Monthly Archives: August 2012

A New Arrival

Our nearest neighbours, Herman and José are currently celebrating (and having sleepless nights) because José gave birth to their second child last Tuesday. Her name is Linde. Yesterday, as is traditional around these parts, we, the neighbours, assembled to erect … Continue reading

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“Windows 8 is Windows 7+1”

I’ve mentioned before how much I’ve been surprised by the level of vitriol and hatred that has been unleashed against Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 operating system. Everywhere I turn, on tech blogs and forums, there are articles, posts and threads … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Photo Gallery – Yet Another Missed Opportunity?

As I wrote in my last post, Microsoft has recently released a new version of Windows Live Photo Gallery, now simply known as “Photo Gallery”. That last post documented an issue that Photo Gallery has over its handling of geotags. … Continue reading

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Windows Photo Gallery, Geotags and Other Issues

Microsoft has recently released a new version of Windows Live Photo Gallery. In keeping with Microsoft’s plan to kill off the “Live” branding, it is now simply known as “Photo Gallery”, and the suite of software utilities is now known … Continue reading

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The Right To Die

I am profoundly thankful that I live in a country where I can choose if I wish to die. Tony Nicklinson has been denied that choice, and is condemned to serve more time in a living hell. Update #1: Polly … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget

The BBC showed a one hour documentary last night: Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories. The survivors in question were Samuel Willenberg and Kalman Taigman. They were among 600 prisoners who escaped during a revolt at the camp on August 2nd, … Continue reading

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RIP, Harry

Harry Harrison has died. When I was going through my phase of devouring SF books during my teens and twenties, he was one of my favourite authors. On one level, his books could be read as action tales, but there … Continue reading

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