Derek Peden

Since I discovered the amazing back catalogue of Carol Kaye I feel my life and attitude to music from the 60’s and 70’s will ever be the same.

Apple can show all the commercials they want of people swimming with their watches on, but I still clean the back of mine with a damp cloth then immediately dry it off.

The wait on hold to a “call centre” only to be connected to someone at their kitchen table makes that 1:1 experience so much more human. I hope company’s can find a way to continue to make those calls feel as direct, as personal and welcoming.

Today I’m thinking that maybe there wasn’t really a need to finish the bottle of Loch Lomond Malt whisky last night.

Microsoft should buy the rights for “beach ball” to use as the logo for Office for Mac.

John Niven writes,

He took the worst fantasies of the bottom 10% of the school class and spent the next half-decade pumping them into their veins, as potent as the Oxy and the malt liquor ever was. It turned out these f**ksticks would believe anything as long as it was racist enough.

I bet business is booming for biscuit manufacturers. I should change my middle name to McVitie.

Lockdown No.3? To be honest I’m loosing count (amongst other things)

How do you know you’re back at work? 4 words:

Microsoft Excel (not responding)

That’s how.

Turned on last 10 minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark on Channel 4 just in time see them edit out the face melting.

Scathing but accurate tweet by Mary Riddell:

Brexit is done. The deal is thin, the future perilous, and the applause non-existent. This exercise in national self-destruction has ended as a sad sideshow to the Covid crisis. Both will ultimately be the epitaph to Boris Johnson, Britain’s worst and most incompetent PM.

Bare Minimum of Effort

Back from a 2 km walk. Saw a gitter with the shovel 2” off the ground depositing a thin layer of grit on the snow and paintwork of parked cars. The equivalent of asking firefighters to spit on the flames.

Contrast this with last winter in Finland where I watched them clear 12-18” overnight snow down to the asphalt.

As usual in the UK we do the bare minimum of effort then claim this as a success.

Unsurprising laziness in the Brexit deal referencing,

modern e-mail software packages including Outlook, Mozilla Mail as well as Netscape Communicator 4.x.

Makes you wonder what other outdated legislation is featured in this “new” law.

Getting some criticism for clearing away Christmas cards and decorations.

I don’t want to “reduce motion” and animations I want turn this cruft OFF. Disabled completely on both macOS and iOS. Really why can’t I do that?

More evidence on BBC News that the UK is a police state.

Stupid, undoubtedly. Selfish, absolutely. But overstretched Police resources could and should be better deployed.

We all have a social responsibility, the same many of us have had for generations, to look out for each other and keep each other safe. This should never be a police matter.

Found in an old wallet, must be over 10 years old.

These curated collections of photos published each week are consistently good, and this week’s are great illustration of that.

Microsoft Excel Workflow: copy, paste — CRASH!

Man cannot live on Jaffa Cakes alone… but he can try

I don’t care what the manufacturer of the CPU is and how many cores it has, Microsoft Office is still going to beachball and be “uploading” for eternity.

There are no words. This has to be one of the saddest headlines ever to read:

Funeral for mother and sons who died with coronavirus

Your heart just breaks for the husband/father they leave behind.

Watched a couple of reviews of the new M1 MacBooks: rather than the higher end 16Gb models I’m more interested in those with 8Gb RAM and I’d the fans spins up on MS Teams video calls. That’s the real world use case.

I would love for Microsoft to explain there logic that deleting text in Word/PowerPoint copies this content to the clipboard. It’s madness. Better yet would be a feature to disable that nonsense.

Wondering if it’s now safe enough to upgrade to macOS 10.15