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Snooker loopy

Many moons ago, on this very blog, Rebecca mentioned that she didn't mind John Virgo's snooker "commentary." Inexplicably, she wasn't bothered by his tedious musings or overwhelming banality, and managed to find some charm in his northern northernishness. This was around the time when snooker was off the air for a few months - there was no Virgo spewing out of our TV speakers, and I started to wonder... maybe it's just me?

It’s server man!

Michael Saunders: a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent; the schoolboy who leads an exciting double-life. Fabulous secret powers were revealed to him the day a spotty man brought him to life with his cosmic dust, held aloft a magic sword and said: "HE'S THE STRONGEST, HE'S THE QUICKEST, HE'S THE BEST!"

That's Mike, that is.


A bloke in front of me at the checkout in the supermarket the other day was buying pre-cooked bacon. That's wrong.

Back home

Of course, when I say "Edgy" is rubbish, I mean the name - hence the quotes - the distro itself is rather lovely, especially with the subtle shift from brown to orange in the Human theme. Anyway, today has provided me with a new nemesis, and that is luggage with wheels. It's not the concept or, indeed, the implementation that makes me want to stick pins in my eyes, but the apparent disregard for the rest of the world by their owners. If they pushed them, then they might have some inkling of where the damned things are.

Ubuntu everywhere!

When I'm King, I shall degree that this fetid city no longer functions as the nation's capital. For one thing, there are too many people here, also it's too big and people don't offer to help if you're carrying a heavy bag. Moreover, if you offer to help someone with a heavy bag, they assume you're trying to rob them. Anyway, back to more interesting things.

World domination… approaching: MikeOS is now a SourceForge project! Currently there's not much on the homepage, but I'm going to jazz that up soon (I even have a logo now). Still, you can download the 0.24 release, if your PC can handle the raw power. And has at least 64K of RAM.

Please, Miss!

Ooh! There's a story about Firefox on the BBC News homepage. It tells us: "Now it is believed to enjoy a 12-15% market share of the net browsing market globally. But, said Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering at Mozilla, in some nations the share is far higher."

Is it me, or is that not pretty obvious? And I bet in some other nations the share is far lower. Isn't that how they work out average global market shares - by taking an, er, average? I don't know; I haven't studied maths for some time…

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Feisty… fawn…?

I think we'd all better stick with Edgy.

Microsoft does open source chocolates

Microsoft has mailed around boxes of Windows Live chocolates to various teams, and I (risking my life) tried one. Suffice to say that Microsoft is no better at making chocolates than they are at making operating systems. I guess the adage is true: the day Microsoft builds a product that doesn't suck is the day they build a vacuum cleaner. For the curious: yes, the ingredients list was printed on the back - surprisingly open for Microsoft!

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