We have a new friend on livejournal thanks to Paul’s thingy. Go and read all about Ben. Or maybe not all about him. In fact, he doesn’t have all that much there yet. Pity. Maybe you can go later.
This is not an unreasoned or unfounded hate. I can name a few thousand good reasons why you too should hate the company and their products. There is no arguing that as a business entity, they’re simply doing what they should do to remain the best. However, their products have a greater negative impact on quality of life than you would like to think. Today’s little point to ponder is this: if Microsoft really gave a shit about its users, why does no Windows install come with PDF or Postscript support by default?
Ooooh ooh ooh, I almost forgot. In this same US of A, I did buy the super-cool RioVolt SP250 CD MP3 player. Take care to read the reviews that are linked to. Yes, it does kick ass.
I arrived back yesterday from the SPIE medical imaging conference in San Diego. America, or the little bit that I saw, is weird. The people eat too much, too oily and too sweet, the cars that they drive are too big, they have too many of them and the petrol is too cheap. Most of this is really not their own fault. For example, their public transport system really does not encourage a more reasonable attitude towards cars.
Funny, I felt exactly like Rudolph on the AIDS and racist-rebound issues of today. See his comment here. I don’t know which of these two things makes me wonder the most.
On a whim we decided to drive down to Antwerpen on Saturday. This is one of the most beautiful and pleasant cities I have had the privilege of spending time in. In spite of its size and age, the city has a very vibrant atmosphere and the night-life is deeeevine.
I’ve always been a fan of python. So much so that I’ve embedded it in large C++ applications of mine to enable weird and wonderful extensions. However, I’ve always thought of it as just as scripting language, albeit a very flexible and clean one. These past few days I’ve been spending some time with more serious Python and Tix (Tk megawidgets) applications programming and I must say, I am really impressed.
Rudolph has arrived! I’ve been as sick as a dog these past few days. Your standard MoFo winter cold, but then with a baseball-bat and sneakers. It seems to have subsided quite quickly, probably partly due to the megadoses of vitamins I have been taking and the 10 hours of sleep every night. I actually did not have time for this, as I’m attending a mathematical morphology course by the likes of Rein van den Boomgaard, Lucas van Vliet, Henk Heijmans and Pierre Soille.
This entry is for the biggest Feyenoord-supporter and korfbal-player that I know. May he be cursed with a weblog of his own.
I rediscovered a very old favourite in one of the SF short-story collections that I had bought at a local second-hand bookshop. Find and read “Specialist” by Robert Sheckley. Published in 1953, this story will remain timeless.