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With the panic buying starting again, I ran out of TP, so I've started using old newspapers. The Times are rough.
(Blame W∴ Balboos, GHB - he started it! @Balboos )
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The Daily Mirror is used by people who think they run the country; The Guardian is used by people who think they ought to run the country; The Times is used by the people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is used by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is used by people who own the country; the Morning Star is used by people who think the country ought to be run by another country, and the Daily Telegraph is used by people who think it is.
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I was online doing a purchase - amongst other things, it include nose wipes (i.e., facial tissue) at about half the price anywhere else for brand-name stuff.
So - I had a thought, this AM: what about rolls of ass wipes (i.e., bathroom tissue)? OK - no deals worth getting but I did learn a shocking truth about the decay of all that is soft and textured in the world of personal sanitation:
Some rolls, from pretty much every brand, call themselves "quadruple rolls" and yet only have about 400 wipes/roll. (Angel Soft was 429/roll - just checked out of curiosity). That means, since these are quadruple rolls, that they make rolls with <100/roll. Only slightly exaggerating, apparently one is expected to bring their own roll with them to make it through the session. ( Either that, or a copy of The Guardian . . . )
I mean really? It's bad enough that defective merchandise is now the norm (thank chairman Mr. Xi) and that's become acceptable to the younger and less experienced generations. The only step further downhill one might go is the wipes having holds in them, here and there, from dirt on the pressure rollers.
A personal bidet is standard issue in most toilets in Asia and the Middle East. Boggles the mind why folks in the west haven't yet got with the program. Not only is it much more hygienic, it's cheaper to use than just toilet paper and creates much less waste. I use a model similar to this:
A lot has changed (for the better) in the Middle East and Asia over the past three decades, especially in cities. Not sure if you've flown in or out of DBX (Dubai, UAE) or BOM (Mumbai/Bombay, India) recently. I haven't seen better airports in North America and Europe.
It's October, so pretty soon it will be Xmas adverts time - which I hate with a passion. To be honest, TV ads wind me up all year round, but the Xmas perfume ads are the pinnacle of pointless and annoying. So what would happen if these guys were put in charge of software development?
1. We need mystery. For the first two minutes of being on your new website, the user will be totally clueless about what it does! There will be no obvious aids for navigation. The user is going to have to move the cursor randomly around the screen until they hit something that might be clickable.
2. Grab attention. We need some 'edgy' background music, (that sounds like the police have raided an illegal rave?), and something that flashes enough to cause an epileptic fit.
3. Create a talking point. Let's go with scrolling a pointless, random statement across the screen, which only the marketing/advertising guys 'get'! Here's a starter: “Impossible Is Nothing”.
4. Be bold. No more dark blue on white, sans serif text, in nice orderly columns.We are going with garish typography and clashing colors, splattered randomly across the page.
5. Login is mandatory. Yes, even just to see the home page! Harvesting personal data is the primary aim, so no-one is going to see anything until we know their shoe size and overdraft limit. Don't worry about https, password fields, or storing data securely - or the fact that most visitors are going to think: "Log In? F*** that!". That's not a priority. Getting the orange to black background gradient is the priority!
6. Make it identical to your competitors. "I see what you've done here guys, but it looks nothing like Chanel's Payroll SaaS offering. Let's loop back and ...."
I'm not going to apologise to any marketing/Advertising people on here, (hopefully there aren't any!), as they will only have read the bits in bold - and will probably think this is a handy checklist for when they apply for the Head of IT job.
I was going to say that they, and especially sales, do run software development. They speak of things not yet built as if they already exist, and then developers have to build them yesterday. But guess who gets the big bonuses?
Don't get me wrong, good ones are well worth it. But there are lots of mediocre ones, just as there are lots of mediocre developers. However, mediocre developers can't do anywhere near as much damage.
However, mediocre developers can't do anywhere near as much damage.
Windows 10 updates take the validity of that argument away
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1. Microsoft Windows 8 and all promotional websites for Microsoft Server products which use huge numbers of buzzwords but don't actually say why you might want to use the product.
2. All clickbait sites, plus much of Facebook and Medium
3. Most new commercial framework sites and a few FOSS ones too.
4. All 'well-designed' advertising for major products today, eg Lenovo, Corel, you name it
5. Just about every site that actually contains useful information, rather than puff, plus sites that you need to access urgently, but require five forms of identification, including DNA samples and one of your children, before they will allow you to use the click-bait links they position above and below the almost entirely hidden link to the thing that you want, but which now gives a 404 error.
6. Almost all corporate websites for web-design, computer graphics or video editing.
In other words, you are too late - already happened.
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