Thursday, October 13, 2011

Has RIM Finally Fallen In?

If you're a Blackberry user in many parts of the world (including Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and South America) you'll likely find that you can't use Blackberry messaging and browsing and this has been the case for a day or so and will be remedied at some point in the future!

This was all caused by the failure of a single server in the UK which in a domino-like free-fall, resulted in a number of other servers going offline in sympathy.  It does, however, show the insanity in relying on a single company to deliver all of this information world-wide.

Yes, another Cloud service takes down thousands/millions of users in one fell swoop.  Cloud? Stability? Data Access?  Choose the first, or the others!  ;)


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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Storms On Their Way

I just clipped this from the BOM site - we's a got some rain a'comin'!  :)


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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Jobs - RIP

I'm not an Apple fan, but I have a lot of respect for what Steve Jobs achieved. So, the news of his death today, whilst not unexpected, is still sad.

RIP Steve - you will definite be missed.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

So Zune And Yet So Long

Microsoft has discontinued their Zune hardware platform as of today:

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Disturbing News From The Religious Nutter Front

It appears that the Australian National Anthem isn't good enough for some people - a number of "christian" schools are now using an unauthorised 2nd verse that has never been part of our National Anthem nor does it have anything to do with anything other than pretending that Jesus Christ is head of our country (when he was nothing other than a regular human being - like the rest of us).

Have a read of this article for some more information on this disgraceful episode.

Now, I have to say that as a proud Australian, I know as many of the words to our National Anthem as the next person does (ie, some of them), but trying to use our National Anthem to push one particular religious fairy tale as being what we all believe in really makes me feel dirty.  If you want the real words to the first two verses, then have a read of them over here.

And while I'm going on about abusing our National Anthem (and I've said this before), I'd really like all Australiand to have a good read of the proper/authorised second verse and especially these particular lines:

For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.

Yes, that shows, in our National Anthem, that we're not a country who will let people suffer the fates that many have suffered in trying to reach our shores when escaping from horrific situations overseas.  No, I don't think we should accept "just anyone", but I most definitely do think that we need to have a think about these words and our own humanity when handling illegal immigrants and processing their requests for asylum.


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