Thursday, 4 October 2007

Palm has dropped the ball down an open sewer grate

I have previously written here that my interest in Palm as a future provider of my personal technology has been waning with their continued inability to deliver a worthwhile next generation software platform.

Well, they've really screwed it up now, as the Register reports with typical directness at the end of this article:

Palm admits new OS 18 months away.

My assessment: They're fucked.

We. Need. A. Parenting. Licence.

There's nothing particularly startling about this story: It happens all the time, or something like it, across America and parts of the world that don't even pretend to be advanced Western democracies. But maybe I'm just feeling less world-weary today:

Parents kick out 14-year-old girl for being bisexual. Girl shoots herself in the head.

The comment "The parents could have prevented this" is not so much redundant as breath-takingly idiotic. The state may have been able to prevent this by requiring a licence to breed.

"Examiner: If your son or daughter revealed that they held personal beliefs, sexual orientation or behaviour patterns that offended you, what your response be?"

"Prospective Parent: I'd kick the ungrateful bitch out!"

"Examiner: Guards!"

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

It surely can't be that complicated, can it?

I have just accidentally typed "iservice" into a Word document. Not surprisingly, it got awarded a little red line underneath it. The options offered to me were:


You will notice that "service", which I actually meant to type, was not one of the listed options.

Come on, not everything is related to IT language!

Sunday, 30 September 2007

What? Speak up! I can't hear you when I'm pissed!

I will (and frequently am) the first to remind people that sometimes obvious research needs to be done, just so that we can confirm what we all thought we already knew, and move on. But that doesn't remove the comedy value.

Drinking may dampen short-term hearing: study" (ABC News Online).

Oh really? You mean it isn't just the loud music that makes people loud when they're pissed? I'm shocked! You mean that a depressant which numbs all the other nerves in your body numbs your hearing as well? No!

Hell, a slight feeling of detachment, touch and hearing, is usually the first sign I have that I'm getting drunk. No "may" about it.

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