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Ungrateful me…

I've been writing about - and using - Linux and open source software since I joined team LXF at the turn of the century (issue 8, I think) and I've sort of taken the massive contribution that people make to these extraordinary projects for granted. You know, the software is just there and it does what it should, most of the time, and we use it, upgrade, love new features and then forget that it's made by real people.
Anyway, two things happened this week which exposed me to this wonder again.

Hello, world

The publisher of Linux Format has promoted me to the position of editor, which means after five years at Future Publishing I finally have the much-coveted one-word job title. Nick Veitch was editor of Linux Format from issue 1 to issue 99, which is a very long way by any standards, but long-term readers will know that surprisingly little has changed in the magazine in that time. Sure, the old geek rating system for tutorials died a long time ago, but Roundup, What on Earth, Answers, HotPicks and more continue to be valued parts of the magazine, which shows that Nick clearly got a lot right.

I can’t believe I thought this was cool

A friend of mine is busy preparing a talk for a French culture evening, and I've been equally busy wasting his time with suggestions for things that summarise stereotypes of France and the French - Pepe Le Pew, Officer Crabtree, etc. And then I came across this video:


Hello!

Welcome to the future

Graham and I have both bought posh new mobile phones, because we're geeks and that's the kind of thing geeks do, right? Sadly, our attempts to get video conferencing to work weren't too fruitful, so today I called T-Mobile and asked them what was going on. Their response: "video calling is very, very, very temperamental - it doesn't usually work." Of course, video calls aren't actually included in my price plan, so I have to pay extra for the privilege of using their "very, very temperamental" service - and it isn't even enabled by default. Is nice!

SP1 RC Prev. B3 pl12.414A

Now this isn't a random excuse to bash Microsoft, as some open source projects are equally guilty, but what's the deal with version number bloat? See hither:

Vista SP1 Release Candidate Preview Beta released

Destination: 2008

We just received the early copies back for LXF 100, and I think it's one of the best magazines we've ever put out - although naturally I would say that!

Love/Hate relationship

You may remember I blogged a few months ago about some guy who had signed up to a dating service using my email address. Well, I can only assume he's back, because I've been getting emails from a company called LOVEFiLM about "my" DVD rental service. At first I assumed this was just spam, but then a message came through saying this:

"Unfortunately, we have been unable to authorise your debit/credit card, and as a result of this, have had to put your account on hold until we can sort the problem out."

Posted for Posterity

This blog post has been on our intranet for a very long time - so long that it's now a bit of a running joke internally. However, Mike decided to take some corporate responsibility and tell the central services team that this blog post makes our intranet look silly, and it's possible they may wake up and yank it sometime in the near future. Fearful of losing a truly challenging piece of the blogosphere, I have copy and pasted the entire entry here so it never dies:



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