Last night, when watching the 100 Greatest Albums on Channel4, I kept trying to guess what the #1 album would be. As the title of this post suggests, I was a bit shocked when it was announced.

Consider the number of fantastic artists and bands there have been, and then considering the number of albums released by each.

But, the album that came in at #1 was voted for by the viewers of Channel4, so it doesn’t really represent the #1 album of all time. That kind of poll would be too hard to organise… I think!

At first I had guessed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or maybe Nevermind.

Anyway, the album that was voted in at #1 was O.K Computer by Radiohead. Surprised? I mean, yeah… it’s a fantasitc album, but I really don’t compare it to their previous album – The Bends. That’s my favourite album of all time so far and it’s going to take a lot to beat it imo.

Apparently Radiohead are bigger in the UK & Ireland than I thought :)

Music for the jilted designer generation

I’m a big fan of music. I listen to it all day, everyday. The radio is on in our house from the time the first person gets up until the time the last person goes to bed. It’s been like that for as long as I can remember.

Although the radio is on, I prefer to play my own music when designing or coding. I’ve burn the majority of my cd’s onto the computers hard drive, so I’ve got a good selection to choose from.

Generally I like to listen to upbeat music (Gigi D’Agostino, Daftpunk, Fatboy Slim, Prodigy, etc) when coding and alternative music (Radiohead, Ocean Colour Scene, Keane, Snow Patrol, etc) when designing.

Have you got any favourite music for when you design or code?

The Dreaded Reformat

My computer is getting to the stage where I think the best thing to do is to reformat it. It’s always been something I’ve dreaded having to do. Will I remember to backup everything I want to keep? You just know there will be something you missed, like your internet bookmarks or some application preferences stored in some obscure file in some obscure folder on your HD.

What should be on your to-do list before reformatting your computer? Is there any specific ritual you go through? Please enlighten me!

Keep It Clean!

This year I received a christmas present I certainly wasn’t expecting. When my sister was shopping for presents she said she came across this and couldn’t resist buying it – as a joke – for me.

What is it, you ask?

A Computer Cleaning Vac, similar to this one. It’s a small handheld vac with a couple of attachments to help get into the nooks and crannies of the keyboard and mouse.

When I unwrapped it, I must admit it brought a chuckle. We have a very similar sense of humour, so she knew when buying it, that it would do exacting what she intended.

Nice one sis’ and thanks.

It hasn’t been put to the test just yet, but will be in the near future I’m sure :)