(I bet you're all far too young to remember one of the staples of the summer holiday TV back in the days when there were only 3 channels, TV finished about 2am at the latest and they played the national anthem at station close down)
Not being content with releasing VISTA on to the world when it was not the complete article, then releasing updates that sent some PC's nuts, in the infinte wisdom the technical gurus at MS have decided to pull the problem update. Hooray! But there is still no fix for those computers that went doolaley! B O O ! !
Now there is concern that this latest 'issue' may delay the release of VISTA SP1!
1. I know that fast-food burger chains are shte 2. Staff in these emporiums are either students earning some beer money or lifes less fortunate people who at least have gone out and got a job 3. If you chose to eat in places like this you deserve everything you get
On our way to a gig tonight a friend and I stopped at just such a eatery! The chain shall remain nameless.
We enter the restaurant to find one very suspect looking employee standing by the till looking at the queue waiting to order. As previously mentioned we know that staff are very likely not to be the fizziest drink in the fridge, but our friend, lets call him/her (oh yes you really couldn't tell even the deep voice and the beard were no guarantees I can assure you) Hermi.
Hermi eventually starts bagging up meals that have been order by those in front of us. I wouldn't say they were slow, but by the time s/he got one lot of meals bagged the sell by date had expired, some other chap who was 17 when he came in and left drawing his pension, was complaining that [a] it was taking a long time to get his order [b] they had got it wrong - wanted 3 lumps of regurge in buns and he got two [c] having realised that he had only been charged for two Hermi asks the chap for payment for the 3rd. This is more that he paid for the previous two! I'm not surprised, in that time inflation most have gone up!
Finally we get to order our meals. Hmm! 2 lumps of recycled meat product topped with cheese and bacon, a cup of orange food colouring topped up with gas, and a bag of yellow thin things that resemble corn sticks, claim to be chips, sorry fries, but they have been as near a potato as the meat in the burger has a cow!
So in summary a not very fast fast food outlet with dodgey staff! I love the signs you see in pubs, "We don't do fast food, we do good food prepared as quickly as we can"
Yeah well, jog on. This was definitely not fast food served slower than slow.
I take pride in the fact that I'm a Circuit Rider. I enjoy my job and the chance to benefit others by my good works. The fact that I am one of a small but growing band of IT professionals dedicated to making the VCS a better place also gives me the 'warm rosey glow' factor I did not have in the Private Sector.
The one thing we seem to suffer from when we talk about our work as Circuit Riders is people hear the word IT and they instantly hear GEEK and this has an effect similar on their brains as the infamous Babel Fish of HGTG fame and instantly translates every thing said in to some obscure and ancient Japanese dialect.
And we really don't help ourselves. You only have to read some of the various mail lists ...
On a list i regularly visit someone posted a link to an article by Stephen, Col Melchet, Fry (yes that Stephen Fry) about open source and Linux. It illicited 20 responses so far from various individuals. Most of them were in the first hour of posting the original article.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion and as to freedom of speech, go for it, but why is it when ever anyone tries to injecty humour in to a topic we get the same camps making the same points over and over again.
The fastest way I know to get a response from one of these lists is to post a comment that says Bill Gates is King or This free software is great!
Come on chaps! Lets prove to the world we to have a sense of humour!
Is this soon to become the anthem of the IT industry?
We all know the Vista is far from Buena. What about all those poor Vista users who had their machines auto updated by Dear Uncle Williams team of fixers only to find their machines didn't want to be upgraded and refused to work!
We all know how people are generally resisting the operating system (as borne out by the fact a lot of major manufacturers and box shippers are still supplying machines with XP!)
Now it would appear as if Microsoft are going to turn in to the school yard bully and make us play with their ball whether we like it or not. According to the Inquirer dear old XP is a dead man walking with July being muted as date for its demise.
But then a major player wouldn't really shoot itself in the foot by withdrawing what has been a major seller for them without having a really good replacement ready to go, would they???
Anyone old enough to remeber a certain Ford Motor Company who stopped production of the Cortina and Granada models (both much loved by the business world as the company vehicle of choice) before having a suitable replacement? The Sierra arrived about 14 months afterwards and was a dog. Directors at Vauxhall were sending the opposite numbers at Ford thank you letters for making, overnight the Cavalier the leading company car!
Will the Open Source brigade see this a chink in Bill's armour and a glimmer of hope for Linux to get a look in? Hmm? It is a greener option they say! Check out Linux for Cynics for a flavour of whats out there!
The Cambridgeshire Circuit Rider Project started in 2004 when Cambridge Independent Advice Centre put in a bid to run a project in Cambridgeshire. Funded by ChangeUp, the project was able to help 15 organisations in the region by providing support, expertise and equipment. Several sub projects were also identified and so, CIAC became AFL (Advice For Life) and created a Social Enterprise Division,(i-TRUST,responsible for the Circuit Rider Project along with ICT Training, The Shuttle (Mobile ICT Suite), Procurement and Web Design .
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