Thursday, March 26, 2020

Winging it..

I keep getting this uncomfortable feeling that Scotty from Marketing and his mates are just winging it and putting Parliament off until August/September/whenever is not the best way to proceed.. Serious trust deficit here.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, we are isolating like mad, will get to see the outside world while shopping at a 1.5m distance (makes it hard to reach the shelves!) and hand-washing while conserving bog-roll.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Covid-19 stats

A friend just sent me this interesting link: (ongoing coronavirus/covid-19 stats from around the world)..

And its only just started...

Monday, March 16, 2020

the Mediapocalypse is upon us!

the headline on the front of The Age today screamed '150,000 could die' more or less...
not helpful if the aim is to make the population alert to the very real dangers of corvid-19 infection, but not alarmed..
Meanwhile, bog-roll is still hard to get; unconfirmed reports are claiming that hoarders are selling toilet paper on eBay at vastly inflated prices..

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The coming bog-roll apocalypse

Now that we are facing a scarcity (in the shops) of loo-paper, despite the fact that our stalwart local paper makers are running 24/7 to keep up with demand, one wonders what will be next to be "scarcitised" by the meejah, social and 'normal'... many of our folk here from overseas, particularly the Middle East, having had appalling experiences of disruption and shortages of everything during times of trouble, will understandably be stocking up. Their neighbours and friends are seeing them and doing likewise..
I hope that everything settles down soon, and the number of covid-19 cases starts to diminish as in China, apparently.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The interwebs appear to be working again

our ancient TP-link ADSL2 modem/router died yesterday after trying to cope with intermittent outages either line-related (lotta rain recently) or iiNet digital indigestion. We have another ancient device (billion) borrowed from one of the kids, but is is rather slow. Don't really want to buy another unit, as the fabled NBN is supposed to be here on 7 May next...

more on the Social Meejah

after a conversation with a colleague, I thought I would approach Facebook/Instagram in a more stealthy mode.  This seems to work and there does not appear to be the avalanche of crap that appeared in the 'news feed' earlier. Will see what happens once all the rellies are linked up (not sure if that is the right term)
What is interesting is that there is not much help with the web interfaces of these sites, very minimal for those of us who are used to 'proper programs' 

Managed to get most of the rellies reconnected again, and I connected up to the 'InstaGram' thingie, hard to put pictures on it unless you are on your smartphone, which seems a bit limiting to me ( I'm probably not the target customer base..)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Continuing adventures of Julian Assange

El Reg commenter proffered this link:

I have no particular brief for young Julian, but perhaps Dutton and Scottie from Marketing should consider repatriating him..

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Economist and Climate Change

The Economist 'newspaper' magazine publishes an email newsletter on Climate Change - well worth reading; the image above is featured in it and is described as:
"The stripes on our banner were developed by Ed Hawkins of the University of Reading. They represent the years from 1850 to 2018 and the colour marks each year’s temperature, compared with the average in 1971-2000."
I think it shows the post industrial warming quite dramatically..

Monday, February 24, 2020

Aaand we're back!

A while back I had a blog here on blogspot; but it was killed off as part of purging bad stuff from large social media sites..

This will be the non-tech site, about books and stuff..