Monthly Archives: March 2011

What’s in a word?

I said / you said / he said / she said. I admit, I’m biased. English is my natural language, and other than a few programming languages I’m hopelessly inept at any other language. I can introduce myself and ask if someone speaks English in French, and know the word for “welcome” in a bunch… Read More »

No Tony, you and your cronies will be wrong

Tonight NSW Labor will likely see the biggest landslide against it in Australian political history. The population of the state has overwhelmingly decided the election is a moot point: after years of not being governed by the NSW Labor government, everyone is tired. 16 years rule by one party is too long in Australian politics.… Read More »

Apparently we're hijacking the civil rights movement

That’s right, a leader within the NAACP (USA: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) has got a bee in his little bonnet, saying that the gay community is hijacking the civil rights movement. See here: NAACP Leader: ‘Gay Community Stop Hijacking The Civil Rights Movement’ | The New Civil Rights Movement. According to the… Read More »

"Don't vote Greens, say Catholic bishops" – Hmmm.

According to the SMH article, “NSW Election | Don’t vote Greens, say Catholic bishops“: CATHOLIC bishops have warned the faithful against voting for the Greens in the state election, saying some of their policies were of ”grave concern”. They also warn: about voting for candidates who might share similar views, pointing out that some MPs… Read More »

Lessons from Babylon 5

Being away on work with little to do of an evening, I’ve been re-watching Babylon 5 lately, and today stumbled across a fantastic quote. While at times, Babylon 5 might have been a bit kitsch, the fundamental story, and the lessons in that story, remain strong and powerful. Not much is more powerful than the… Read More »

Apple won. Get with the programme.

It’s time for the PC folk of the world to understand that Apple has won the computer war. It didn’t win by becoming the dominant computer manufacturer – there’s a big difference between winning a battle and winning a war. It won the war through the simplest of strategies: understanding what the war was actually… Read More »

The end of the IT department … my arse

Over at 37 Signals, David writes about how a growing generation of computer savvy users, and along side it, the cloud, spell the end of the IT department. This is a riveting story of unreality that starts with this corker paragraph: When people talk about their IT departments, they always talk about the things they’re not… Read More »