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Stress testing

As regular forumers know, from issue 81 we'll be including the DVD inside the magazine rather than having it glued to the front. This has raised a few concerns that the in-binded disc won't be well protected, and prone to breakage (especially for overseas subscribers). So we headed over to LXF Towers' purpose-built stress testing facility to find out just how durable the discs will be -- using PC Answers as a demo. (PCA has recently moved to in-bound discs, and is about the same thickness as LXF.)


Why doesn't Mike like John Virgo? His dislike of him very nearly compromises Mike's review of VirgoFTP in the coming issue (only very nearly, because Mike is a consummate professional). I find it quite unfair.

Next they’ll be upgrading to Windows 3.1…

Say hello to the PC Answers blog, the PC Plus blog and the PC Format blog. Yes, our sister magazines have entered the 20th century and are in danger of discovering network Doom. Scarily, the PCF blog already mentions Linux - next thing we'll know Apple will let you run XP on Macs!

PS: Good news, everyone! Effy is straighter than ever. Well, I say "Effy", but he's asked everyone to call him "Loretta". Whatever you say, Loretta! What a guy...

If 42 is the meaning of life, then what’s 41?

Effy, our eloquent art editor, turned 41 years old earlier this week (Happy birthyday, Effy!). But he's not very happy about it, because apparently 41 is the age at which men in Mexico are most likely to question their sexuality and realise they have gay tendencies.

Well, we all think Effy is quite safe: he's unquestionably straight and about as masculine as they come. If you don't believe us, see for yourself:

Efrain Hernandez-Mendoza is not gay

Snow joke

Pleased with news that road tax on SUVs and other high CO2-producing vehicles has been raised in the Budget. Land Rovers and Range Rovers are in the highest tax bands, which is bad news for people who use them to get around of course, but good news if it stops even some of the thousands of Britons considering buying one (or a RAV, or an Espace, or a Porsche 911...) this year from doing so.

That’s so true…


Lies, damn lies, and the absolute God-given truth

I am a more important member of Team LXF than Nick. This is an undoubtable, proven fact, because Google Fight says so, and Google Fight doesn't lie.

Paul Hudson is more important than Nick Veitch

Statistics are fun. Did you know, for example, that almost half of all British people are of below average intelligence? The average IQ around here would be somewhere around 70 if it weren't for Team LXF acting as a counterweight.

Libre Graphics Meeting 2006

The Running Men (and Women)

The Bath Half Marathon runs past my house, which a) is quite an annoying way to be awoken, and b) makes it rather hard to pop down the shops, at least until they've all gone. Bath is a very small town, you see, so not only are we unfit to have a full marathon, but even our half marathon requires all the runners to go around the circuit twice. Just as you think it's safe to cross the road (ie, there's only the stragglers/walkers left), the front runners come charging along.

Run, Forrest, run!

Nice cup of tea

Tea is brilliant. It's one of things that made Britain rich in the 19th century. Workers that drank tea boiled their water and put tasty antioxidant leaves in, keeping them healthier than non-tea drinkers. If religion was the opiate, tea was the antiseptic of Marx's Manchester.
This made Britain great in two ways:

  • It allowed slum landlords to cram more familes in to tiny ramshackle buildings, maximising the rents that they could get for their properties.

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