Archive for April, 2006

Somebody didn’t think of the name did they!

April 28th, 2006 No comments

OK, heard it on the radio this morning, and now I’m at work, it seems the Internet is somewhat alive with it as well.

The name for Nintendo’s new console is officially “Wii”, as in “we”.

But they didn’t think very hard did they. Not sure whether this is just in the UK, but over here a “wee” means taking a piss. As in, “I’m going for a wee”.

“What do you want for Christmas this year little Johnny?”

“Well Daddy, I want a wee”.

The shameful thing is the working title “Revolution” made me want to buy one. Now I don’t. I really, really don’t. Change it back Nintendo, and stop with the “cute” stuff.

I believe this comment on Gizmodo sums it up quite amusingly

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An interesting look inside Mac Business Unit at Microsoft

April 21st, 2006 No comments

One of the guys from the Mac Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft has posted a picture tour on his blog. Its quite interesting, and worth a look, even if you aren’t a Mac fan. (Via TUAW)

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This is quite funny

April 21st, 2006 No comments

Test of fire-fighting equipment doesn’t quite go according to plan….

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Google Have an "Amateur" Website?

April 20th, 2006 No comments

Right, I came across this article from some entrepreneur who is reviewing websites of major corporations and comparing them to the websites of smaller companies.

Hi conclusion is that having an “Amateur” website look is better for several reasons. I completely agree with his view-point, but disagree with his conclusions:

  1. The websites he mentions do not have an “Amateurish” look – To say that about PayPal or eBay is ridiculous. In short, they have a simplistic look. I would suggest that the look of these sites is very professional, when compared to other “home made” sites.
  2. There are more technical reasons than his conclusions state – He mentions the idea that websites need to be viewed on many different device now, and that people need information faster. These are both very valid points, but he misses a key reason – Cost. Simple websites are cheaper. The less data that is returned from a home page, the more requests you website can serve per hour meaning cheaper hardware is needed, and you can get the most out of your bandwidth. What is more, simpler websites cost less to develop initially
  3. User Interface – These sites are designed to let people move away from the homepage quickly, and to get them to where the money is to be made (either through purchases, advertising, etc). People don’t stay too long on homepages, they quickly move to their desired place, even though they will mainly type in the homepage URL. So, sites are designed to let people move easily and quickly from their first homepage request.

There is probably plenty of other things that I could say about his conclusions, but they escape me at present.

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What The Feck?

April 13th, 2006 No comments

Get this: I’m drinking an “Orange, Mango and Passion Fruit Smoothie”. Ingredients list: Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Crushed Mango, Crushed Banana, Passion Fruit Juice.

Where the hell did the Apple and Banana come from? If I had known I wouldn’t have bought it – I hate banana!

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This is ridiculous

April 13th, 2006 No comments

OK, I don’t get this guys logic at all.

He’s building his own projector rig for his computer (I’m guessing that he wants to do the whole media centre thing, or may be he just wants to looks at things just that little bit bigger – I don’t know, it’s not the issue though).

So, he decides to take the hard disks out of his case, put them on the floor, and cool them using 4 fans with LEDs on them. He then posts instructions on how to create a switch to turn the lights off.

Why? I mean, why didn’t he just buy fans with no lights on in the first place! It would have been cheaper, plus you’ve made your “cool looking rig” look rubbish by having a huge switch box taped to your desk with loads of leads coming down!

And besides, does a hard disk generate that much heat? To me, it doesn’t really, and if it does, then if it’s outside the case, then it probably doesn’t need cooling, but at most 1 fan should do it!

And I don’t get me started on the whole case mod thing – it’s a collection of Chavs making their computers look “cool” by putting stupid lights on them and making them insanely cold, which won’t affect the performance that much. All the Chavs have done is migrate the “lets de-badge my Saxo and put a skirt and a big exhaust on it – it’ll make it go faster” ethos to their computers!

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I Now Know How Scott Adams Feels

April 7th, 2006 No comments

Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, recently wrote about the hassles of moving office.

I now know exactly what he meant. Today is my last day in my current office.

Our whole company’s head office operation is moving from the two office blocks where we are currently, to two completely separate offices. The blocks are obviously newer, nicer, and will allow future growth (much more than we can at the moment). The move to one of the new offices is completed, and I’m in the first wave of people heading over to our new offices.

I don’t think I’m going to like the new offices though. They may be newer and nicer, but we lose all of the benefits of our current location. Let me give you an example of what I mean:

Current Office Benefits:

  • Reasonable offices
  • Ten minute walk from reasonable size town centre, which has many shops I need “everyday” – e.g. Woolworths, Boots, WHSmiths, card shops, supermarket, etc
  • Ten minute walk from gym
  • Reasonable traffic congestion in the morning, but no real issues
  • Free on site canteen serving full meals
  • Access to the people in other departments we work with
  • Can escape office at lunch time to town, just to look around
  • Plus many more

Compared to New Office:

  • Nice new offices. Too small for our large department though, will be sqaushed in
  • 20 Minute drive from town centre where the shops are
  • Can get to other shops easier, but they will be much more expensive beause of their location
  • No gym for miles
  • Nightmare area to get in to in the mornings, and out of at night
  • “Deli bar” serving cold food only
  • The people we need to work with, are staying on this site
  • No where to go at lunch time. It’s a commercial estate, so just office buildings
  • Other benefits? None really

Not sure I’m going to like this.

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Bird Flu Irony?

April 7th, 2006 No comments

Is it only me that notices the irony that the UK health authorities were one day into an exercise to combat a Bird Flu outbreak, when we discover the first case of Bird Flu in the UK?

Hopefully, it’s not a case that a reporter has caught wind of the exercise and thought it was real!

I can imagine the first phone call: “Dave, we’ve got a case here in Fyfe.” “Bloody hell, this exercise is testing us to the limit, Tim.” “No, Dave. This one should be treated as real.” “Yeah, I know, we should do that with all exercises.” “No, Dave. This one is real….” “Yeah, very funny”….

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The Grand National

April 7th, 2006 No comments

Well, it was time for the Annual “Office Grand National Sweepstakes” – for £2, you can pick a horse. Person who picks the winner, wins the money.

So, I’ve pulled a reasonable mount, “Jack High”, so I should at least do a little better than the last couple of times (I don’t think I’ve had a horse finish yet!).

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Oh Yes!

April 4th, 2006 No comments

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes!

The Simpsons Movie

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