Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sorting music

Just sorting through about 105Gb O.o of music vids a friend game me.
 
I've developed a fairly easy process for this, luckily.
 
First, go through and delete all the incoherent nigger rap and mumbled chanting like 50 Cent, Snoop, Kanye West and Timbaland etc.  Nobody wants to hear that crap.
Next, go through and delete all the emo, angst and other teenage rebellion rubbish like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit.
Now delete all the sappy girlfriend dross like Atomic Kitten, Fergie, Kate Bush, J-Lo, etc.
 
Great, that's got us down to about 20% already!  Now we can start selecting the stuff that's worth keeping, from the stuff that *might* be worth keeping.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

Also bugger.

Nice one, Microsoft.

I don't why I expected anything else, really.
 
"Information about programs that are known to experience a loss of functionality when they run on a Windows Vista Service Pack 1-based computer."
 
 
 

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

eBay spam

What the hell is up with the deluge of commercial spam on eBay lately?

 

I’ve just had a few items sell for the first time in quite a few months, and all of a sudden I’m bombarded with eBay-based commercial offers from the usual Super Happy Flying Panda Trading Company Of Shanghai sources.

 

eBay is going to hell lately, between fees, spam and the stupid new (non) feedback system it’s getting to be a dark alley of the internet.

Monday, February 18, 2008

We apologise

AN AUSTRALIAN APOLOGY TO THE ABORIGINAL POPULATION

 

We apologise for giving you doctors and free medical care, which allows you to survive and multiply so that you can demand apologies.

 

We apologise for helping you to read and teaching you the English language and thus we opened up to you the entire European civilisation, thought and enterprise.

We feel that we must apologise for building hundreds of homes for you, which you have vandalised and destroyed.

 

We apologise for giving you law and order which has helped prevent you from slaughtering one another and using the unfortunate for food purposes.

We apologise for developing large farms and properties, which today feed you people, where before, you had the benefits of living off the land and starving during droughts.

 

We apologise for providing you with warm clothing made of fabric to replace that animal skins you used before.

 

We apologise for building roads and railway tracks between cities and building cars so that you no longer have to walk over harsh terrain.

 

We apologise for paying off your vehicle when you fail to pay the instalments.

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We apologise for giving you free travel anywhere, whenever.

 

We apologise for giving each and every member of your family $100.00 and free travel to attend an aboriginal funeral.

 

We apologise for not charging you rent on any lands when white people have to pay.

 

We apologise for giving you interest free loans.

 

We apologise for developing oil wells and minerals, including gold and diamonds which you never used and had no idea of their value.

 

We apologise for developing Ayers rock and Kakadu, and handing them over to you so that you get all the money.

 

We apologise for allowing taxpayers money paid towards daughters’ wedding ($8,000.00 each daughter)

 

We apologise for giving you $1.7 billion per year for your 250,000 people, which is $48,000.00 per aboriginal man, woman and child.

We apologise for working hard to pay taxes that finance your welfare, medical care, education, etc to the tune of $1.2 billion each year.

 

We apologise for you having to approach the aboriginal affairs department to verify the above figures.  For the trouble you will have identifying the “uncle toms” in your own community who are getting richer and leaving some of you living in squalor and poverty.

 

We do apologise.  We really do.

 

We humbly beg your forgiveness for all the above sins.

We are only too happy to take back all the above and return you to the paradise of the “outback”, whenever you are ready.

 

How about this for a compromise?  Here’s 1,000,000km of central Australia, just as it was when European arrived.  It’s yours.  Free and clear, do what you like with it.  Set one foot outside it and shut the fuck up, what do you say?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The myth that Indians are "smart"

I don't know who ever came up with this particular myth, but take it from me - I work with dozens of them every day and they are, as a general rule, at least as stupid and clueless as the rest of the population.

I'm currently marking a skills test I set for about 50 staff at my workplace who are relatively new with between four and six months of experience.  If you asked me to generalise their knowledge I'd say the lot of them are as thick as a pig shit sandwich, with the odd individual exception.

I'm actually getting quite depressed marking the answers, the degree of cluelessness being exhibited is really rather frightening, as they've all been trained - and have apparently failed to understand a lot of it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Jesus H Christ

I just got this message from an eBay buyer:

 

“hi ,i am trying to pay for item,but i am geting a massage to say ,paid for,regards lucky”

 

What the fuck is that?  Do they no longer teach English, spelling, sentence construction and grammar in schools?

 

Fuck me...

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Kudos to Ewan McGregor

Why I hate eBay

I've got a bunch of stuff up on eBay for sale at the moment, went mad on the weekend and decided the pile of leftovers from moving had to go.
 
Spent about three solid hours taking photos, writing HTML, researching, adding links to manufacturer's sites, adding details etc.  Blah.
 
Of course, I now get to enjoy the dubious enjoyment of assorted cretins sending me messages.  Apparently these people can't/won't read, think eBay is a democracy, and are somehow under the impression that they've got "rights" of some sort as a buyer.  Really.
 
"Can I get pickup?"  No, and that's why the auction says POST ONLY.  For starters, pickup is really code for "I want to fiddle it beforehand and make sure it all works 110% perfectly before I hand over the cash".  Sorry, but if you don't want to take my word for it then don't bid.  My feedback is >400, if you can't interpret that then I don't need you as a buyer.  Secondly, pickup means I have to either disclose my address, or spend my time meeting you somewhere.  Which you might turn up for.  No thanks.  Then you get the challenged people who want to avoid postage costs, like the moron who e-mailed me yesterday wanting to do it with a PDA/smartphone I am selling.  Sport, it's going to sell for about $300, $5 postage is neither here nor there; if you can't afford that you won't be winning the auction anyway.
 
Then you've got the bargain hunters.  So far I've had three people approach me directly with silly offers, all of which have been impolitely declined.  Why do you I think I put the start prices on there, cretins?  In at least some of the cases I'll pull the auction if it looks like the thing's only going to go for starting price anyway, why would you think I'm going to accept an underbid from you?
 
Finally, you've got the tyre kickers.  "Will it do <insert function here>?"  "Will it be compatible with <obscure piece of gear I've never heard of>?"  Now in a perfect world I'd be able to either outright ignore these fools or tell them to go away and google it like anyone else in the world.  If course, by doing so I risk offending a potential buyer.  Generally speaking I offend them, I figure the annoyance-to-potential-sale ratio is high.
 
Four days to go, *sigh*.

Friday, February 1, 2008

As you do....


Doesn't everyone have a old Bell jet Ranger in their backyard? Apparently it's a cubbyhouse for their kids to play in. O.o