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Archive for April, 2007

Fractals

Posted by Ian Blyth on 19 April 2007

I like these pictures. http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10877_11-56937.html. Here is one example.

They remind me of when I was a kid with Spirograph but now done with computers in 3D and nicer colours. And it seems that you can create them with various software packages. The highlighted one Choascope) is a free program for Windows. Got to their web site as well to see other examples.

“Webshots member sandyckatoused Chaoscope to create these beautiful fractal images. According to the Chaoscope Web site, the program is a “3D strange attractors rendering software.””

I think the Chaos Theory is great. The butterfly’s wings etc.
 

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The 20 Most Annoying Tech Products

Posted by Ian Blyth on 17 April 2007

There is a good list of IT products that have annoyed people over the years with the carpet bombing AOL CDs getting the no 1 spot.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130638-page,1/article.html?tk=pr_20MATP

They have taken the top 10 and added 10 more from the list. What I liked was the summary of how to annoy people.

14 Surefire Ways to Annoy Users
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130638-page,6-c,techindustrytrends/article.html

The ones that I hate.
Foisting other software on me when installing something I want. I had to install Apple Quicktime as my new camera does MOV movies. And it tries to install iTunes at every opportunity even though I do not have an iPod and no desire to have one.
Providing a free version but continually nagging to upgrade to the pay for version. I have uninstalled a few products because of this.
Assuming that this little program is in control of my PC and can take over all my settings, put itself in start up without asking and bury its settings deep in the registry so that I can not find them without a lot of work.

In general the ones that seem to violate this are the media players and IM applications although I have found firewall vendors and AV vendors to be just as bad.

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FIIFIGH

Posted by Ian Blyth on 13 April 2007

As today is Friday I was thinking of POETS day – P*ss Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.

I got thinking of a new acronym FIIFIGH (pronounced fee fy – fee for Fii like Wii (Nintendo got away with it so why shouldn’t I?) and Figh like sigh).

What does it stand for?

F**k It, It’s Friday, I’m Going Home.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

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20 years from now

Posted by Ian Blyth on 13 April 2007

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

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Misty Morning View

Posted by Ian Blyth on 12 April 2007

Today on the way to work it was really beautiful. The sun was low and hazy and there was still a layer of mist hovering over the fields and around the trees making it seem like there were layers. This gave the view a misty romantic look which was quite beautiful. I would have taken a picture to show you but the other drivers on the motorway seem to object to a car stopping to admire the view. Some people can be so unreasonable. But the view lifted my spirits this morning.

I did find these pictures which are close
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wortenoggle/26673840/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anglia24/348777540/

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Service and a glass of water!

Posted by Ian Blyth on 4 April 2007

Having recently returned from a trip to the States I am in awe of how their service culture works and generally how poor the UK’s is. We all make fun of the “Have a nice day” but when Americans say it they mean it and it sounds genuine, That is because they have been brought up with that culture. Getting UK people in shops to say it may be possible but how they say it shows that they don’t really mean it and it sounds false.

If I were to open a restaurant I would want my waiting staff to visit the US and eat there to see how it is done. They introduce themselves, smile, give you a chance to ask for something but then leave you alone with the menu. They remember what everyone ordered and do not have to ask. And my favourite. They come with glasses of ice and a jug of water and pour it for you straight away. They do not wait for you to ask for water and they do not try and sell you a bottle of water as they do in the UK. Now if I was in some other country with dodgy water supply I would be grateful of bottled water. But as the UK has perfectly good drinking water I am annoyed that most restaurants do not give you that choice. You have to specifically ask. Are the waiters and waitresses on a commission to sell bottled water?

I suppose it helps that they are on poor wages and make their money on tips. So service is important. But it seems to me that most people have got into the habit of tipping in the UK. Even when it is not justified.

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