March 3rd, 2012

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Appropriate responses to error codes

I absolutely love this XKCD cartoon - about what to do if you are frustrated by a computer constantly throwing a mysterious and unhelpful error.  
http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/257968.html

This is up there with a number of Dilberts cartoons in my 'Advice to Live By' list. 

(My life took an enormous turn for the better when I read Dilbert, and realised that, yes, it wasn't that I was incompetent, with bosses with mysterious objectives that I could not understand, but instead, everyone was as confused as I was, and the people in charge had basically mostly got there through a combination of luck and random motion. Some were incompetent, some were malevolent,  and all were making it up as they went along.  This gave me the confidence to start up on my own.  I believe Dilbert should be required reading in schools... )

While I've got my technology tag out, I shall just make a note here that our telephone exchange was upgraded this week, which I *think* means that we may be able to get high speed fibreoptic broadband services in future.   Hurray for EU funding for obscure backward areas?  (I am not thinking today about whether this is really the best application of the funding out of all the possible applications. That is Someone Else's Problem)
canoeing

Do I have a new dog?

I have a new dog.  Or, I think I have.  Foster-dog Tommy thought Brythen (new name) is awesome, and that the exercise pen at the kennels where there were rope toys were the BEST THING EVER.   I really hope he has not overdone it on his bad leg but I did want them to meet offlead before I shoved them all in the car together.  I wasn't expecting Tommy and Brythen to start playing, given the size difference, and the fact that Tommy has not previously shown any interest in playing with other dogs! 
Az, on the other hand,  was terrified by 
1) the drive (big road)
2) Tommy squeaking because we made him sit in the boot
3) the kennels (things that go clang)
4) the fences around the exercise pen, which rattled and were Too Tall. 
5) the presence of Strange People (two GRWE people and a kennels person, which in Az terms is a crowd). 

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