Serious flaw in MacBook Air design makes you lose weight

Warning: graphic details.

I have identified a serious flaw in MacBook Air design. Now I have either lose weight or buy other laptop. I think I will choose the former. But what is this all about? It’s because the touchpad. Well…

Mac OS X UI is driven by brilliant use of multitouch gestures. Doing an action with one finger does something else that the same action using two or three fingers. Now look on the Air – it’s so slick that it almost screams “put me on your lap now!”. Now imagine a fat guy (like me) with a laptop so thin that it starts to move under his loathsome belly. It goes deeper, deeper and deeper until the fat tissue starts touching the touchpad adding one additional touch point to all your gestures. Each click becomes right click, each mouse move becomes a scroll.

That is gross. I’m buying myself a gym membership today.

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Ultimate Scrambled Eggs for Geeks

I just invented An Ultimate Scrambled Eggs. Here comes the recipe:
1/2 red grilled pepper
1 slice of ham
100g of king prawns
Green Jalapeño peppers
1/2 lrg red onion
1 lrg carrot
1 lrg tomato
2 eggs.
Chop veggies and ham and fry with prawns and three drops of Tabasco until carrot is tender. Add eggs and fry a bit more.

Enjoy!

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Manual virus on facebook

Couple year’s ago I received a pretty funny joke – Albanian Manual Virus, which went something like:

DEAR RECEIVER,

You have just received an Albanian virus. Since we are not so technologically advanced in Albania, this is a MANUAL virus. Please delete all the files on your hard disk yourself and send this mail to everyone you know.

Thank you very much for collaboration.

And again reality surpassed joke – here’s an example of real-world manual virus I found on facebook:
Seems to work, at the moment this group has 22694 members…
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Home audio system – solved!

I’ve been struggling for quite a time with setting up home audio system that can play my mp3 collection (about 8500 files) without need to turn my computer on. I failed to find reasonably priced audio system, so I bought LG 2.1 Home Theater system – HB354BS, which can play mp3 from usb drive. The sound it produces is really nice – solid base, clear trebles, powerful medium range – more than enough for me!

The HT system has one issue – it supports only 1999 files per drive. This is nowhere near my requirement, but I found out that it treats partitions as separate drives. I split my usb drive to four partitions, which gave me space for 8k files. 500 files had to go away (sorry Andrea Bocelli and some scene mp3 stuff), but now I can listen whatever I want (currenlty Tracy Chapman – Mountains O’Things)! :) With my TV off (and computer on, but I can close the lid and the music will be playing!) :)

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Nice bed & breakfast near Cardiff

This weekend I had a real pleasure to stay in absolutely pleasant bad and breakfast near Cardiff – Pantre Tai Farm. I knew that the place will be good from my first talk with Mr George one the phone, when he told me how to get there – “Do you have sat nav? This bloody thing will get you to the middle of forest, you definitely don’t want to go there”.

Pantre Ta Farm is quite big, it has six bedrooms. The room we got was rather spacey, with walk-in wardrobe and roof windows. For me, living in life polluted areas, seeing sky in the night was real pleasure. Internet connection was fast and reliable. The only thing I can complain for was TV – 14 inch lcd hanging high on the wall – you want to take binoculars to use it comfortably ;)

The really strong point of this place was the breakfast. Freshly cooked by Mr George it was really delicious, one of the best I ever had (I wish I asked how he prepared mushrooms…). But not only the food was great, Mr George sat with us and started to talk with us. He suggested some places we should visit, we talked about Wales and why it is so hard to move to Wales when you’re not Welsh yourself.

If you want to stay near Cardiff or Newport, I highly recommend Pantre Tai Farm.

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3G is rubbish

Some time ago I’ve started dreaming about three year long travel around Europe. My current position let’s me work from home, Caravans are cheaper than houses, so I thought I could travel on weekends and work during weekneds from any place without even letting my customer know where I roamed. I imagined how great will be to spend winter in Italy or Portugal and summer in Norway!

When holiday time finally came, I took laptop and a 3G Huawei USB dongle from O2 which I keep in case of my home broadband failure. I’ve connected it during our first stopover in small hotel near  Newcastle, bought access and went on line. It was somewhat slow for first minute or so and then the connection felt down to GPRS. It was going up to 3G, then back to GPRS. Memories of 14.4 came back, it took me an hour to find a B&B for next stay.

Next night we stayed in beautiful capital of Highlands – Inverness. I decided to share my joy on facebook, I’ve opened my laptop. Green led on modem was showing there were no 3G signal, but EDGE was available with signal strength 4 on 5 . But connecting was basically all it could do – with losses at 80% I had to gave up.

Our last destination was a nice B&B near Portree on Isle of Skye. There was no point checking if the connection will work – mobiles shown no coverage at all.

It seems my dream has to wait unless I’m ready to live in a caravan somewhere near London. Or London. Or maybe London…

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