The journey across went even worse than I had expected. In fact, I was quite happy sitting there in my own world (no, it wasn’t me driving) listening to an audio book, until something roused me.
I’m off to England tomorrow for Christmas, by car. In the back. The only thing that promises to make the journey bearable is my iPod full of audio books (my latest addiction). I’ll be working my way through the next two books of Larry Niven’s Ringworld series—it’s enthralling.
As a followup to my Microsoft rant of a few days ago, I notice that The Inquirer has run a series of photos of Windows-based embedded systems failing in the wild.
Have you heard
Speak on the radio
Browsing through Clay Shirky’s article on demotic cryptography, “The RIAA Succeeds Where the Cypherpunks Failed”, one sentence caught my eye:
Beating My Head Against MS’s Wall
Unfortunately, I’m sometimes unable to avoid having to use Microsoft products. Like all right-thinking people, I naturally abhor Microsoft. It’s not for their convicted-monopolist practices so much as their boneheaded corporate stupidity and incurable Not-Invented-Here syndrome and the fact that, even with their unparalleled human and financial resources, they just can’t get the simplest things right.
I spent most of today setting up a Jabber server for our company group.
I missed a call to my mobile phone this evening, and was puzzled by the prefix: +21. Never heard of that country! I thought. After some searching, I discovered that +21 is the international code for the Maghreb countries, and that +212 specifically is Morocco.
I’m looking forward to going to work tomorrow.
Gruesome news from Japan, reported by Fark with the classic headline “Taxi driver unzips his pants and finds a mummified homeless man”:
Ex Alma Mater
When I saw the headline, “University gets its own beer”, I instantly thought of my former educational establishment.
Cut your own paper snowflake!
Not Collecting Stamps
I have always found it irritating that some religious people insist upon the idea that the absence of belief in a god is also a religion. Such an inability to see things from any other frame of reference explains a lot, but it is also hard to counter.