Wednesday May 21, 2008

Microsoft embracing ODF

Microsoft supporting ODF.

And what's that? The standard that had all those 'irregularities' making computer groups in the UK and Norway go up in arms, cannot be supported by Microsoft at this point?

Saturday Apr 12, 2008

Harvard MBA teaches open source

Open source dilema's are now being taught to Harvard buisnes students, with the implication that ,

"Not open sourcing.....is a losing game." Funky.

And according to US news Harvard are the second highest rated university in the USA this year, so they must know *something*...

Harvard case study article

Friday Mar 14, 2008

Access must die

Microsoft Access must die a brutal death.

Since when, _when_, has programming convention been that:

true is equal to 0
false is equal to 1

No more to say here...

Wednesday Jan 16, 2008

Words fail me.

I can't describe this, you just need to watch it for yourself and come to your own conclusions...

Tom Cruise on Scientology

After that, I believe this will offer the mental relief needed...

The dark lord

The most memorable thing I remeber ever hearing about Mr Cruise was this lovely statement on the Letterman show,

Dave to Katie: "So this must be a very exciting time for you. You're in love with Tom Cruise, and Tom, as far as we can tell, has gone nuts." - David Letterman to Katie Holmes on the Late Show

Tuesday Dec 11, 2007

Going Dutch

Nice story here about the Dutch government contemplating on using ODF as their standard in the government and public sector (not to mention making the web developers able to provide documentation available from Dutch websites without resorting to PDF, as by law they must provide documents in an open format).

Going Dutch

Quoted from the link, --A funder of the OpenDoc Society invited Microsoft to join that organization, saying: "This plan is not about Microsoft, it's about ensuring the perpetual availability of data without any obstacles."

Now that people are realizing the need for an open document format, and the ability to easily manipulate it into the next big format in 5, 10 or 20 years time maybe Microsoft will stop whining and support it in their office suite? So far in the Dutch newspapers they have been complaining it puts them at a disadvantage, how this is the case as if they supported it (its possible, plugins already exist that do it) then there would be no disadvantage, oh wait, apart from vendor lock in .

Wheel of time

So, Robert Jordan has passed away, and it falls to someone else to finish the last book, with the aid of any notes left behind and Mr. Jordans widow. Now, I stopped reading this series a long time ago, when I found I couldn't remember what happened about 9 thick books ago...

When talking about the story with the new author, it has been found that all the questions that we need answered by this book, are going to be answered in pretty much the same way as we would have done ourselves...

Q.I know you probably can't go too deeply into it, but are there any questions about the story you had as a fan that you will make sure get answered in this final novel?
A.Yeah. Who the flip killed Asmodean? And, beyond that, what's up with Moiraine? Is she alive or not?


Nice...

Thursday Dec 06, 2007

Someone's trying to turn of the internet

Well, in a way going back to my second post, here's another IE bashing get together. Successfully driving web developers mad/white haired/gibbering about css and dom models for to long now.

(Original story)Story

(Slashdot pickup - always fun to read the comments)/.

My favorite being the idea of:

"You know what I was thinking would be cool?

A day organised where all web developers can band together and intentionally not make their sites work for IE, just for one day.

I can't think of anything that would be a more effective protest. A single day where every IE user couldn't access a significant number of sites might make Microsoft sit up and take notice."

Thursday Nov 22, 2007

Its an old story, but I must say, genious.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/12/29/fluorescent_pig/

I can only imagine a world where Old MacDonald's farm has black lights everywhere, and bad German techno being fed through the speakers in every shed as the animals wave their glo sticks in the air...

Monday Nov 12, 2007

HaHa

http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/11/09/1540206

DEAR SIR/MADAME, MY COMPANY IS HAVING DIFFICULTIES AND AFTER A RECENT ACCIDENT WHEN SOMEONE THREW A CHAIR AT ME. YES A CHAIR. YOU READ RIGHT SIR/MADAME, A CHAIR, THE INSENSITIVE DOGS, I MUST LEAVE AND HAVE SURGERY. I CAN GET THE MONEY BUT CANNOT LINK IT TO MY ACCOUNT DIRECT.

I HEARBY WHIT TO OFFER YOU TO CHANCE OF 400,000 DOLLARS $$ FOR HELPING ME TO GET MY MONEY FROM THIS DICTATORSHIP TO A COUNTRY OF FREEDOM LIKE YOURS. PLEASE FORWARD YOUR NAME, BANK DETAILS TO MY EMAIL AND WILL BE OFFERING FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.

I FEEL ASSURED ABOUT YOU, YOU ARE A GOOD AND CARING PERSON, I KNOW YOU WILL HELP, PRAISE BE TO GOD THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS AND WILL HELP WITH MY TROUBLES

STEVE.BALMER@HOTMAIL.COM

Technology and use of in keeping sane

I had my ticket, and armed with a laptop I got on the bus to London. Booted up, iwconfig'd, restarted, iwconfig'd, ifdown'd and ifup'd....

And lo, computer says yes. Wireless internet on intercity buses, surely a great thing for people who get bored looking out the window and companies that sell travel sickness tablets (Reading, moving, heating on full blast and no fans...a bad combination).

I have to admit I was exited, and did the messenger equivalent off a triggerHappy "HELLO?! IM ON A BUS" :) It was very nice though, strewn across a couple of seats, travelling past Reading chatting to someone in Australia about the Ratt concert they've just been to; sometimes you just have to love technology. The quality was pretty good as well, sitting watching videos on youtube wasn't *that* bad, and for normal surfing its fine.

With this and (until free or subscribed and working city wireless) war driving, when the openmoko is released, the possibility of waving goodbye to mobile operators and their costs gets ever more closer. A constantly connected world where you have communication whenever you want, and don't need to pay the weeks cider money to get it.

Sadly on the way back computer said no. There I was just ready to enjoy the journey and it wouldn't connect, complete and utter rejection. This put me in a bit of a bad mood, but to add to it the two biggest airheads I have ever had the misfortune to be in the vicinity of sat down behind me. I swear, it was like they stepped out of a combination of a bad cliché and the golden girls. I still shudder at the thought.

If it had worked then I could have ignored their inane ramblings, sadly though, I was forced to sit and listen (loud piercing voices - sticking your fingers in your ears and humming 'lalalala I can't hear you' had no chance of working). I'm only glad it wasn't a 12 hour London to Glasgow journey, in that time they could have grated my sanity to shreds to the point where I would happily start talking about how sad it was about Alf in Coronation Street, and how you have to feel sorry for the poor man, especially at his age...

Wednesday Aug 01, 2007

Wildlife affected by flooding

Adrenaline Junkies[Read More]

Sunday May 06, 2007

A world built on rules

Microsoft and web standards[Read More]

Tuesday Apr 24, 2007

At last

The SQL server is dead, long live postgres![Read More]