I just* heard some sad news on talk radio**. Surreal Scotsman and poet Ivor Cutler was found dead as his home a couple of mornings ago. Even if you didn't understand what the hell he was on about, there is no denying his contribution to Scottish nonsense. Truly a Glaswegian icon.
As some may know, I have been having some trouble with this new computer. First getting Linux on it at all and then sudden crashes/reboots whenever I do something demanding with the processor/memory. It occurs to me that I haven't got the XP 64 drivers that might actually start the fans going when it gets hot. Anyhow, after poking about in the BIOS for a bit, I decide to load "Fail safe options". Apparently, "Fail safe options" is code for just beeping, not booting. So, as you do I shorted out the CMOS battery, reloaded the defaults and booted.
Key thing to remember here is that I am using an eval copy of XP Pro 64.
Boots OK. Log in to O/S. "The evaluation period for this software has expired. Please send Bill money".
Fuck. Clock has set back a couple of years.
Set the clock to the correct date and time. Boot.
"You're still a motherfucking clocksetter. Give money to Bill - he does a lot of work for charity".
OK, so I've installed a new copy and can get my data back and stuff but I had it all nicely set up for the rest of the family. It's going to take ages to get it back working right and my enthusiasm levels are low.
Yeah, I suppose the case does feel kind-of hot. Can I jsut frig the fans to be on all the time? I have a soldering iron and a sense of humour.
I had started writing an article yesterday on some absurdities (as I see them) in modern enterprise-system development. Expect a yawn-tastic contribution sometime soon.
Got an unsolicited mail yesterday from an agent about a job a couple of miles from the Quayside (and paying proper money). I sent back some questions but no answers yet.
Booking a cottage in France*** for a couple of weeks in the summer. Need to get passport for me and for Small Boy. Might be interesting.
Anyhow, enough typing - the fucker may reboot on me at any time. I can always edit later.
* at lunchtime
** the Guardian obtuary page
*** I realise that a cottage in Brighton is more popular
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