Quidnunc (kneeshooter) wrote,

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Chipper - what a fantastic mood that is!

Anyway, I'm feeling "Chipper" as I started the day with a success - successfully navigating my headlight mechanism to put a new bulb in. Now, that might not be a great success to the practically minded but humour me eh!

Last night I felt really awful - headache, tired. I slept most of the way home and only a couple of emergency stops by Tim who was driving brought me out of my stupor. Then got home to find bellagrim had brought me some "diagnostic tools" for my PC. This was qutie handy, and a couple of hours of messing around ("Damn SCSI CD-ROMs won't boot!") I have a working version of ME where there was once XP. And Warcraft III worked!!

So, the next thing will be to rebuild again, with the right OSes on the right partitions. I also have to decide whether to send my motherboard back. I should, as the onboard sound is screwed, but I'm not using that. However, if its indicative of other problems.

Its absolutely nuts that getting software to work is such hard going. How society is going to embrace PCs and broadband is totally beyond me when you buy stuff, it doesn't work, then its your fault is mad...

The conference I was at last week was talking about getting more people on broadband and making money from selling content. Apparenlty micropayments doesn't work - but the percieved reliability of the system must be close to 100% before people spend lots of money on it - yet the market is moving away from integrating delivery. Schools are being sold content now, and rather than be sent to them it's their responsibility to get it across the Internet. So the supplier reduces there costs, consumers get frustrated and confidence in the whole system suffers.

In the future it'll be as straightforward as TV - put up an aerial and buy one of a million different choices of set - but that aint the case now.

Rant over - time to go and see if the boss is about and whether he's written my reference yet...

Oh, if you've got this far - can anyone offer crash in London should I make it down for the B-Movie doo-dah in a couple of weeks? I might arrange a work trip so I'm there and have my travel paid for ;-) ? Appropriarte bribes might be possible...

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