New Beginnings

I self censor what I write more and more these days, and looking back at some of the earlier wordage I realise that, like me, this site has evolved. Firstly there is the constant need for approval, the checking of referrer logs to see if I’m popular or not, then the recriminations of self to make sure I am aware that I am maintaining this for me (!) not anyone else (which is obviously a lie but it allows me to keep up the pretense). Secondly there is, what I call, the pause. That moment when I look at what I write and decide whether or not to post it. Yes I realise it probably seems like most of what …

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2003

To recap or not to recap. That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the ignomy of the past quietly, or pour over thoughts and events with a crucial eye. Or, ultimately, can I be bothered?

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R.I.P.

Bob Monkhouse. I guess he had already enjoyed the high point in his career before I was aware of him. Time for re-runs, special tributes and all the contemporary comics of our time will line up and praise the man they lambasted for so long.

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iPOD design

Father of invention: “The iPod is like a cigarette pack for those addicted to music instead of tobacco.” Very apt. Of course, if you want to grab one at the last minute you are probably out of luck. John Lewis reported yesterday that they have sold out of them. Understandable as approximately 1.79 iPods were sold every minute in fiscal 2003. Apple said it sold 939,000 iPods for US$345 million in net sales this past year.

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File Sharing

Kazaa Not Responsible for Swapping: “The makers of Kazaa, the world’s most popular computer file-sharing program, cannot be held liable for copyright infringement of music or movies swapped on its free software, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled Friday.” How did I miss this, surely this is BIG news?

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'Tis the season

Meg rightly points out some Amazon wish list mysteries, and I’ll add another gotcha ‘found’ by a friend. If someone buys you a pressie from Amazon they can specify that it is a gift. If, for whatever reason, you have to return it note that they won’t just let you exchange it, or give you a credit note for it, they WILL notify the giver and refund the item back to them. Now, I understand why this happens, but it’s just that they don’t make it clear. Anyway, now you know so you need not get caught out on Boxing Day.

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Forwarded

Couldn’t resist. Some wisdom from children: When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?’ Don’t answer. Hannah, age 9 Never tell your Mom her diet’s not working. Michael, age 14 Don’t pull Dad’s finger when he tells you to. Emily, age 10 When your Mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair. Taylia, age 11 A puppy always has bad breath even after eating a Tic Tac. Andrew, age 9 Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time. Kyoyo, age 11 If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse. Naomi, age 15 Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat. Joel, age …

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Merry Christmas to all

I’ll be about tomorrow but have lots to do so I thought I’d take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas then enjoy your day off. If you don’t have a day off.. emmm.. sorry.. I’ve gotten today’s posting out of the way for the most part (scroll down) and will be here on a random basis over the next few days.

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