Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sorry Microsoft....

It has happened. Unthinkable! Deranged! Pick your favorite exclamation - my network is no longer a Microsoft Ad. The Apple Guy has broken in. The wife needed a new computer that could play WoW, PokerStars, web browse, do email, and work on photos. Hmm, all those tools come pretty clean on a new Mac. So she is the proud owner of a new MacBook Pro.

The conversion went pretty simply. Moving her address book, photos, and WoW install was simple. WoW ships both OS X and WinXP on the same disks (Go Blizzard!) so 10 CDs later (original and BC) WoW was working. Outlook Express' address book is easily exported as a CSV and reimported into Address Book on the Mac. Photos slide easily into iPhoto. The "worst" thing I had to do was get Outlook's folders into Mail.app.

Even that wasn't so bad, as long as you have a working Windows PC. You can run DbxConv on your Windows PC (or someone's Windows PC) and convert the DBX files to Mbox which Mail.app can import easily.

Even PokerStars cooperated releasing a beta native OS X client. The world is ending.

Now to see if she gets hooked or kills me.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Saga isn't over?

Irony: Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

I thought the drama with Alienware was over. It's been over a year since I sold the beast and upgraded it to an iPhone (Yes, I still think that was a good trade). Today I'm reviewing my spam folder and I find a Customer Satisfaction Survey from Alienware!

Okay, bad choice of targets guys. I think your average score was "Sucked". I'm certain that you never listened, or tracked, what I told you on the 6+ tech calls. Nor did you hear me when I sold your system to get a smartphone.

Yes, I filled it out. I wonder if they will contact me to "learn more" about the situation. If their processes are constant, I'll get another of these next year after having heard nothing about this one.

Would you recommend Alienware to people purchasing a new PC?
(d) Definitely Not.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Okay, I'm scared....

Now I know why the RIAA is so adamant about chasing down pirates!

It's where they make their money... oh wait, that's the 1790s, it's fair game to plagiarize, right? *snicker*

Monday, March 10, 2008

You can't make this stuff up.

Dog owners in Amsterdam are angry after the city legalised public sex in one of the city's most famous parks.

Councillors agreed that heterosexual and gay couples could have sex in the Vondelpark which has ten million visitors a year.

But they promised to clampdown on dog owners who let their pets walk in the park without a lead.

One dog owner protested: "As long as the park has existed, we've been allowed to let our dogs run freely. It's outrageous that we will be punished from now on but public sex won't."

A spokesman for the council which runs the southern part of Amsterdam said: "When the dogs are not kept on a leash they pee on whatever they see and they cause a lot of nuisance for other visitors."

Alderman Paul Van Grieken defended the decision to allow public sex in the park from September.

"Why should we oppose a rule on something you can't oppose a rule on. Moreover it isn't a nuisance for the other visitors and gives a lot of pleasure to a certain group of people," he said.

"There still are rules," he added. "They must take their garbage with them afterwards and never have intercourse near the playground. The sex must be limited to the evening hours and night."

This begs a "someone screwed the pooch" comment, but, ew!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Now that's a cover!

The Final Countdown by Europe.... as done by a symphony orchestra and 3 cellos...



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