floating around the official Xbox forums that the 65nm chipset for the Xbox (codenamed Falcon) is real and it’s now being installed into the latest Xbox 360 hardware.

Unfortunately the only way to check is to up end the console and shine a torch through the air vent. If you have a copper pipe across the heatsink then it’s unhappy faces all round as you’ve got the old chipset. However, if there’s not a hint of copper in sight, you’re got yourself an Xbox with Falcon-inside (TM).

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Got your number!

We’ve all been there. Desperate for a taxi after a night on the town or need to call a locksmith because you’ve shut yourself out… again (my record was twice in one day!).
It’s no surprise then that I find myself dialling the first number that comes into my head, 118 118.

There are other companies out there but 118118 is the only directory enquiries service I’ve ever had the need for and with their UK based call centres, it’s never a chore. Continue reading “Got your number!”

Lime Prime pre-wax cleanser

Dodo Juice have only gone and done it again!? Only a couple of months have gone by since I was waxing lyrical (sorry!) about their excellent range of car waxes and already a new product is out.

Lime Prime is the perfect addition to the range and is used before an application of wax. The thick green liquid is designed to be used on dirty panels and contains micro abrasives to gently remove minor swirl marks, old wax, tree sap, bird crap, etc.

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eBay auction alternatives

I’ve used eBay for years. I’ve bought, I’ve sold (infact, I’ve bought two items this weekend) but I do so begrudgingly, knowing that the fees eBay milk from their sellers never reflects on the customer service you’d expect from a website this popular.

So with that in mind, I’ve always been keeping an eye out for alternatives to what I lovingly refer to the online car boot sale that is eBay. Everyone and their dog has had a go at the auction startup it seems, some with more success than others (think QXL and Yahoo Auctions). Continue reading “eBay auction alternatives”

Plotting Peterborough roadwork chaos

Google Map of Peterborough Roadworks

I’m not sure if the above link is going to work, but I’m trying to demonstrate how chaotic negotiating Peterborough’s road network is at present. I don’t think Google allow others to edit a public map, so if you are aware of any other roadworks in the city, please let me know.

Road chevrons confuse Tiff Needell

And I’m glad I’m not the only one! If someone like Tiff Needell can get confused by the ‘Two Chevrons Apart’ rule that’s painted onto many roads up and down the UK, then what hope is there for other motorists?
On his Auto Express blog, Tiff who is most famous for his career in motoring journalism, has found his regular drive down the A34 blighted by the introduction of large white chevrons painted onto the tarmac.

Tiff would rather see the behaviour of speed-limited heavy goods vehicles receive more control:

The point is, has the inventor of this totally unrealistic concept ever travelled up the A34 on a busy day? If they had then surely they would have campaigned for a law to stop lorries overtaking on dual carriageways if they wanted to avoid bumper to bumper pile-ups. I mean the trucker that takes three miles to get passed his mate and three hundred miles later is only three hundred yards ahead of him needs to be controlled!

Annoyingly, the chevrons only seem to serve as a method of leaving a large enough gap for someone in an adjacent lane to nip in and fill the space. Being the law-abiding idiot chap that I am, I then drop back another chevron (or is it two?) thus leaving a gap for it to happen again.
Before I know it, I’ll be back where I started my journey!