* Posts by Mike Arthur

27 posts • joined 6 Jul 2007

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

Mike Arthur

Ah, sad day indeed.

His books still have the power to make me properly laugh out loud.

A great writer, made very clever use of the language to provide entertainment to so very many people.

I had the great fortune to meet him on several occasions in the early 90s whilst I was working in a bookshop. Funniest memory was being sent across to the supermarket across the road for a couple of bags of frozen sweetcorn (had to be sweetcorn, not peas) for him to put on his painful hand after spending several hours signing all manner of items.

Anyway, I shall send my assistant off to the shelf to bring me something of his to read.

'Oook?', 'yes please, that one'

Brit thesp Kate Winslet eyes lead female role in Steve Jobs biopic – report

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so, perfect opportunity to put a nice photo of Kate on the article, but oh no, el reg drops a crappy b&w pic.. /sigh

Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

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ah balls...

thanks for all the hours buried in the Culture. Some might say it's as close as I'll ever get :)

Off to read player of games again...

BOFH: Shove your project managementry up your mailbox!

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This is all depressingly familiar. I'm currently on a large project officially listed as 'Subject matter expert' which apparently translates as the poor bastard that does anything the PMs can't work out where to put.

I find in most cases you can safely drift off during the project meetings and then use the resulting meeting update email as the basis for whatever you need to do.

O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters

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I have no voice or text capability, also no data connection showing, however I'getting updates and email quite happily, no wireless here so it's not that.

Been off since 1600 yesterday. Still going to make on-call nice and quiet...

Apple seeks patent for keyboard that sucks

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surely iSuck is more appropriate :)

Internet Explorer 9 pulls on best pants for 14 March release

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I wonder

If they've fixed the big memory leak that was requiring me to reboot every 3-4 hours or so.

The betas were fine, the latest RC was anything but.

8Gb RAM on a Win 7 install running at 90%+ utilisation after 3 hours of the machine sitting idle. remove IE 9 RC and the issue goes away.

Axl Rose sues Activision

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Is this Axl trying to make money to cover people who are suing him for Chinese Democracy being so shite?

Apple iOS4 upgrade adds multitasking, folders... and pain

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Move along, nothing to see here..

other than it taking an absolute age to download the update, all went well on my 3gs..

like the folder function, and the spell check not treating me like a retard is nice, other than that, not really noticed a huge amount of change

O2 data network falls over again

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ho hum...

Just off the phone with one of their corporate helpdesk types.

To be told, it's broken, we're looking at it, priority 1, no estimate for fix.

Microsoft offers Windows 7 early and cheap to volume customers

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What about those of us (admittedly numpties) that actually bought Vista?

Are we going to get anything discounted, after all, we're the ones that have experienced the pain, not the sensible people still using XP :)

Terry Pratchett knighted for services to literature

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About bloody time!!

nuff said!!

Man trademarks ;-) emoticon

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Paris Hilton

No Chance

he should also trademark being a clueless idiot ;-)

not a feckin prayer, uk government have that one sown up already

Paris, natch....

BOFH: Shiny new computer room

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sheer class

we've all been here..

add 120 call centre seats, deliver in 4 weeks, knowing full well the lead time for telephony kit is 8 weeks minimum...

BBC races away with five-year F1 rights deal

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The beeb have...

Clarkson, let's have him presenting/commentating, would be MUCH more entertaining!!

US regulator raises Dreamliner hacker risk fear

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oh looky

Isn't this flight sim accurate....

Homer mode on

plane goes up, plane goes down,

plane goes up, plane goes down

Homer mode off

Barron Hilton donates fortune to charity

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@Chris W, sickening isn't it....

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Does that mean she's going to have to fall back on her extensive portfolio of talents to earn a living?

Nvidia 'nveils nForce 7 chipsets

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good luck keeping that lot cool..

Never mind the fact that there still isn't a stable set of vista drivers for 2 cards christ knows what happens if you try 3....

Tumbleweeds outnumber punters, as iPhone's First Night flops

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ho hum..

never mind the hype, the price is what's killed it.

We are not used to paying for handset AND contract over here.

Connecting at a snails pace won't do it any favours either.

I will most likely get myself an IPod touch at some point as that gives you all the best bits of an IPhone without all the downsides....

Perfectly happy to keep my fone seperate from my MP3 player, that way you get devices that do exactly what they're meant to do, instead of some super-hyped hybrid that doesn't quite deliver as a phone.

BMW gives away 5 Series and $850k

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free?? from BMW

Surely the promise of ANYTHING free from BMW is enough to show that this email is bogus??

3,000 chickens paralyse central Scotland

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are they

going to be hauled in front of the beaks for jay walking??

'Microsoft' to compensate 419 victims

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love it...

I shall feed you with further modalities...

brilliant, these emails are quite simply hilarious...

Techies sue Universal Media Group for overtime pay

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just see

how quickly the overtime gets paid if they all work 40 hours only...

no pay no work, simple...

BOFH: Computer room deluge

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Underneath a pond??

What genius came up with that design...

you gotta get a drill mate!! :D

MS Patch Tuesday to include trio of 'critical' fixes

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Here we go again

It's MS bashing time...

Let's face it for the vast majority of non IT literate users Windows of whatever shade is undoubtedly the way to go. Simple, easy to use, easily the best supported, widest range of software etc...

The big machine builders, Dell, HP etc ship windows on the bulk of the machines they sell, why? because that's what the public want.

The majority of readers of the Reg are IT literate, working in IT somewhere, so are more likely to use other OSs and therefore able to point out flaws, compare between different OSs etc. This doesn't mean that Windows isn't the 'right' choice for Joe Public.

I work with Windows, solaris, various *ix but use windows at home, why? I like to game a lot and if that's your boat, you cannot use anything other than windows.

Dell trips over printer cable

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I got one

The Lexmark all in one that I bought came with a USB cable.

Which was a pity really as it didn't work, as soon as I swapped it for one of the multitude of other USB cables I had it worked perfectly...


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