Older and.. wiser?

Firstly, thank you all for your birthday best wishes, most appreciated. In our house, the passing of my birthday signals the official beginning of Christmas. Decorations are unleashed, chocolates deployed and all things Christmassy are un-banned. The next thing that invariably happens is that the cats start going mental and behaving as if it's, well, Christmas. They climb up inside the tree, chase tinsel and generally behave like most adult feel inside but aren't allowed to show. (Apart from my good lady wife who most definitely wears her Christmas heart on her sleeve.)

Geeky thought for the day… do our Hotmail usernames give an indication of our age? I bet no youngsters have firstname_lastname@hotmail.com like I do 🙂 (Same goes for Gmail)

Like our slashdot membership IDs, they give an indication of just how long we've been around on the 'net. Previously a person's first name was used to give an indication of age (not many Ethels on Facebook) but now I suspect you could use email addresses as well (for recognised domains of course.)

Hmmmm, maybe I could use that as a data validation rule somewhere….

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..those who can’t, teach.

Ok, a slightly provocative title there, I’m sorry. But I have to rant a little about a story I’ve come across. Bascially, a teacher in Texas reprimanded a pupil for handing out CDs containing a distribution of Linux. She then emailed the distro’s founder to complain. The email contained gems like…

At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful.


This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them.

It’s at times like these that I’m glad our daugher uses both OS X and WinXP and is already aware of the concept of choice.

Full text, and reponse here: http://linuxlock.blogspot.com/2008/12/linux-stop-holding-our-kids-back.html


Behold, a new menu option! Man, I'm outta control here. Won't be long and this site will almost be up to 1990s-esque levels of functionality. As well as a contact form that lets you press buttons and send me the results via email, I've added a sneaky spy function behind the scenes that also emails me on the rare occasion that someone posts a comment around here.

The main reason for all this hi-tech wizardry is to allow you guys to get in touch with minimum effort. (Who says I don't know my audience.. 😉 )

So, come on then, drop me the details of a day in your life! Whilst by its very nature it won't seem all that interesting to you but I assure you it will be interesting to others.

When (or more likely, a big IF) I get enough, I'll branch them out to their own site and promote it as a source for schoolkids to get an idea of what they might want to do. (And in some cases, what they don't). Imagine if you had this kind of thing whilst you were at school trying to decide your options!

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Black and white

As is usual with ideas I come up with, I'm sure this has been thought of, investigated and then dumped, but…

If black absorbs heat and white reflects it, why don't our houses change colour with the seasons?

A black house in winter would absorb more heat, and a while one reflect it in the summer. Right?

As I say, I'm sure this won't work for very sensible reasons but I'm surprised I've not heard of it either way before.

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