Sep 18

This is just a note to say that I have set up wordpress on my iPhone. Now, I’m not sure how much I will use it this way, since writing, although not as hard as the uninitiated might think, is still a hell of a lot slower than I can touch type on a keyboard.

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Sep 18

I never really finished my last post and ended up publishing it without editing. Just too much going on at the moment. Now that I have a dynamic website I am focusing all my energies on getting that up and running.

For this blog I think I’ll try and get into a routine of posting some of my tasting notes without a lot of prose. This will help me get a feeling for this world of blogging.

Nobody’s reading me yet anyway

OzJeff

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Sep 08

Here I am back in Munich. I am a creature of habit, so I was quite pissed to discover that the hotel I usually stay in on business had not been booked. Instead I am back in “The Shabby Hotel”, probably one of the hotels I hate the most here. Oh I suppose it’s OK, it’s just that the rooms are tiny and everything has that sort of stingy feel to it – like plastic cups. “Sheesh guys, glass ain’t that expensive”, and it’s more functional if one of your guests wants to end it all and slash his wrists.

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Sep 05

Back at the time of the Civil War, gunshot wounds were treated by searing them with fire. This was based on the superstitious belief that heat would purge the body of impurity. Most people were fairly confident about categorizing a gunshot wound as an impurity. Unfortunately the remedy resulted in infection, blood poisoning and almost certain death.

Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. You know what? I’m beginning to think that MS Update is like that. I run a very clean and secure system, so I don’t think that I’m in that much risk of ‘infection’. Certainly I’ve never had to recover one of my own systems from a virus attack, only those of friends, associates and other leeches who discover I know what I’m doing.

On the other hand I have spent hours, no – Days! cleaning up the damage done by some update nuking a driver I need. The latest happened a few weeks ago. From one minute to the next my UMTS card stopped working, the trackpoint cursor froze to death and various USB devices disappeared. I spent hours of my precious after work time searching for solutions, trying things out and backing up my entire system in case of further demise. In the end a reinstall of XP SP3 somehow fixed the problem. I’ll never know what it was exactly that caused the problem. And that annoys me.

Since that day, Microsoft has no more access to my system(s) to update anything. Oh sure, I still keep an eye open and install anything critical. But if it ain’t broke folks, why fix it?

Unless you’re a masochist.

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Sep 05

Welcome everyone. This will be the home of OzJeff’s ramblings – my Public Persona. At the moment I am busy with my wine tracking site, so it might take me a while to get back to here.

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