“Dude, yeah! I just downloaded the latest official security update to XP — fresh from China! I got it off that torrent site, you know…Arr matey! Damn right bro! I’m installing it now.
Hey! What the fuck is Cryptolocker?”
A conversation from the near future.
“Okay. What kind of sick doggie snuff film is this?”
Phoebe sees the end of Old Yeller for the first time. From the Friends TV series episode “The One Where Old Yeller Dies.”
Gee Microsoft, when you have your beloved old dog put down, for the love of Pete, you’re supposed to do it quickly and cleanly! It’s the least Windows XP deserves after all its years of faithful service. Read more…
Microsoft’s plan to end updates to Windows XP may have been forced to change course by the Great Wall of Chinese Windows XP users.
Microsoft appears to be planning, in some form, to continue supplying security updates for Windows XP in China after support for XP ends on April 8 for the rest of the world.
On March 2 (last Sunday) an announcement was posted on the official Microsoft Sina Weibo account which, according to this report, announced Microsoft would work with Chinese security firms to issue patches for Windows XP for an indefinite period. Read more…
Yesterday I had my first chance to play with one of Nokia’s Lumia mobile phones running the Windows Phone 8 OS — essentially Windows 8 for touchscreen phones; it uses the same kernel and tile-based user interface as Windows 8.
I was sitting in the McDonald’s at Broadway and Granville when a complete stranger approached me, handed over his brand new Lumia smartphone and asked me how to to get on the Internet.
I might’ve answered: “practice, practice, practice,” but people don’t get that anymore and no one likes a smartass.
Would’ve been a good answer though. Read more…
It’s been raining for days — and nights — and like the old elocution rhyme says:
“The rain in the lane goes mainly down the drain.”
By-bye water. Enjoy your tour of our storm drainage system as you make your way to the ocean or wherever it takes you.
If this were the Prairies we might begrudge the loss; all this precipitation that never nourishes our plant life or makes it down to the water table for safekeeping.
But this isn’t the Prairies, where plants sink deep roots in search of the water sequestered underground. This is Vancouver, where plants barely touch the ground. Trees and shrubs and grass are only rooted as deeply as Nature demands. Why bother? There’s such an abundance of water falling from the sky.
The upside is every plant grows like a weed and the downside? It’s really not safe to lean against the trees. Read more…
Your iPhone 5s
Your iPhone 5s on roads
Thanks to the Fairview panhandler who found this run-down iPhone yesterday on
Powell Thurlow Street. I guess he went downtown to buy some toiletries.
It’s roadkill for sure. I don’t know why he kept it. Maybe because it’s the only thing more addictive than crack? Or maybe he thought it might still be worth something. Click the images to enlarge them.
Don’t like the thought of governments spying on your private Internet communications? I don’t blame you. It turns out the spies don’t like looking at your private parts either.
In the process of eavesdropping on millions of webcam chats, documents reveal, the British signal intelligence agency GCHQ was frankly surprised and annoyed that so much of it — as much as 11% — was pornographic in nature. Read more…