National Broadband

Yay. It looks like the National Broadband Network will be available in my area in 3-4 years (as long as Tony Abbott doesn’t bring it all to a grinding halt.)

Update 7 Feb 2015: Three years on and no sign of the NBN in my area. The NBN Rollout Map has even given up providing estimates on when it might arrive, tersely stating that “The NBN rollout has not started in your area.” Tony Abbott/Malcolm Turnbull are still stuck on providing a second rate system.

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Disgusted / Delighted

Currently disgusted by …
Clive Palmer, who spitefully utters ridiculous accusations about the CIA funding the environmental movement in Australia, then openly acknowledges that he knows that the accusations are not true, then arrogantly asserts that he does not regret making the accusations.

(Note to Clive – just because you have more money than everyone else doesn’t make you more important or more wise.)

Currently delighted by …
The Newcastle Knights 20-6 win over the Bulldogs on the weekend.

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Windows 8

From what I had read, and the few screenshots I had seen of Windows 8, my initial impressions were that it is ugly and confusing. I decided on the weekend to put my preconceptions aside, download the community preview of Windows 8 and give it a try. My conclusion? Windows 8 is ugly and confusing.

Update 7 Feb 2015: Three years on, and my thoughts on Windows 8 are unchanged – ugly and confusing.

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Floppy nostalgia

I indulged in a bit of nostalgia on the weekend after my 10yr old son found a 5.25″ floppy disk in the back of my desk drawer and asked what it was. I headed down to shed and found an old 5.25″ disk drive, installed it in an old computer, and after a bit of fiddling around getting the ribbon connectors and BIOS setup correct, I was then able to boot into MSDOS 5.0 on the A: drive and relive those unforgettable grinding/clunking noises unique to old floppy disk drives.

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