I was very disappointed with the quality of LinuxWorld UK, and not just because Linux Format didn't have a stand there. From LXF, we sent Nick, Graham, Mike, Channelle, Joby and myself - six people is a pretty big representation, so I think we tried our best. And what happened? Zip. The Great Linux Debate was largely dominated by Microsoft (again), although Nick managed to get some good points in by grabbing the microphone as it went by. The stands were even drearier than last year, with the highlight being the little gecko sitting in the O of the Novell logo.
Autumn. Saturday morning. Blue sky.
Pretty much my favourite time of the week, year, ever, ever. But recently I have been forced to reappraise some of my other favourite things. Favourite smell remains a bonfire at night when I am outside (has to be dark), favourite animal remains the sting ray. But my very, very favourite thing in the whole world – writing lists – I am no longer so sure of. In fact, these days it makes me feel a bit feint (ruled).
My Mac has been upgraded (yes, LXF is still made on Macs, yadda yadda). I've gone from a 450MHz G4 to a 466MHz G4, and now have 1.25GB of RAM rather than just 1GB. The immensity of this upgrade should mean that LXF production can be completed at least 30 seconds earlier per issue, which means 30 seconds more of Unreal Tournament.
Well, blog readers, it's been a busy few weeks - hence the last of posting. LXF73 is out of the door, utilising the most innovative, exciting and thought-provoking cover I can remember us printing. We've also been tied up taking part in Talk Like a Pirate Day and, most importantly, Breast Cancer Care.
...and all sorts of other things I didn't get to see much of, at this year's BrainShare conference. Held in the gorgeous city of Barcelona, Novell's BrainShare 2005 brought together users, developers and partners of Novell's extensive software range. Oh, and a gaggle of journos too. The conference was held in the CCIB building on the coastline -- splendid views of the Mediterranean sea were to be had (just behind this view of the building). I didn't have any time to paddle in the lush blue sea though...
In between bouts of expletives, our current Art Editor, Effy, revels in telling us all that there is no such thing as chimichangas. Being Mexican, he knows all about Mexican food, you see, and therefore is the office authority on nachos, fajitas, and Doritos - three foods that are clearly eaten all day, every day in Mexico.
So, say it with me...