Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Test card on BBCi

For some time I've been aware that my TV's setup is drifting slightly, and I'm losing more picture off the bottom of the screen than I would like. Borrowing a test pattern generator is a bit of a hassle, so I've not got around to sorting it out. Now someone's revealed how to get a test card via BBCi on DTT (aka Freeview), so once I dig out the info on how to get into my TV's service menu (it's in my office, somewhere) I'll be able to tweak things a bit.

My joy is only slightly tempered by discovering that an old friend, who has worked on test card generators, had known about this "secret code" for months.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Does no one read what they write any more?

A colleague has drawn my attention to this news story from the BBC. The story is interesting in its own right, but I was struck by the phrase "A BBC journalist and an actor posing as fake academic were invited ...". I can't help feeling they'd have done better if they had posed as real academics.