Blog Archive — Page 36

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  • Snow. In Bournemouth. WTF?

    For the attention of Winter and Spring,

    Would you guys please sort your shit out? This is getting kind of silly now.



  • Higgs Boson

    Eric bought a plushie Higgs Boson off t’internet.

    First thing she said when she took it out of the box?

    “Jesus Christ, it’s heavy!”

    Well, er, yes?

    (Warning, comedy may be completely lost on non-physicists)

  • Anonymous are Everywhere

    Discovered this in the window of a phone box on the way home today.

  • Momentous Feats

    Today, I managed three momentous feats.

    First, I used the word “mothership” in an appropriate context in a technical document.

    Secondly, for the first time in near-enough ten years, I bought a piece of software*. With actual money! Crazy.

    Thirdly, I found something I know that Wikipedia doesn’t! Shame I can’t add it though. =S

    • Reflex Vision, by the way. I’d had enough of getting by at work with shite freeware Exposé clones, and figured £5 wasn’t too bad for a working one.

  • The Golden Compass

    Slowpoke I know, but I just got around to watching it. Is it just me, or was there supposed to be an ending there? You know, one where they don’t just go happily flying off into the sunset?

  • ITT we bitch about KDE4

    So, KDE4 eh? No offence to the programmers, they’ve certainly achieved something beyond my capabilities, but… So many irritations =S

    • Despite a more streamlined codebase and less memory-hungry Qt4, it still runs slow as a dog on my EeePC.
    • That's without any visual effects. Turning on compositing makes it near unusable. Oh, and even "fade in menus" (non-composited) displays an ugly mash of pixels before the menu fully renders, a la KDE 3.5.
    • Plasma looks very shiny, shame there's only a few widgets with very important things - NetworkManager frontend, volume control - totally missing.
    • There aren't icons for half the widgets, and a random selection of other things
    • You can't drag widgets onto, or off, the panel.
    • The panel has no properties. You can't move it, or resize it. My screen height is 480px, and this thing takes up 10% of it!
    • Window names in the taskbar line-wrap, which is fine for two lines worth, but when there's a third line it's partly off-screen and looks ugly.
    • KickOff irritates the hell out of me for various reasons, I reverted to the standard menu almost immediately.
    • Though it gives you the option to apply QT colouring to GTK apps, it just applies colour to the butt-ugly GTK1-esque default
    • Firefox crashed hard the first time I ran it
    • I can't make Marble get past the "loading Atlas" dialog
    • Plasma is damn pretty, but everything else is by default a vast swathe of grey
    • Konqueror still doesn't run Gmail, even if you make it pretend to be something else

    tl,dr: grumble grumble rant.

  • A Christmas Message

    In an age so concentrated on consumerism and tacky plastic ornaments, I believe we should all take time today to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

    By which, of course, I mean goose, Christmas pudding and brandy!

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Home for Christmas

    Fittingly, today, the fog and the frost never lifted over Dorset, or at least my bit of it. I headed into work half-heartedly, did nothing all day, and left at 2pm. Even though I’m only off for two weeks, leaving the place and disappearing off into the mist has an odd kind of finality about it.

    Merry Yule, everyone!

  • Tonight...

    Tonight, Eric and I were going to go to the cinema, then to the pub. She decided she wasn’t keen after all, so…

    On cinema tickets, I saved £15.

    On cinema food, I saved £10.

    On drinks, I saved £10.

    On dinner, I saved £20.

    So, in total, I had £55 for to do something sensible, like pay off credit card bills.

    Yeah, er, that didn’t happen. Instead, I spent said money on some faggoty guitar game =S

    Well, I guess I need something to do while 4chan is down.

  • Version 1.0

    Guess how many bugs are left in my code? None. That I know of, anyway. The last three and a half weeks have been quite insane but now, now, it is version 1.0.

    Customer inspection of said software starts tomorrow.