October 18, 2004

The [un]usual suspects

Writing about web page http://ningyoushi.com/

This site is full of just the coolest toys I think I've ever seen. My personal favourite has to be the Usual Suspects box set, shown below.

(Yes, that is Keyzer Soze hidden behind the packaging!)

How long, I wonder, before someone with too much time on their hands decides to produce a stop-motion model version of the original film. And what will Bryan Singer1 have to say if they do!

1. Like anyone will care now that he's abandoned X3 in favour of directing the reimagined Superman movie. Pah.

How to establish just how unfit you are …

… in two easy steps.

  1. Buy a new bike after not having owned one for 14 years
  2. Ride it into work

I wouldn't mind but I only live in Earlsdon! And I run around like a lunatic at work (although that's fuelled largely by diet coke, so probably doesn't count!)

It's just like on Blue Peter!

Having just spent the past hour and a bit assembling our incident management process on the wall for the workshops we're giving in ITS over the next few weeks, we now have the side of our meeting room looking something (or even exactly) like this,

I feel slightly like I've just been through a protracted episode of Blue Peter. Give me a badge!

October 17, 2004

And the difference is!

Writing about web page

What a difference 10 years makes (to George W Bush, at least).


Microsoft Top Tip #1029472

I had to do a double take when someone sent me the link to this page. Is it really on microsoft.com – check; not missed something crucial on the page – check.

Up on www.microsoft.com is a really helpful page which explains - in a Viz 'Top Tips' style - on how to make a Halloween Mask that looks exactly like the children or spouse of the wearer.

So, let's get this straight – I am an Average American. I want to scare the neighbours for a laugh on Halloween. I put a mask on that makes me looks like my wife. I can see that getting painful rather quickly.

Mind you, if Steve 'Dance, Monkey Boy, Dance' Balmer turned up on my doorstep on Halloween then, mask or not, it'd scare the bejeesus out of me. So perhaps it could work – for Mrs Balmer at least.

October 16, 2004

A Cunning Stunt

Writing about web page http://www.mrandmrswheatley.co.uk/cunningstunt.html

Sigh. This made me laugh so much it almost hurt.

October 10, 2004

Windows Naval Destroyer Edition

In 2007 the first of a set of six new Naval Destroyers, the type 45 – whose task is to defend against air strikes – will enter service. Ok, given that the MOD aren't so good at hitting deadlines, it might be a few years later that the HMS Daring finally enters service.

It might not be the only thing that it has problems hitting, mind you. For reasons best known only to the MOD - 'keeping costs down by using commercially available solutions where possible' apparently – the combat systems on these destroyers are going to be built atop Microsoft Windows 2000. Let's hope they restrain themselves, or we may find Mr Paperclip playing a key role in the defence of the realm.

If this "works" (which I assume will be determined using some measure involving us not hitting as many of our own people as our American allies seem to) then there are plans to deploy the same combat system on our nuclear submarine fleet. Now that is scary. Frankly, I wouldn't trust them to be able to hit the right country, let alone the right target.

[ from Channel 4 News ; there is an older article with more detail on The Register ]

(Almost) Total (AC Adapter) Recall

If you have a Dell laptop bought at some point in the past four years then, unless you like living dangerously, you'd be advised to go visit www.delladapterprogram.com to find out if it's likely to explode in your face or electrocute you. There are about a million faulty AC adapters out there (990,000) and they've issued a recall for every one of them.

Mind you, if you have a Dell, you may view either of these alternatives as being blessed relief from having to use it.

[ From cnn.com ]

October 09, 2004

Laptop [In]security cables

Writing about web page http://www.engadget.com/entry/0805892924624336/

Youch. I just bought one of these and I wasn't expecting to have at it with ballpoint pen to see if it's secure.

Now I need to make sure I don't buy one of these.

October 08, 2004

Ken Bigley Killed

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3727344.stm

The BBC have been reporting since about 4:30pm the news that Ken Bigley had possibly been killed by his captors in Iraq. Sky News & News 24 have both just aired a statement from one of his brothers that they've seen absolute proof that he's been executed.

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