Taking off the shorts!

Well, it’s the time of the year again, when I get that moment of sadness realizing summer is over. So it’s off with the shorts and on with long pants . Oh well; who knows, if we keep it up, Sweden may have summer all year in the not-so-distant future. This fall has been really “warm” (I guess “mild” is a better expression).

Dinosaur cancels TV

So we once had a nice Sony 29″ Trinitron TV. So I wished I could keep it going for another two to three years and patiently wait for the next generation LCD TV:s to arrive. So Sony didn’t take the DINO FACTOR into account when they built their fabulous product.

At 17:55 local time, Filip decided that enough was enough and grabbed a big dinosaur (I think it’s a T-Rex of all things) and slammed into the side of the TV. At 18:45 local time, the Sony KV-29X5E Trinitron TV was pronounced dead.

I do computers and other electronic gadgets, but I’m not about to open up a TV that we bought in 1997 and think I’ll have a busted CRT-based gadget good to go in a reasonable amount of time.

So I had to dash off to the store, miss the first one’s closing by five minutes (yaaay!), and finally find another 29″ replacement TV (this time a good one from Philips) for a reasonable price; I just need it to last me a few more years — and besides, this one will be cheaper to replace if Filip decides to play tennis with it, or some other this-is-what-two-year-olds-do-to-figure-out-the-world activity.

Filip, needless to say, will spend the rest of his life in a TV repair shop. You can read what he had to say about it all right here.

How Microsoft Lost the API War

I just stumbled across a really good article; good in the sense that it made me feel interested and glued to its contents, also good in the sense that it took its time in describing why the author thought this or that. It’s related to computers, and programming, and Microsoft, and.. the Web — so if you’re not into any of that, just skip to the next entry 🙂

The article is quite “old” (by internet standards), it’s from June 13, 2004; but if you want to read it, it’s right here.