World Cup fever has infected Bath, and in the absence of the Norwegian national team to cheer on, I started thinking about a free and open source software team instead (geek? moi?).
In goal I'd play the Peter Shilton of Linux, Slackware founder Patrick Volkerding: more of a loner than a team player, but solid, dependable and has been around for years (and years, and years…).
Windows users, now is the time to kick away the Microsoft soap rather than stooping to pick it up. MS has released its new Live OneCare system that provides anti-virus, anti-spyware, backup and a firewall. You might think this is a cause for celebration, but wait: Microsoft is charging for it. Worse, they are charging for it on a yearly subscription basis.
I read the PC Plus blog semi-regularly, mostly because Richard Cobbett's frothing rage is quite funny. However, ace reporter Alex Cox recently wrote a blog entry on MS Windows Server 200x and virtualisation, saying:
By virtualising the IO systems of these machines, Microsoft has developed a system of hot-adding hardware. For example, if one of the virtual machines on the server needs more RAM, it can be instantly allocated and the VM 'upgraded' without any fuss whatsoever.
After a fine meal of salad, burgers and pasta washed down with a bottle of £2.99 château de Co-op, the ladies I was dining with started to talk about their breasts. Fair enough, thought I, and allowed the conversation to wash over me, not having breasts of my own on which to discourse.
Imagine my surprise when the ladies agreed that breasts are rubbish! It turns out that when it rains and you're wearing a v-neck top, the exposed area gets cold; and, what's more, stays cold! How awful!
Walking to walk in the rain today, I saw a bus stop in the road in front of me and offload four passengers: two women and two men. The women promptly put up umbrellas (they adopted the advanced 'type 3 installation' technique favoured by the elder female of opening the umbrella AS THEY DISEMBARKED, even though they seemed quite young – the Burberry print of one of the umbrellas appears to bear this out), while the two men just put up their collars and hunched into the rain.
I own an iMac now. It spends its days idling in the front room, which is a bit of a shame because it's a dual-core 2.0GHz beastie with a 20" screen. Having now used it for just about three weeks, I have thoroughly mixed feelings about it.
The hardware is lovely. I've said this for a long time: Apple makes some fine computers. It's almost silent, has eye-blinding brightness levels, boots in a few seconds and the remote control is neat. So far, so good.
Update: the winner is Nigel for identifying the shape as Abe 'Grandpa' Simpson!
I'm not sure why cartoon character-based pasta shapes sell so well, but there's squillions of them in the supermarket: Batman, Spider-man, Thomas the Tank Engine, and now The Simpsons. A combination of curiosity and snack-needage made me buy some, in the hope that I'd recognise familiar Springfield characters as I scoffed the lot up.
But alas no, they just looked like random objects used in psychiatry tests.
The polls on our website have beeen getting stale – there's only so many times you can put "What's your favourite distro" up there and expect people to care. So I had a look on KDE-apps.org and found this little gem.
My wife, Ildiko, and I have just arrived back from a short holiday in Costa Rica, and, inevitably, I took a stack of pictures. It is a crazy, amazing, beautiful country, and I highly recommend you to visit if you're interested in something slightly more adventurous.