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Ebay buyers are insane

I don’t use Ebay much. I have an account, and have made only a single purchase (a brand-new copy of an old version of Photoshop from what I assume was a warehouse clearout - I don’t use it enough to justify the high price of the latest version but when I do need it, it’s very useful), but that’s it. I’ve never really been much of a second-hand seller or buyer, I just don’t have the time for it - you won’t generally find me down at car boot sales.

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It's a conspiracy

I sat down determined to do some Eihort work tonight, but found I have 2 new chapters of the OGRE book to review so that went out the window. I got through one anyway, it was only 9 pages but I had to make a shedload of comments so it took most of the evening anyway. *Sigh*, there’s always tomorrow I suppose. I could really, really do with taking some time off work to get my head down on some new work instead of bouncing from one firefight to another (I still haven’t even done anything with Max for goodness sakes) but that’s not going to happen, too much is happening there too right now and all leave is basically on hold until it’s done.

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On the novelty of sofas

Well, we found out last night that the damage to our wooden floors is indeed repairable, and it shouldn’t be too much work (relatively); apparantly it’s not that unusual for people to discover that their great old floors have been butchered in such a manner, and that the most cost effective solution is to insert slivers of the matching wood (dark oak in our case) into the wounds, seal it all and sand everything together before re-laquering the floor.

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Celebratory Tandoori

Well, all the painting is now done, so we could actually use the dining room today and eat at a table like civilised people for the first time in what seems like an age. We celebrated with a take away from our local curry house, because we didn’t have a lot of food in the house anyway, were feeling a little lazy, and I had an inexplicable craving for onion baji.

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Get used to disappointment

We had a bit of a blow today during our lounge & dining room renovations - now that almost all the painting is done we pulled up all of the carpet in both rooms. We had already pulled up a fair amount to look underneath and had been pleasantly surprised to find a really excellent hardwood floor underneath, which had a few small holes and patches which needed work, but nothing major.

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The tipping point

If you needed a definitive reason to buy a MacBook as your next laptop rather than a regular Windows machine, surely this has to be it. Using the internal motion sensor in the MacBook which protects the hard drive from sudden drops, you can turn your MacBook into a Jedi weapon. Oh yes - these MacBooks are not as clumsy or random as a blaster, you know. Shamefully I’ve barely touched the borrowed Powerbook since the 1.

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I'm in the wrong business

Damn, curtains are expensive. I mean, basically they’re just bits of cloth, right? Rectangular pieces of cloth in regular patterns at that, it’s not like they generally feature soaring Turner-esque qualities or anything. But I tell you, these things are gold dust. I’ll admit, I’ve never actually had to buy curtains before. I’m not one for taking a great interest in the nuances of soft furnishings (and let’s face it, if I did, I think my sexuality may well be called into question) so I’ve generally just gone with whatever was in the house when I rented / bought it.

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Java will be open source

Yes, Sun have finally capitulated and committed to going open source with Java, they just have to figure out the procedure. They’re worried about control & fragmentation, but they should know that like any open source project, forking is only a danger if the primary maintainer doesn’t do a good job (as viewed by the majority of users). Forking is generally not in the interests of any project, and any forks that are made by a minority of rebels will receive little support and will be sidelined and/or will die off.

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Document standards - common sense prevailing?

I missed this when it was originally announced just over a week ago, but the OpenDocument format has now been ratified by the ISO committe and is now known as ISO/IEC 26300. This was widely expected, but it’s good news nonetheless. With backing from huge numbers of organisations wanting to break free of proprietary formats in their important business data, this was without doubt the right decision, and the only sane one.

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E3 musings

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that last week in LA was E3, the glitz-infused, mad gaming extravaganza that it is. I’ve found some time to watch the edited highlights of the event, and I’ve come away feeling even more strongly that the Wii is going to be fantastic fun. I was amused by Sony’s introduction of a motion-sensing controller - nice idea of course, but at this stage in the game just smacks of ‘me too’.

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