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February 6th, 2006

12:52 am: six nations rugby, weekend one
Ireland v. Italy: we won, but who cares? The only proper try, of three scored, was the Italian one.
England v. Wales: didn't see it. Heard that England pretty much did a stompy dance on Wales.
Scotland v. France: Hply Sjot. I do believe Scotland won't be sober any time this week. Not only did the Highlanders win the game, they did so through superiority rather than a lucky game. Such a joy to see them pushing the allegedly immovable French pack 15 meters and more back up the pitch to score a try. Boy, was I ever yelling in delight at the TV (much to the dismay of Sheila's cats).

February 3rd, 2006

12:16 pm: I had /no/ idea
"Milk Chocolate Hobnobs can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle."

And all along I thought my pack-of-hobnobs-and-a-coke period in college was bad for me.

January 30th, 2006

10:40 pm: spam on my TV
Tonight's line-up includes "The Perfect Penis". I fully expect tomorrow night to have a telethon for Mr. O. Tanabay, son of the late General Mukambe Tanabay, etc. etc. followed by a programme on penny stocks and how they'll make me a millionaire overnight.

12:20 am: loose ends
  • I ended up nuking all the comments on the post that referred to gentoo, since there's apparently no way of saying, "ok, no more comments here" - you can freeze an individual subthread, but not the main thread. And when I said, "I don't want a distro war on my livejournal", it was apparently read as "let me tell you why I use My Favourite Distro". Thanks, yo. Read the goddamn instructions before posting.
  • More like/dislike for the Motophone: iTap text input is like T9, only much, much better. On the other hand, the phone's clock is in the Dumbest. Place. Evar: when you've the keypad locked, pressing a button to light up the display so you can check the time causes a "helpful" How To Unlock This Phone window to pop up. On top of the clock.

January 27th, 2006

08:44 pm: this made me giggle
It's [info]rivetpepsquad's:

07:46 pm: I think at least one person on my friendslist should see this.
Witches... in Bikinis.

January 25th, 2006

09:43 pm: my low-grade form of fame continues
I've been working on a plugin for Gaim to allow it to connect to Microsoft Exchange Instant Messaging. It's reached the point where it's actually usable and mostly doesn't destroy major cities when you run it. This morning someone emailed me to say he's pushed it for inclusion in Gentoo's package list. On one hand, yay, distribution; on the other hand, ew, Gentoo (mildly NSFW link; I like this one, too, and it's totally SFW).

09:40 pm: new phone, one week on
I got a Motorola E770v last week as a cheapy upgrade from my Sagem MyV55. Both phones are Vodafone-specific variants of mainstream phones, of which more below. My main requirements for the upgrade included bluetooth, better than GSM connectivity (i.e. 2.5 or 3G), and no Nokias unless absolutely necessary. Here's what I like about the Motorola:
  • not just a digital camera, not just a video camera, but a camera with two lenses - one facing the phone user and one facing in the opposite direction. You can't use both to get picture-in-picture, mind.
  • Java engine has full access to phone's features - this is something my old phone lacked, and it SUCKS.
  • The power/data connector is a standard miniUSB. Plug it into a laptop and it starts charging. It's got a software switch to swap between CDC ACM modem and a USB drive.
  • Music player which plays MP3 files and can be loaded via the aforementioned USB drive
  • Curiously useful multitasking: you can use the 3G connection at the same time as you're on a voice call.
And, for balance, things I don't like:
  • The USB connection is flaky. Sometimes it doesn't work, and the only way to make it work is to power-cycle the phone.
  • There's no automatic keypad lock. There's an automatic phone lock but it requires you to enter a passcode to unlock.
  • The music player can't be backgrounded in any way, to the extent that you can't lock the keypad while the music player is running.
  • It's a custom build for Vodafone, like the MyV55, meaning that I'm pretty much guaranteed unable to get any firmware upgrades for it, like, ever.
The most amusing thing about it to date is that Windows couldn't talk to the modem on it on account of not having drivers (I found some a few days after getting the phone). Linux, on the other hand, shrugged and said, "oh, CDC ACM modem, fine, put it over there in /dev."

January 21st, 2006

11:33 am: reading material
One of the books I got for Christmas is "The Google Story" by David A. Vise; it touts itself as "the definitive account of one of the most remarkable organizations of our time". The best part of it is the historical stuff about Google's founding; it's not quite so good in its coverage of the GMail privacy arguments; the entirety of chapter 14 could be replaced with the phrase, "People use Google to look for porn" without any loss of information; and the most curious part of the whole thing is whether or not the author actually ever talked to Sergey, or Larry - or even Eric Schmidt. Certainly reading the book I had a strong impression that he'd conducted several interviews with them, and the phrasing of a lot of quoted material suggests that he was, indeed, conversing with them. However, the flyleaf contains the note that the book isn't "created, authorised, or endorsed by Google, Inc.", and the section on sources explains that they talked to a lot of people who knew Larry and Sergey - lecturers at Stanford and what not - and perhaps most tellingly, having thanked Larry and Sergey "for trusting us[1] to tell their story", it goes on to say, "we discussed the manuscript with Google Executives" (my emphasis) which strongly suggests that the only trust Larry and Sergey expressed was in not actively blocking the publication of the book.

[1] Mark Malseed gets a with credit on the inside of the book, but not on the cover.

09:30 am: translator fun
I've been getting a lot of spam lately from virgilio.it, presumably on account of them having set up some sort of free email service with online registration. I pulled up their front page, discovered I have pretty much zero understanding of it, and fed it to google's translator. At the end of the page, the translated version reads, "PRIVACY © 1997 - 2006 MATRIX S.P.A. ALL The STRAIGHT Ones RESERVE YOU".


January 20th, 2006

01:18 pm: it comes in pints!
Guinness Ice Cream (thanks, [info]zefren)

January 19th, 2006

01:20 am: farewell
so tonight we had the surprise party for Jamie, best.barman.evar. He's headed back to China and we'll probably not see him again for a long time, if at all. Cheers, Jamie, yer the best.

Also, for reasons I can not possibly understand, 11:30pm closing did not take effect until about 1am, explaining the lateness of this post.

January 17th, 2006

09:02 pm: compare, contrast
Movie Reality

January 15th, 2006

01:13 am: blatant self-promotion
So if you're working in a corporate environment where the in-house messaging of choice is Microsoft Exchange Instant Messenger, but you're not inclined to use a Windows machine, please to be availing of my RVP (Rendez-Vous Protocol?) plugin for Gaim 1.0.1 (and possibly upward) which will allow your Linux machine to talk to such a system. Also, quite possibly, your Mac. I'm still working on the latter. Actually, I lie. I'm fiddling with the file transfer code, and the Mac option is dependant on me hassling a cow orker for access to his machine during non-office hours.

January 9th, 2006

01:39 pm: Dear [info]ronebofh
I saw this and I thought of you.


January 7th, 2006

08:26 am: in case you're wondering
Someone appears to be hammering my poor web server at the moment, plus any other open ports they can find on waider.ie. I've pulled the ethernet cable for the moment; I'd like to kill the httpd except that with the load average at 140 the machine isn't exactly responsive.

update: and we're back. I have no idea what happened as I don't appear to have anything in the logfiles that suggests being 0wnz0red. GRR.

January 1st, 2006

12:13 pm: welcome to 2006
Irish Times Headlines:
World Day Of Peace Celebrated Across The Globe
Six People Wounded In Stabbing Incidents
Sligo Shooting Victim Dies In Hospital

...and so on.

December 31st, 2005

07:21 pm: and while I'm at it
  • This year's "end of year" meme would look much like last year's, with less actual high points. Aside from the new job, I have little to recommend about 2005.
  • I don't do New Year's Resolutions. Don't ask.
  • Happy New Year. Hope it's a good one for you.

07:12 pm: ebay update
I won my first auction.

Now I need a turntable to play this LP on. I wonder if there's one on ebay...

December 28th, 2005

09:51 pm: in other poor parts of those islands to the west
About that money you donated to the Red Cross funds for Katrina relief...

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