Category Archives: silly

Ducks

Another thought about Nokia’s last year and a half!

Not a dead duck

Q: What happens when you hit windows phone with a duck?

A: You get two dead ducks?

First heard applied to OS/2, but worth repeating in the light of the Nokia sale to Microsoft

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Author’s Productivity

The last article took me 4 hours to write. I have expertise in the subject matter, which makes it easier and quicker, but had to do the research to find the quotes and cross references and read the supporting links to ensure relevance. The population data came from google sources and wikipedia. There are nearly 1400 words.

Is this slow or fast? Not sure, but it was more than the ½ hour that Boris Johnson claims his chickenfeed column in the Telegraph takes him to write each week and I get £250,000 less than he does for it.

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Three Wise Men, caption competition

The London Evening Standard ran this picture, with some rubbish about how Cameron brought his intellectual friend along to get Obama to lean on Merkel and Sarkozy to rescue the Euro (and lets face it, the Pound). Perhaps you can do better…

Please comment…

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ipint

Otherwise my first impression with an ipodtouch; I managed to spend a couple of hours on my new ipod touch today. I have loaded my music and selected a few applications. Scott Wilson showed me iPint on his iphone, so I had to go and get that, I’ll show you why.

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Smoking in public (in Amsterdam)

It seems that the Dutch have adopted the European/west coast habit of banning cigarettes in public spaces, which now includes bars, restaurants, offices and shops. Of course there’s a complication in the Netherlands. If your cigarettes contains cannabis you must smoke it indoors, otherwise, if they only contain tobacco you have to go outside.

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How much is my blog worth?

I originally wrote a piece on the toys being developed claiming to value a blog. The various algorithms were pretty primitive and this article talks of two, one of which remains functional one, of which does not.

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Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It…

Reading Dan Gilmore’s “Good Morning Silicon Valley”, and he cross referenced this. “Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It…“, it’s written by a women and Geek’s & Nerd’s good qualities are finally recognised.

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Capitalism, Communism & Monopoly

Jonathan’s Blog article “Scare Tactics in the World of Open Source” seems to imply Microsoft use the allegation of Communism as a massive insult. I understand that this isn’t unusual in the US. Probably best not ask which is a worse insult, Communist or Monopolist; only one of these activities is defended by the 1st Amendment.

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Some language nonsense

My younger son was doing his homework the other day and his word processor flagged “Armed Police” as a grammar error. We were hoping that it was an oxymoron like Military Intelligence or “Young Conservative”, but discovered sadly that it was caused by a double space between the words.

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Arrogance ability ratio

The other day (Sept), Dilbert and Co. were introduced to the productivity/usefullness ratio. Despite working hard, a co-worker is absolutely useless and is of course told by the manager to work less.

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About Pressure

At a meeting the other day one of the participants stated, that

“I thrive on pressure.”

My view was that they’d obviously never met anyone any good at applying it.

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Education, education

We were watching University Challenge the other week when the picture question came up and our younger son answered all three correctly identifying a war-hammer, a halberd and a morning-star/flail. Our good opinion of his diligence at history studies fell rapidly when he told us he knew because of the hours on the computer playing “Diablo”.

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The wonderful wankometer

In the ongoing war against pomposity and bullshit, some anonymous people at cynicalbastards.com offer the wankometer as a service. This web site lets site authors discover the amount of management wank in their prose or on their sites.

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