We’re all going on a.. summer holiday!

Finally, I booked a holiday. FINALLY. It’s been a long time since I even took any leave. I was looking at my leave balance and it’s huge. Surprisingly my sick leave balance is at 24 days too o_O Fo Gigure eh?

So we’re off to Ohope Beach for a week in March, yes I know that is a long way off, but hopefully summer will be here by then. It’s usually quite nice in March still. The weather is just too temperamental at the moment to book anything. Plus it’s always nice in Ohope, it’s the best beach in the country, well, not including Waihi and Piha ;)

It’s going to be nice to just get far away from Wellington anyway. Here, read a bit about Ohope!

Happy World Usability Day! :)

Well, World Usability Day has wrapped up in New Zealand.

The theme of the day this year was “transport”. I took the Global Transport Challenge, but I didn’t end up too nicely. I drive a Diesel to the bus stop, catch a bus into town and then walk up the hill. I can’t really do anything different, except catch a train, but the train doesn’t depart near where I catch my bus, sooo? I really miss things like the Metro and the Underground. I wish we had something like that in New Zealand. :)

In New Zealand there was only two World Usability Day events, one in Wellington and one in Auckland. Unfortunately the one in Wellington I wouldn’t have been able to get to in time. I would really like to have attended though. Run by the good folks at Optimal Usability.

Actually, I got a cool pressie out of it from my good friends at Optimal Usability, and I thought about public transport. They do some amazing work, they have a nice market in New Zealand too. I don’t see much competition for them, and even if there was they’d just clean the fecking floor with them. Just wonderful!

Anyway, I hope everyone had a good World Usability Day, and did their part to raise the awareness of it all :)

Touche!

Hahaha, we were talking about cliche’s at work. We hear so many of them, it’s just outrageous.

There’s a good list over at the business cliche encyclopedia.

Here are some you’re guaranteed to hear flung around my workplace:

  • Thinking outside the box
  • at the end of the day (ARGH hate that one)
  • pusing the envelope
  • let’s take this offline
  • win-win situation
  • low-hanging fruit
  • best practice
  • going forward
  • hit the ground running
  • thought leadership
  • silo’d approach

Another one to watch “sustainable” or “sustainability”…

Gotta say the main one that pisses me off: WEB 2.0. WTF? Web 2.0! What a crock :D That has to be the biggest marketing spin that the world has collectively done. If anything Web 2.0 is Web 2.0! Where everyone colloboratively kicks each others arse and makes them believe in such bollocks.

Did you know web 3.0 is here? It’s the interoperable marked-up ready to harvest dynamic semantic ever evolved transformed web.

*rolls eyes*

Election 08: National pwn Labour

Woohoo!

National vs Labour poll

National + Progressives + ACT > Labour + Everyone else!!!

MMP sucks! If there was no MMP they could govern alone. There is a risk with ACT, while I agree with some of their policies, they are very right-wing and they have Sir Roger Douglas in there O_O He’s oldschool and old and oldschool and just plain strange. You can go to wikipedia and see him. Just the photo of him there should say it all. A read on “Rogernomics” might be interesting…

National just wiped the floor with Labour! I totally shouldn’t be saying this, but I’m really happy. I think New Zealand deserves a change. We need a change.

I just hope they have what it takes to get New Zealand through all the economic and financial crisis bullshit going on. Labour have made sure they left the coffers empty, and National are going to have a really tough time. I just hope New Zealand is not dumbarse and doesn’t vote them out after three years because we’re not having huge surpluses again. It ain’t gonna happen people, they’re gonna need more than three years to fix the mess left in the beehive for them.

Now, National, bring on your social policies and clean up the ghetto I live in!

The ant and the grasshopper, and my thoughts on the US election

I don’t know how I feel about Obama winning the US election. I don’t know if I would have voted for him, probably because I like to read policy and make an informed decision. It seems that most people voted for him because of the race thing, rather than for what he has to offer.

I saw some stats on a site, dunno how relevant they are:

  • 55% “European Americans” voted McCain
  • 95% “African Americans” voted Obama
  • 66% “Hispanic” Voted Obama

What does that mean? Is that even relevant for what I’m talking about? Who voted on race, who voted on policies?

Nevertheless, I am proud of America. For once you had a nice clean election, with a clear-cut winner. I hope to God that Obama doesn’t get assissinated by someone from a southern state any time soon, I know there are a lot of paranoid rednecks and KKK peoples etc down there who think he is Islamic… I was watching them on 60 Minutes and 20/20.

I just feel sorry for the USA too, and Australia, who are now moving into the “red movement”. Thank God you have a constitution, because we don’t and we were not protected from it.

Good luck to New Zealand,we vote this Saturday!

So the ant and the grasshopper? It’s making it’s way around NZ email systems at the moment. It’s rather relevant to what is happening in New Zealand.

The Ant and The Grasshopper

There is an “Old Version” and a “Modern Version”. Two Different Versions! Two Different Morals!

OLD VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

TV1, TV3 and Maori TV show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. New Zealand is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Good Morning with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green.’

Sue Bradford stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, ‘We shall overcome.’
Gordon Copeland then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake.

Michael Cullen exclaims in an interview with John Campbell that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share as the ant is too much of a “Rich Prick.”

Finally, the Labour Party drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

Winston gets his old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of judges that Helen appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.

The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighbourhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be VERY careful how you vote in 2008!!

How to fix the “choose canon camera/window for this” problem with ZoomBrowser EX

Another helpful tip that might sort out this problem for a few people… :)

If you have a Canon camera like I do (I have the Canon S5 IS) then you might run into this problem. Here are a few things to try out:

The “Canon Camera Access Library 8″ service might not be able to start, so if you go into: Start >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Services. Scroll down to the “SSDP Discovery Service” and enable.

Now, apparently you can have it two ways. If it’s going to use the service it needs to be enabled, but this can leave you exposed security wise. So you can disable the service and then change your registry so it does not rely on the service. Apparently it doesn’t need it, so makes you wonder why they put it in there eh?!

So try this:

Firrst…

  1. open regedit (Start >> Run >> Regedit)
  2. goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\CCALib8
  3. double click on DependOnService
  4. delete the second line “SSDPSRV”
  5. close regedit

And then you can stop the SSDP service if it is running

  1. open up services (Start >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Services)
  2. stop the SSDP Discovery Service

done

Here’s another thing you can try too:

Ignore the SSDP stuff above and make sure the “Canon Camera Access Library 8″ service is running (Start >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Services).

I hope that helps someone, cos it sure pissed the crap out of me!