BR-monster Thoughts and musings of a computer literate beer drinker…

30Sep/063

I can believe that…

Osama Bin Laden himself decided to send George Bush a letter in his own hand writing to let him know he was still in the game.

Bush opened the letter and it appeared to contain a single line of coded message:

370HSSV-0773H

Bush was baffled, so he e-mailed it to Condi Rice. Condi and her aides had no clue either, so they sent it to the FBI. No one could solve it at the FBI so it went to the CIA, then to the NSA. With no clue as to its meaning they eventually asked Britain’s MI6 for help.

Within a minute MI6 cabled the White House with this reply:

“Tell the President he’s holding the message upside down.”

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26Sep/062

The continuing failure of Windoze Media Center…

This extremely poor OS continues to frustrate. 75Gb of disk space available, which it equates to 47hrs of recording time - yet nominating something to record from the guide says 'not enough space to record' - funny it had already told me there was 47hrs of space. Alternatively it may say 'please reboot the PC to verify the guide information' - why, the information is already there! Just use it! To cap it all it may actually record the program you select then when you come back to play it it may say 'unrecognised format' - how can this be? Media center recorded it media center should play it!

Just found this while looking into the problems 'We have been getting reports about Guide problems from DVB users across Europe and the world' - I guess that means that all the off world installations are OK! - us on this planet have to wait for the next OS 'rollup' (or should that be screwup) to try and fix the problem - meanwhile having to wait 15 mins for every reboot (with a 3Ghz P4!)...

Pathetic! Unreliable! Waste of money! Last thing I ever buy that is Micro$oft! I am now totally commited to removing all WinDoze (sic) from both home and work. My main 'surfing' box is currently a 17" iMac, it gives me no trouble. I believe that the forthcoming 'vista' is beginning to catch up to OsX-Tiger... by the time it comes out and everyone is bleating about authentication not working, driver failures and the like I will be happily using OsX-Leopard - the future and what vistas replacement will be aiming toward...

I have already purchased a Panasonic HDD recorder to replace the media center PC - it has built in freeview so it can record by selecting from its own guide and guess what - IT WORKS! How hard can it be?