Can't get any sympathy 'round
Me: My girlfriend says I am too nerdy
because at the
moment I keep my whiteboard in the living room.
Colleague: You have a
Now that the rain is declining I am trying to walk to work
as often as I can. Until lately I have usually tried to
make use of the time by spending it planning out my day.
However I finally
caved and entered the 21st century with a portable audio
player. I now have a Sandisk Fuze and after some
experimentation it runs Rockbox (3.7.1), mainly
the original firmware will not allow you to add compatible
files, other than MP3 format, unless you register at the
Sandisk site and install some Windows software. Rockbox
works very well (and does waaay too many things) so that I
only have to activate the legacy firmware for USB transfers.
Beaujolais to the Rockbox developers! The only gotcha was
that I don't have easy access to a computer with both an
internet connection and administrative privileges. To reduce
the chance of bricking Rockbox wants to download the
appropriate files for you but I can't install Rock box on
the internet machine and can't access the internet from the
machine with the Rockbox installation. I didn't know how to
get the files directly but then found I had
overlooked download.rockbox.org. Doh!
So, I finally deleted my bookmark for Slashdawt. I realise I
am probably the last person to do this but I had clung to some
positive memories from years gone by (1990s) when postings there
were occasionally funny (as well as being duplicates,
poorly-worded and totally lacking in facts). Alas, the
version of the site introduced at the beginning of the year
seems to have
eliminated humour as well as pumping up the space devoted to
adverts. The main symptom is that all article tags have to be in
corporate suitspeak. I miss the days of
goodluckwiththat. It is also very telling that the recent
polls have all been thinly veiled market surveys ("will you
be using cloud computing in the future?", "what storage
devices do you purchase?"). These days there are better
things I can do
with a few minutes free time.
Another recent goodbye was my
local Borders store. I will miss them much more.
Unfortunately they decided to play nasty at the end as I
received a message that "everything will be 20% - 40% off"
and that I could still use my Borders card. I turned up at
the store and looked around and could see the prominent "20%
Off" labels. After some exploration I gave up and asked one
of the staff to point me in the direction of something that
was 40% Off. They were unable to do so and argued that "20%
- 40% Off" didn't actually oblige them to have anything
a greater discount than 20%. At the counter I also found the
Borders Card was a waste as the person at the register
pointed out that they were "not actually Borders any more" but
were a liquidation company so they didn't have to honour
Borders' offers. (Can you say "Bait and Switch"?) I'm still
not awarding them an ANDNOTHINGOFVALUEWASLOST as they've
been a source of much happiness over the years. However,
I'm less likely to be venturing to any of the remaining
stores. Time to make more use of the local independent stores.
One other oddity I noticed recently. Like many of the people
I know my Gmail account has lately been bombarded by Tea
Party spam ("the sky is falling!"). The weird thing is that
Gmail will not allow me to classify it as spam (it always
appears in the Inbox). Maybe the crazies have all the Google