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The Queue: Shortest queue ever {WoW}

Jun 22nd 2010 11:31AM Technically I left before Schramm and The T. Also I did more than post the EU maintenance column, I did the BTs and other stuff too.

The birth of the iPod {}

Dec 9th 2009 9:48AM Actually, judging by the date I'd say 2004 ....

Silicone Touch: an iPhone case for the visually impaired {Engadget}

Dec 3rd 2008 11:35AM @Siriosys, mate, I'm in exactly the same position. I use a white cane and needed a phone with a large screen for email and I love my iPhone, indeed I got mine for EXACTLY the same reasons as you,

@Wwhat, 'the way of the internet'??? That's no excuse for ignorance and throwing insults! Who are you to tell me, a visually impaired person (or Siriosys for that matter), what kind of phone I should and should not use? The iPhone might not do everything and make tea but the multi touch lets me enlarge my email, the iPod lets me listen to music and audio-books and even enlarge websites. When I'm out of the office - I'm a journalist - it's a god-send!

Most people seem to think that blind means that literally, it doesn't. Different people have different conditions but technology has made our lives that bit easier and I will be keeping my eye on this chap as at least he's trying to adapt existing tech rather than going the normal way of creating new clunky equipment solely for use by blind or visually impaired people.

Countdown to Wrath Giveaway: Day 7 - BlizzCon Polar Bear Mounts {WoW}

Nov 6th 2008 4:55PM LF BlizzCon mount. PST.

Well Fed Buff: Delicious Chocolate Cake {WoW}

Oct 16th 2008 3:16PM I understand that, sorry it must have come across as a bit narky. Forgive me, even from scratch you can make a cake in the same amount of time.

Okay I do actually. It's a family recipe that I've perfected, you end up with a moist cake that's perfectly chocolaty, it lasts well either in a tin or covered in the fridge. I'm British so forgive the weird measurements.

8oz stork margarine
8oz castor sugar
5 large eggs (adds a little extra moisture)
8oz self raising flour
a teaspoon of baking powder
2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to taste (something like Green and Blacks, just make sure it's not drinking chocolate)

Preheat your oven to about 160c (I have a fan oven, so you might need to put it a little higher).

Cream the marg and sugar, add the eggs, whiz them up if you have a Magimix (it's quicker that way). Chuck in the flour and baking powder, add the cocoa. Grease a couple of tins and empty the mixture. Shake and tap them to get rid of trapped air bubbles then bung them in the oven.

If you're making muffins, they take around 20 minutes, a cake should take about 30-35.

For the icing, mix 7oz of icing (or powdered) sugar, add in 4oz of marg and some cocoa, again to taste but normally between 2 and 4 tablespoons. I then use a piping bag to cover the cake. If you want to make a 'proper cake' - again I'm British, do double the icing and use half to sandwich the two cooled cakes together.

Well Fed Buff: Delicious Chocolate Cake {WoW}

Oct 16th 2008 2:45PM As yummy as this sounds, why the reliance on pre-made packets of cake mix? Surely it's easier and healthier just to make your own. Eggs, marg, sugar, flour and chocolate. Some things, like corn syrup, just don't belong in cake.

I do love the raid speak though. You can never have too many cooks in the kitchen for this column.

Blizzard and the hidden population of disabled players {WoW}

Sep 5th 2008 5:11PM I'm visually impaired, I use a white cane and I love WoW. My disability has little effect in raids (although I do get horribly lost, just like the real world) unless there are fast mobs involved, like the pesky post-Curator mana wryms in Kara. However my guild know about it and are very helpful. My disability is not one I can escape from even in WoW but a little improvement on the accessibility front, such as making the text bigger, especially in the chat boxes would go a long way, ditto the option for bigger maps.

Breakfast Topic: Your last breath {WoW}

Sep 4th 2008 9:18AM "Oh bugger," would be mine as it's said a heck of a lot in real life.

WoW Moviewatch: WotLK White Dreamscape {WoW}

Jul 18th 2008 2:06PM Wow, that has to be the most beautiful video I've seen in a long time. Snoman, are you sure you're not a Blizzard employee as that's the most amazing take on the zones I've ever seen. I especially love the way lush zones become barren and vice versa .... the music is gorgeous and it makes me want to see more of Wrath. Please made more videos!