Friday, July 15
These people are opposed to what we believe in and what we stand for, far more than what we do. If you imagine that you can buy immunity from fanatics by curling yourself in a ball, apologising for the world - to the world - for who you are and what you stand for and what you believe in, not only is that morally bankrupt, but it's also ineffective. Because fanatics despise a lot of things and the things they despise most is weakness and timidity. There has been plenty of evidence through history that fanatics attack weakness and retreating people even more savagely than they do defiant people.John Howard to ABC Flack Maxine McKew
Tuesday, July 12
Can't be. Still twitching.
The ironic ambience will return from an all new undisclosed location next week. Until then, why not try one of these fine blogs:
Friday, July 08
Thursday, July 07
Is the Gigabyte 8I945GMF:
Okay, so it's a micro-ATX motherboard. Things are a dime a dozen.
Okay so it supports 4 channels of SATA II. And 4GB of DDR2 memory (533 or 667 MHz, your choice). And has gigabit ethernet built in. And video. What's so special?
Here's what's so special: It also supports the new Pentium D. Dual core, up to 3.2GHz, in a micro-ATX case. (Well, I'd limit myself to the 2.8GHz if I didn't want things to melt.)
If you happen to be in the market for a small but powerful web server - on a budget* - this is it.
Now, where is that ram disk on a card, Gigabyte peeps?
* Which I am, for obvious reasons.
Wednesday, July 06
Just got the written quote from the removals company.
Uh, can I change my mind now?
Update: My boss is friends with some guys who do removals - they moved our office - and they can do it much much cheaper, probably about one third what I was quoted.
Tuesday, July 05
I'd say more, but dammit Jim, I'm dead again.
Sunday, July 03
I was never that impressed with Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel, because it seemed to me that Diamond had come up with the conclusion first, and then carefully sifted through the facts to select those that supported it. It's perfectly reasonable to create the hypothesis first, but what you then have to do is search for facts which don't support it. Karl Popper and that whole falsification thingy.
What I hadn't realised before now was that Jared Diamond is a complete loony. Andrea Harris has the goods.
Saturday, July 02
Is the Palm LifeDrive. It's a Palm Pilot with a 4GB disk drive stuck in it.
I sort of want one, but I already have a T3, so I'm waiting for a higher resolution screen, more memory, and a faster processor. The 416MHz Xscale is fine for most tasks, but falls flat when it comes to displaying video. Apparently the LifeDrive is better at this than the T3, but the T3 is complete crap for video, so that's not necessarily much of a recommendation.
On the other hand, 4GB! On the third hand, disk drive. Just what I need, more rapidly spinning mechanical components in pocket devices. I have a 1GB SD card in my T3; 2GB cards are available though not, as far as I can see, in Australia, so while 4GB is cool, it's not that cool.
On the fourth hand, I've been listening to the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy again recently, and it struck me that with something like the LifeDrive, you could, well, do that.
I still want at least a 480x640 screen, though.
Friday, July 01
If George Romero and Cubby Broccoli had been switched at birth*
From Russia with Death
You Only Die Twice
On Her Late Majesty's Secret Service
Diemonds Are Forever
Die and Let Die
The Zombie with the Golden Gun
The Spy Who Killed Me
For Dead Eyes Only
A View to a Corpse
The Dying Daylights
The Afterworld Is Not Enough
Die Yet Another Day
Never Say Nevermore Again
* Tricky since they were born thirty years apart...
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