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For some reason that makes me feel good. It makes me happy when old friends reconnect.
A couple of years ago, by pure chance, I found my old best friend from school that I had lost touch with when we each went to different universities. He had emigrated to Australia, started a Project Management consultancy in Sidney and was doing very well, married with two beautiful daughters and a couple of grandchildren on the way.
I wasn't ever planning on going to Australia, too dangerous (snakes, spiders, wombats, koalas, kangaroos), but now I am re-considering, perhaps a side visit when I go to New Zealand eventually.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
but now I am re-considering, perhaps a side visit when I go to New Zealand eventually.
For me, that would be a great excuse to go there!
A few years back I hooked up with an old friend (we were like really close friends, almost ended up having a relationship).
She wasn't the brightest back then, but her heart was in the good place and I really liked her anyway.
So anyway, first red flag was when I suggested we'd grab dinner somewhere and she didn't have money.
Alright, so how about we meet up at my place and I'll cook us something nice?
Second red flag, she didn't have a car or a driver's license, necessary to reach my house (the bus would take forever, but she didn't have bus money anyway).
Her place wasn't an option either as she still lived with her dad, another red flag.
Alright, I picked her up and brought her home.
She didn't change a bit in ten years time.
She talked about the same issues and the same people like when we were still in high school (at least she finished that, but that was about the only thing that changed, that and about 40 kg extra)
We still talked a bit on WhatsApp, but that changed when she changed her profile picture to a funny pic of her and I was like "wow, scary face! " and she was all like "WELL I'M NOT HERE FOR YOU TO LOOK AT FOR YOUR PLEASURE SO I POST WHATEVER PIC I LIKE!" and I was like "wow, you have some serious issues".
Not quite the reunion I was hoping for and we never talked again
I still have her on FB though so I know she now has a boyfriend and lives together with him, so I guess she's finally growing up a bit
reminds me of the opening plot for many many movies.
After meeting the old acquaintance next comes:
"Remember we used to talk about doing X, well I was looking at that again and I can make it work, so lets get together and:
- do that world record never to be beaten bank robbery"
- replace the politicians with androids/fleshbots that we [alone] control"
- assemble a working time travel machine and "
- build the world ending bomb"
- create the perfect toilet seat."
OK, the last one is a stretch, and most plots end badly for at least one of the protagonists.
so all I'm saying is: be careful lest you be the one that doesn't make it out.
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I moaned about Win 10 mucking my monitors up (go it sorted) now for the winge is 'Paint3D', not being very arty I always found Windows Paint to be useful quick doodles, now I have been forced to 10 we Paint3D which combines Paint with 3D! So you have to battle an interface that is odd just to save a bleedin' fault bitmap (which has to be a PNG) for some stupid reason it tries to save them as BMP's!
Why, the old worked fine!
Mary Jo Foley (long-time Windows journalist and one of the current hosts of the Windows Weekly podcast) is dead serious about MS not changing Notepad as that's the only tool she uses and she doesn't want it to get any sort of new "feature". It's become a recurring joke on the podcast.
But now it has new features - line nos in the footer. A star after the filename to show it has been changed and not saved. They may be minor (and actually useful albeit not original) but it shows that even Notepad is not sacrosanct.