It's been one of those days...

This morning, going about my usual business on the web, and my Internet was disconnecting more than usual. Finally got everything I needed to done, but not after I'd lost a lot of stuff I'd typed from submitting a form without realising I wasn't connected to the Internet... anyway, I then had to go into town to get some lunch. As I was walking to the car to go, it was raining. Got in the car, and it stopped. Got into town, went to Sainsbury's to get some food. Went to the sandwich section... nothing there. At lunch time. So, I went to the fresh bread section to get a baguette or something... nothing there. oh, yeah, nearly forgot, Sainsbury's don't seem to like stocking lunch time foods at lunch time. So, I decided to go to the take-away place to get some chicken. it was raining again, heavier than before, got quite wet. Ordered my food, and as I was waiting, the rain was getting even heavier, I knew it wouldn't stop by the time I was going to leave, and sure enough, I had to walk back to the car in another storm. But, when I got to the car, got in, and started to get the food out, the rain stopped, and the sun came out. Not only that, I could feel the warmth coming through the glass; I'd just been walking through storms and now it's all nice and sunny again. Joy. Came home and saw MyBB was down, which sucked. I then had to go and get my sister from the horse stables, and I got my usual mixture of people going slow for no reason whatsoever, people tailgating me, or tractors. Today I actually got a tractor pulling on of those massive portable homes too. 30 MPH in a 60. Hmm. It eventually turned off and I could carry on as normal. Coming back, had a transit van literally sitting on my rear bumper, and then I got stuck behind another tractor, going 30 again. I did manage to see the mileage on the car hit 86,000 though. Got home, MyBB was still down, and is currently showing an SQL error.

Let's see how tomorrow goes.

Saw a nice car and almost crashed

Hmm.

Was going to pick my sister up from her horse riding lesson, and was approaching a T-junction, I was going to be turning right. Approaching the corner, not yet stopped, I saw a nice car coming round from the right, a Lexus IS-F, they're quite rare and I'd never seen one before, and after it had gone past me I looked at it in my rear-view mirror. It then suddenly occurred to me that I was still moving along, towards the car in front that had stopped... quickly looked back at the road and slammed on my brakes, the engine stalled because I didn't dump the clutch, and managed to stop, without going into the car in front.

Note to self; make sure you've actually stopped before looking at a nice car coming the other way.

How do earphones get so bloody tangled up??

OK, I'm sure this is something that has happened to us all. You put your iPod, or whatever you use, in your pocket, along with your earphones, and when you take them out, they're so tangled up, it takes you 10 minutes to bloody well untie them.

This is what I'm talking about. Look at that mess.

How the hell does this happen?? I fold them up nicely, I don't wrap them tightly round my iPod because that fucks up the wires, but they're neatly compacted, and when I take them out, even after a couple of minutes, they're just in one massive knot. Do they come alive or something?? How the hell can they move around so much?? Sometimes I'm not even moving, I'm sitting in the car or something, if I'm walking along I might be able to understand, but sitting still?? HOW??

Sometimes you get double or tripple knots, the wires seem to loop through eachother, and then loop through loops, and then loop through loops in loops... you can follow the wire and see how it weaves in and around the other wire. They often get tangled up a lot more than I can tangle them up myself; whenever I try and tangle them up I get a bit of a knot going but then seem to just undo it again... if only that would happen every other time it happens.

You can get ones that are tagged as being 'anti-tangle', which is bollocks, doesn't describe them at all. They still get tangled, very tangled, what 'anti-tangle' means is that they don't get in knots so tight you can never undo them... when they turn themselves into knots, however they manage to do it, usually they're quite loose, some older ones I have have knots so tight I can't even get a needle in there to make a gap to try and work it open.

I think there are now some that roll the wires up into a little plastic case and wrap them round the little wheel inside, and you just pull them out, which would probably stop them getting tangled, but then there's that chunk of plastic knocking about in your pockets too.

The only way this will ever be solved is with wireless earphones. That'll be the day.

Should elderly drivers be retested?? 2

There's an ongoing debate about whether or not elderly drivers should be retested once they reach a certain age. I believe you need to get your licence renewed every 10 years or so and there is an eye test when you reach a certain age, but IMHO that isn't enough. This is my take on the argument.

Procrastination - A cartoon of me

These videos are just like me, particularly the first one. I really like the way these drawing are done too, very clever. Check out the other videos from this guy, they're pretty good.

The first one is exactly what I do... I do other things to make sure I have time for something else, and because I end up doing so much other crap I end up running out of time in the day to do what I originally planned on doing. I procrastinate so bad I'm amazed I get anything done.

Why don't MyBB set release dates??

MyBB don't set release dates for major feature releases, like 1.4 (when it was in development), 1.6, and 2.0. There are numerous questions asked on when releases will be, and why we don't give release dates. This isn't an 'official' response, just my general musings, but is probably pretty accurate.

Why don't we set release dates??

There are two main reasons why I think we don't set release dates.

First off, if we set a release date, there's a chance we'll overrun. We may decide that we need to spend more time on it to get it to an acceptable level to be released, which may mean we'll overshoot the release date, or have to reschedule it. All this would do is annoy people, because we'd overrun, even if it was just to make the product better. General result: people complain.

Secondly, if we set a release date, to make sure we meet the deadline to avoid the above situation, we might end up rushing the release to get it out on time, so people are happy. Inevitably, this would mean mistakes would be made, which could be bugs in the software, or missing something leading to a security issue. This then causes problems for the users. General result: people complain.

So, we don't set release dates. That way, we don't need to make sure we're finished by a certain time, we don't need to rush to meet a deadline, meaning there's less chance of making mistakes due to being rushed. Then again, people still moan that they don't know when the release is coming but hey, at least we know that when it does come, it'll be stable, so the end result will be good. Of course, we may set internal time targets or guestimates of when we aim to get the next release done by, but this wouldn't be set in stone and would just be when we 'hope' it'll be released; it wouldn't be the end of the world if this wasn't met.

So, when will the next version be released??

It'll be ready when it's ready.

When it's ready, it'll be released.

It'll be released when it's ready.

You get the idea.

Acronyms

Acronymns make our lives easier. We can save our breath and valuable seconds saying just a few letters instead of a few words. However, some of these acronyms aren't really used properly.

RSS

This stands for Really Simple Syndication. However, in some places, the link to an RSS feed is called 'RSS Syndication'... Really Simply Syndication Syndication??

RSS can also be translated to 'Rich Site Summary' so the above example would be fine in that situation, but it's usually Really Simply Syndication.

ATM

This stands for Automated Teller Machine. You know, the machines in the wall that give you money when you press a few buttons. A very common error is when people say 'I'm just going to the ATM Machine'... what they're really saying is 'I'm just going to the Automated Teller Machine Machine'.

PIN

This is probably something everybody says without even realising it... this stands for Personal Identification Number. What people then say is 'I've forgotten my PIN Number', or, when you're paying for something, 'Check the amount and enter your PIN Number'... unless you haven't been paying attention to the other example, you'll see that people are really saying 'Personal Identification Number Number' here.

I'm sure there are more examples but these are the ones that came to me off the top of my head.

Google's GMail is finally out of Beta

Yes, GMail is finally having the 'beta' label removed, after, what, 5 years??

We're often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of "beta" software as not being yet ready for prime time.

Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — both enterprise and consumer versions — are now out of beta. "Beta" will be removed from the product logos today, but we'll continue to innovate and improve upon the applications whether or not there's a small "beta" beneath the logo.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/google-apps-is-out-of-beta-yes-really.html

Oh, and are they kidding with this??

One more thing — for those who still like the look of "beta", we've made it easy to re-enable the beta label for Gmail from the Labs tab under Settings.

That's a bit much :P

Google GMail out of beta

Google Chrome Operating System - New OS from Google coming in 2010

As a Google Chrome fan, this is exciting news.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html

I really can't wait to see this... there's no doubt I'll download it, and if it's as good as the browser, it may well be my primary OS on my netbook.