Priorities

I subscribe to the langalist. It’s a very useful PC email newsletter by Fred Langa which offers lots of practical advice on PC maintenance, smart programs (not COOL programs but ones that are useful and you’ll use more than once), and a good variety of articles on various PC related topics. He’s saved my bacon on several occasions so I’d recomment subscribing (it’s free). Today’s newsletter includes an article on end of year maintenance. This is the bit that most people, including myself, fail. Backups for example, when did you last do one? I can’t recall when, but I know it’s over three or four months ago, which got me thinking. If, god forbid, my entire PC including both hard …

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Elbows ready

I’ve still got some Christmas presents to buy, all for Louise bar the HGJQTSM for LKPDN. So that means some lunchtime shopping for me, which isn’t so bad, especially as we are free to work the hours we want. So I can head out at 11ish and work late if needs be. Quite handy. So, in an effort to be efficient I’ve got my list ready, broken down by shop. Five shops in all and I reckon I can get through them by Thursday. This takes into account the fact that I’m not doing any shopping today or tomorrow. Risky? No. PLANNED. [insert waffle about the difference between how men and women shop] What about you? Got your shopping done?

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Slouching

OK, so the Christmas party was quite good. Admittedly that MAY have had something to do with the tequila. The meal was OK, the band were excellent, and I was “shakin my thang” with the best of them. Spent most of the evening dancing with lovely ladies who, thankfully, know what I’m like so I won’t need to hide my face in work on Monday morning. Unlike Susan, the tequila queen, who even managed to nick a present from under the Hilton’s Christmas tree. She was MOST miffed when she found out it was empty. Yesterday was spent watching movies. You can tell it’s getting close to Christmas as they pull out all the old classics. The highlight, though, was …

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Lost and Found

You may not have read it, but hidden amongst the post prior to the Faithless gig was the fact that I had, at the time of writing, misplaced my camera. I was beginning to get a bit worried, especially as the only place it MUST be was my Gran’s and both Louise and I were convinced that I decided not to bother taking my camera in with me. So, suffice to say that I was most relieved when my darling, gorgeous, wife phoned me to tell me she had found the camera. It was in the car all along. I was SURE I’d checked. Phew. WARNING: Any comments from any of you women (you know who you are!) about how …

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Oh good grief

Microsoft are entering the fight against spyware and that’s fine. That’s their right of course. However why would I want to pay for this when Ad-Aware and Spy-Bot do such a great job* as it is? Who WOULD pay for this? Well that’s obvious. A lot of people will, and I’ll venture that most will be people who are still wary of their computer and not entirely sure how it all works. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not having a dig at the ‘technically challenged’, far from it. I’m wondering how (who?) is protecting their needs. Owning a computer CAN be a very expensive business. * YMMV and yes it’s a pain having to run TWO applications but hey, they’re …

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Party on

And so, that timely reminder that the end of the year is fast approaching, rolls around. Yes, tonight is our company night out. A night of festive merriment with co-workers. A night of turkey and tinsel, dinner and dancing, food and flirting. Ohh and copious amounts of alcohol. Well that’s what usually happens. This year, I fear, may be a tad different. Now, I say this every year but this year things are definitely different. For a start none of the high heidjuns are coming (directors), and instead of the usual 50 or so, we are down to 30. Factor in the cost of drinks in the Glasgow Hilton and I’m not entirely sure how this evening will be. I’m …

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Stationary

Funnily enough I was gonna post about this very topic, having been suitably annoyed whilst walking from the train to the office this morning – although the ‘inspiration’ aspect of it is something else I want to discuss at some point. My post was going to be along the lines of “how to walk”, with the advice centred on lifting your head and looking further than one pace in front of yourself so that you can anticipate people walking down the stairs and not have to suddenly veer to avoid a collision with an oncoming commuter (rushing down the stairs for the train) and crash into me. If I can do it, why can’t you you silly woman with the …

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We come One

Arrived at venue at 7.10pm. Got beer. Mylo came on. Quite good. Got more beer. Faithless came on. Faithless can ROCK! What a great gig. Met up with Scott (Louise’s boss), and had time for a beer before Mylo came on. If you’ve heard his album “Destroy Rock & Roll” then you aren’t missing much from his live show to be honest. Add in live guitar and bass and that’s pretty much it. Of course that doesn’t count for it being, probably, my album of the year nor for how good ANY music sounds when it’s played really really loud (trouser shakingly so). I should probably throw in a few exceptions to that last sentence as I’m not sure hurdy-gurdy …

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God is a DJ

Doors open at 7.30 says the ticket. So I’ll be there at 7.30 then. Prompt. I always make sure I catch the support act, sometimes they’re crap, sometimes they’re great and sometimes you strike it lucky. Like tonight for instance. Faithless may be headlining but I’m almost as excited that Mylo is the support. Alas no photos will be taken this evening as I think I’ve left my camera at my Gran’s house. Mind you if it’s not there then it’ll be an insurance job and a new camera for Christmas…. hmmmm now there’s a thought!

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Lowry

For the record, and regardless of what you may have heard or read anywhere else, the music used in the current HP advert is a Status Quo track by the name of “Pictures of Matchstick Men”. It was released on the 5th January 1968 and was the first single to be issued by “Status Quo” (in fact as “The Status Quo”). The b-side “Gentleman Joe’s Sidewalk Café” was intended to be the a-side but the more psychedelic sounding “Matchstick Men” finally became the a-side choice. The song is written by Francis Rossi and was later included on the album “Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo”. It got to no.7 in the hit parade. As you were, pop pickers.

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