Category: Rants

  • Taxi drivers vs Melbourne

    This is not so much a comment about the safety of the drivers, but taxi drivers in general.  Inspired by a post over on Melbourne Metblogs. Taxi drivers, I believe, are professional drivers.  Professionals in that they get paid to drive you from one location to another location of your choosing.  Lets break that down […]

  • How to flub a job interview

    As many of my Twitter followers will know, I interviewed for a job on Monday afternoon and was very excited about the opportunity. I was not chosen to progress to the next round of interviewing and I’m somewhat crushed by that. The painful part is the reason I was given for the rejection.

  • Feedback for MetLink Melbourne & Department of Infrastructure

    My regular commute requires catching bus (571), having that meet a train (Epping station), in to the CBD, and back in the evening. Now, the bus service is titled “TrainLink”. Train. Link. Far too many times (3 times this week) the bus has arrived too late to meet the train. Similarly in the evening, if […]

  • Rant against the abuse of “Podcasting” popularity!

    I take exception to the mis-use of the term Podcast in the recent [redacted] issues. If only you would actually follow up the link to Google you provide and use it to define Podcast, you would find this: “Podcasting, …, is a method of publishing files to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a […]

  • Lego Goodness … and Badness!

    My 33rd birthday is soon (well, 17 days) and family are starting to ask what I want as a gift. Last year I had suggested the unrealisticly priced Death Star. This year, I’m really liking the new LEGO Mindstorms NXT – you should watch the (slightly) hidden “Easter Egg” on the Mindstorms site (hint: Steven […]

  • Sent to Connex’s Customer support

    I will not be recommending the SMS alerts service to anyone, and will likely unsubcribe from it due to it’s extremely poor performance. I get nuisance notices early in the morning about how a service was cancelled and then not cancelled. I get notices about how the 6:25am from Epping will not run, but don’t […]

  • Huh? SPAM?

    Granted I’m not a high-profile site and I certainly don’t get a lot of traffic, but I get no spam. And I don’t resort to what John Dvorak used to tell us to do: Drop everything that isn’t from a known good address. I had three problems with that concept: What about e-mails from old […]

  • Stop the Administrator insanity!!!

    Bloody hell! 😡 Why do so many things needlessly require administrator privileges??? The latest culprit: Apple iTunes on Windows Ok, so I bought Kim an iPod Nano for her birthday – she’s only been begging for one for about 3 years… I installed iTunes on our PC using a dedicated Administrator account then logged back […]

  • Why I love free software

    Why do I love thee free software? Let me count the ways…

  • Lego Goodness

    I’ve been re-discovering the joys and delights of Lego for a while now, thanks (mostly) to my son and his natural inclination towards creative and imaginitive play. I don’t think people really give Lego enough credit for stimulating and encouraging children. Sure, everyone recognises the link with engineering but often don’t consider the versatility and […]

  • Windows Administrator vs. Games

    Why is it that so many apps and games require you to be an administrator?

  • In Soviet Russia …

    … your blog owns you!

  • Unbalanced Australian Agriculture

    I’ve thought about Australia’s non-household water usage vaguely before, but didn’t bother researching it to find indicative numbers. A colleague pointed this article out to me – I was gob-smacked: Guardian Unlimited | World dispatch | Plunder down under. For those who couldn’t be bothered to read it, roughly 33% of our nation’s supply of […]

  • Dis-Connex

    I’ve ranted about Connex and train performance before. I don’t read MX often; I feel it’s the type of paper that gives the tabloid format a bad name. When Daniel Bowen is mentioned though, chances are that they are on the right track when it comes to Public Transport Users issues. If you catch public […]