February 6th, 2007


The ongoing religious war

No, not between Islam and soulless Western secularism. Between PC and Mac users. The UK version of the new Macintosh ads (which may have done more to set back the cause of Macs in America since Steve Jobs' decision to terminate the license agreements with the Taiwanese) has inspired this beatdown in the Guardian. Favorite line:
Ultimately the campaign's biggest flaw is that it perpetuates the notion that consumers somehow "define themselves" with the technology they choose. If you truly believe you need to pick a mobile phone that "says something" about your personality, don't bother. You don't have a personality. A mental illness, maybe - but not a personality.

I'm actually pretty agnostic on the whole computer issue myself; if a Mac does what you want to do and you're more comfortable working with it, fine. If you prefer the Wintel environment because of the customization options and games and office software, also cool. If you want to run Linux or FreeBSD or whatever other *nix that floats your boat, I don't really care. It's just a tool, really.

(Via Chizumatic, which also links to a Fawlty Towers map for Counterstrike. Heh.)

All this and fluffy snow too

Today's been pretty busy. Plenty of upload files, a fair amount of research, instructing the ignorant, feeding the hungry...well, that was over lunch, so I guess that doesn't really count. Anyway, I think I legitmately spent seven out of the 7.75 hours I was on the clock doing what the Evil Banking Neighbor pays me for.

It would have been eight hours, but I was ungodly logy this morning and didn't get up until 0700, which meant I had to drive in to work. Oy, was that a bad idea...the traffic on I-35W was completely motionless between 66th street and Diamond Lake Road, which is where I finally got on and crawled into the Gaviidae ramp a few minutes before 0900. Still, being in a (relatively) heated underground garage all day was better for the Sportage than sitting outside all day, even if it did reach a balmy seven degrees above zero today. (It'll be 11 tomorrow. Yay.) True, it does mean that I get to drive home in the snow with all the people who can't remember what it's like to drive in snow from one week to the next. *sigh*

Tonight, a stop at the library to pick up Charles Stross' The Clan Corporate and drop off the books I have, and that's about all that's on my agenda.
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