Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Lazy Teachers

My dear one has been marking essays this morning since before I arose from swinish slumber. This is the third day, flat out, with shorter breaks than anyone, anywhere would get for food etc. Goes on into the night until I tempt her away with comfort food & a bottle of red and maybe a distracting movie. (WARNING: "Knowing" was a baaad choice. I curse all involved)

While I'm at it, I curse all who sneer at teachers, their holidays, their easy jobs and all such ignorant twaddle. Try a few months in front of 30 feral year 9s with litigious and brain-dead parents to back them up. Try eyeballing some cretin who's 15cm taller, built like a bus and telling him he really must give you those nun-chucks etc. Pah!

A little Knowing is a dangerous thing

I have just watched "Knowing". My brain tried to escape through my left nostril and I lost the will to live. All those responsible for this utter dog of a movie should be condemned to watch it repeatedly, as per Clockwork Orange, until they are catatonic or very, very sorry indeed. It even has Beethoven in the score. It's too late for me but you can still save yourselves. Do. Not. Watch. It.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Microsoft rips us off yet again

I love Windows 7 (aka Vista Light, Vista Right, Vista SP2 etc). Whatever you call it, I've been running it on one PC for over a year (3 versions) and on another since the release of RC1. Even ran it in a VM under XP. Whatever the test scores, it ran beautifully on my test machine, an old P4, 3.2GHz with just 1GB of RAM. Fast starts, few crashes even with the beta, great hardware recognition and drivers for almost anything. Since I've been a good laddie & sent any bug info, crash data etc off to Microsoft, I foolishly thought there might be a bit of a discount at the end of it - no promises from MS I know, but it seemed like a good idea for them. Might have soothed some of the very unhappy Vista customers who, after all, are basically paying for a giant bug-fix/service pack.

So in the US you can pre-order Home Premium for $49.99 or Professional for $99.99. For a couple of weeks. In Australia you can damn well wait till Oct 22nd and pay $199 and $399 for the equivalent upgrades. Four (4) times as much. And I'm going to pay $400 - $800 to upgrade? I think not Mr Ballmer. Back to XP & Ubuntu until I upgrade the hardware.

Oh and Europe & Japan also get discounts (less than the US of course) but Oz gets zip. Again.

Good Stuff

Insanely fast PCs that sound just like trains
Zombies that lurch and devour our brains
Swords axes and daggers, whatever goes ‘zing’
These are a few of my favourite things.

Good cleanskin Merlot and pizzas by Capers
Angrily browsing through each morning’s papers
Sipping Laphroig, while I feel like a king
These are a few of my favourite things.

When the Libs win, when the Mormon rings
When I'm totally mad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don't feel so had.

Thank {insert relevant Diety here} for the Interweb

At last I have joined the ranks of those with nothing to say and the perfect platform for saying it. Blog on brother, keep the faith & maintain the rage.