All entries for January 2006

January 28, 2006

Michelle Foy: The One To Employ

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/Print.asp?url=ELECTION_MANIFESTO&candidate_id=1938

She'll be great. Vote for her. Go on, you know you want to…

There, that's my out–of–character Union Elections support done. Now after you vote for Michelle Foy (The One To Employ) for FDSO and abstain for the rest, or whatever, we can all get on with our lives and forget about this minor inconvenience.

Seriously, though, she will make a good FDSO.


January 26, 2006

Nokia N70

Follow-up to Nokia N90 from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I've given up waiting and got an N70, which is the phone I wanted anyway until I found out the N90 had autofocus.

January 23, 2006

ITS

IT Services are, as one of my friends would say (and I believe has, on many occasions), crapweasels.
There was a security incident recently so they expired everyone's passwords. Without telling anyone.
They gave people two grace log–ins in which to change the password before it completely stopped. Without telling anyone.
The only time you were told is if you log into a computer on campus, rather than, say, Blogs or any of the other web–based systems. They did this on a weekend.
There are about 15,536 students, and they all need to contact ITS if their password expired after the grace period. ITS have two people on the physical helpdesk, and a handfull of people on the phones. When I got my password sorted after my 9 o'clock, there were about 50 people in the phone queue, and about the same for the helpdesk itself.

There's nothing like good planning…

…and this is noth… well, you know how that goes.


January 22, 2006

Nokia N90

Writing about web page http://www.nokia.com/nseries/index.html?loc=inside,main_n90

This is the next mobile I want to get. However, no one seems to know when it's going to be released on any networks. No one.
I first saw it along with the N70 (released) and the N91 (missing, presumed absent) in an advert at a cinema either last term or during the Summer, searching on the web provides no end of full–price SIM–free handsets, I've found loads of forum posts from last year predicting an Autumn 2005 launch, I've had people suggect this month, next month, March, but no high–street retails seem to have any clue about when they're going to get it; not even a rough estimate – they have absolutely no idea.
Has anyone heard anything about it?

January 20, 2006

Travelling

I would at this point mention that my bike has another pucture, but it's getting boring now so I won't…

Anyway, the other week (before my bike got the puncture) I got home – knackered as usual – and thought to myself, "I hate cycling to campus…" because it is a fair amount of effort. So I got on thinking of alternatives, the most obvious being walking; it wasn't long before I decided the 1/3 journey time definately made cycling the alternative to walking, not the other way round. Plus my feet always ache, and I really don't like walking…

So that was two ways down. There's no bus service to speak of between my house and campus, so next I thought: driving. This would work, apart from the fact I don't have a car. However, after being stuck in traffic a few times I'd no doubt end up thinking "I hate driving to campus…". The next logical step after that is not driving, but being driven. This, however, is still not perfect. First there's the fact that you really have to work to their schedule, and then there's the leeching…

It was about this point that I came to the conclusing that it's not that I dislike being at home (I don't – it's great) and it's not that I dislike being on campus (I don't – it's great), it's travelling between the two that I don't like. So the perfect form of transport would be some sort of teleportation device or a TARDIS. Unfortunately, due to several problems making frequent use of the word "fiction", this leaves my with either cycling or walking…


January 16, 2006

How to create a queue in Costcutter…

To get a queue to form behind you in Costcutter, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Take out a mobile phone contract for at least a year, or until you've forgotten some of the subtleties of Pay As You Go.
  2. Drop back down to a Pay As You Go tariff at the end of the contract.
  3. Forget that you have to link your new e–top–up card to your phone.
  4. Pick out some food and try to top–up using the card when you go to the appropriate checkout (i.e. the ones by the alcohol that have the top–up machines).
  5. Be prudent and check the top–up recipt, only to discover that's it's failed and you need to register it.
  6. Have a manager called over to refund your twenty pounds.
  7. Take two steps towards the door before remembering you should have a carrier bag.
  8. Reach back and grab your shopping
  9. Leave the store, patting your pockets and checking your wallet to make sure you haven't forgotten anything else.

All in all, a pretty good day…


January 15, 2006

This made me laugh

Writing about web page /hnryan/entry/moi/

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Richard Winskill!

  1. A thimbleful of Richard Winskill would weigh over 100 million tons.
  2. Peanuts and Richard Winskill are beans.
  3. Forty percent of the world's almonds and twenty percent of the world's peanuts are used in the manufacture of Richard Winskill!
  4. In his entire life, Richard Winskill will produce only a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey.
  5. If you drop Richard Winskill from the top of the Empire State Building, he will be falling fast enough to kill before reaching the ground!
  6. The original nineteenth-century Coca-Cola formula contained Richard Winskill.
  7. Richard Winskillicide is the killing of Richard Winskill.
  8. Richard Winskill can live for up to a week without a head.
  9. Devoid of his cells and proteins, Richard Winskill has the same chemical makeup as sea water.
  10. It is bad luck to walk under Richard Winskill.
I am interested in - do tell me about

January 13, 2006

Why do I keep looking at this website!?

Follow-up to There are 10 kinds of people in this world… from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I want one of these, too

Carbon Calculator

Writing about web page http://www.carboncalculator.co.uk/

I tried this a while ago, but encountered a problem. I decided to try again, but encountered the same problem (not suprising when you know the problem…)

The problem is that I can't actually do it; it won't let me.

More specifically, the problem is that the preliminary question do not apply to anywhere I live:

For my house off campus, the maximum selectable housemates is 8, whereas my house has 14.
For home, there's no option for the method of heating to be coal.

Not that I'm actually that bothered, it's just that I'm not one to shy away from a rampaging bandwagon…


January 10, 2006

Minor correction

Follow-up to Pi is exactly 3! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Since Google's picked up on my use of all those wrong Pis, you should add at least one more hit to each of the quoted values.
I'm the top result on some of them, too…

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