Thursday, September 30, 2004

The Bottom of the Barrel

I'm forcing myself to post today because I haven't really got anything to say. However, the new beta of NetNewsWire Lite is able to understand Atom news feeds, which means the RSS feed from my site has started working. Well, I guess it alwayd did, but my reader didn't work with my own blog.

Is Atom the betamax of web site syndication I wonder?


I've just realised, the feed URL does not appear anywhere on this page. It's

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

September Brain Dead Software award

The September brain dead software award goes to the Mozilla Organisation. When you install it, it replaces the copy of MAPI32.dll in Windows/System32 with its own version. This would be reasonable in most circumstances if Mozilla is going to be your default e-mail application, except that I installed it on a Windows 2003 server and it breaks Microsoft MAPI for everybody not just the user (Administrator) for which I installed it.

New web site feature

I haven't touched my web site for ages, but today I added the new e-mail disclaimer collection. Over time, I will be collecting interesting disclaimers from around the World. Those of you who know how to contact me can send me your examples.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Final Irony

This article has a review of Final Fantasy VII in it. Note the "VII" at the end which constitute Roman numerals - the Roman numerals for "seven" in fact. Presumably, there were films called "Final Fantasy" and "Final Fantasy II" through "Final Fantasy VI". That means, six times now somebody has said 'let's call our new film "Final Fantasy n + 1"' without seeing the irony.


Friday, September 03, 2004


There's a message board I'm taking part in in which a discussion has appeared "what differentiates a living thing from a non living one?" Quick as a flash I remember my O level training: the seven characteristics of living things. I post something resembling the following:

From my O level biology: the seven characteristics of living things:








Clearly by the above definition, prions and viruses are not alive. The ability to cause copies of oneself to be made does not necessarily constitute life.

Almost as quickly, somebody else posts

Neither do mules

Mules can't reproduce, it's true - damn. I can't tell you how much I wish I'd thought that one up for myself when I was in Mr Fisher's class aged 14 (or was it Mrs Mitchell aged 13?). Anyway, if anybody reads this who's done any biology to, say, degree level (perhaps witha smidgeon of statistics thrown in) and knows the answer, please hit "reply".

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