Tuesday, August 25, 2009

If an 9yr old gets it, why don’t the airlines?

Zona de preembarque en el Aeropuerto de CuscoImage via Wikipedia

If an 9yr old gets it, why don’t the airlines?

This quote is great! As is the rest of the post from a favourite blogger, Mediamum, that I follow. She is an Australian Mum that is now living in the US, and writes about her life experiences. And she writes well. And she can tie a jelly snake into a knot using only her tongue. Really!

This post that I am linking to is about her experiences with airlines, and particularly with a trip from Australia to the US.

You just have to sympathise with her, but cheer for her ideas and comments.

Such as :

Sheesh. I wonder who’s more precious? My kids completely expecting video on demand in their seats, or these airline staff who seem to think we owe them something more than the price of a ticket.

Instead of focusing on leg room, loyalty programs and discount prices, it would be great to see an airline focus on really going beyond the call of duty to make your flight the best you’ve ever had. If an airline marketed to mothers, they’d see these women are the decision makers, who travel with their families (more ticket sales), and to be honest, it’s the simple things like offering a pair of hands when needed that will make a mother like you more.

Or maybe that’s just too hard. Too much to ask.

Take a moment and read the full posting, and I bet that you will agree with her ideas.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

I just want to see FOLDER SIZE IN WINDOWS 7

Why is it so hard !!??

I just want to see FOLDER SIZE IN WINDOWS 7

I did have a program called foldersize for displaying a size of a folder in the Explorer window. It was great. You could see if a folder contained 4Mb or 150Mb and visually sumize if you could fit these on a USB stick, a disk, and many other uses. It comes from here http://foldersize.sourceforge.net/

It worked.

It was a third party program ('cos Microsoft can't / don't want to supply such information). They seem to want us to right click and check properties a hundred times a bloody day.

Image from the Sourceforge.net page

But now I am trialing Windows 7, and yep, it does not work.

And neither does a dll file called dirsize.dll from here.

Bugger !!

I just want to see FOLDER SIZE IN WINDOWS 7

Does anyone have any ideas?

I just want to see FOLDER SIZE IN WINDOWS 7


I just want to see FOLDER SIZE IN WINDOWS 7

Here is another person bitching at stackoverflow.com Just like me, JamesM is peeved about this feature, nah, not a feature, just a basic requirement that is lacking.

Any ideas?

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Today it is at least drizzling in South Eastern Australia! But we do need SO MUCH MORE.....

Send any spare that you may have.

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I found this fascinating quote today:

I store EVERYTHING in OneNote. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating, but I do have loads of information in my OneNote notebooks.mathfaery.blogspot.com, MathFaery, Aug 2009

And MathFaery is correct (and publishes a great little blog too!), OneNote is just a terrific program.

You should read the whole article.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Microsoft installs Firefox add-on for .NET.

Grrrrrrr !!!!

Just a warning, if you had not noticed, and use FireFox, there is an add-on called Microsoft .net Framework Assistant. This add-on is different from most as you cannot uninstall it because the uninstall option is inactive in Firefox!!

Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson discussed it on their show "Security Now!" episode 199 (transcript here >> http://www.grc.com/sn/sn-199.htm.

Fix here >> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=963707

From the show >

The Firefox add-on that they (Microsoft) installed as part of their regular monthly patch, that is, the second Tuesday of the month deal, when they did, they introduced the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, which was back in February, just without telling anyone they slipped this into the Firefox add-on list.

this add-on establishes in Firefox, get this, "The ability for websites to easily and quietly install software on your PC. So the problem here is this is why you're using Firefox, is that you don't want websites to have the ability to easily and quietly install software on your PC. You've moved to Firefox because you don't want to be using the most historically vulnerable browser, Internet Explorer, in the industry. And yet Microsoft has reached over and added this feature to your Firefox browser without your knowledge or permission to do just that. Now, what makes it even problematical is that the uninstall button is disabled.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Cove

We went to see a preview of "The Cove" and wow, this is a wake up call.

Confronting without being cringe material.

Makes me really question the Japanese values. They are SO different from what I consider normal.

The film was logically laid out, very well edited, and posed some great questions. Answers to these will only come after we (lots of us) complain, write in blogs and papers, and generally agitate for change.

"The Cove follows a team of activists and filmmakers as they infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat.

The majority of the world is not aware this is happening. The Taiji cove is blocked off from the public. Cameras are not allowed inside and the media does not cover the story. It's critical that we get the word out in Japan. It's critical that we get the word out—everywhere. We believe that once the Japanese people know, they will demand change."

Film Website here http://thecovemovie.com.au/

Action site here http://www.takepart.com/thecove/

FIVE THINGS you can do now

Write to our leaders and help get the word out in Japan.

Learn more about dolphins in captivity.

Choose the safest fish to eat.

Help Save Japan's Dolphin efforts on the frontlines.

Support the filmmakers with your donation

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Duplex (2003)

We started to watch the movie Duplex (2003) last night..... and we made it in about 15 minutes before we switched it off and did something else.

Anything else.

Predictable, grimacable, terrible.

I guess that we shall never know what happened in the end.

As if we care!

So, forget about the movie Duplex (2003) with Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore.