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* What’s wrong with this picture?

Posted on June 19th, 2011 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

Asda says 400g for 58p is £2.42 per kilo

Asda's website shows us the true mathematical genius of cloud computing


* not my usual type of blog post, but…

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

So I don’t usually post links to stuff like this, but if you haven’t seen Vivian Maier’s street photography, you really must.


* ntp suxx0r, d00d5

Posted on May 9th, 2010 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

This Dr Dobbs article caught my eye when I was looking for a Windows Mobile NTP client (long story). I read it with some alarm as the introduction implies that they’ve found a fundamental problem with NTP and then became steadily more incredulous as I read the article to find that they were talking about periodically running – on mission-critical systems, of course – ntpclient to synchronise with a single time source.

They’ve basically written up alarmist crap that’s worthy of the Daily Mail about the fact that if you use what’s essentially a test program against a single not-particularly-stable server it doesn’t work very well. Big surprise.

Does anyone really use ntpclient like that on a critical production server? I’d have thought configuring ntpd with a few ntp servers wasn’t exactly hard – there’s even a pretty noddy Redhat howto for it. And yet the title of the article (and especially the introduction) suggest that they’ve uncovered a fundamental problem with ntp.

I’m left wondering if timekeeper is a Dr Dobbs product, to be honest.


* linktastic

Posted on March 26th, 2010 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

I don’t tend to post links, but this one just made me lol more than most.


* come play our oh-so-hard game

Posted on February 12th, 2010 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

So betfair have a £5 free bet game (probably only works if you already have an account, although I’m not sure of that) which at first glance looks like a scratchcard – you have to click on the three hearts from nine which have a £ behind them. Except that if (after clicking start) you do nothing for a few seconds it quietly shows you which ones to click.

I guess it’s intentional but I don’t care: these free bet offers are great – I won £120 on the National this year risk-free and haven’t used my account since except for their free bet offers, and yet they keep on sending them to me 🙂


* change of theme

Posted on October 30th, 2008 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

I like this. It’s my idea of heaven in a theme – uncluttered, plain and simple.

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* Terrible terrible joke

Posted on December 6th, 2007 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

So I hear that Gillian Gibbons is to sell her teddy bear on ebay; unfortunately she’s got into even more trouble after she said she would be happy if it makes a profit….

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* Hello world!

Posted on April 19th, 2006 by whinger. Filed under Uncategorized.

Whinge on the way soon. I also need to decide on some more whingey colours.