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My keyboard had a hairball…

Once upon a time, I received the gift of my first very own PC from doting parents. Whilst this was long after getting my first computer (the first was an amazing Acorn A3000, fondly called “The Beast”) I still remember the PC’s specs well: a Pentium III 450 (on a riser card!), Voodoo Banshee, 128 MB […]

Buying from the States, attempt 2: self declaring duty & VAT

I’ve placed an(other) order from the rather excellent site SplitReason. And, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of August’s ridiculous episode (tentatively titled “Royal Mail Handling Fees, or, exorbitance and stupidity in equal measure”) I’ve decided to give our besieged postal service a rest and handle the admin work myself. This involves one critical […]

Quirky / curious email of the week: Anonymous – “Operation Jubilee”

This dropped into my inbox early this morning, a lovely abuse of the email spec and some poor person’s mailserver (more fool them for not securing it properly)… To: me From: Anonymous@OperationJubilee.in Subject: Anonymous Operation Jubilee – 5 November 2012 Dear Anonymous, Rally Millions To Parliament, London 5 November 2012 Cancel All Debt Stop War Redistribute […]

“Tesco” Facebook scam returns, as Timeline Removal Plugin

File under ‘…really, Amazon?!’ In another example of Amazon’s AWS abuse detection failing spectacularly, likely the same culprits behind last week’s Tesco Voucher Giveaway scam have targeted Facebook users again — this time with a “Timeline Removal Plugin” scam. The scam seems to function thusly: victim clicks the link from a previous victim’s event, creates a […]

RIP Microsoft logo, 1987-2012

So Microsoft have officially unveiled their new company-wide corporate brand… And it’s truly terrible.

We'll miss ya, kid.First impressions were that it looks like someone just opened Word 2010, typed the name in, added four squares and hit Save. Hideous! Even on repeat viewings, it’s just abysmal.

I could just about tolerate MS turning all their web properties Metro to match the imminently-launched Windows 8… Not like I’ll be using W8. But their classic, instantly and universally recognisable main logo? Eurgh. The clowns responsible for this better be preparing for the tons of scorn about to be ladled upon them.

For some history, here’s the evolution of their logo…