Archive for the 'Rant' Category

Paranoid, Init

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Having marvelled at the er… unique nature of MikeeUSA’s Systemd Blues: Took our thing (Wooo) blues homage to the perils of using systemd, I decided what the world actually needs is something from the metal genre. So, here’s the lyrics to Paranoid, Init. Default soon on Debian This doesn’t help me with my mind People […]

Currently not possible

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

On Thursday 9th, after weeks of low-level frustration at having to press “close” on every login, I sent a complaint to Barclays asking them to stop asking me on every single login to switch to paperless statements with a dialog box that has only two options: This morning they replied: Please be advised that it […]

On attempting to become a customer of Metro Bank

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

On the morning of Saturday 12th April 2014 I visited the Kingston Upon Thames store of Metro Bank in an attempt to open a current account. The store was open — they are open 7 days a week — but largely empty. There was a single member of staff visible, sat down at a desk […]

If you think suicide is weak or shameful, you just don’t understand

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Recently, someone fairly well known in certain circles committed suicide. People commit suicide all the time of course, but this person could fairly be described as a form of genius, a polymath, hero to many. Since their sphere of influence was (is!) strongly Internet-based, the net has been alive for weeks with people feeling the […]

Firefox, Ubuntu and middlemouse.contentLoadURL

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

I use Firefox web browser, currently on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. For many years I have set the config option middlemouse.contentLoadURL to true so that middle clicking anywhere in the page (that does not accept input) will load the URL that is in my clipboard. After restarting my web browser somewhere near the end of January […]

Dear System Integrators, a few words about screwing

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Right, System Integrators – those companies that buy components from Supermicro et al and build you a server out of them. You guys seem to have a bit of a fascination with screwing. Screwing things in as tight as you can. Please stop. It’s 100% true that vibration of components like hard disks is bad. […]

Did anyone else get this spam to an address they gave to Red Hat?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

On November 2nd I received this spam: (some headers removed; is my censored email address) Received: from ([]) by with esmtp (Exim 4.72) (envelope-from <;) id 1RLikr-00070I-6U for; Wed, 02 Nov 2011 21:53:57 +0000 Received: from [] ( []) by (Postfix) with ESMTP id 6B324181CFF for <>; Wed, 2 Nov […]

My email marketing adventure with British Telecom

Friday, August 5th, 2011

The saga so far I have a phone line from BT. I only use it for ADSL (which I get from Zen Internet). I gave my email address to BT because they offered to tell me useful things about my account via email. I now wish I had never done this. I use extension addresses […]

Why can’t a British company do something like Game of Thrones?

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

The first season of Game of Thrones finished this week and I have to say, I found it compelling entertainment. Given its strong British cast (Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, …) and filming locations predominantly in Northern Ireland, why could this not have been a British production instead of an […]

Clue- Become Compliant

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

A nice email from Tuscany Networks in my inbox the other day: Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:19:36 +0000 From: marketing To: <elided> Subject: DNSSEC- Become Compliant Reply-To: Your email client cannot read this email. To view it online, please go here: <URL elided> To stop receiving these emails:<URL elided> So what happened here? […]