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Wednesday 13th December 2006 5:16 PM [General]

So I'm going through something of a retro phase right now, watching old episodes of Space 1999 (I was a huge fan when I was a kid) and playing Xevious.

A while back, Electronic Games Monthly parked a couple of kids in front of some old-time video games and asked them what they thought. The results were so hysterically, pants-wettingly funny, they've decided to do it again.

It was a tough call deciding which was the best bit to quote but I think this one just about sums it up:

EGM: With its five buttons and save-the-humans mission, Defender was one of the most complex games in arcade history.

Bobby: I've played this on my cell phone.

Sigh... 🙁

Monday 11th December 2006 3:16 PM [General]

So, I went to the doctor today for a checkup and was given a clean bill of health. I'm actually supposed to be going every three months and since my last visit was in July last year, I guess I was a little overdue 🙄 A friend asked me why I had left it so long and I (half-) joked that I didn't see the point of spending all that time and money to undergo a battery of tests only to be told that I'm fine.

But it wasn't until I actually got to see the doctor at the end of it all that I remembered what the real reason was, as I got the standard lecture about how I wasn't taking care of myself. She told me (and I am deadly serious as I write this) that I could eat as much vegetables as I wanted and drink as much water as I wanted, but no meat, no cakes, no candy. No soft drinks. Oh, and no alcohol. People who know me even in just passing are probably already rolling around on the floor laughing and know full well what my response to all that was.

No chance.

A friend of mine recently sent one of those jokey emails that fly around the Internet on the back of a million CC:'s, especially around this time of year, and while it was amusing enough in itself, the closing paragraph really made me smile.

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO what a ride!"

I'd love to know who originally wrote this (Google turns up heaps of variations, usually with a martini/strawberries/whatever in your hand) but what a great image, sliding in to home base at the Pearly Gates (or whatever the equivalent is in the Other Place) like that 😀

I'm doing my best :whistle:

Have a fun Christmas season, drink much eggnog and be merry! 😎

Sunday 3rd December 2006 4:31 AM [Awasu News]

The first 2.2.5 alpha release (what's this?) is now available here.

This is one of those depressing releases where we've busted a gut changing how things work under the hood but you will probably not see too much different 🙁

Awasu has long had a "plain text" mode, where it would strip all HTML tags from feed content before showing it to you. However, while it rendered your feed content safe, it was a bit heavy-handed in that it stripped everything, including tags that are perfectly safe e.g. <b> or <p>.

This release introduces a much smarter and selective process of removing dangerous HTML from your feeds. Everything is configured to work out of the box, so you don't need to do anything for this feature to be active. Combined with the new Enhanced IE security introduced in the last release, it ensures that Awasu is resistant to any Bad Stuff(TM) hackers might try to deliver to your computer via a feed.

Many thanks to James Snell for his depressingly comprehensive test suite that uses a wide range of different techniques to try and get into your computer. Awasu passes all 1397 (!) of the tests. Great reading for software developers who don't want to sleep at nights :brood:

Friday 1st December 2006 11:12 AM [General]

Today is Support Your Favorite Small Software Vendor Day.

Let's band together and support those small software vendors writing Windows apps that not only don't suck, they ROCK. Let's support the little guy who still gives a damn about creating small, beautiful, useful apps on an operating system that gets no respect.

We've always been firm believers in putting something back in and supporting those who do so. Most people have at least one or two programs they use for free but have the option of paying or donating for, so check your Start Menu and see if there's anything there worth supporting. A few bucks is not going to break the bank and it all comes back around anyway 😉