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August 2003 Entries

SWG: Star Wars Galaxies initial impressions.

Some of my initial thoughts about Star Wars Galaxies here in writings. The Penny Arcade analogy ofhitting small Rats with sticksdoesn't always apply.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2003 10:28 AM | Feedback (0)

Avoiding the dumbest behaviors of mediocre employees

Noticed on vowe.net, which was quoting from this article, this is a lovely little paragraph: Process is an embedded reaction to prior stupidity. When I was CTO of a web design firm, I noticed in staff meetings that we only ever talked about process when we were avoiding talking about people. "We need a process to ensure that the client does not get half-finished design sketches" is code for "Greg fucked up." The problem, of course, is that much of this process nevertheless gets put in place, meaning that an organization slowly forms around avoiding the dumbest behaviors of its mediocre...

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2003 10:04 PM | Feedback (0)

SWG: Merauder's Star Wars Galaxies ramble..

My Star Wars Galaxies initial impressions. I should probably start by saying that I didn't expect to enjoy this game. A few of my friends had been involved in the beta testing, and from some of their comments and frustrations I honestly thought that SWG wasn't really going to do much for me. However, I was wrong. Mixing and matching clothing allowsone to create a new profession: Flasher! For anyone who doesn't know about Star Wars Galaxies, a quick google search will sort you out. However, anyone with a passing interest in games, and more specifically in...

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2003 9:18 AM | Feedback (1)

Hump day ponderings.

After getting Star Wars Galaxies in the weekend, I'm going to write a little ramble with my first opinions of it. So far, I'm enjoying it - which is good as I didn't think I was going to like it. For anyone else in New Zealand who was thinking of playing, but didn't know where to source a copy, then check out the Gameplanet Store as they ended up importing a lot of copies. One of the things I've wanted to do for a while is an all time definitive hate list for Road etiquette. In London things were pretty bad,...

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2003 8:44 AM | Feedback (0)

I like it.

I like the way the Blackstar arrows pulsate. Thats all there is to say. Etc.

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2003 7:17 PM | Feedback (0)


These little gems are taken from this page. Some marvels of modern comedy to be found within.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2003 12:59 PM | Feedback (0)

Is it YOU?

It seems someone who knows me, or someone who doesn't know me but has me in their address book (urr yeah that possibility is somewhat worrying) is infected with the lovely new Sobig variant, Sobig.F! Woo! If it's you, then you can check this page to get a bit of info about it and possibly go about disinfecting yourself. It's always nice to be running a Notes client for email when these viruses do their rounds.. A few minutes after writing this I heard a rather amusing "news" article on the radio. The newsreader helpfully informed listeners to be wary of ANYTHING...

posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2003 12:54 PM | Feedback (1)

Tips of the trade.

Here's a little hint for those of you who are running a phone support type operation. You should ensure that all of your operators are reasonably proficient in the language of the country that you are attempting to offer support for. This ensures that a correct flow of information can occur between yourselves and the customer. For those of you who have trouble translating this into the consequences it may have for your business, let me do the translation for you - IF YOU ARE SUPPORTING AN ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY THEN YOUR PHONE OPERATORS SHOULD SPEAK FUCKING ENGLISH FOR FUCKS SAKES.

posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2003 3:03 PM | Feedback (0)

A Random Piece of info about SCART

Did you know that SCART cables are directional? If yes, then you should just fuck off you smug git. I didn't know this, and spent a bit of time wondering why I couldn't use one of the SCART -> RCA adaptors that came with my XBox in order to get a signal from my Satellite decoder to run through to the TV in my bedroom. After a bit (!) of cursing I started wondering if they were directional, as I'd used 2-3 different adaptors, but all of them were meant to feed into a television, not out from a device. Finally, wandering...

posted @ Monday, August 18, 2003 4:21 PM | Feedback (0)

I liked this.

It made me laugh. I was just thinking of those people who kind of wander up to you, and you can just tell they're about to ask something stupid/annoying.. the way they slink up slowly, the way they make a small amount of small talk that they somehow consider obligitory before asking for that pain in the ass request. I guess scenes like this aren't uncommon in America, but over here I can but dream.. Click!

posted @ Monday, August 18, 2003 4:16 PM | Feedback (0)


Seems I shouldn't write much on here when I'm in a bad mood. On another note, I've now completed more SETI Units than 99% of all SETI users! 45839th out of 4626276!

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2003 8:27 AM | Feedback (1)

Hysterical morons

Sometimes you have to wonder how some people get employed. Pulling little (!) events from the last week of my life, I could count probably 10-20 instances of fucktards who don't really deserve to be alive, let alone to be paid to fuckup something as routine and mundane that they happen to call a "job", however, the thing that just set me off is a little article on XtraMSN. The article in question is about, of course, you guessed it, the W32 Blaster worm. Oooooh! How scary. Yeah well it's a bad fucker, but that's not the point. The point is...

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2003 2:50 PM | Feedback (0)

Updated URL for the RSS Feed.

For anyone accessing the Merauderweb RSS feed, it has changed URL due to Kaare moving his server. The URL is now: I guess this only has to happen a few times before I go insane and switch to a Domain Name provider that doesn't use frame based web direction, but until then..

posted @ Friday, August 8, 2003 4:31 PM | Feedback (0)

$20m From Nigeria!

After getting some lovely spam regarding $20m of unclaimed Nigerian money, I couldn't resist a reply or two.. read the transcription here.

posted @ Friday, August 8, 2003 1:41 PM | Feedback (0)


My good friend Danjuma from the Bank of Lagos emailed me offering a promise of my share of $20m (US) dollars of money that was currently stranded in Nigeria! Clearly I've always wanted a shot at seeing how long I could keep these guys interested for, and to what extremities of stupidity I could take them. I realise it's not exactly an original idea, places such as Something awful have done this shit many times over, but still I wanted to try it my way. I actually bcc'ed my replies to a fair few of my friends, however most of them...

posted @ Friday, August 8, 2003 1:11 PM | Feedback (21)

Irrational Rationalisation

How can a piece of Software called "Rational" be anything but. A console for the license server that doesn't output error messages at all when run as a service. When run from a command shell it doesn't display any error messages but informs you that they can be turned on if you desire - this is when in the background there are fatal errors happening preventing the thing from starting. It's great! Oh, and don't think I'm overlooking messages in the event log, or somewhere like a custom named log file - I'm not. The Client install takes forever to decompress,...

posted @ Monday, August 4, 2003 7:18 PM | Feedback (2)

RIP Karl

Take care dude, we will all miss you. Karl Willdig - 30th July 1974 - 26th July 2003.

posted @ Friday, August 1, 2003 6:38 PM | Feedback (0)


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