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December 18, 2004


I moan when it's not there. I get depressed from the endless days of grey cloud and rain. But when it shines, I close my curtains, because otherwise I can't see my monitor!

On a totally seperate note, I've just woken up from a dream where I was playing the Ukrainians at a hideously complicated ball game of my own divising, for which the goals appeared to be the dustbin in my room, and the dustbin in the kitchen. I am thoroughly confused.

December 07, 2004

Home + Dialup = No

Woo, back home in London.
Actually, not woo at all. It's dreary, it's damp, it's grey, it's depressing. I want my nice winter back!

And to make matters worse, I live in a technological black hole of a house – no microwave and worse, no broadband. I think i might strangle myself with 5m of CAT-5 cable.

Every term I seem to forget how bad this is. Dunno how, I probably block it from my mind as a traumatic experience or something.

Anyway, I have to go now, because my mum needs to use the phone. Oh joy!


December 05, 2004

iTunes is EVIL

Ok, here's the deal:

It installs Quicktime, and there is no way to stop it. Quicktime is evil (of this there can be no doubt – any program that is THAT hard to stop running on Windows startup MUST be evil).

It creates an iPod folder in the Program Files directory. I'm sorry? Just because I'm using iTunes doesn't mean i own an iPod. Surely you could have consulted me about this before creating it? Some simple install options would have been nice.

It's default music storing directory is in My Documents\My Music\iTunes. I didn't ask for this. In fact, I didn't even install iTunes on the same DRIVE as this.

It makes itself the default player for music without asking you. Since when is that polite?

When I uninstalled Quicktime (straight after iTunes install finished), iTunes wouldn't run. Thankfully Quicktime Alternative (a lovely lovely codec that allows you to play Quicktime media without having to HAVE Quicktime) fixes this problem. (After a reinstall – as Quicktime killed THAT when I uninstalled it.)

It automatically creates a quicklaunch icon, and appears on the taskbar when active. No. Go away.

And the crowning glory? IT DOESN'T HAVE A STOP BUTTON!

Now, most of these annoyances can be fixed in a few minutes by fiddling with the preferences, but that's not the point. The point is it's nice to be consulted about these things first.
So why am I using it? One reason and one reason only. Converting .m4a files to .mp3. More evilness…
(I know, there are free programs that do this, but I've used every one I can find till passed its free trail period).
I've heard various rumours about general badness about the file naming and library system too, but I won't worry about them because I use MusicMatch for that, and it is clearly superior.

December 03, 2004

Oh body clock, how I love thee

So this is the third day in a row that I've woken up a full hour before my alarm. Doesn't matter when I go to sleep, it seems I've subconciously decided that 6 hours is enough. Bah. Bah!

Of course, once I'm awake there's no chance of getting back to sleep. Particularly not today, when I was hindered by the general door creaking, door banging, thumping, shuffling and loud talking that is the "Domestic Assistant[s]" (cleaners to you and me).

And to top it all off I now have a nose-bleed. Fantastic.

December 01, 2004

Castration's too good for them

Writing about web page

Some things just shouldn't be allowed to exist, and GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is definitely one of them.
Thank you EA for turning out yet another piece of utter, utter shite.

If anyone out there cares at all about quality computer games, please read this review and pass it on to whoever you can. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can destroy this corporate disease! TOGETHER, WE CAN TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!!!

/backs slowly away from himself while fumbling for the little bottle of pills

November 30, 2004

On Warwick Accomodation

So I'm living in Tocil this year, and while it is infinitely preferable to that cesspit that is Coventry, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t moan, regardless. Here is a little list of things anyone thinking about living in Tocil next year should consider:

There are no sinks in the rooms. Ok, this is not actually something I can legitimately get worked up about, because they tell you in advance. If you look carefully.

The curtains do not fully cover the windows, despite the curtain rails being more than long enough.

The radiators. Where to start? Well, for the first 7 weeks of term they just didn’t work. The best you ever got was lukewarm. But recently they have been “fixed”. This means they work, to a painful level of heat, but you have no control over them. Turn the knob fully in one direction, they stay on. Turn it fully in the other direction, they stay on. Turn it to the middle…you get the idea. And you can’t vary the heat. It comes in one setting: Sauna. I think maybe they turn them down a bit during the day, but that seems unlikely as I can currently feel the heat radiating from the thing a meter away.
Oh, and they click all night too.

The windows are those annoying sliding things, not the honest, decent push-open-pull-closed standard jobbies. And of course, as I live on the ground floor, I can’t leave them open while I’m out of the room, which exacerbates the Radiator Problem. (Good word huh?)

And now onto the most annoying thing of all. The desks are NAILED TO THE WALL! This is annoying for two reasons.

  1. You cannot rearrange the furniture to any extent.
  2. If, like me, you have a large, boxy, LOUD computer, you can’t put it under the desk. It sits just on my right, whirring away – another heating device in my room, ripening the fruit and melting chocolate that I carelessly place near it. And of course there are wires trailing EVERYWHERE. (For those of you who haven’t realised yet: desk nailed to wall = no room for wires to go down the back of desk = impossible to put computer on floor)
    The room setup is made even worse by the positioning of the network socket and the double power-point, namely behind the bed on the opposite side of the room. As you only get one other plug socket in the room, I seriously suggest you invest in multiple splitters and a 5 meter Ethernet cable if you plan to live here next year.
    And maybe a power drill.

Footnote: This was meant to be a bullet point list, but after 15 minutes flicking to and from preview, some grinding of teeth and, at one point, the ACTUAL pulling out of hair (albeit only the one hair), I decided to give up. Pffff useless system.

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