Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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September 30th, 2008

@ScottAllen “Anyone who would begrudge me half an inch of screen real estate to make a little money isn’t my friend” Um, whose screen is it?

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@viveka Yes, http://ut.ag is Australian. See @nickhac for more. We are now his Special Friends… ;)

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The day begins with being on-hold with Dell. Again. Why is the world’s biggest computer manufacturer so comprehensively useless here?

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RT @wolfcat: Australians will know this as the theme music to “The Hollowmen” but here is the the original video http://is.gd/3lRD

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Thanks also to @RuthEllison and @viveka and anyone else I missed saying congrats to us. :)

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@katska Yeah I was wondering whether @Nickhodge was making a Jon Ronson reference re the goats. http://is.gd/3lNg I will poke him and ask.

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@maadonna @docbaty Thanks for the congrats. Just a quiet dinner as we’ve been incredibly busy, but pleasant enough. :)

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Emerges. Nice to sleep in a bit, to 0830 anyway, despite the cats’ best efforts.

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After such an intense work period… no days off in a while… it’s an early night for me. [exit]

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@docbaty Well @ApostrophePong and I celebrate two anniversaries: today, of the day we met; also in May, when he moved to Sydney.

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@docbaty We have survived Stanmore and are now safely back at Enmore, ready to endure yet another year of our relationship.

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Full of lots of sushi and not much sake (I am responsible), we ride the Grand Electric Tubeworm (3078) to the Wilds of Stanmore Station. Ah!

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@limburger2001 @misswired @NathanaelB Ta all. We’re now in the queue outside Umi Kaiten-Zushi in Haymarket.

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Time to join @ApostrophePong at the Beauchamp Hotel on Oxford St and choose a dinner venue. He met me 8 years ago today, and lived (kinda).

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@Nickhodge Yeah that’ll be MY first hip-hop album: “Goat-Trancin’ Rhymes of The Outback”.

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@NathanaelB I had to stop reading Crikey today when Guy Rundle started talking about “Cindy McCain’s Nazi mistress wardrobe”. [swoon]

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@wolfcat I think this tweet from last night explains everything. http://is.gd/3jxQ Well, it explains SOMETHING anyway.

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@Nickhodge No guns? How does he hunt teh goatz then? Run them down, crash-tackle and bite their necks out? Hmmm… getting turned on now.

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@Nickhodge (I am now picturing your own son with a gun. Yes, a significant improvement. A gun would suit him, I think.)

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@Nickhodge Hmmm… I know a hunter who could help there. Mind you, he’s a very, very scary individual.

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The trick is telling the sheep from the goats. I should know.

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@SnarkyPlatypus A goat for every schoolchild is certainly cheaper than a computer. http://is.gd/3jwB And more adaptable. ;) Listening, Rudd?

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Yay! I am done at Darlinghurst! Well, for today. Northbridge tomorrow, Darlinghurst again on Thursday and Friday. Ah, the joy of it all!

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@ApostrophePong “That guy is a whimp!”? Yeah, a DEAD wimp… :P

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@ScottAllen I’m thinking this tweet from earlier sums up my http://ut.ag thoughts most accurately, though: http://is.gd/3jsW

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@sesh That farm, yes, dial-up. We have a phone number to dial, and the ISP has ISDN their end. Mind you, my ISDN knowledge is fading fast.

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@ApostrophePong This is a warning to you! I already gasp for breath when you’re cooking! http://is.gd/3iNH Hat-tip to @SnarkyPlatypus … ;)

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@sesh “They only got responses from 37 ISPs.” I guess the data can be cross-matched with the household/business surveys of Internet usage.

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@sesh I have a client who’s farm office has 2-channel ISDN for phones. He loses one channel to a dial-up ISDN when he uses Teh Internetz.

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@sesh “It lists ISDN under dialup, then later lists it as an option for other under non-dialup.” Intermittent vs permanent ISDN links?

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@ScottAllen Oh that wasn’t meant to be critical of you! I’m curious about why some people find http://ut.ag OK while it annoys others (me).

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RT @maadonna: “@stilgherrian you are quite mad ;)” Gosh. This hadn’t occurred to me before. Or to anyone else. [smirks]

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@ninjamoeba “My internet mostly feels like its dialup.” Plz be stopping downloading your goat pr0nz kthxbai.

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@a_makohon The surgeons’ practice I’m currently working on had dial-up until only 3 months ago. Then there are rural businesses.

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@ScottAllen Ah! There’s our difference! I’m happy to give useful information FOR FREE, since that’s being a good human. Money cheapens it.

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@ScottAllen The threads on http://ut.ag are interesting, though. ;) Me, I’m “somewhat facetious” about everything, pretty much…

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@SnarkyPlatypus I’m guessing that if they’re still on dial-up they don’t NEED to download teh goat pronz because they have their own goat.

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@maadonna Ooooooh, hang on, that was meant for you. I AM TWEETING TO THE WRONG PEOPLE!

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@oliyoung Fair point. I have a dial-up account lying around “just in case”. It costs me $5.50 a month. However a MacBook Pro has no modem.

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There’s still more than 1.5 MILLION dial-up Internet subscribers in Australia. Latest ABS stats at http://is.gd/3jqr

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Tues plan (oh yeah, that): Departing for Sydney CBD then 1400+ client site Darlinghurst; tonight 8th anniversary of meeting @ApostrophePong.

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RT gavincarr: @stilgherrian Or how about post-pub, in that warm afterglow: “Wow, that was fantastic! Here you go, here’s 5 bucks.”

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@JonathanPoh No, I didn’t get my moose last night. [sulks] That’s probably @nickhac’s fault too.

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Imagine Dave at the pub. “Hey, have you seen this cool new game? Isn’t that funny! Can I have 25 cents?” No, fuck off Dave, you wanker!

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@Warlach Maybe because URL-shortening is a trivial service available for free anyway it’s the shock of seeing someone trying to cash in.

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@Warlach You’re right, unobtrusive ads may be “outside the stream”. I don’t mind links to YouTube (which has ads) because they’re expected.

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@nickhac The effect is subtle, but over time … well… that bit of our brain which deals with this stuff notices the pattern.

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@nickhac By trying to “monetise” the conversation they lose “social capital” (ugh!) by exhibiting selfishness. My interest in them wanes.

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@nickhac Ads in the middle of the conversation stream would lower my opinion of them, yes. It says they care more about money than dialog.

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@nickhac “Do you despise your blogger friends who have advertising on their blogs too?” Never said “despise”, but… depends on context…

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Now, a HUGE plug to HP: Problem with DVD burner. Called 1500. Tech agreed it’s a bad drive. Replacement with human on-site to install 1000.

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OK, DPI Systems don’t have Dell. I see that as a PLUS: I can buy HP or Lenovo or Asus or Acer, and get a phone call when there’s a problem.

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Dell MIGHT be OK for non-critical, but I get far, far, FAR better service from http://www.dpi.com.au who deliver OVERNIGHT, even same day.

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It is sweetly if annoyingly ironic that Dell has already sent snail-mail spam to the address I gave before my order was even processed.

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Answer to all of the above: Dell clearly skimps on important aspects of their business (and computers?) and instead spends on advertising.

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3. Why, on FIVE occasions now, did Dell promise someone would call back, but no-one called back? Why not have enough staff to handle volume?

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2. Did I mis-key card numbers? Some other problem? Why didn’t Dell detect this when I placed the order 2 weeks ago rather than yesterday?

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1. Dell takes so long to respond to anything. Bounce to “export control” DAYS after order placed. Why is this not same-day, if not instant?

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There are for me three key failures of Dell’s customer “service” with this order… which was NOT a complicated order.

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Maybe if I stare at a Dell logo long enough they’ll explode.

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@lnassar You’re right there’s no penalty for Dell being useless for this order. The client wants this specific model.

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@servantofchaos Someone mentioned @richardatdell before, but it says “digital media” in his bio. I want my order processed, not a PR flack.

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@SnarkyPlatypus The client ordered a specific Dell monitor. Well, 7 of them. Dell bounced it to “export control” and now some other problem.

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