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Cyclists: Lose the attitude and stay alive!

I must admit that I stopped riding my bike a couple of years ago now, after it decided to fall apart like a clown’s comedy car. Around that time I also realised how much better my car was for getting me to university. I now had a comfortable seat, a roof and windows to keep me warm and dry and an engine that meant I wasn’t all hot and sweaty when I finally arrived at university. Now I’m at work I still have no call for a bike, instead walking and using the train. What is my point? Well in…
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Three months to the Olympics… Bring it on!

The last time I went to write about the Olympics my word processor kindly decided to lose all of the work I had done. I hindsight this may have been a good thing since it really wasn’t that good. Having passed the 100 day-to-go milestone last week however marked a good time to look again at a few of my thoughts about London 2012. According to the naysayers, the end of the world is going to be Olympic shaped. Nobody is going to be able to go to work and we are all going to have to sod off abroad…
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Lewis Hamilton and the Bahrain Grand Prix

Last week I wrote how I felt sorry for Lewis Hamilton at the Chinese GP for getting penalised because his gearbox broke. This week though I feel sorry for his engineers after the arse kicking they will no doubt be getting for Lewis and Martin Whitmarsh. When something happens once (The rear nearside wheel not doing up on Jenson Button’s car,) it’s unfortunate, if it happens again a second week later, then it looks like carelessness (The same issue on Lewis’ car.) But if it happens a third time then it’s a total disaster and somebody will be receiving a…
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Making F1 fairer… A little musing

Hopefully you got to see Sunday’s Grand Prix in China. If not, I suggest that you get onto the BBC iPlayer and take a look as it is well worth investing a couple of hours in watching it. Nico Rosberg claimed a well deserved maiden victory, both for himself and the new Mercedes GP team and Michael Schumacher could well have joined him on the podium had his pit crew actually done his wheel nut up. This got me thinking about a battle that we never got to see – Rosberg vs. Hamilton for the race win. Why? Because Hamilton…
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A Kidney for an iPad and iPhone. Steve would be proud!

Normally when we talk about selling body parts for something desirable, we only mean it as a joke. Not so with Mr. Wang a 17 year old from the Anhui province of China who sold a kidney for £2197, a large part of which he spent on an iPad and an iPhone. Unsuprisingly, the fanboy moron involved is now suffering from renal failure and will either live in considerable pain while undergoing dialysis for what remains of his life. Alternatively he will shortly die and will get to meet Steve Jobs up close. Meanwhile the planet will be spared one…
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On the search for better internet. Part 1

Let me answer a couple of questions about the internet. Is the internet a human right? No. Should it be? Not really. Would I become a raving lunatic if the internet was taken away from me? Probably! The reason I say this is that I have had enough of ADSL, it’s crap and that is putting it mildly. We have two ADSL lines coming into the house. Measurements taken at 1240 on a Sunday afternoon reveal that the main BT Business broadband connection manages a pathetic 3.15Mbps down and 0.38Mbps up with a 19ms ping through a Cisco 1841 router….
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Todays fight: Darwin vs. India Furness and the Ski Run

As a species we start life at a significant disadvantage to Darwin. While Darwin has lined up a huge number of wonderfully exciting ways in which we can remove ourselves or be removed from the gene pool, we start life with the ability to make noise, usually when it’s least appreciated. Over time we develop ways to keep ourself safe, like remembering to look before you cross the road, and that’s usually enough to keep Darwin at bay. Then though there are times in which even Darwin would be stunned by the lengths of stupidity people will go to in…
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Want a high-performance workstation? Step away from the Mac Pro

The other day I was engaging in a spot of Apple bashing with some fellow IT professionals and our thoughts turned to the subject of full sized performance workstations, namely the Mac Pro. We agreed that they are generally stupid, they use old technology and overcharge massively for the privilege. I decided to prove this by doing a rather unscientific but simple exercise. As part of this exercise I have built two Mac Pro systems, a mid-range model and a high end model. I am then going to build a PC equivalent of the Mac model on specification in order…
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Why Linux and LibreOffice suck!

Having written articles on small issues such as politics and religion, I now feel ready to once again stick my boot into a much larger topic. Why Linux is a steaming pile of Cow Turd! First, I will explain, the article you should have been reading at this very moment is about those who aim to disrupt the Olympics, but thanks to Linux and the LibreOffice suite, you get this instead. It started with me writing an article on my fully updated Ubuntu 11.04 powered netbook, having written most of the article the previous evening I decided to finish it…
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Start as you mean to go on…

So, you’ve just started a blog and you need something great to get it started. Well when your blog is about the extremes of human stupidity, you don’t exactly have to wait long. So Ladies and Gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure I present a woman who seems to want to be punched really hard in the face before being ejected through a tram window. If you can’t be bothered listening to the whole lot, skip to 1:10 for the moment she nearly gets it! Update (30/11/2011): According to the BBC, the woman in the video, identified as Emma West, 34…
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