Saturday, March 24, 2001

ironic. I finish a report on my lovely new PC bits stating all is well, post it and promptly delete my site layout. resulting in an extra 45mins tracking down stale bits of html on my ever increasingly fragmented hard drive.

Friday, March 23, 2001

I feel lucky to still have a working PC. In the space of a week i've gone from a 400Mhz celeron with 96mb ram, to now having a 750Mhz P3 with 327mb ram.
Why go through this self-induced hell of being afraid you're going to accidently fry every single chip on your motherboard and lose some rather good kit. Well, I wanna run 3dmax on machine thats not going to curl up and die as soon as create an object with more than three hundred faces.
It certainly is the time to buying hardware or upgrading your ram peeps. It cost me all of £66 to buy 256mb of yummy ram, and a measly 150quid secured a new P3 750mhz processor. Not too shabby if you ask me, which you didn't, but hey.. I get editorial control here and you don't. ;)
Dear Mr Macwhateveryournameis,

Reason 1)

Carbonated drinks have their name because carbon dioxide is dissolved into the liquid they are made of under pressure. Here it forms carbonic acid. when you open the can or bottle, pressure on the drink is reduced and the carbon dioxide is released from the liquid in gas form. However, not all the gas is released at once, and the colder the liquid is the slower the process occurs. If the process is slow enough, then the liquid is already in your system when it turns into gas. This gas released creates pressure that the body correctly expells by relaxing the sphincter at the top of the stomach. The expelled gas resonates as it comes out producing a noise or 'burp'.

Coke is particularly good, because it contains natural phosphoric acid. This phosphoric acid irritates the stomach, as well as providing a more natural medium for the dissolved carbon dioxide.

Reason 2)

The prophet Suleyman (peace be upon him) once trapped a race known as Djinn, who had rebelled against Allah. he imprisoned them in sealed containers, using magic incantations. Later, in the late 1800s the process was made more economical and spirit capture was used as a means of invigorating people. Chilling drinks keeps the spirit dormant, but on drinking, the spirit may exact revenge by shouting as it dies. This shouting is what we call a burp.

interestingly, if a container is heated or is shaken prior to opening the enraged spirit may spray froth everywhere on its release. this can be avoided by chlling or knocking on the container first.

BBC News | BUSINESS | Shareholders sue Amazon

cackle. good luck to them. Poor old Bezos has lost nearly 5 billion. Shame. *not*

Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Customer support moves overseas | Computerworld News & Features Story
Interesting article which reveals that call-centres have now followed shoe-manufacturing into the third world, where cheap & plentiful labor exists. (Not that the article puts it quite so simply). claim to get nearly 600 emails per day. Heh! I say, try getting 2000 a day and see how you cope, buddy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Random quote from Hagakure, The Book of the Samurai.

One cannot accomplish things simply with cleverness. One must take a broad view. It will not do to make rash judgements concerning good and evil. However, one should not be sluggish. It is said that one is truely not a samurai if he does not make his decisions quickly and break right through to completion.
Wheeeeee. ickle fluffy snowflakes falling in Oxford. The BBC news said 'expect atrocious conditions' this afternoon. The only possible bad thing I can envisage is getting stuck at work. This would indeed result in utter chaos. I think I could keep myself amused for the first two or three hours surfing but after that I'd be desperate for snuggles, a coffee and an evening of complaining about the crap on TV. Nothing interesting happening in the office today. Been busy working on internal support help-pages, the odd bit of mind-numbing excel data entry and a wee bit of distracting phone-answering.

Monday, March 19, 2001

Interesting news from Website operators must identify maker of defamatory comments" So British law now says UK Websites can be sued for libel (because they are publishers) and be compelled to hand over personal details (because they aren't). Nice. Also, this decision should apply to ISPs as well as Websites" More

Following a bit of entrapment by the Harrow Trading Standards crew in June, WHSmith recently got fined six grand for selling a copy of PC Zone with a "grossly violent" KINGPIN demo on it.
WHSmith has now, in a characteristically brave stance, demanded that all magazine CD covermounts be ELSPA-rated.


Hmm. we have Gypsy's camping down the road yet again. Apparently they told the cops on Friday that they were just staying for the night as they wanted to celebrate St Paddies day. Yeah, right. I had a particulary clumsy start to the day at work. Walking outside, coffee in hand and ciggy in mouth, which promptly dropped in my coffee resulting in a replacement for both. Then I take my new cuppa outside and rest it on top of someones car. Bad move, it was rather icey on top.. coffee spilled off all over driver side door. Nice.

Sunday, March 18, 2001

CHECKING OUT!14 staff are pregnant at York supermarket

MAYBE there's something in the water. Or perhaps it's because the store recently opened a new Baby Shop....

Or maybe its because the recently introduced 'shag our staff and earn two million bonus clubcard points' has been a smash success? This quality site was accidently surfed to, and I made the fatal error of accepting their online survey, which such fantastic questions as:

1. Is this the first time you have visited Yes/No
2. How many times per week do you use Once a week, 2-3 times per week, 4-5 times per week, More than 5 times.

They left out 'I'm never, ever returning to this site if I can possibly avoid having to'