Fuzzy - not just a name, a way of life

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Not some kind of fancy breakfast

Reading some comments on Slashdot today (yeah, I know, that's so yesterday, when I could be reading AssSpace, or SpaceBook or whatever it's called :-P ), I came across the word milquetoast. In the context where it was used, it sounded like an insult, but I thought I might be misinterpreting it. Maybe it was some fancy sort of breakfast, akin to French Toast.

But a quick check of various online dictionaries indicates it's a noun meaning someone who is timid, ineffectual and meek. Taken from the name of a 1920's comic strip character with precisely those traits. So, pretty cool, and I'll be casually using it in conversation to show off real soon now :-)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bill, is that you?

After fighting through the 30-odd different pages Microsoft makes you jump through to get to SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition (my advice is just go straight here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=90&p=&SrcDisplayLang=en&SrcCategoryId=&SrcFamilyId=265f08bc-1874-4c81-83d8-0d48dbce6297&u=http%3a%2f%2fdownload.microsoft.com%2fdownload%2f0%2fe%2f3%2f0e3532ff-d8dc-4ffb-b1ba-84542f08ec1c%2finstructions_enu.htm ), I got a laugh out of the fact it then used a Java app to control the 3GB ISO image download. Hilarious stuff. Please come back, Bill, without your blind zeal for substandard MS technologies, dangerous useful things are happening!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Outdated, anacronistic, discriminatory ... but our last, best hope

The idea of an unelected, privileged few wielding power over the populous has always grated with me, mostly while I lived in the UK. But today I'm thankful for those very same people... one cannot defend liberty by removing it, and for once I'm glad to call these fine folk peers.