Fishing for the dregs of "society".

Jul 25, 2008 | | 0 comments |

I don't know about you, but I couldn't live with myself if my self-esteem was so low that I went rummaging through other people's junk. Yes - it's neighbourhood cleanup. That time of year when the regular people put their accumulated crap out by the kerb so that the bottom-feeders can come around and score some new posessions.

You know - if they really want low-quality crap, all they need to do is go to WalMart.

Our pile hasn't been out for more than an hour, when this knuckle-dragger turned up. He took a fake Christmas tree with no legs and half the branches burned off, and a bent piece of metal from the rack on the old BMW motorbike.

It's going to be a wicked Christmas at the Ortiz household this year.

Microsoft spending $300M to tell consumers Vista doesn't suck.

Jul 22, 2008 | | 0 comments |

Well that's $300M down the drain then, because Vista both sucks and blows at the same time. XP is slow enough - why would I want to bog my PC down even further with the ridiculous amount of unnecessarily bloat in Vista?

Their first salvo in this campaign? Equating "Vista misconceptions" to the time when we thought the earth was flat:

Microsoft sails into the 15th century

$300M to tell us Vista doesn't suck

The top 100 reasons to use Vista

That last one is entertaining. I think I might put together a 100-point debunking of that one, starting with item 1 :

Windows Vista makes using your PC a breeze.
Well that's total bollocks right up front. How can billions of "security" popups, non-working printers, non-working games, a slow system loaded with software bloat and DRM applied to every file be "a breeze" to use? I've tried it. It sucks.

The really interesting part is that they're planning to stop selling XP on July 30th - or was that June 30th? I don't know, but at the moment, there's enough big-ticket players (like Fedex and UPS) who can't switch to Vista because of all it's problems. Unless Microsoft sorts those big customers out, how is the home user supposed to deal with it?

Cuban Missile Crisis v2.0

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Great. So because of Bush's "missile shield" - where he plans to put 10 missile and a radar post in Czechoslovakia, Russia is now considering basing a fleet of medium-range bombers in Cuba.

Didn't the world have enough of this crap in the 60's?

And people wonder why Bush is branded as the world's number 1 terrorist.

The ongoing saga with the clutch on my bike.

Jul 21, 2008 | | 0 comments |

(Sigh).
Nearly 8 weeks now and after last week's change out of all the clutch plates, springs and bolts, the clutch judder came back after one day. Triumph are dealing with the warranty issue extremely badly and the dealer here in town, up until the new service manager started last week - were just about criminal in their handling of it.
My patience has worn out now. If they don't get it fixed this time I'm demanding a new bike or my money back.