Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The 2007 Formula 1 championship

Time to fulfil some promises - a posting on the 2007 Formula 1 championship.

Well, what a damp squib of a finish that was. Okay, so well done to Kimi Raikonnen for picking up the ball that McLaren so comprehensively dropped. It was all over, bar Alonso phoning in a totally weak performance, at the fourth corner (at the end of the Lake Descent straight) when a panicing Hamilton out-braked himself and ran wide.

The result of the 2007 Championships: both were given to Ferrari, one by the FIA, and one by McLaren.

Let's hope that the 2008 season has as much good racing, and none of the stupid manipulatory antics by the FIA.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Speaking of anniversaries...

I've completely missed my own 1 year anniversary.

After 40 posts (this is number 41) since August 15, 2006, I'm still blogging, albeit less regularly than some people.

Planned posts for the next few weeks:
  • the North West Passage and the outrageous territorial claims thereupon
  • insane, or is that just seriously delusional, audiophile equipment prices (google 'Pear Anjou cable' for a taster!)
  • the 2007 Formula 1 championship (rant or celebration TBD pending the Brazilian GP this weekend)
  • and finally, you never know, I might even post some directly identifying information about myself at last

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Congratulations Microsoft

From Slashdot.org (which is 10 years old this month, btw!):

FFII awards Microsoft "Best Campaigner against OOXML Standardization" prize

FFII president Pieter Hintjens explains, "we could never have done this by ourselves. By pushing so hard to get OOXML endorsed, even to the point of loading the standards boards in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, and beyond, Microsoft showed to the world how poor their format is. Good standards just don't need that kind of pressure. All together, countries made over ten thousands technical comments, a new world record for an ISO vote. Microsoft made a heroic — and costly — effort to discredit their own proposal, and we're sincerely grateful to them."
(slashdot discussion, original press-release)

Amazing how well ballot-stuffing, strong-arm tactics, and vote-buying works in getting exactly the wrong message across! One just has to suspect that Microsoft knew just how weak OOXML is before they even submitted it to ISO.