All entries for May 2005

May 31, 2005

Day Two: Spider Solitaire

I guess I don't actually have anything against this game (although it's got nothing on freecell), it's just that I feel I might be a little more productive without it. It would be okay if you could play just one game, but it doesn't work like that. Either you lose and feel like you have to play again, or you win but feel so let down by the crappy (let's face it, very crappy) fireworks that you need another go to satisfy the solitaire urge.

Or is it just me?

Anyway, not in a ranting mood, just want to get this work done!


May 30, 2005

Day 1: The Printers in F211

Well, being in the midst of exams and obviously without anything more productive to be doing, I've decided to have a rant. More than that, I decided to have one every day. It's going to be tough, but I think I can rise up to the challenge. There's a lot that annoys me at the moment. So day one: the printers in F211.

Having several pages that needed to be printed out, I wasn't going to waste my own valueable ink when I had £25 left over on the engineering computers. So off I trapse across campus to reach the engineering block, en route trying to avoid small kids on nature trails, hobos trying to sell me the big issue and brain-dead students stumbling in a drunken haze (possibly third years). Eventually I reach the engineering computer room. I sit down, enter my user name wrong three times before I realise I'm using the one I was given at school, find what needs to be printed (all 50 pages) and press print. Only then, when I around to collect the work from the back of the room do I discover that the printers are locked in the cupboard!

"Why!?!" I scream at the top of my voice, smashing my hand through the nearest computer screen (I might not have actually done this). Which is a good question. Why do they need to lock up the printers? Is it simply to annoy us and to make us lose printer credits? I think so. I mean, it's not exactly as if we're going to be able to steal a printer of that size. surely? And why would we; it certainly wouldn't fit into my cheapy cryfield room. No, instead, they merely lock up the printers to annoy us. Well me, at least. And now I have to wait until tomorrow to try again. And all this time I could have been doing revision! (To be fair, I could have done revision instead of writing this, but it makes me so very angry…)

Anyway, that is today's rant. I'm off to find a new subject for tomorrow. If you have anything you'd like to rant about, feel free to do so here. (Microsoft Ofice? Washing machines that swallow your money? 'Crazy frogs'?).


May 20, 2005

Rant: the idiocies of MS Word

Why? Why? Did they design it to do absolutely the opposite to what you want? ALL the time? Like, the only time it doesn't put random capital letters in is when they're actually needed. Like at the beginning of a sentance.
And the spellcheck dictionary? That can't seem to use any language except 'American English'? Hello! We spell things properly. Like COLOUR, and GAUGE. With a U. That's the proper spelling.
And the bullet points? Putting themselves at random places on the page? And numbering that randomly starts from one again in the middle of the list? My god, what were you thinking, Mr Gates?
And tables, where you want just a normal, bog-standard table. Nothing fancy, just a few lines to seperate stuff? Is that too much to ask for? I don't want pretty colours, random fonts, just a nice simple table?
Aghh, it makes me so mad! Why does everyone use it? Why? It's blatently just rubbish? Why? Why?...

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