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Writer's Block: Vehicles, too!

Jul. 4th, 2011 | 07:16 am

If you could turn into a automobile of any kind, what would you choose, and why?

An FJ Holden. Always loved them.

Go ahead, sue me.

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Writer's Block: Portal 17

May. 6th, 2011 | 05:53 am

Do you think video games will still be popular in 15 years? How do you think they'll change?

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Writer's Block: Call Me

May. 6th, 2011 | 05:19 am

Do you still use a landline at home, or do you rely completely on your cell phone?

Mobile all the way. Landline is too expensive, mum's too stubborn to learn how to use a mobile, brother's too stingy to buy credit for his phone half the time, yet he calls mobiles from the landline. I probably make more calls and send WAY more texts than both of them combined and I pay nowhere near as much for the privilege.

If I had my way there wouldn't be a landline. :-)

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Writer's Block: It's always summer

May. 2nd, 2011 | 03:50 am
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

If you could only live in one season for the rest of your life, which would you choose, and why?

It's hard to say. My first though would be summer, as in a country (and coastal region) like I am, there's lots more you can do in the summertime than in the winter, like go to the beach.

On the other hand, winter is nice because it makes for nice cuddling weather. Though I suppose if you had a good enough air con and don't mind a large electric bill you can simulate winter in the summer. :P

Another interesting thought is, what if you lived in a country like Thailand or Vietnam? There's no winter there at all. Just a wet season and a dry season, the temperature's always the same.

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Writer's Block: The Royal Wedding

May. 1st, 2011 | 04:13 am

If you were invited to the Royal Wedding, what gift would get the bride and groom?
A form that if signed, releases Australia from a monarchy it has nothing to do with.

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Writer's Block: A latte for every day of the year

Apr. 10th, 2011 | 04:06 am

If you unexpectedly won a $10,000, how would you spend it?

I'd buy a car.

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Nokia rant

Aug. 3rd, 2010 | 03:20 pm

Thought I should get around to updating this, since this complaint is too big for Twitter. So here's a rant in 140 characters or more.

I've had my Nokia N95 for a loooong time now and largely it's been an ok phone, despite all the bugs and glitches its had. But at least it works.

When I got it, the phone had Maps 2.0 which made navigation prohibitively expensive (like every other navigation device), then I found the update to maps 3.0. Great, I thought. New UI, it's much cheaper, so I thought nothing of it until I saw Maps 3.03, which, among many other things, made navigation free.

Now Nokia has made a *big* deal about navigation being free forever on their phones. Unfortunately, free navigation is a selling point. When you look at the compatible devices list you'll see that it's only Nokia's newest (and most expensive) phones, and how stupidly hard it is to find Maps 3.01 which isn't free, it's painfully obvious that it's a massive selling point.

Just out of curiosity, I decided to visit nokia.mobi/maps to see if there was a hidden update that made maps free. What I saw there was basically "Maps is now free, however you need to buy one of our new $800 phones which really doesn't give you many more features and still uses the same shithouse apps as before, same shithouse OS, same everything, just a pretty new touchscreen that doesn't work as well as it should. But for $800 we'll make maps free for you!" It's crap, and considering I *used* to be a massive Nokia fanboy, actually quite surprising.

Anyone that has used both Maps 3.01 and 3.03 will know that they're completely different, and fair enough that some of those features won't work on a very slightly different version of the same OS, so why the rant? Well, that Nokia prides themselves on "free maps forever" like I mentioned before, yet they simply can't remove a dollar sign from the old version and just leave it at that. Maybe an hour's work or so, yet they let economics get in the way of customer satisfaction and the like.

As a result of this, it's super unlikely that I'll buy a Nokia again. If I was given one, or found a good second-hand one really dirt-cheap, MAYBE. But I won't buy a new one again.

Along with the maps problem, you get Symbian's inefficiency, a plethora of apps that are compatible with one device not the other, signing problems and a business model that makes no sense (notice how their website looks very pretty but looks nothing like their OS in any way, shape or form? Take a look: www.symbian.org/), all of which, combined with iOS and Android's soaring popularity, I believe, has doomed Symbian to at least the ranks of "classic" smartphone.

I think I might get an iPhone 4. Antenna problems are a lot less annoying than software that doesn't work. Or some sort of Droid phone.

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Year in Summary Quiz

Jan. 4th, 2010 | 04:19 pm
music: Seether - Fake It

This was pinched from amurussuri! I can't really think about everything that's happened this year, simply because a LOT has happened. But I suppose this is a good start...

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Went to a church that I liked...

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn't make one.

3. How did you spend New Years' Eve?
We went to a friends' place, I very nearly tried to kill myself due to the Hannah Montana movie they were watching when we showed up. That has to be the single worse piece of Country Musical bullshit in the world. And that's a harsh statement, trust me. Bad movie aside, we stayed around for a bit, and since this was a big property a PA system was used for the stereo, two enormous 700W speakers. Fortunately, the movie was not being played over those, hence they came in really handy when it came to drowning it out. At about 11:30 we suddenly decided to watch the fireworks from the highest peak in the area, Mt. Beerwah, 556m.
By the time we got there, we had 20 minutes to get up there... on foot. Made it in 16. Were rained on up there which was actually really nice...

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Furp. (evil_dwagon) He was a good friend, like no other. That destroyed my entire year. :-/

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A lot of things...

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I don't know, there have been a few good ones, despite a lot of bad ones.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably becoming Christian, actually. I never imagined it, considering that this time in 2008 I was bordering militant Atheism.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't know. 2009 was pretty hectic.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Flu. More recently heartburn a LOT. Going to have to see the doctor about that.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Fastest 8800GT ever made.

12. Where did most of your money go?

13. What song will always remind you of 2009?
I seriously have absolutely no answer for this one.

14. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Spent more time with friends.

15. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sit on my arse like I am doing now.

16. What was your favorite TV program?
New ones this year? Probably The Secret Millionaire. That's a good show.

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year
Not exactly, one person who I have mixed feelings about now.

18. What was the best book you read?
I didn't read any books this year. Kinda stupid, I know.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

20. What was your favorite film of this year?
2009? Probably Gran Torino. Really want to see Avatar though. Everyone seems to love it.

21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I actually don't remember. I don't do much on birthdays. Some of you already know how old I am. ;-)

22. What kept you sane?
What's this "sane" thing? But in all seriousness, a few friends at church. They've helped me through a lot, and we always hang out and do stuff which is pretty cool.

23. Who did you miss
Furp. *nods*

24. Who was the best new person you met?
Can't pick favourites here, many people!

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
I really don't know. I'm still gathering my thoughts from that year.

There! That's my 2009 in summary. As you can see, probably not a very good one... Hoping things are different this year.

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Nov. 1st, 2009 | 02:09 am

Well, this is interesting. A few months ago chkdsk fucked up big time and it basically formatted my entire hard drive and made almost everything impossible to get back. The thing I was worried about most was my 4 years' worth of IRC logs. Worthless to anyone else, but hugely sentimental to me. I scanned and scanned for any sign of them then gave up, swallowed, maybe threw something and formatted the hard drive to put back into regular use as my other one was filling up fast.

Out of curiosity one day I ran another scan over the hard drive after I had formatted it, and they were all there! I was so happy and didn't bother keeping anything else because I thought there was nothing else of value to me.

Well... there was. I only realized this when I went to get an old avatar and had an idea of where to look. Turns out it wasn't there in the first place but when I tried to open stuff, guess what, EVERYTHING was corrupt! Nothing worked, even the smallest text file was gone. But the names are all there.

I'm going to run Chkdsk again (after backing up this folder, of course) and see if that does anything. I'm praying I can at least get something back.

But oh well. Shit happens.

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Quiz thingy

Oct. 23rd, 2009 | 11:13 pm

It's taken me 7 months to steal a quiz from somebody else's LJ page, but here we are.

1. Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
2. Turn to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Result: "In fact, we'd probably mistake it for a mid-range radio costing a couple of hundred more if we didn't have the spec sheet right in front of us." Referring to a review on new DAB+ digital radios.

Quite a lot of good (and bad) things have happened in this nice time gap since my over-eagerness for a raincloud, so I'll concentrate on the last two days...

I got an EVGA 8800GT superclocked video card: www.evga.com/articles/393.asp It's nice. Runs Bioshock on high, and looking forward to seeing how Crysis handles.

And my (half) decent mouse broke, so will be crap for gaming for the next few days. ;-)

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