Rant titles

I’ve been accused in the past of having ‘favourite’ rants – so here are a few of the titles of the common ones :) Microsoft and how their business practices make for bad products, making more work for me. Microsoft and how they make it so hard to interoperate with, even with non-core items . Apple and the attempt to control such things as iPhone jailbreaking. My phone, my choice. EULAs and how they are absolutely meaningless. RIAA and *stupid* business methods, and their perversion of justice. MPAA being idiots with filesharing. It’s free advertising you muppets. Attempts to restrict …

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Clutch :(

My car decided to throw its springs out of the Dual Mass Flywheel, making me a poor boy. It’s the first time that the car has let me down, but I can’t complain. The extra torque that the engine delivers coupled with the 143k miles on the clock didn’t help. The car did give me warning that it would go with some squeaking and some strange clanking on under and overrun, and fun sounds at idle. I was overtaking a car and a slow articulated truck when it went *clunk* leaving me to idle down in speed, and gentlpull over …

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New years!

Not the standard new year’s celebrations. Myself and Sarah were up in Achill for the new year, staying Chez Hayes. The rest of the usual crew made it up too, staying in holiday homes at the foot of Sliabh Mór. There was cycling done, up the Deserted village path and back, and from Chez Hayes via Sliabh Mór holiday Homes to Keem Bay. Then a bit of a climb to the coastguard station at the top of the hill to the west, back down and cycling to Keel and Chez Hayes again for a quick coffee. Still looking for more …

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EeePc

I’m in possession of probably the best little laptop that you can get – after a collaborative effort from my wonderful girlfriend and my parents, for Christmas there was a new toy in my hands. White, 1gb memory (upgraded recently to 2gb for €30), 160gb harddrive, Asus EeePc-1000H, Linux preinstalled. I installed Ubuntu with the eeepc packages, and I installed XP as well (transferring a license from another computer I retired here). It plays most of the games that Ilike – including Q3 and UT, as well as some that I have yet to play like GTA-VC. It has fantastic …

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Updates

Hmm. It’s been a while.. Concussion? I spent 14 hours waiting to be seen by the A&E in Galway Regional. Never again! They couldn’t even tell me at 7.30am after my presenting at 18.00 the previous evening, whether I was going to be seen at all – just told ‘keep waiting’. Well with a headache and a swimmingly sense of consciousness, I decided to buy some proper medical care as the standard emergency medical care system failed me. Pfft. At least the Galway Clinic were professional about it, for 40% more cost and a saving in time and effort.. Mary …

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Oops – where did that rock come from?

Or in other news, in the recent face-off between the WellGo replica V12 pedals vs FSA Alpha Drive cranks, the cranks came out worse, bending and deforming. However both components just couldn’t overcome the might of a foot-cubed sized rock of a trail anchor on one of the last sections of the BallyHoura brown trail. Yes I had a bit of an ‘off’, with some damage to the bike, and a bit of damage to myself too.. I was pelting down the section between the last boardwalk and the bridge in middle 7 or so, and I clipped the left …

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Ebay feedback back to 100%!

At last after that disastrous ebay transaction involving that deceptive unhelpful idiot (hid4u) that failed to complete their end of a transaction jsut over a year ago, I am back up to my usual 100% feedback. The failed transaction was for a set of HID bulbs for my car. The seller advertised them for $35, with $60 shipping and $5 insurance. However, they had contacted me privatly looking for another $30 to ship them. This wasn’t part of the finalised transaction that they were bound to by the Ebay TOS so I complained them, to be given retaliatory negative feedback …

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iPhone!

I write this from the newest addition to my toy collection – a nice and shiny black 16gb iPhone. It’s a bit weird typing after being used to the little on-screen keyboard of the WM6.1 HTC wizard that was my communications device of choice for the past 2 years… My first impressions are good enough, I like the feel, and the interface. I’ll get back soon with the second impressions.