Openly Obtuse

Tuesday February 6, 2007

The Flower of Scotland?

Filed under: Fluff,Politics — dgold @ 12:09 pm

While watching the weekends rugby in the company of some irish friends, I was struck by the delight they took in discussing a future independent Scotland. They seemed to imagine that a free Scotland would be like a more northerly Ireland. When I opined that such a place would be less likely to be a Celtic Christian nation (as an irish politician ill-advisedly put it recently) and more a Protestant Presbyterian one, they seemed shocked at the idea, but not quite as shocked as I was by the comment which followed:

“Ah sure, the Scots were forced to bend the knee to the Prods by Cromwell, weren’t they?”

The sheer ignorance of the history of England among the Irish has always appalled me, but this was something of a very different nature. The Irish seem to claim some sort of cultural co-heritage with the Scots, so I would have expected them to at least know something of Scottish history. The history of the English Civil War and the Commonwealth, of which Cromwell was just one facet, is likewise something which I thought the Irish had some level of knowledge.

But no. As the evening wore on the sheer number of utterly incorrect facts about scottish history became numbing. All too often the Irish, as much as their neighbours in the UK, are quick to laugh at some of the monstrosities which occasionally emanate from what the American’s call their ‘education system’. They really shouldn’t be so quick to judge.


Thursday February 1, 2007

Vista Silliness

Filed under: Linux — dgold @ 10:49 am

While reading the BBC news website “Have your Say” section on the question “Will you upgrade to Vista” I came across this wonderful comment:

“[In Windows] I am also running zonealarm, AVG, spybot search and destroy, spyblaster… Can Linux handle that combination? cause if I swtch and it can’y i’ll be seriously ****** off.”

How utterly depressing. Microsoft users have become so innured to the apalling security of their system that they presume every other OS would be as bad, would require the same insane levels of security. In the case of that poster, he/she is running five or more programs, just to be able to connect to the internet with some degree of security. Those five programs are eating up memory space, chip clock time, sawing away at his hard-disk, for what? To do something his OS was theoretically designed to accomplish.

Microsoft designed XP so poorly that it is, in my opinion, unusable for that particular poster. Then they dreamed up WGA, a scam against their own users. Then they abused WGA to sneak elements of the Vista OS onto XP users systems. This caused problems for users and web designers amongst others.

I also note that Vista will be much more exensive in Europe than in the USA, and almost twice as expensive for UK users. Why? Is there any justification for this other than MS’s continuing greed? And where is the coverage of this important issue in the Media? All those papers/tv stations must be getting significant sums of cash from MS to ensure such adulation, such uniform praise for the new Vista, such an abandonment of every ethical principle of journalism.

Such is life however, until we change it.

Thursday July 13, 2006

Visited Countries thing

Filed under: Uncategorized — dgold @ 10:57 am

I decided it was time I did one of these things. Was somewhat surprised to see that I have visited 25% of the available countries.

create your own visited countries map or vertaling Duits Nederlands

Thursday December 1, 2005

The First Real Post

Filed under: Fluff — dgold @ 10:42 pm

Well, here goes nothing.

I have been following the growth of wordpress via donncha’s site for some time, and have been annoyed as I don’t control a server to be able to use WP. Finding out about was like the first budding of a glower in spring (sigh)

This will be put to use, albeit my very first blog.

If you have been, then please continue. If you haven’t, why ever not?



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